DHAsia 2018 Schedule Released

Digital Humanities Asia: Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance the Study of Asia and the Non-Western World

April 27-28, 2018

Stanford Humanities Center

With support from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and multiple departments, centers, and divisions at Stanford University, the DHAsia 2018 Summit will focus on four (4) areas of research that represent both the core of DH as a whole, as well as areas in which Asian Studies scholars have been underserved and under-resourced: (1) the Spatial Analysis of Asian Human Geographies, (2) Text Mining and Computational Analysis of Asian & Non-Latin Scripts, (3) Network Analysis of Non-Western social formations, and (4) the development of Digital Humanities tools and platforms designed for the unique challenges of Asian Studies scholarship.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-humanities-asia-2018-summit-tickets-37824237312

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

DAY ONE | Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00-9:30 | WELCOME

Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)
Opening Remarks and Logistics


Michelle Damian, Monmouth College, “Recreating Medieval Japanese Shipping Routes: Merging Geospatial Analysis with Ancient Documents”

Sarah Frederick, Boston University, “Mapping Modern Japanese Literature: GIS Mapping of Natsume Soseki’s Kyoto Journeys”

Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh, “Toward a World Historical Gazetteer”

Marcus Bingenheimer, Temple University, “Who was Important in Chinese Buddhist History? A Social Network Analysis Approach”

11:00-11:15 | Coffee Break


Debashree Mukherjee, Columbia University, “Maps, Microhistories and Macroanalysis: Digital Futures of Indian Film History”

Elias Muhanna, Brown University, “Exploring Vernacular Expression in the Digital Realm”

Xenia Zeiler, University of Helsinki, “Asian Video Games and Gaming: Methods for Researching Games and Gaming Videos (Let’s Plays)”



Chen Jing, Nanjing University & Tani Barlow, Rice University, “Advertising Chinese Modern Society: Graphesis, Concept Modeling, Historical Method”

Cécile Armand, Stanford University, “MADSpace, A Digital Platform Devoted to the Spatial History of Advertising in Modern Shanghai (1905-1949)”

Christian Henriot, Aix-Marseille University, “Exploring the Space-Time of Entertainment in Shanghai: From Newspaper Advertisements to Large-Scale Database”

Hyun-Joo Kim, Yonsei University & Jae-Yon Lee, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, “Between ‘Society’ and ‘Literature’: The Problematic Position of ‘Culture’ in a 1920 Intellectual Magazine in Korea”

3:00-3:15 | Coffee Break


Lisa Nguyen, Stanford University & Kaoru Ueda, Stanford University, “Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection: Data Mining, Image Analysis, and Knowledge Discovery Project”

Liu Chao-Lin, National Chengchi University, “Textual Analysis and Linked Open Data for Digital Humanities”

Tom Cramer, Stanford University, “IIIF: An Emerging, Global Platform for DH”

Gil Ben-Herut, University of South Florida, “Connected Bhakti Bibliographies Database”


Javier Cha, Seoul National University, “Discovering Unnamed Entities in East Asian Sources using Computational Methods”

Táňa Dhluhošová, Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences & Chang Lung-chih, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, “DH Methods and Defining the Political Capital of Ruling Elites in Taiwan (1935–1950)”

Lik Hang Tsui, Harvard University, “How Many People have Your Name? Computational Approaches to Name Disambiguation for Chinese Historical Figures”

Adam Liu, Stanford University, “A Spatial Approach to the Political Economy of Banking in China”

DAY TWO | Saturday, April 28, 2018


Tina Lu, Yale University, “Digital Infrastructure as Digitally Informed Research: The Ten Thousand Rooms Project”

Charles Chang, Purdue University, “Christian Symbols in Chinese Holidays: A Computational Analysis of Religious Practice in Rural China”

Kevin McDowell, University of Oregon, “Contested Creations: Crowdsourcing the Cataloging of Japanese Votive Slips”

Ryo Morimoto, Harvard University, “The Challenges and Possibilities of a Participatory Digital Humanities Platform: A Case Study of the Japan Disasters Digital Archive”

10:30-10:45 | Coffee Break


Michael Stanley-Baker, Nanyang Technological University, “The Opposite of Topic-Modelling? Using Docusky to Situate the Distribution of Medical Knowledge in Buddhist and Daoist Canons”

Hilde De Weerdt, Leiden University, “The History of Chinese City Walls (1000-1900): Digital Approaches to the History of Construction in Imperial China”

Ian Morley, Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Re-Evaluating Urban Space and Globalization in Manila: The Plaza de Mexico Digital History Project”

Sangyop Lee, Stanford University, “Masters (shi) versus Ascetics (kujie): The Spectrum of Religiosity in Early Chinese Buddhist Monasticism”



Paul Vierthaler, Leiden University, “Sequence Alignment and Intertextuality Detection in Large Chinese Corpora”

Donald Sturgeon, Harvard University, “Citation Practice in Pre-modern Chinese Literature”

Jeffrey Tharsen, University of Chicago, “New Methods for Large-Scale Comparative Analyses and Visualizations of Semantic, Syntactic, and Phonetic Parallels in Asian Texts”

Anatoly Detwyler, Columbia University, “Text Mining Maospeak: A Scaled Analysis of Literary Politics in the Early People’s Republic of China, 1949-1976”

2:45-3:00 | Coffee Break


Hoyt Long, University of Chicago, “The Semantics of Race under Empire”

Matthew Thomas Miller, University of Maryland, “Distant Reading Persian Poetry: A Topic Modeling-Driven Approach to Studying Generic Categories in Medieval Persian Poetry”

A. Sean Pue, Michigan State University, “The Politics of Sound in Modern Hindi/Urdu Poetry”

4:15-4:30 | Coffee Break


Amanda Shuman, University of Freiburg, “Doing Digital History of the People’s Republic of China: The Maoist Legacy Project Database and Its Discontents”

Tu Hsieh-Chang, National Taiwan University, “DocuSky as a Platform for Processing Personal Data Sets”

Tom Derrick, British Library, “Towards a Digital Awakening of Bangla: The Challenges and Opportunities for Digitising Early Indian Print”

Chen Shih-Pei, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, “Chinese Local Gazetteers As a Database”

6:00-6:30 | Closing Discussion


Thomas S. Mullaney, Associate Professor of Chinese History, Stanford University
[email protected]


Conference is free and open to the public, but registration is HIGHLY appreciated. Coffee breaks will be provided for attendees, but NO meals will be provided to anyone other than conference speakers.



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