2019 Updates

Tracking the Sounds of Early Chinese Texts

How did puns and clichés function in ancient societies? The Digital Intertextual Resonances in Early Chinese Texts (DIRECT) Project helps scholars of ancient China ask these kinds of questions and more, including: what did ancient Chinese sound like? How do these phonetic qualities highlight the ways in which similar sounds in ancient Chinese texts obfuscate their original meanings?

Coding with Unknowns

A deeper dive into a bit of the code behind the Shakespeare and Company Project to explore how we might represent ambiguity in code when a machine requires certainty.

Spring 2020 Undergrad Courses on Data, Tech, and Digital Culture

This Spring semester, Princeton is offering over a hundred undergraduate courses at the intersections of technology and culture. Disciplines and fields include the history of technology, digital humanities, media theory, applications in programming, science and technology studies (STS), and media art. View the comprehensive list of these courses below.

Visualizing Derrida

For many digital humanities teams, the only thing better than bringing a successful project to life is seeing its underlying data put to use by other scholars. That's why, when the University of Michigan's Justin Joque tweeted about a visualization using data from Derrida's Margins, the CDH developers who built the project were delighted.

Envisioning Slavic DH: A Visual Culture Workshop at the CDH

Slavic Studies DH is having a moment. The energy has been building for some time: North American Slavists are joining the active DH affiliate group of our main professional organization (ASEEES), and DH initiatives are thriving across Russia. Slavic DHers from around the globe met at last summer’s major annual DH conference in Utrecht, speaking at the first-ever panel dedicated to issues specific to our field, and excitedly planning future collaborations.  

The Researcher and the Mysterious Note on the Library Card

Who knew that something as innocuous as a library lending record could be connected to the life of a refugee escaping during a time of war? The detective work of one researcher on the Shakespeare and Company Project, a digital humanities initiative that uses documents from the Sylvia Beach Papers at Princeton's Firestone Library, has uncovered a fascinating example of ingenuity inside Beach's lending library.

Cultivating Princeton's Data Landscape: Annual Report, 2018–2019

What does it mean to treat poetry, brain scans and library borrowing records alike as “data”? Today, we analyze rich and complicated data produced in the humanities at scale with computational tools such as natural language processing, network analysis, and machine learning. Likewise, data scientists rely on humanists for political and historical context that helps make their work more equitable and just. During 2018-19, the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) dedicated its energies to bringing various disciplinary voices at Princeton together to examine how data is transforming our academic fields and our society. We called this initiative “Year of Data,” and held over twenty events — lectures, symposia, conferences, workshops — with campus partners in the humanities, arts, data and computer science, social science, and library and archives.
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