Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences
Date/Time: 26th June 2018, 9.30am – 6:00pm
Organisers: Christopher Burr and Nello Cristianini
We will discuss aspects concerned with the mass-acquisition of digital text from historical documents; the acquisition of behavioural observations from web users; the analysis of this data by automated means; and the use of text for psychometric analysis. We will debate what is now possible by applying quantitative thinking in the humanities and social sciences, based on the present data and technologies; what we can learn about ourselves from this digital data; how can there be a productive collaboration between data science, social science and humanities; and what cannot or should not be left to machines.
This workshop will try to identify the current state of the art, and the forthcoming challenges.
- 9:30 – 10.00: Coffee & Registration
- 10.00 – 10.30: Nello Cristianini (Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Bristol) — “Introduction”
- 10.30 – 11.10: Fiona Courage (Head of Special Collections and Curator of Mass Observation, University of Sussex) — “On Mass Observation“: Mass Observation has been collecting data on the British People for over 80 years, highlighting the everyday and ordinary experiences and opinions that would otherwise have been lost to history. This paper will look at how Mass Observation has gone about this work since its foundation in 1937, and how it has had to adapt in recent decades as we enter an era in which recording and broadcasting everyday lives has become commonplace.
- 11.10 – 11.50: Saba Syed (Head of Business Development – Digitisation Services, British Library)— “Mass Digitisation of Historical Newspapers”
- 11.50 – 12.10: Coffee Break
- 12.10 – 12.40: Tom Lansdall-Welfare (Post-doctoral Researcher in Machine Learning, University of Bristol) — “Analysis of Textual Time Series”
- 12.40 – 13.20: James W. Pennebaker (Regents Centennial Professor of Psychology, University of Texas) — The development of a word counting method to better understand texts, people, and cultures: LIWC
- 13:20 – 14:20: Lunch
- 14:20 – 15.00: Anton Howes @antonhowes (Lecturer in Economic History at the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London) — “The Digitisation of Economic History: progress, problems, and lessons.”
- 15.00 – 15.40: Bob Nicholson @DigiVictorian (Senior Lecturer in History, Edge Hill University) — “The Digital Turn in Humanities Research”
- 15.40 – 16.20: Julianne Nyhan @juliannenyhan (Senior lecturer in Digital Information Studies, University College London) — “What can the Humanities do for digital technologies?”: In this talk I will describe and exemplify some of Digital Humanities’ central approaches to the formation and transformation of knowledge. I will draw on case studies related to my research (including ‘Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s Catalogues of his collections’, a collaboration with the British Museum and the Marie Curie-funded Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (CHEurope) project) in order to explore the new perspectives that digital techniques have brought to Humanities and Heritage research. At the same time I will point to some of the Humanities perspectives that have not been adequately integrated into the digital research field (writ large) and argue that the development of a more critical Digital Humanities will benefit the Humanities and digital technologies alike.
- 16.20 – 16.40: Coffee Break
- 16.40 – 17.20: Roberto Franzosi (Professor of Sociology and Linguistics, Emory University) — “Third road to the past”
- 17:20 – 18:00: Panel Discussion on Digital Humanities with Fiona Courage, Roberto Franzosi, Anton Howes, and Bob Nicholson (Chair: Saatviga Sudhahar)
Additional (Optional) Workshop
How to reach Cumberland Lodge
Cumberland Lodge is located in Windsor Great Park, an ancient royal hunting forest and part of the Crown Estate (see on Google maps).
Cumberland Lodge is about 20 minute taxi ride from Heathrow Airport. From Gatwick there is the choice of train into London, then via Waterloo to Egham (the closest station to Cumberland Lodge), and from there by taxi.
From London Waterloo to Egham the journey time is approximately 37 minutes. From Reading and the west there is a direct service to Egham (Reading —Waterloo line). Egham station is 3.5 miles or 10 minutes by taxi from Cumberland Lodge
Cumberland Lodge can be reached via M25, from the west via M40 & M4 and from the south via M3 & A30. More details are available on Cumberland Lodge website.
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