Paper & Pixel: Digital Humanities in Indology




Privatdozentin Dr. Heike Oberlin <heike.oberlin[at]>
Dr. des. Elena Mucciarelli <elena.mucciarelli[at]



The core of the Summer school is to develop and deepen the knowledge of young scholars and researchers working on textual material by using methods of the digital humanities. Especially with regard to manuscripts and rare books, this workshop deals with the process of digitizing, text structuring and encoding and its benefits for research. By using means of the digital humanities textual sources can be analysed in multiple ways and there are chances for new interdisciplinary approaches.


We will concentrate on material from the geographical area of India, with a special focus on South India. Actually there are quite a lot of projects in international Indology starting to apply methods of digital humanities to Indological resources (corpora). The Summer school is meant to give new input to students and researchers to develop their skills with regard to the technical issues as well as the conceptualization and organization of this kind of textual material. All scholars invited are involved in manuscriptology as well as in digital processing and the display of texts.

The Summer school aims at bringing together different scholars with experiences in this field and offer the students the chance to join this platform for exchange of knowledge and of best practices.

Supported by the Institutional Strategy of the University of Tuebingen (DFG, ZUK 63) / DFG-Workshop im Rahmen der Exzellenzinitiative der Universität Tübingen, zusammen mit der UB Tübingen und dem eScience Center.






22.07.2014 – University Library

Digitization, standards and practices for different materials

10.00-10.45: Marianne Dörr (University Library, Tübingen)

10.45-11.30: Fabian Schwabe (eScience Centre, Tübingen) [ppt and first samples of the eScience Center]

11.30-12.00: coffee break

Digital Humanities infrastructures – opportunities for Indology

12.00-12.30: Peter Gietz (DAASI International GmbH)

The Digital Corpus of Sanskrit: Background and research application

12.30-13.00: Oliver Hellwig (University of Heidelberg)

Designing specialized databases for Indological studies

13.00-13.30: Anand Mishra (University of Heidelberg)

13.30-15.30: lunch break

Workshop: “How would the best possible Virtual Research Environment for Indologists look like?”

15.30-17.00: Peter Gietz, Oliver Hellwig, Anand Mishra


23.07.2014 – University Library

Text processing and encoding: Indology and computer philology

10.00-10.45: Matthias Ahlborn (University of Würzburg) [ppt as pdf]

The Wicked Spell of Angle Brackets: The Sanskrit Manuscript Project, Cambridge

10.45-11.30: Camillo Formigatti (University of Cambridge)

11.30-12.00: coffee break

Practical exercise: Manuscripts and XML language

12.00-13.30: Camillo Formigatti (University of Cambridge)

13.30-15.30: lunch


24.07.2014 – University Library

The Epigraphia Carnatica – recourse pool for historians: A digitization project of the University Library of Tübingen

10.00-11.00: Cristina Bignami & Elena Mucciarelli (University of Tübingen)

The Gundert Legacy in the University Library of Tübingen: The development of the Malayalam script and language

11.00-12:00: Heike Oberlin (University of Tübingen) [ppt as pdf]

12.00-12.30: coffee break

Urdu-Hindi Talking Literary Archive: "Saath-Saath", Department of Indology Tübingen

12.30-13:30: Divyaraj Amiya & Satyendra Singh (University of Tübingen)

13.30-15.30: lunch break

Visit of the Tübingen University Library

15.30-17.00: Manuscript section, eScience Center, Dept. of Digitization


25.07.2014 – Department of Indology

Development and palaeographic peculiarities of the Grantha script

10.00-11.30: Saraju Rath (IIAS, University of Leiden)

11.30-12.00: coffee break

Selected readings in Indian collections of Grantha manuscripts

12.00-13.30: Saraju Rath (IIAS, University of Leiden)

13.30-15.30: lunch break

Workshop: Practical discussion and exercises on Grantha script

15.30-17.00: Saraju Rath (IIAS, University of Leiden)


26.-27.07.2014 – Department of Indology

Workshop: Practical seminar on Malayalam palm-leaf manuscripts

Heike Oberlin (University of Tübingen) [ppt as pdf]



Useful links 


Software & tools & infrastructure

Digitized texts in online DBs