On May 22-23, 2015, the University of Chicago will host a conference, “Cultural Analytics: Computational Approaches to the Study of Literature.” The event will bring together faculty and graduate students working at the intersection of literary studies and applied computational analysis. This field has been growing for some time, but there have been few opportunities for a sustained discussion of the methodological challenges and opportunities afforded by new digital and data-driven tools and techniques.  Existing work in “cultural analytics” by Lev Manovich and others provides a useful framework to think about what this research might be.  In this conference, we bring together scholars who specialize in a range of literatures and periods to galvanize the formation of a “cultural analytics” sub-field for textual studies specifically.  The event is sponsored by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.

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