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DH Futures: A conversation about archives, data, and the digital humanities


From: Thursday, January 30, 2020, 03:00pm

To: Thursday, January 30, 2020, 05:00pm

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Featuring KATHERINE BODE (Australian National University) in conversation with Andrew Goldstone (Rutgers), Yohei Igarashi (UConn) and Francesca Gianetti (Rutgers).

As humanities scholarship increasingly shifts from single works to larger archives, critics of literature and culture become critics of data. What are the challenges of cu- rating scholarly datasets and what are the perils of not doing so? How does the shift from text to archive alter the specifically humanistic stakes of the digital humanities? Does the scale of analysis affect ethical, aesthetic, and political perception? What can humanist data curation and data analytics contribute to understanding "Big Data" and its discontents both inside the academy and beyond it?

The conversation takes off from Bode’s article, “Why You Can’t Model Away Bias,” a review essay on recent work in DH. For copies of the article, and access to some optional reading, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

View the DH Futures poster. 


headshot of Kath BodeKatherine Bode is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of English, Languages and Literature at the Australian National University. A scholar of digital humanities, literary studies, and book history, her research explores the critical potential – and limitations – of quantitative and digital methods for literary stud- ies. She is the author of books including A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History (2018) and Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field (2012).



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