Nov 13 2014

Announcing “Cultural Analytics” — A Major Conference on Computational Approaches to the Study of Culture

Published by at 11:53 pm under Announcements,Events

On May 22-23, 2015, the Global Literary Networks group will host a major conference at the University of Chicago called “Cultural Analytics: Computational Approaches to the Study of Culture.” The event will bring together faculty and graduate students working at the intersection of literary history and applied computational analysis. This field has been growing for some time, but there have been few opportunities for a sustained discussion of the methodological challenges and opportunities afforded by new digital tools and techniques. Bringing together scholars who specialize in a diverse range of literatures and time periods, this conference aspires to galvanize the formation of “cultural analytics” as a distinct and coherent sub-field in literary studies.

Participants include:

  • Global Literary Networks Group (Hoyt Long, Tom McEnaney, Richard So)
  • Stanford Literary Lab (Franco Moretti, Mark Algee-Hewitt, Ryan Heuser)
  • Northeastern University Viral Texts Lab (Ryan Cordell, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, David Smith)
  • Tanya Clement (University of Texas)
  • Marissa Gemma (Max-Planck Institute)
  • Natalie Houston (University of Houston)
  • Matthew Jockers (University of Nebraska)
  • Meredith Martin (Princeton)
  • Andrew Piper (McGill)
  • Matthew Wilkins (Notre Dame)
  • Ted Underwood (University of Illinois)
  • Amy Hungerford (Yale)

Participants will present work in progress, addressing both the concrete technical challenges of computational methods and the theoretical implications of merging them with more traditional approaches. To further enhance the collaborative ethos of the event, we will also host a Graduate Student Caucus so that younger scholars will have an opportunity to contribute to these conversations and share their own ideas about the impact of this emerging new sub-field. More details will be available in the coming months at the conference’s official website.

“Cultural Analytics” is generously supported by the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

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