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1. An international perspective on digital humanities: opportunities, challenges, tools and methods

The remit of the ILCEA4 laboratory (Institute of Languages and Cultures of Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia) of the Grenoble Alpes University in France covers a large territory, both geographically and thematically, federated around a resolutely international approach of the leading disciplines of French foreign studies: civilization, literature, specialized language varieties, linguistics, translation and teaching of modern languages.
As digital humanities develop in an increasing number of countries, this perspective seems particularly relevant for providing an overview of projects conducted in this field in the different geographical and linguistic areas of ILCEA4. Indeed, while initiatives from the English-speaking world are often at the forefront of the digital humanities’ scene, they will be usefully complemented here by feedback on experience intended to be more representative of an international diversity illustrated by projects from the Germanic, Hispanic, Slavic and Oriental studies.
While the very definition of digital humanities is still under debate, this issue of the journal will be based on that proposed by Dacos and Mounier (ENSSIB/Institut Français, 2014): “At the highest level of generality, one could say that digital humanities refer to an interdisciplinary dialogue on the digital dimension of research in the humanities and social sciences, at the level of tools, methods, objects of study and modes of communication.”
This issue therefore wishes to offer both an overview of the projects made possible by this integration of digital technology in the disciplines and geographical areas mentioned above, but also to report on the questions formulated by the researchers who have used it, the solutions they have implemented in order to successfully carry out their work and avenues for future reflection in this still largely exploratory field.

Please send your abstracts of approximately 500 words, in French or English, together with a CV before 19 November 2018 to Géraldine Castel, Grenoble Alpes University ( For more information on the ILCEA4 journal, please visit

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