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Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900

How is “big data” changing the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences? Now that there are massive databases of materials available for research in the humanities and the social sciences, what new, computationally-based research methods can be applied to search, analyze, and understand these materials?

Prof. Piper is co-leading the project along with Mohamed Cheriet of École de technologie supérieure, Elaine Treharne of Stanford University and Lambert Schomaker of the University of Groningen (Netherlands). The project undertakes the cross-cultural study of literary networks in a global context, ranging from post-classical Islamic philosophy to the European Enlightenment.