Webinars – refresh in DH and preparation for Dagitab II (July 2021)

After the long break imposed by COVID we will be back with Dagitab II -A second summer school on Digital Humanities organized by the University of Antwerp and the University of the Philippines and funded by VLIRUOS- . Before Dagitab II there are a few things that old students might want to refresh and new students might want to learn. This is why we have organized a webinar series between March and May. All the information in the poster below. Please remember that on this website you also have all the materials from Dagitab I, in case you would like to have a look at them again.

Philippine newspapers in the Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes collection

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes is beginning to upload the newspapers digitized two years ago at the Hemeroteca Municipal de Madrid. They are mostly Philippine newspapers of the late 19th and early 20th century written in Spanish such as Comercio: Diario de la tarde from 1887, which can be accessed in this link. More information on this is available today in their blog.

DigiPhiLit: A project on Digital Humanities, Philippine Literature in Spanish and Distance Learning.

A new project combining Digital Humanities and Philippine Literature in Spanish was elected for funding by the Erasmus+ programme last August. It is coordinated from the University of Antwerp and there are five more member universities: Clermont-Auvergne, Paris Nanterre, Rey Juan Carlos, UNED and Ateneo de Manila University.

Among the different training activities that we are planning for this project, next February there will be a DH online workshop series (in Spanish mostly). You can see more information about it here https://digiphilit.uantwerpen.be/

New sections in Philperiodicals

The project and the site are in continuous development despite the confinement and the strange circumstances in which most of us find ourselves right now. We have now three more sections in our website:

  1. A bibliography section in which we will be adding research publications, presentations, projects, sites… The conditions are that (1) the research is done (a) by Filipinos or (b) on the Philippines and (2) that they use DH related methods or talk about DH issues in the Philippines. If you would like us to add some material, please contact us through the contact form in the contact section.
  2. An open section with materials that includes (1) online sites where to find digitized materials from/about the Philippines. (2) Tutorials and guidelines to use DH tools to work with those materials. The tools are related to the topics covered during Dagitab 1.
  3. A password protected section (in DH Summer Course) with all the materials used during Dagitab 1. If you attended Dagitab 1 or are very interested in seeing these materials, please contact us through the contact form so we can send you the password.
  4. A Forum (Dagitab Forum) to share questions and ideas.

Enjoy and #stayhome

Dagitab continues…

After the summer course in QC, the communication channels between Belgium and the Philippines are being kept open for questions, ideas, projects, and suggestions. All this can be shared on the ‘discussion’ section of the Humanities Commons group DAGITAB https://hcommons.org/groups/dagitab/

In this group, the materials used during the summer course (slides, explanations, data, etc) are being shared for the future consultation and use of the attendees.

DAGITAB: Summer School on Digital Humanities in UP Diliman

Last July started the second part of the Philperiodicals project with a Summer school in Manila on Digital Humanities. The workshop, Dagitab, is the first part of a two-workshops series and we hope that it can be echoed in different UP Campuses soon. A three-national team of DH practitioners (2 Philippine, 2 Belgian and 2 Spanish) coordinated by Dr Anna Sibayan-Sarmiento, delivered the sessions. Attendants included UP researchers from Diliman, Baguio, Iloilo, Cebu, and Mindanao.

The first part of the Philperiodicals project consists of the digitization of historical newspapers from the University of the Philippines Diliman library. Thus, the main aim of this workshop was making the most of those digitized materials with digital tools.

The materials of the sessions will be available in this Humanities Commons group: https://hcommons.org/groups/dagitab/.

The Latin American magazine collection of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institüt from Berlin

Until May 31 all Berliners and visitors could see a wonderful exhibition on Latin American cultural magazines at the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institüt from Berlin.

This exhibition is a milestone for a project of digitization of Latin American magazines that has been going on since 2013. Its result can be seen here.

The magazines were published between 1860 and 1930 and are transdisciplinar. The exhibition highlighted some of their topics or features: women sections, the evolution of the image throughout the years, and the international transferences: journalists collaborating in magazines from different countries, cross-national concerns, magazines from one country talking about events happening in another country…

This cross-national predisposition seems to leave a gap for Philippine magazines in Spanish, which at that time were rather immersed in a Latin American virtual (or paper) communitiy. Events such as the press repercusion of the 1905 celebrations of the third centenary of the publication of Don Quixote in Latin America or the presence of Latin American poetry in the weekly Libertas since 1899 are a proof of it.

Ricarda Musser, the leader of the project and director of the library and the exhibition, has also underlined the presence of Philippine materials within their collections, for instance, of Filipino zarzuelas/ sarswelas.

Philippine Press and the Seminary of the Agustinians in Valladolid (Spain)

Seminary of the Agustinians in Valladolid, located in Paseo de Filipinos

Over the last few months, we have been twice in Valladolid scanning Philippine newspapers from the 1890s. After this statement, a good question to ask would probably be… Why are there Philippine newspapers in Valladolid? Agustinian friars have a long tradition in the Philippines. Four Agustinians arrived in the archipelago in 1565 with Andrés de Urdaneta, also an Agustinian friar and a sailor who happened to discover the route back to Mexico from the Philippines.  Actually, the Seminary in Valladolid (Spain) belongs to the “province” or Agustinian administrative division called “Santísimo nombre de Jesús de Filipinas” and is located in Paseo de Filipinos.

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San Agustin Church. Intramuros, Manila.

After the Battle of Manila in World War II, one of the few buildings that managed to remain standing in Intramuros was the convent of San Agustin. From there, they have been bringing to Spain library holdings and periodicals that were preserved in their Philippine premises. Later, priests such as F. Isacio Rodríguez O.S.A., and F. Blas Sierra de la Calle, have been travelling to the Philippines and returning to their Valladolid home with the latest books from and about the Philippines. This is how they have managed to have one of the biggest Filipiniana collections in Europe, right next to an Oriental Museum which tells the history of the order in Asia.

Father Mielgo, who takes care of the library nowadays, tells us that not many researchers are interested in the old Philippine newspapers kept in boxes without cataloguing that crumble down between our fingers when we touch them. However, the library attracts a number of researchers on the Philippines every year, including Filipino friars such as Ericson Borre O.S.A. We hope that the digitization of some of those newspapers will provide them with visibility and contribute to their preservation. I was personally really glad to find there four issues of Domus aurea, a literary magazine in Spanish edited in Manila in 1908 that I had not found anywhere else. Here is the link to their new catalogue with thousands of works on the Philippines.

From London with Love: Digital Filipiniana at SOAS

During the last 5 years, different initiatives have started to digitize Philippine rare printed materials and gathering them in collections. Although most of these initiatives are based in the Philippines (we have already talked about the Digital Library of UST and their growing periodical collection), Spain or the US, there is one which is UK based. The School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (SOAS) has created Digital Filipiniana, a collection of miscellaneous rare books on the Philippines. They have, among others, 95 holdings in English, 27 in Spanish, 22 in Tagalog/ Filipino, and 10 in Malay.

PhilPeriodicals referenced in a Digital Humanities journal

Revista de Humanidades Digitales is the first journal devoted completely to Digital Humanities in Spanish . This journal, edited and managed from Madrid by UNED (the main Spanish Open University), published its second number in December 2018. There we can find an article by Amelia Sanz Cabrerizo, a professor in French Studies and Comparative Literature at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, cited the presentation of the VLIRUOS project done in Mexico. This citation aimed to illustrate how new projects on digitization are bringing the focus on marginal materials (as it is Philippine textual culture in Spanish). The article highlights the didactic methodology of the project (p. 6). Its title is “Digitized periodical press: Digital tools and methods for a research at scale” and it can be read (in Spanish) here.

Heading of the paper in which the VLIRUOS project is mentioned