Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Digital Humanities - 1st semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Estudos Portugueses



Teacher in charge

Helena Barbas

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



a) To understand the revolution introduced by the new media in our ways of experiencing the world, of describing and representing it in artistic terms;
b) To see how the new technologies have changed creative practices, specifically the literary ones;
c) To explore the fundamental narratological issues, and the theoretical adjustment imposed by the new techniques and fictional experiences.



Subject matter

1. - Specific features of digital content - reading, presentation, representation
2. Literature and ciberliterature
2.1 - Relationships between traditional narrative and the new modes of literary creation;
2.2 - Characteristics of digital storytelling;
3. Digital narratology
3.1 - The adjustment of theoretical concepts and changes imposed by the new practices;
3.2 - Storytelling in the Cloud;
4. Cyberarts
4.1 - Virtual reality - illusion and immersion;
4.2 - The role and function of the word in mixed realities;
4.3 - The scope of narrative in the Internet of Things (IoT).


Barbas, Helena. «Cloud Computing and (new) mobile storytelling in the Internet of Things», EuroMedia´2015, Lisboa, Portugal, 2015;
Gould, Mathew K. (ed.). «Debates in the Digital Humanities». U. Minesotta Press, Mines. 2012
Rieger, Oya Y. «Framing digital humanities: The role of new media in humanities scholarship», First Monday, Vol. 15, No. 10. 2010.
McCarthy, Willard. «Getting there from here. Remembering the future of digital humanities\". Roberto Busa Prize lecture 2013.»Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories. Ed. Paul Longley Arthur and Katherine Bode. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. 2014.
WILSON, Stephen, «Information Arts – Intersections of art, science and technology», Mass.: The MIT Press, 2002;

Recursos on-line/ on-line resources
VV.AA. «A Companion to Digital Humanities» - http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/

Teaching method

Lecturing with multimedia support (60%); class discussions and analysis of oral and written texts, presentation and discussion of student papers (40%).

Evaluation method

Evaluation method: a critical review/commentary of one of the texts from the theoretical bibliography (20%); one ground work/ Monograph/ essay oriented by the teacher on a topic to be proposed (4,000 words 50%); an experimental / creative work using new media/ Web 2.0 tools (30%).