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The development of computational technologies and the expansion of the digital medium have led to important social, political, cultural and epistemological transformations. Digital Humanities, as a field of research, critical reflection and action, have become one of the key pillars in this process, contributing to the advance of digital culture as well as to its critical analysis. Thus, the practice of Digital Humanities helps us expand the new ways of production and distribution of knowledge, culture, social actions, political discourses, etc., which are building the new 21th-century societies, but, at the same time, also helps us be aware of their underlying imbalances and uncertainties.

The III International Conference of the HDH wants to focus on the crucial role played by Digital Humanities, addressing three critical dimensions: societies, politics and knowledge. The main question posed by the HDH2017 is: how are the Digital Humanities contributing – or might contribute – to the transformation of these dimensions in the diversity of the territorial and cultural contexts where the Digital Humanities are developed?

Málaga, strategic city

The city of Malaga is one of the main cultural and technological cities of Spain, with a growing international projection. Located in a privileged territory, bathed by the sun and the sea, with a benign climate and with more than three thousand years of history behind it, is a city that has decided to stand for culture and technological research as strategic lines of development and social progress.

Today, Malaga is an authentic museum hub, being one of the Spanish cities with more museums and art centres in its historical center, Among them we can find the Picasso Museum, the Pablo Picasso Museum-Birthplace Foundation, the Centre Pompidou Málaga, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Saint Petersburg Russian Museum Collection, the Contemporary Art Center (CAC), the Museum Jorge Rando or the newly opened Museum of Málaga. This wide variety of museums and art centres, all of great prestige at national and international level, is complemented by many other cultural spaces, such as La Térmica cultural center, r, the Caja Blanca, and a whole network of groups and associations of artists (La Casa Amarilla, Gravura Workshop, Mahatma Showroom, etc.).

However Malaga does not only stand out for its artistic and cultural dynamism, but also for its commitment to technological development and entrepreneurship, being the main Andalusian city in the sector, with projects such as the Málaga Valley Club – an innovation platform built up by companies from the Telecommunications and Information Technology sector-, Malaga Smart City or the Pole of Digital Content (el Polo Digital). It is in Malaga where the Technological Park of Andalusia (PTA) is located, which contains important local, national and international companies. It is also in Malaga where the Association of Entrepreneurs of Information and Communication Technologies of Andalusia (ETICOM) and the International Association of Technological Parks (IASP) are located, and where the Transfiere Forum is held annually, the main meeting of multi-sectoral innovation in Spain.

All of this makes Malaga a privileged space to host the main meeting of the Digital Humanities in Spanish, and to reflect on the place that Humanities and Culture should be stand in our current hyper-technology and hyperconnected society.

University of Málaga

The University of Málaga is a young university that has turned the forefront research, knowledge transfer and internationalization into the keys of its strategic policies.  It’s a main part, along with the University of Seville, of the Andalusian Campus of International Excellence, which works in leading areas of research, technology and transfer, maintaining strategic alliances with more than 150 companies. The University of Málaga is one of the universities that more early began to underpin the new paradigm of Digital Humanities, hosting since 2005 research projects in this field. Since then, it has maintained a firm and determined commitment to the development of the Digital Humanities through seminars, conferences, training courses, projects and entrepreneurship initiatives.

Where?

EL POLO DIGITAL: A PLACE OF CREATION, INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

El Polo de Contenidos Digitales (Digital Contents Pole) constitutes one of the crucial enclaves for the strategies of innovation, entrepreneurship and technological development in Malaga. Located in one of the buildings belonging to the old Tabacalera (Tobacco factory), it shares the surroundings with the Collection of the Russian Museum as well as the Automobile Museum. It is, therefore, a place where technology and culture converge. The Polo Digital is a centre run by entrepreneurs and startups.. It is a place where creation, initiative and inventiveness converge as part of a collaborative universe where projects are developed and innovative ideas emerge. Thus, it is the result of the strong commitment from the Ministry of Industry, the University of Malaga, the City Hall and the Technological Park of Andalusia to create the largest Lab and hub of digital content in Spain. Consequently, the Polo Digital is the ideal space to establish synergies during the HDH2017 conference.

Collection of Russian Museum of San Petersburgo in Málaga

As an example of one of the thirty museums located in Málaga, the Russian Museum Collection Saint Petersburg illustrates the cultural development experienced by the city in the last years, its cosmopolitan vocation, its openness to cultural diversity and the role played by the creative sector in the economic and social development of the territory. In addition, its location in the same complex as the Polo Digital also symbolizes the close connection that Málaga has established between technological development, innovation, creativity and culture, as the foundation for its growth, expansion and positioning in a global scenario.

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