The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies, Redux
Panel 3 - Abstracts
Aliz Horvath, University of Chicago
Creating and Reading Networks
What are the main questions and points to consider when planning and creating a network visualization? How can it be incorporated into a research project and how can it contribute to a more text-based inquiry in a meaningful way? This talk will focus on the initial phase of the creation process using the multifaceted data of 150 compilers who contributed to the production of the Mito domain's major history writing achievement, the Dai Nihonshi (The History of Great Japan), throughout the 250 years of its compilation process in early modern Japan.
Joel Legassie, University of Victoria
Can We Make Our Own Tools?
Steven Braun, Northeastern University
Framing Visualization as Reconciliatory Medium
How does the use of information visualization as a medium for narrating time, space, and place -- in discipline-agnostic and technology-aware ways -- change how we interact with, organize, and structure the raw materials that are the subject of its representation? This presentation will discuss this issue through the perspective of a project involving comparative analysis of U.S. and Japanese high school history textbooks and their shared representation of a specific point in time and place: the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this work, we will consider what it means to think of visualization not only as object of research but more importantly as process of scholarly inquiry, one which reveals multiplicities of perspective and invites us to interrogate those constructs of digital and narrative representation that shape and are shaped by the questions we ask of it.