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Nov 30: Digital Humanities, AI, and Possible Roads Ahead

Society of Fellows in the Humanities Lecture Series 2022–2023

Digital Humanities, AI, and Possible Roads Ahead

Date: 30 November 2022 (Wednesday) Time: 5PM (HKT) Delivery: CPD-G.02, G/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Details and registration: All are welcome. Please register.

Speakers: Javier Cha, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Humanities (History), HKU

Tara Lee, Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, HKU Moderator: Peter Cobb, Deputy Director, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Digital Technologies Programme, Faculty of Arts, HKU

Drs. Tara Lee and Javier Cha will discuss how large-scale AI models will affect research and teaching in the humanities. Time-honoured digital humanities practices, such as data curation and algorithmic analysis, will continue to flourish. On the other hand, the next wave of digital transformation will pose more fundamental challenges and redefine the nature of authenticity and creativity. Drs. Lee and Cha will introduce some digital humanities projects that have successfully incorporated cutting-edge computing technologies and invite colleagues from the Faculty of Arts to ruminate on some constructive responses to this ongoing sea change.


Javier Cha is a medievalist, digital historian, and technologist. His areas of expertise include Neo-Confucianism, medieval Sino-Korean literary criticism, patronage culture, and data-assisted historical methods. As the director of the Big Data Studies Lab, he examines data centres and the global telecommunications infrastructure similarly to how a book historian investigates medieval manuscripts and libraries.

Cha has been active in the digital humanities community since 2008. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing and Cursor Mundi, as well as the international nominations committee for Digital Humanities Awards. Tara Lee is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. She received her DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the intersections between poetry, science, and technology in the long eighteenth century. She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled Selfish Matter: William Blake and Evolutionary Thought, while also developing a new project on how machines afforded visionary thinking about revolution, progress, and individual agency in the Romantic epic.


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