PhD Courses in Denmark

LaTeX in the Humanities: Structure and Professional Layout for Academic Writing

PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen

RESCHEDULED FROM 23 - 24 APRIL 2020 TO 23 - 24 NOVEMBER 2020.

Aim of the course: This PhD course gives an introduction to LaTeX and how it can be used for writing theses, articles etc. LaTeX is a markup language and a document preparation system for typesetting. The idea behind LaTeX is that while writing a text, one only inserts structural/logical markup (e.g. paragraphs, emphasising, footnotes), and the layout is defined separately. In that way it is reminiscent of, for instance, HTML, but it is much easier to read and write.
One of the big advantages of LaTeX is that the program takes care of most of the layout, and the results are of high (professional) typographical quality, ready for printing. This enables the author/researcher to focus on the contents, not having to worry too much about the format.
LaTeX was specifically developed for academic usage. As such it can handle very long and typographically complex texts (which is often found to be a problem with e.g. Microsoft WORD), and is designed to ease the process of creating all kinds of references and registers that are typical for academic writing (e.g. cross-referencing, table of contents, bibliography, general indices). On top of that the system is extremely stable and free of charge.
LaTeX is commonly used within the Natural Sciences, and most introductions focus on the needs of those subjects. In this course, however, we will give an introduction designed especially for the needs of academic writing in the Humanities.
After having completed the class, participants will be able use LaTeX for their text production, e.g. writing a thesis or articles, which also includes the usage of several related tools, for instance, a bibliography manager.
Preparation and requirements: Participants need to bring a laptop computer (no tablet device!), on which they are able to install software (for KU laptops: have admin rights). Participants are asked to install some programs before the course (links will be sent out by email). Participants shall bring text material, which will be marked-up and formatted with LaTeX during the course (e.g. a chapter from their thesis or an article). Shortly after the course, participants have to submit a completed LaTeX file (i.e. some of their own text marked up in LaTeX), in order to show that they are able to employ the gained knowledge. No previous knowledge of LaTeX is required.

  • Alex Speed Kjeldsen, assistant professor at The Arnamagnæan Collection, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen
  • Florian Grammel, freelance consultant and responsible i.a. for the typesetting of the publications at The Arnamagnæan Collection

Course form: The course will be a combination of lectures/presentations and lots of hands-on exercises.
Language: The course will be taught in English or Danish depending on the wishes of the participants. Participants will be contacted by the teachers ahead of course start about this.
Preliminary program: The course lasts for two days (both days 9:00-16:00).
Monday 23 November 2020:

  • Why typography matters and a 30.000 feet view of LaTeX
  • Installation and setup
  • General aspects I: Structure, comments, emphasis, notes etc.
  • General aspects II: Tables, importing graphics etc.

Tuesday - 24 November 2020:

  • Labels and cross referencing, headers and footers
  • Bibliographies, citations and reference management
  • Import and export from/to other formats (e.g. docx and odt).

ECTS: 3 for participation.

Max number of participants: 15.

Registration: Please register via the link in the box on the right no later than: 23 March 2020. Registration is closed however there a still a few spots available. Please send an e-mail, no later than a week before the first course day, to the PhD Administration ( if you are interested in participating in the course. The course is full. Please write an e-mail to the PhD Administration if you are interested in being put on the waiting list.

Further information: For more information about the PhD course, please contact the PhD Administration (