Save the date: Digital Humanities Symposium on Conceptual Change in Helsinki, 7.-8.12.2015

Conceptual change: Digital Humanities Case Studies

A symposium on digital humanities and conceptual change at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 7.


Confirmed speakers:

Peter de Bolla (Cambridge), Joris van Eijnatten (Utrecht), Susan Fitzmaurice, (Sheffield), Neil Foxlee (Former Senior Research Fellow,

University of Central Lancashire), Michael Gavin (University of South Carolina), Dirk Geeraerts (Leuven), Timo Honkela (Helsinki), Pasi Ihalainen (Jyväskylä), Kimmo Kettunen (National Library of Finland / Digitalia), Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen (Oulu), Asko Nivala (Turku), Katariina Parhi (Oulu), Sinai Rusinek (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute), Silke Schwandt (Bielefeld) and Clifford Siskin (NYU), Marius Warholm Haugen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)

Livestream: password: tutiku

The intention of this event is to bring together researchers from digital and analog humanities who study conceptual change. One area of great but underused potential in such research is the use of digitized historical data, that is, data that was not born digital but has been digitized over the years. This data comes with its challenges, though, related particularly to OCR and variation in spelling. Our purpose is to convene together historians, linguists and data scientists to discuss concrete digital humanities case studies from different projects that have focused on conceptual change and that have addressed these difficulties in different ways. While the use of digital data and computational methods has been rapidly increasing in the humanities, often the focus is still on the possibilities that digitalization offers rather than on the concrete outcomes already achieved. We intend to address this issue by focusing especially on concrete case studies and outcomes rather than on future possibilities.

Central questions in this meeting are:

– What can we learn about conceptual change when using digital data and methods?

– How do we recognize conceptual change in digital data?

– How conceptual change should be studied with big digitized historical data?

The meeting provides a forum for researchers to discuss these questions and exchange knowledge on how conceptual change has been studied and should be studied in the rapidly changing research environment involving humanists, social scientists and data analysts.

The dates for the symposium are Monday to Tuesday 7–8 December 2015 and the venue is the premises of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki.

All welcome! More information to follow shortly, including the programme.

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