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The Center for the Humanities and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery are pleased to announce a summer week-long course offering hands-on training on computational techniques in the humanities titled: A Humanities Hackathon: Computational Approaches to Cultural Analysis and Visualization.

The course will augment the close analysis provided by more traditional humanities scholarship with advanced computational techniques, or what Franco Moretti and others have called “distant reading.” By applying techniques widely used across the sciences, such as computational modeling, quantitative analysis, network mapping, and more, humanists are discovering unexpected connections and intriguing patterns in music, visual art, literature, and historical works, opening up new realms for analysis, criticism, and understanding.

In this one-week course we will introduce techniques from machine learning, network theory, topic modeling, advanced visualization, and sound processing. Open to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty, the course is designed with no expectation of mathematical or computational experience. By the end of the course, participants will have a basic familiarity with software and data analysis to be able to continue using these techniques as part of their research and study.

The course will be held at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery from July 23 through July 27, 2012, running approximately 10 am to 4 pm (final schedule tbd). Mornings will focus on skills training, and afternoons will be hands-on activities and discussions focusing on projects and data drawn from each participant’s own research interests.

Application information available here.

Questions should be directed to: events@humanities.wisc.edu