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Christian Henriot & Cecile Armand , Aix-Marseille University: Taming the Digital Dragon. Textbases, Datafication, and the Study of Modern China
23. Feb., 16:15 - 17:45
23. Feb., 16:15 – 17:45
Since the mid-1990s much has been written about digital history and how the Internet and the dematerialization of historical sources are transforming the ways in which historians can muster their materials. The major shift, however, occurred when historical sources became available in full text format. This finally opened the way to approaches and methods based on text analysis and natural language processing, though with a particular challenge due to the very nature of historical sources. The ENP-China project has been at the forefront of developing a set of resources — text database, spatial database, and HistText — that break through the limits of historical investigation on modern China.
Christian Henriot is Professor of modern Chinese history at Aix-Marseille University and a former Senior Research Fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France (2007-2012). He is the author and editor of several books on modern Chinese history, including Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai. A Social History, 1849-1949 (Cambridge UP, 2001), In the Shadow of the Rising Sun. Shanghai under Japanese Occupation (Cambridge UP, 2004), Visualizing China (Brill, 2012) and Scythe and the city. A social history of death in Shanghai (1865-1965) (2016, Stanford UP). Henriot is also the creator of a digital research and resource platform on Shanghai history (http://virtualshanghai.net) and the P.I. of the ENP-China Project (ERC) (https://www.enpchina.eu/)
Cécile Armand is a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC project “Elites, Networks and Power in modern China” (Aix-Marseille University), a former postdoctoral fellow of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (2018-20) and Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the DHAsia program at Stanford University (2017-18). Her first monograph based on her dissertation will be published by De Gruyter (Berlin) under the title: Madmen in Shanghai: A social history of advertising in modern China. She is the author of several articles on advertising, urban history, transnational elites in modern China, and digital history. She is the creator of a digital research platform (https://madspace.org/).
Prof. Dominic Sachsenmaier, University of Göttingen