Digital China Initiative Summer Workshop 2022

The Digital China Initiative of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University welcomes applications for a two-week in-person workshop on methods of digital scholarship. This intensive workshop is designed for novices as well as those with some skills. It will include individual tutoring, group lessons, constant practice, and collaboration. By the end of the workshop participants will have learned methods of natural language processing for Chinese using regular expressions, database construction and query building, geographic analysis, social network analysis, gathering information from websites and social media, and visualizations.

The workshop will involve a collaborative investigation into Shaoxing prefecture 紹興府 using digital sources in Chinese, both historical and contemporary. Sources will include, for example, historical and contemporary local gazetteers, public websites, the writings of local authors and blog posts, and local economic, environmental, and legal data embedded in local and national sources and databases depending on the interests of participants. Participants will learn the basics of all the technologies taught but may spend more time on topics and methods of particular interest.

Important Dates

Workshop: 6-17 June 2022
Application deadline: 10 April 2022
Acceptance Announcement: 18 April 2022

(All date/time information is in Eastern Standard Time.)


Tuition: $1500

Tuition includes software and access to sources. Snacks and lunch are included from Monday to Friday. Participants are responsible for travel expenses and accommodation. If accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $100 will be due within one month. Harvard affiliates may receive tuition support of $1400 from the Digital China Initiative of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.


Please submit your application through this link:

Harvard Faculty Sponsors

Michael Szonyi, Frank Wen-Hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History
Yuhua Wang, Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor of Government
Peter Bol, Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Please contact Kwok-leong Tang for inquiries.