Data as Critique: New Computational Approaches to the Study of Culture
|When||May 09, 2014 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM |
|Where||Regenstein Library, Room 122A-B |
|Event Website||http://neubauercollegium.uchicago.edu/events/uc/global_literary_networks/ |
|Contact Information||Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society |
|Description||The "Global Literary Networks" project will host this one-day conference, bringing together new scholarship on the history and sociology of global culture. The conference highlights research that cuts across the traditional division of qualitative methods (hermeneutics, historicism) from quantitative or data-driven ones (text-mining, network analysis). A major goal of the conference is to explore how large-scale computational techniques can extend an already century old dialogue between scholars in the humanistic and social sciences (e.g., literature and linguistics; history and statistics; art and sociology). |
Global Literary Networks is a project that combines qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the creation, diffusion, and circulation of literature in a global context. Our focus is on modernist poetry (1915-1930) from the United States, Latin America, China, Japan, and France. In method, we leverage large-scale publication metadata and digitized texts in order to integrate techniques in social network analysis and machine learning with cultural history and close reading. Most broadly, we are interested in exploring the convergence and divergence of cultural forms on a global scale and in framing culture as a world system.
?Data as Critique? is an opportunity to bring this project into contact with scholars from a variety of fields?including sociology, computer science, and comparative literature?who are working on related questions of scale. Some major questions we hope to explore include: how do new computational tools, such as natural language processing, alter our conception of what ?texts? or cultural objects are? How can we reconcile traditional human forms of interpretation with the epistemology of computers and machine algorithms? How can we scale up analytical attention to individual aesthetic texts so as to perceive broader patterns and systems of relation and thought?
The conference will consist of two sessions: one devoted to ?networks? and the other focused on ?texts.? Each session will include three presentations followed by a roundtable discussion led by two University of Chicago faculty. The goal of each roundtable will be to brainstorm and extend the ideas of the talks in an informal way, both among panelists and with the audience. The conference, in sum, aims to create a space where faculty and students from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences can engage in dialogue about data as a critical method for the interpretation of culture.
Hosted by Professors Hoyt Long and Richard So
Part of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society project, Global Literary Networks
Agenda, RSVP and Additional Information at >> http://neubauercollegium.uchicago.edu/events/uc/global_literary_networks/
|Categories||Conferences/Lectures, Conferences, Discussions, Lectures, Workshops |
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