Cambridge (United Kingdom), 27 January 2020
Cambridge Digital Humanities is holding a lecture at St John’s College on 27 January, called Digital Landscapes: Understanding Archival Representation with Digital Methods.
One of the arguments made for the digital humanities is its potential for democratisation. The idea is that the more data we have, and the more people who have access to it, the more likely we are to be able to recover lost voices and rebalance scholarship in favour of the marginalised. However, both historic collection policies and more recent digitisation policies are necessarily shaped by multifarious interests and biases. Despite all the computational approaches that are being developed to study digital artefacts, there has been relatively little attention given to how we actually map what data we have, and what we do not, and the impact this has on the kinds of questions we can meaningfully ask.
Ruth Ahnert, Professor of Literary History & Digital Humanities at Queen Mary University of London, and currently leading two large AHRC-funded projects, will give examples from three of her projects to think about how computational methods can help us to survey the digital landscape so we can meaningfully describe and respond to the biases with which we are working.
Further information on the event and the registration form can be found here. Registration is free-of-charge.