The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies, Redux

May 4, 2018
Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

May 5, 2018
Center for East Asian Studies, Room 319
Harris School of Public Policy
1155 E 60th, Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago will be hosting a public workshop on “The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies” on May 4-5, 2018. The goal of the workshop is to bring together a variety of Japan scholars to consider how digital data and computational methods are changing the ways we organize and analyze cultural and historical information. It is also meant to catalyze new initiatives and projects by bringing together experienced and newer voices to brainstorm, discuss, and offer critical feedback on digitally inflected work and how it might support humanistic scholarship.

The workshop is organized around projects at various stages of completion, ranging from those at a conceptual stage to those more fully realized. Presenters will share the results of any data-driven work they have done while addressing the technical or methodological processes involved in this work and possible future directions for research. Subject matter will range widely across multiple time periods and disciplines and will interrogate some of the most popular computational methods: text analysis, network analysis, and spatial analysis. A tentative schedule of panel sessions and individual presentation titles is provided below.

For more information about the workshop, please contact the organizer, Hoyt Long, at Visitors from outside Chicago can find out about transportation and local accommodations here.

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the United States Department of Education.


Friday, May 4

10:00 - 11:30     Panel 1: Access
11:30 - 12:30     Lunch
12:30 - 14:00     Panel 2: Evidence
14:00 - 14:30     Break
14:30 - 16:00     Panel 3: Visualization

Saturday, May 5

9:00 - 10:30       Panel 4: Pedagogy
10:30 - 12:00     Roundtable
12:00 - 13:30     Lunch/Reception


Panel 1: Access

How are Digital Methods Affecting what we ask of Japanese Archives?
Raja Adal, University of Pittsburgh

Accessing and Organizing Time-Series Data on Japanese Municipalities
Amy Catalinac, New York University

OCR: Building a Better Mousetrap
Mark Ravina, Emory University

To view the abstracts, click here.

Panel 2: Evidence

Visualizing Data Sources
Jon Abel, Penn State University

Database and Archive
Hoyt Long, University of Chicago

Curating Edo
Jonathan Zwicker, University of California, Berkeley

To view the abstracts, click here.

Panel 3: Visualization

Creating and Reading Networks
Aliz Horvath, University of Chicago

Can We Make Our Own Tools?
Joel Legassie, University of Victoria

Framing Visualization as Reconciliatory Medium
Steven Braun, Northeastern University

To view the abstracts, click here.

Panel 4: Pedagogy

Digital Publishing and the History Classroom: An Introduction and Example Using Scalar
Paula R. Curtis, University of Michigan

Teaching History with Arc Gis and Esri Storymaps
Susan Burns, University of Chicago

Accessible Learning, Digital Literacy, and Machine-Mediated Translation for Enhancing Japanese Linguistic and Cultural Proficiency
Catherine Ryu, Michigan State University

To view the abstracts, click here.