Professor explores ramifications of digital scholarship

first_imgAs arts and humanities encounter the digital age, their intersection remains a hot topic among literary scholars. In a Saturday lecture titled “What’s all the Fuss about the Digital Humanities?,” assistant professor of English Matthew Wilkens explored this junction and the ramifications of technological advancement in literary scholarship.The lecture, the penultimate installment of the Snite Museum’s Saturday Scholars series, explored the emerging field of digital humanities, an area of research that uses technological tools to investigate patterns in literary and cultural expression. Wilkens said recent decades have seen a transformation in the perspectives literary scholars adopt toward great literary works and believes the field of digital humanities helps answer the new questions that come as a result.According to Wilkens, literary scholars are shifting away from questions that ask what universal messages readers can gain from the traditional literary cannon and said “the questions have become much larger, and much more culturally oriented.”“In the last few decades, there’s been something that we’ve described under the blanket term ‘the cultural turn,’ in which we’ve started to ask questions that involve what writers like Shakespeare or writers of great books can tell us about the culture in which they were produced,” Wilkens said.Wilkens said he hopes literary scholars will use computational tools to analyze larger amounts of contemporary literature, rather than focusing on the tradition canon of great texts.“What we’d like to do instead is find ways to get some kind of information from that huge body of texts, and one way to do that would be to treat those texts as the material for data analysis,” he said.Wilkens elaborated on some of the tools in the digital humanities such as literary text mining — a technique that analyzes word patterns in large volumes of texts — geolocation extraction and network analysis, and how he was able to use these tools to complete his research on American Civil War literature. Wilkens said the tools allowed him to discover surprising trends in location-based literature, and said these types of literary works were often overlooked in history, yet provided valuable insights about the time period.“It makes it easy, when we focus on the really canonical stuff, to lose sight of whats going on in a lot of day to day fiction that we might want to know something about,” Wilkens said.Wilkens said several scholars are critical of the advance of digital humanities because they feel it might alter the unique essence of humanities and they would like to retain at the core of the humanities a sort of feeling for books.“There’s some legitimate fear of change,” he said. “If we start adopting quantitative methods, I think there’s little doubt that literary studies and other humanities are not going to look the same 20 or 30 years down the road thirty or fifty years from now.”Wilkens said while he understands the concerns, he sees digital humanities as a way of complementing and expanding scholarly research in the arts, rather than the destroying its essence.“[Digital humanities tools] are a range of approaches that are reshaping the way that literary studies work and more broadly reshaping the way the humanities work in order to do better the things that we already want to do,” he said.Tags: Digital humanities, Matthew Wilkens, Saturday Scholars, Snite Museumlast_img read more

Unai Emery celebrates Joe Willock’s tackle like a goal in Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 12 Aug 2019 10:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Read More Skip Ad struggling Manchester United captain Harry… / Top articles Unai Emery was delighted with Joe Willock’s show of determination against Newcastle United (Arsenal)Joe Willock impressed during Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United on Sunday but there was one moment from the 19-year-old that sparked Unai Emery on the touchline.The incident came in the first half when Willock was running with the ball on Arsenal’s left flank but was stopped in his tracks and shoved off the pitch by Jonjo Shelvey.Instead of asking the referee for a foul, Willock got straight to his feet, chased down Shelvey and put in a sublime recovery tackle to win the ball back and start Arsenal’s counter-attack.Emery is typically animated on the touchline and Arsenal’s ‘Bench Cam’ footage caught the Spaniard celebrating Willock’s show of determination as if Arsenal had scored a goal.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Skip by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 PLAY Read More Read More 1/1 Read More Advertisement Read More Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal got their Premier League campaign off to an excellent start at St James’ Park as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the second half sealed Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle.Willock started the game before he was replaced by Dani Ceballos after 64 minutes.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd after the match, Emery praised the performances of Willock and Reiss Nelson.‘They are young, they need to get confidence, to get experience. But we need to be winning,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We are helping them but pushing them and our demand is a very big demand.Unai Emery’s reaction to Joe Willock’s recovery tsckle on Shelvey.#afc pic.twitter.com/YE887NAPF2— Gilles 🇳🇬🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@GrimandiTweets_) August 12, 2019 1 min. story Coming Next ‘They need to do one process and sometimes it’s playing like today and sometimes it’s maybe starting in the bench.‘But above all, they are going to be with us.‘They deserved to be with us and to give them confidence can help us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal SPONSORED Unai Emery celebrates Joe Willock’s tackle like a goal in Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more