Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research
at Columbia University
19 Apr 2019 ※ talk
Decolonizing Data Regimes

08 Mar 2019 ※ talk
Practicing Palimpsestry in Seattle's Urban Landscape: Archives, Counter-mapping, and Public Scholarship

22 Feb 2019 ※ talk
An Analysis of Root Word Similarity in Esperanto

20 Feb 2019 ※ talk
Corpus-DB: a Textual Corpus Infrastructure for the Digital Humanities

10 Dec 2018 ※ talk
Media and Paranoia w/ Clemens Apprich (Leuphana University)

15 Nov 2018 ※ talk
"Just Digitization: Opportunities for Image Processing in Digital Humanities" with Melissa Terras
Most Digital Humanities activity revolves around text and textual processing, although there are more and more opportunities to use 2D and 3D imaging approaches applied to primary historical sources to enable their analysis. In this talk, Terras will talk about the research relationship between the computational and engineering sciences and the cultural heritage community, and provide an overview of various projects which have seen the adoption and adaption of digitisation techniques which require data processing and analysis.

13 Nov 2018 ※ workshop series
Introduction to Minimal Computing in the Humanities: Building an Exhibit of Primary Sources Using Wax
Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries, leads a workshop series on minimal computing techniques for building digital archives and exhibits of cultural artifacts.

12 Mar 2018 ※ workshop
Architectures of Knowledge: Lahore
The Knowledge Architectures workshop is an itinerant dialogue between scholars, activists, archivists, artists, librarians, and cultural organizations. We are pleased to host our second meeting on March 12-13, 2018 at the Centre for Governance and Policy, IT University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. In collaboration with Archives and Libraries Department, S & GAD, Government of the Punjab, and Punjab Information Technology Board.

22 Feb 2018 ※ talk
"Cabinet Logics: An Intellectual History of Book Furniture" with Shannon Mattern
While the physical properties of our reading materials, and our material engagements with them, have evolved over the millennia – and particularly within the past decade – we still rely on physical supports, furnishings, to scaffold our interactions with them.

26 Jan 2018 ※ talk
Public Library/Memory of the World with Marcell Mars
Marcell Mars—media scholar, software developer, free culture advocate, co-founder of Multimedia Institute (Zagreb)—will join us for an informal session on shadow libraries, amateur archives, and the challenges of distributed online infrastructure for more equitable access to knowledge globally.

10 Nov 2017 ※ fireside chat
Online Advocacy with the Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF is engaged in major legislative fights, beating back digital censorship bills disguised as intellectual property proposals, opposing attempts to force companies to spy on users, championing reform bills that rein in government surveillance, and much more.

29 Sep 2017 ※ mapathon
Puerto Rico Mapathon for Hurricane Relief
Following the recent hurricane, people around the world are using the [OpenStreetMap]( platform to give their time to hurricane relief efforts. The Red Cross in Puerto Rico has requested two tasks we can help with for their relief efforts. During the mapathon, we will teach people how to help with these efforts through mapping, and we will map together.

20 Sep 2017 ※ lecture
Using Data For Good: What does it mean?
This is the first event of the Startup Center on Data Ethics organized by Manan Ahmed, Bruce Kogat and Josh Whitford. The center is in a pilot year to develop both a context of discussion that will attract colleagues from different fields to discuss ethics in data, and seed research to advance our understanding of ethics in the new age of data sciences and computational social science.

15 Sep 2017 ※ reading circle
Literary Modeling and Visualization Lab
The Literary Modeling and Visualization Lab meets weekly to discuss recent scholarship in the field.

30 Aug 2017 ※ workshop
Indo-Ghuria: Continuities and Ruptures in 12th-13th-Century South and Central Asia
A collaboration between The MET, UC Irvine, and Columbia, this collective endeavor brings together historians, archeologists, and art-historians to explore, from multiple disciplinary perspectives, the shifting connections between South and Central Asia during the twelfth-thirteenth centuries. Although this timeframe has been historiographically emphasized primarily due to the Mongol campaigns of the 1220s in Central Asia, almost simultaneously South Asia (particularly northern India) also underwent momentous changes: the successful Ghurid campaigns of the 1190s not only introduced and consolidated Islam as a political system in the region, they effectively sutured the Indic and Persianate worlds in a new and enduring nexus of cultural, linguistic, socio-religious, and political relationships that were to reverberate for centuries into the modern day. This workshop will explore a meaningful cross-section of the twelfth-thirteenth-century historical moment/process. .

04 May 2017 ※ workshop
A History of Difference: Piety and Space in Early Modern West Asia
This conference brings together scholars working broadly in Ottoman and Mughal pasts to converse, consult, and present what ways of thinking and doing difference are recoverable to us. This workshop will take as its objective a grounded history of difference narrated in diverse textual and visual cultures. We aim to incorporate venues beyond the legal—histories, hagiographies, travel accounts, visual and material culture—into the discussions of the contemporary.

28 Apr 2017 ※ lecture
An Introduction to Topological Data Analysis for the Digital Humanities
Persistent homology is a powerful tool from the field of topological data analysis that can help you understand the shape of and extract features from your high-dimensional datasets. In this workshop, Dr. Rachel Levanger will offer a friendly introduction to the subject at the conceptual level and then work through some examples. No background in mathematics is assumed.

24 Apr 2017 ※ lecture
The Marriage of Philology and Media: Two 1960's Media Archeologies, w/ Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University)
Jeffrey Schnapp is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. At Harvard, he serves as Professor of Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is affiliated with the Critical Media Practice program in Visual and Environmental Studies.

04 Apr 2017 ※ lecture
Leigh Hunt, Textual Studies, and Digital Humanities
This lecture by Prof. Michael E. Sinatra, Université de Montréal, will investigate the complex politics of authorial revisions and reception history of Hunt’s 1850 and 1860 ‘autobiography', with specific references to the newspaper ‘The Examiner'.

06 Mar 2017 ※ lecture
The Various Tagore: The Making Of A Database
In this lecture, Prof. Sukanta Chaudhuri will present Bichitra, the Online Variorum of the works of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore’s works in Bengali and English run to 36 large volumes. He revised them extensively before and after publication: there might be a dozen or more versions of a work to take into account.

24 Feb 2017 ※ lecture
Digital Amati: Structure and Interpretation of Classical String Instruments
Harry Mairson, professor of computer science, Brandeis University, and amateur violoncello maker, has conducted research on type systems in programming languages and their relation to problems in logic and complexity theory. In this lecture, he introduces the Digital Amati Project which explores the structure, interpretation, and making of stringed instruments, and how modern software can be used to represent historical practices of instrument design. The lecture discusses digital humanities tools, and the creative work done with them, and will be of interest to historians, musicologists, practitioners of digital humanities, and makers.

16 Feb 2017 ※ conference
Rediscovering Words and Worlds: Arabic Script Collections at Columbia University
The 3-day workshop is set to take place on February 16-18, 2017 at Columbia University. Professor Sabine Schmidtke from the Institute for Advanced Study will conduct a keynote lecture on Thursday, Feb. 16.

10 Feb 2017 ※ teach-in
Electronic Device Security at the Border
As part of our ongoing, "Technologies of Dissent" series (in partnership with the Electronic Frontiers Alliance), this teach-in will introduce you to best practices for securing your devices and protecting your online and offline privacy while crossing international borders. No prior experience is necessary. Event open to the public.

10 Feb 2017 ※ workshop
Advanced Text Analysis with SpaCy and Scikit-Learn
This workshop is an introduction to the Python module SpaCy, a new library for natural language processing written in Cython, and Scikit-Learn, a library for machine learning. It is intended for intermediate to advanced Python programmers who are familiar with natural language processing suites such as the NLTK, and who are ready to explore next-generation tools. We will cover advanced topics such as word embeddings, dependency parsing, and machine learning.

27 Jan 2017 ※ workshop
Version Control for Textual Criticism w/ Dennis Tenen and Pamela Smith
Join us for our regular "Version Control for Textual Criticism" workshop tomorrow (Friday, Jan 27th) from 2-4pm at Butler Studio (Butler 208b). We'll be learning the basics of Git version control system---a powerful way to organize and keep track of your documents, write collaboratively, engineer textual interfaces, and keep the labor of writing together visible. No prior experience is required.

20 Jan 2017 ※ workshop
Command Line Interfaces for Textual Criticism w/ Dennis Tenen and Pamela Smith
Command line interfaces are an essential building block of all computer-mediated research and design activity. It is also a good way to "dip your toes in" basic coding proficiency. No prior experience is necessary. Sitting is limited.

02 Dec 2016 ※ conference
the caribbean digital III
Over the course of this day of multiform panel presentations, we will engage critically with the digital as praxis, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social, historical, and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas.

01 Dec 2016 ※ workshop
In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic
This work of multimodal scholarship consists of a series of interactive maps that trace the movement of seminal intellectuals of Africa, the Caribbean and the wider Americas throughout the Atlantic world. The objective of this project is to chart the extent to which Caribbean, US-American, Latino, European, and African cultural actors have been in both punctual and sustained conversation with one another: attending the same conferences, publishing with the same journals and presses, active in the same political groups, elbow-to-elbow in the same Parisian cafés and on the same planes---literally and metaphorically in the same boats---as they circulate throughout the diverse spaces of the Americas, Africa, and Europe. By rendering visually the points of spatio-temporal and textual intersection among these figures, In the Same Boats will provide a rich, open-access platform from which to explore the emergence, so often overlapping, of key black Atlantic literary, cultural and political constructs.

08 Nov 2016 ※ encounter
Empowering Reason w/ Errikos Pitsos, CEO of
Join us for a talk about online democracy and deliberation with Errikos Pitsos, founder of, a platform for "empowering reason" and "where people with opposing views can meet and understand each other's thinking."

04 Jul 2016 ※ workshop
Architectures of Knowledge: Mumbai
We are so pleased you will be joining us for the upcoming workshop and meeting, Knowledge Architectures, in Mumbai from July 4th through July 6th at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

17 Sep 2015 ※ encounter
Johanna Drucker
How can we model temporal relations and chronologies without a standard Cartesian grid as the ground?

12 May 2015 ※ panel
Bodies Under Algorithm
Who sets the terms and conditions governing our digital lives?

07 May 2015 ※ mapathon
Nepal Mapathon for Earthquake Relief
Come help with relief efforts on the ground in Nepal by contributing your time to open-source mapping.

06 May 2015 ※ lecture
Barbara Herrnstein Smith
Since the 1940s, invocations of "close reading" (however understood) have figured centrally in controversies over new methodological developments in literary studies.

10 Apr 2015 ※ workshop
d3.js w/ Emily Fuhrman
At the root of complex interactive visualizations are simple, data-driven shapes. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to the D3.js JavaScript library, and will walk participants through the steps necessary to use data to control and customize the visual attributes of elements in a browser. Included will be an overview of JavaScript data types, an introduction to JSON, and a summary of the D3 enter-update-exit pattern: the building blocks from which to build scalable, dynamic visualizations for a range of contexts.

08 Apr 2015 ※ lecture
Rens Bod
The common wisdom that the humanities are moving towards science when they search for patterns is mistaken. Instead, the search for patterns has been a continuous line in the humanities from Antiquity onwards.

07 Apr 2015 ※ encounter
Eben Moglen
Universities were the freest places in human society to compute—and therefore to read, communicate and learn—from the beginning of computing until yesterday. They are no longer. Mostly, you did it to yourselves. Some of it is being done to you. In this post-Snowden talk, Eben Moglen, founder of the Software Freedom Law Center and Professor at Columbia Law School, will discuss what has happened, why you should not want to live this way one millisecond longer, and how you can begin to reclaim your technological freedom in order to safeguard your political liberty.

27 Mar 2015 ※ workshop
Bitcoin Basics w/ Ben Doernberg
Bitcoin and Dogecoin veteran Ben Doernberg will lead this entry-level workshop on the basics of bitcoin for writers, journalists, and the general public. After an overview of key concepts we'll go step-by-step through the process of installing a bitcoin wallet and receiving a payment, so please bring a laptop or smartphone! Next we'll cover best practices for buying, securing, and using bitcoin. The final portion of the workshop will be focused on journalism- and author-specific applications for bitcoin technology, including micropayments/tips/donations, paywalls and access controls, and more sophisticated use-cases on the horizon.

25 Mar 2015 ※ encounter
John MacFarlane
Workshop on pandoc, a tool for authoring academic documents using plain text, by its author John MacFarlane, chair of philosophy at University of California, Berkeley

04 Mar 2015 ※ lecture
Christiane Frey
The emergence of the discourse of modern science from a language of natural philosophy was not yet subject to the modern divide between 'poetic' and 'scientific' forms of knowledge.

27 Feb 2015 ※ agile publishing
Small Axe Archipelagos

18 Feb 2015 ※ lecture
Nadia Altschul
On the methodological assumptions of philology and some of its colonial underpinnings, as well as the connections between digital humanities and this core method in humanities research.

10 Dec 2014 ※ lecture
Chad Wellmon
We need a history and vision of the humanities capacious enough to see them not as a particular method or set of disciplines but as a disposition, as a way of engaging the world.

17 Nov 2014 ※ workshop
Jo Guldi
How do you summarize millions of books with a single tool?

14 Nov 2014 ※ encounter
A Digital Critical Edition for the Making and Knowing Project
Using grad student lab notes, make a richly annotated, open access critical edition of an early modern 'book of secrets' containing technical recipes and working notes.