IATEXT holds the 2016 AHLiST

Between November 17th and November 22nd, the Insititue in Text Analysis and Aplications (IATEXT) hosted the 2016 International Interdisciplinary Conference AHLiST, in which researchers form different American, European, African and Asian universities participated. 

The inauguration of the congress took place at Columbus House. Among its participants were the Acting Rector of the ULPGC, Trinidad Arcos Pereira, the General Director of Cultural Heritage at the Canarian Government, Miguel Ángel Blavijo Redondo, the Director of Columbus House, Elena Acosta Guerrero, and Manuel Ramírez Sánchez and Gregorio Rodriguez Herrera, both researchers at the IATEXT and co-directors of the 2016 AHLiST conference. 

The opening ceremony was held by Dr. Enrica Salvatori, Director of the Laboratiroia di Cultura Digitale de la university di Pisa (Italy), who gave a keynote address on Digital Humanities. A Senior Professor in Medieval History, Dr. Salvatori has a vast experience in teaching Digital Humanities and in the management of Digital Heritage projects in Italy. For her part, Dr. Elena Gonzalez-Blanco García, Director of the  Laboratorio de investigación de Humanidades Digitales de la UNED (LINHD-UNED’s Research Center on Digital Humanities) and President of the  Asociación de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas (HDH - Association for Hispanic Digital Humanities), was responsible for the closing keynote speech of the conference. 

The congress prompted many working sessions that were carried out throughout different panels, all of which took place in the Lecture Hall of the Obelisco Campus during November 18th and 19th. During the following days, the Birds of a Feather workshops were also held at the IATEXT facilities, a chance for young and rising researchers who participated at the 2016 AHLiST conference  to exchange their work with senior researchers.

This marks the second international congress organized by the IATEXT since its establishment in 2014. Through the organization of these kind of events, AHLiST hopes to enable contact between different academics from different scientific fields in order to encourage the creation of interdisciplinary studies in History, Literature, Science and Technology. This association was founded by a group of European and American interdisciplinary experts interested in the convergence of Humanities, Arts and Social, Applied and Technological Sciences (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).