The New Digital Philology in the Intellectual Life of Humanity
Professor Gregory Crane, Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship at Tufts University, has published on a wide range of ancient Greek authors and has a long-standing interest in the relationship between the humanities and digital technology. He is the Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship at Tufts University, Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig, editor-in-chief of the Perseus Project. He will be discussing the ancient discipline of philology, in its broadest and truest sense, exploits any method available to understand human culture through the linguistic record of humanity. Strengthened with a new generation of digital methods augmented by various forms of machine learning, digital philology enables a new way of linguistic and cultural understanding. Digital philology integrates traditional close reading with new forms of text mining and visualization (often provocatively termed "distant reading"). Whether you are detecting the linguistic characteristics of Instagram influencers or understanding the contents of a cuneiform digital library, philological thinking is essential.