Like many fields in the Humanities, Asian Studies is undergoing a process of rapid digitization, and students and researchers of Asia are increasingly relying on digitized data sources. A broad range of developments ranging from the compilation of large-scale digital databases of primary and secondary sources, to digital media (social media, blogs, etc.) and even computational approaches to the humanities (machine learning, topic modeling, artificial intelligence) are changing the way both research and teaching is being done. Attitudes towards these developments also span from open embrace of new research fields and technologies to straightforward rejection. Regardless of one’s take on this matter, digitization in Asian Studies is growing exponentially. In this presentation, Dr. Jeffrey Tharsen will use examples from “Digital Sinology” to introduce and discuss the potential of new computational methods for harnessing digital resources in Asian Studies.
Dr. Jeffrey Tharsen
University Lead Computational Scientist for the Digital Humanities, University of Chicago