Applications Open for EuroMACHS International Master Degree #Creativity #Heritage #Innovation #New Media

EuroMACHS master degree was created to deal with the demand for a new type of heritage professional:

First cycle graduates in Humanites that wish to develop a versatile combination of knowledge, skills and competences that will allow them to communicate both with content specialists and technological experts to create, design, plan and manage effectively complex projects for the multimedia industry, cultural institutions and governmental agencies.

Euromachs 2012 from EuroMACHS on Vimeo.

EuroMACHS is a joint international Master Degree in European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society, between the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, the University of Salento in Italy, the University of Turku in Finland and the University of Graz in Austria. Each of these universities bring to EuroMACHS their expertise, either through the common online seminar or through the students exchange.

The students complete the first semester in their university of enrollment. In the second semester, they can go to one of the other universities, depending on their own research interests. Thus, if your are interested in:

  • Computer games and multimedia products based on historical content, you’ll probably choose Coimbra;
  • Geographic information systems applied to History and Heritage, you’ll prefer to choose Salento;
  • E-leaning on the fields of Heritage and History, Heritage and Digital Culture, then you’ll want to go to Turku;
  • Historical information and documentation science, your choice will be Graz.

You can check the several classes and optional paths in this page.

In the last two semesters, students return to their universities of enrollment to write their theses. During this last year, students can also have the opportunity to make an internship. This will allow the student to gain a more insightful view of the professional context.

EuroMACHS is committed to prepare the students for the working context. At University of Coimbra, during the second semester, students have a project management’s class, where they will be part of the process of the creation of a digital product related with heritage. This can be a mobile app, a film, a 3D digital reconstruction, a series of podcasts, etc.

EuroMACHS has been cited as an example of creativity and innovation, by the European Commission, and as an example of best practices, by EPOCH, a network of excellence in open cultural heritage.

Furthermore, the master had already a spin-off: iClio, a company dedicated to the creation and publication of content related to History, Heritage and Culture, was created by former EuroMACHS’ students.

If you want to be part of EuroMACHS, you can apply through University of Coimbra until 30th of April.
Portuguese students can follow the steps here.
International students should click here, register on the website, choose 2nd Cycle, Organic Unit: Faculty of Humanities,Master Degree on European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society.

Questions and guidance can be asked through email (euromachs@fl.uc.pt), Facebook or Twitter.

Warsaw Miasto Ruin Film

The Warsaw Uprising Museum is exhibiting, from the 1st of August a 3D film reconstructing the state of destruction in which the Warsaw city was found after the II World War.
An impressive project!
More details on the project are available on the official website, but only in Polish, for now, we hope!

Here is the trailer

International Workshop Virtual Historic Cities

The CHAIA – Centro de História da Arte e Investigação Artística da Universidade de Évora | Art History and Artistic Research Centre of the University of Évora is organizing the International Workshop Virtual Historic Cities: reinventing urban research on the next month, at Lisbon.

workshop programme

Digital Humanities in 2008, by Lisa Spiro

Lisa Spiro, director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, made a three posts series on her blog about the developments on Humanities in 2008.
The first post talks about the emergence of Digital Humanities, about the several essays and dialogues that try to define this field and the efforts to achieve collaboration and coordination in Digital Humanities.
The second post focus on digital scholarship, open access and resistances. The third article discusses the developments in Digital Humanities research.
The posts have many links to articles, essays and projects that gives us a very good overview of the Digital Humanities developments and are a worthwhile reading.
Thanks to Lisa for this great review.

Digital Humanities in 2008, Part I

Digital Humanities in 2008, II: Scholarly Communication & Open Access

Digital Humanities in 2008, III: Research