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Nov 18 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join the Digital Humanities Initiative for our first Faculty Research Group of the year!

Monday, Novemnber 18 at noon in the DH Center (LA 61 - Bottom of the Dome)

Lunch will be served. RSVP to digitalhumanities@sdsu.edu

Among other things, Digital Humanities introduces quantitative methods into traditionally qualitative fields. But we go the other way as well; we are also trying to bring qualitative approaches into traditionally quantitative fields. Why bother? What do different fields actually stand to gain by introducing these new methods? What limitations have we encountered in the initial attempts to build qualitative and quantitative structures, close and distant readings, for fields that have traditionally favored one over the other?

In this month's research group meeting, we'll focus on bringing our knowledge of our different fields into conversation. We'll talk about the ways that our fields are changing, the gaps we think we want to fill, and brainstorm how ideas and frameworks from our individual disciplines might be usefully exported to others. To seed the discussion, we'll start by discussing these two short articles on the promise and limitations of "Big Data", but you're welcome to come even if you don't have a chance to read over them.

This is also a prelude to next semester's research group meetings, whose theme will be "Process": understanding how we structure problems, frameworks, and analysis in the various disciplines that are (or ought to be) under the umbrella of Digital Humanities.

Readings:
1) "The End of Theory: the Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete" (Chris Anderson, 2008)
2) "Big Doubts about Big Data" (Emma Uprichard, 2014)
 

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