The need for companies to hire humanities professionals with digital skills is becoming more and more urgent. Against that background, we hosted an event to explore the relationship between humanities and the jobs of the future, as part of the 2021 Digital Society Forum. This series accompanies the Digital Society Report, which analyses the progress of digital society in Spain.

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We kicked off the Digital Society Forum 2021 events with this talk, where we explored the relationship between humanities and the jobs of the future. This forum accompanies the Digital Society Report, published by Fundación Telefónica each year, which analyses the progress of digital society in Spain in terms of the development of infrastructure, technology and services; the advance of digitalisation in Spanish households, and the main global trends in this field.

In recent years, it has become obvious that companies need to hire professionals with a background in disciplines considered traditional like humanities or social sciences, but who also have a wide range of skills when it comes to digital methodologies and tools. It is this need that new master’s programmes run by various Spanish public universities are aiming to fulfil and give visibility to. The Complutense University of Madrid, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Barcelona, the University of the Basque Country and the University of Salamanca are all here at our auditorium today.

We heard first-hand what digital profiles companies and institutions are looking for from recent graduates, presented responses from universities and shared experiences and resources applicable to different market niches.

Watch the recording on the website (spanish):

PROGRAMME

12 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.: Introduction by Amelia Sanz, coordinator of the master’s in Digital Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Table 1: ‘We need mixed profiles’. Participants:

  • Nicole Etchevers, Digital Manager at Herder Editorial
  • Luis Marco, from Dâctilos
  • Néstor F. Marqués, from Patrimonio Virtual y Divulgación Cultural
  • Moderated by: Joan Barceló (UAB)

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Table 2: ‘We create technology’. Participants:

  • Concepción Polo Bayo, director of Linguistics at MeaningCloud.
  • Arantza del Pozo Echezarreta, director of Speech Technologies and Natural Language at Vicomtech.
  • Albert Sierra, from the Public Programmes Area at the Catalan Agency of Cultural Heritage.
  • Josep Lladós, director of the Computer Vision Centre (CVC).
  • Moderated by: Joan Barceló (UAB)

1:20 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Table 3: ‘We offer training’. Participants:

  • Miquel Centelles (University of Barcelona)
  • Maite Oronoz Anchordoqui (University of the Basque Country)
  • María José Rodríguez Sánchez de León (University of Salamanca)
  • Amelia Sanz Cabrerizo (Complutense University of Madrid)
  • Andreu Sulé Duesa (University of Barcelona)
  • Moderated by: Joan Barceló (UAB)

This event was interpreted into Spanish sign language and can be streamed on our website and on social media with the hashtag #ForoSociedadDigital y #HDEmpleos. You can now watch the event in our media library and also listen to it as a podcast on the main podcast platforms.

Joan Barceló

Coordinator of the Autonomous University of Barcelona–Pompeu Fabra University joint master’s in Digital Heritage and Humanities.

 

Miquel Centelles

Coordinator of the master’s in Digital Humanities at the University of Barcelona.

 

 

Maite Oronoz Anchordoqui

Coordinator of the master’s in Language Analysis and Processing at the University of the Basque Country.

 

María José Rodríguez Sánchez de León

Director of the master’s in Textual Heritage and Digital Humanities at the University of Salamanca.

 

Amelia Sanz Cabrerizo

Coordinator of the master’s in Digital Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid.

 

Andreu Sulé Duesa (@andreusuleduesa)

Coordinator of the masters in Digital Content Management at the University of Barcelona.

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Digital humanities and the future of work at the Digital Society Forum 2021
Digital humanities and the future of work at the Digital Society Forum 2021