Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research
at Columbia University
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Literary Modeling and Visualization Lab is a research cluster located at the nexus of narratology, data science, and sociology of literature. We are particularly interested in advancing formal and exploratory methods for computational literary analysis in dialog with the rich theoretical traditions of the humanities. Moderated by Dennis Yi Tenen, Department of English and Comparative Literature (Columbia University).

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Walking can be a mode of analysis that encompasses text, body, and place. The Embodied Space Lab incorporates mobile methods of reading and map-making into philology and historiography. In the dialectic between body and space we trace apparent vectors of power, technology, gender, class, and ethnicity and draw critical cartographies: ways of seeing and reflecting on an embodied and embedded world. Moderated by Manan Ahmed, Department of History (Columbia University).

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As scholars, students, and archivists, we would like to imagine—study, build—knowledge architectures that answer to humanistic ideals. Our proximity to the worlds of journalism, library science, and publishing gives us an opportunity to affect meaningful change in redressing inequalities of access, to envision the future of books and literacy, and to experiment with new modalities of human–text interaction. Moderated by Alex Gil and Jeremiah Christensen, Butler Library (Columbia University).

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Media become palpable in transmission, as when, for example, an audio signal is transformed from sound waves into electromagnetic pulse for digital storage. This research cluster concerns the material conditions of media production, reception, and dissemination. We are media theorists, archivists, practitioners, and historians interested in making good on the metaphor of media ‘archaeology.’ Archaeology, in its literal sense, reveals platforms and infrastructures that support cultural practice. To recover the object in its critical-theoretical figuration is to encounter it also as an epistemic thing and to recreate, experimentally, devices and techniques that brought it into existence. Moderated by Professor Durba Mitra, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (Harvard).