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The Digital Humanities paradox: Challenges and opportunities for the hermeneutic disciplines



Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 11:00 - 12:30


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In this keynote talk, Jan-Christoph Meister addresses the boundary between computing and hermeneutics. Computing and analytics are often seen as belonging to STEM disciplines, but analytic techniques can be used in the hermeneutical disciplines crossing the boundary between engineering technologies and humanities practices. In the wake of the Snowden leaks on governments’ use of big data analytics across national borders, we need to open questions about the ethics of large scale interpretation, whether practiced by intelligence organizations, companies, or academics. What does it mean to use technology to study the Other in ways they don't expect?

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG).

With funding support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.