随着数字化研究在学界变得日益显要，数字化技术为中国研究提供了一系列新的方法。今年，费正清中心通过东亚语言与文明系首次开设了由博士后研究员Donald Sturgeon教授的研究生课程“中国研究的数字化方法”。该课程涵盖了数字化资源的有效应用、着重数据筹备与抽取的编程技巧、文本分析和主题建模，以及复杂数据组的可视化。在2016-17年度，中心将为中国数字人文与社科研究提供An Wang博士后研究奖学金，以进一步致力于数字人文与社科的发展。
Assistant Professor of History
Arunabh Ghosh is a historian of modern China, with research and teaching interests that span the social, economic, and intellectual histories of twentieth century China, transnational histories of science and statecraft, and Sino-Indian history.Read More
Peter K. Bol 包弼德
Vice Provost for Advances in Learning; Charles H Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
As Vice Provost, Peter K. Bol is responsible for HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and research on the science of learning. Together with William Kirby, Bol teaches ChinaX (SW12x), a Harvard course that has a global enrollmentRead More
An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow
Years of Affiliation: Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow from 2015-2016; An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow from 2016-2017
Donald Sturgeon's research project, "Big Data and Early China: Corpus-Assisted Interpretation of Classical Chinese," develops and evaluates fully automated methods for analyzing theRead More
Digital Methods for Chinese Studies
During the spring 2016 semester, the Fairbank Center is supporting the introduction of the for-credit course offering, CHNSHIS 202: Digital Methods for Chinese Studies. This course is offered through Harvard’s East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department and History Department, and will be instructed by Dr. Donald Sturgeon, 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at the Fairbank Center.
Building on last academic year’s “Digital China Lab” workshop run by Dr. Paul Vierthaler and Dr. Anthony Ruozzi, this course introduces graduate students in Chinese studies to programming skills and digital humanities techniques of direct practical relevance to research in their discipline. It will consist of weekly lectures, each introducing a specific type of technique, followed by an interactive lab session during which students practice applying the technique to data appropriate to their own research. No background in digital methods or programming is assumed, but students are expected to have basic computing skills and are required to bring a suitable laptop to use during the lab sessions.
The techniques covered in this course all have broad applicability to topics in Chinese studies, and students will be expected to apply them to their own research topics and relevant texts as arranged during the first few sessions. The course will end with student presentations in which students apply an appropriate selection of the techniques studied to their own research questions.While examples and coursework will draw upon Chinese language source materials, students primarily working with other East Asian languages are also encouraged to take this course.
For questions regarding the course, please visit the course site on Canvas, or contact Dr. Donald Sturgeon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sponsored by the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund with support from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In partnership with Social Explorer.
China Biographical Database Project (CBDB)
The China Biographical Database is a freely accessible relational database with biographical information about approximately 360,000 individuals as of April 2015, primarily from the 7th through 19th centuries. With both online and offline versions, the data is meant to be useful for statistical, social network, and spatial analysis as well as serving as a kind of biographical reference. The development of CBDB is now a joint project of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica, and the Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History at Peking University.
China Historical Geographic Information System Project (CHGIS)
The China Historical Geographic Information System, CHGIS, project was launched in January 2001 to establish a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 221 BCE and 1911 CE. CHGIS provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use in spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and representation of selected historical units as digital maps.
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