Special Events, Workshops and Conferences

  • 2020 Nov 13

    The Big Data Turn in the Humanities: Sailing into Uncharted Waters

    10:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    East Asian Digital Scholarship Series; co-sponsored by Harvard-Yenching Library, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Korea Institute


    Javier Cha (Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, College of Liberal Studies, Seoul National University; Visiting Scholar and Digital Historian-in-Residence, Department of History, Lingnan University)

    The total amount of data created by 2020, if stored in a stack of single-layer Blu-ray discs, would reach seven times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. In 2019 alone, content creators uploaded 30,000 years of video to YouTube, and Naver's flagship data center, Kak, handles more information than ten thousand National Libraries of Korea combined. By 2025, big data will triple in size, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this growth. To meet this demand, China is aggressively increasing its data center capacity, as seen in Guizhou's recent transformation into Big Data Valley and Alibaba Cloud's expansion in Southeast Asia. What are the implications of this ongoing big data transformation of society in the humanities? In this talk, Javier Cha argues for the need to fundamentally rethink the humanities, from material bibliography to data analytics and cultural studies. What do we do when our sources consist of millions of servers rather than documents? How do we handle cultural artifacts that increasingly eschew text in favor of video, 3d point clouds, and holograms? Questions of this nature are at the heart of Cha's Big Data Studies Lab at Seoul National University, which has invited librarians, historians, anthropologists, and computer scientists, among others, to search for the new normal in the humanities together. Our current proposal is to develop big data literacy and cultural data science curricula for the next generation of humanities scholars.

    The East Asian Digital Scholarship Series, founded by Feng-en Tu and Sharon Yang, has been a monthly luncheon at Harvard-Yenching Library. This year, the Series will be conducted remotely and is sponsored by Harvard-Yenching Library with the support of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Korea Institute. The Series will cover a wide range of topics in East Asian digital scholarship.


    The webinar will be conducted via Zoom. Participants will be required to register at https://link.ws/eads-nov20.

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  • 2020 Nov 18

    East Asia Responds to U.S. Election Results

    7:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    Sponsored by the WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Korea Institute, Harvard University

    Toshihiro Nakayama
    Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University; Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs

    Shin-wha Lee
    Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University

    Wu Xinbo
    Dean, Institute of International Studies; Director, Center for American Studies; Fudan University

    Discussant:
    Ezra Vogel
    Honorary Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University

    Moderated by Christina Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Please register here.

  • 2020 Nov 19

    Three "Plants and Insects” Paintings Attributed to Sin Saimdang (1504-1551)

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    Korean Treasures at Harvard Series II


    Si Nae Park
    Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University
     

    • Short presentations on Harvard collections, art and rare books. 
      • 10-15 minutes pre-recorded showing followed by live Q/A

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    To attend this event online, we ask that you please register via the following link:
    https://forms.gle/QSbFAUKRLmBAtdQq6

    As we approach the event date, you will receive a reminder email with the Zoom link.
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  • 2021 Feb 11

    Title TBA

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    Korean Treasures at Harvard Series III

    Maya Stiller
    Associate Professor, Korean Art and Visual Culture, University of Kansas

    • Short presentations on Harvard collections, art and rare books. 
      • 10-15 minutes pre-recorded showing followed by live Q/A

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    To attend this event online, we ask that you please register via the following link:
    https://forms.gle/28mxLUmZWXjT7HRn9

    As we approach the event date, you will receive a reminder email with the Zoom link.
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  • 2021 Mar 04

    Title TBA

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    Korean Treasures at Harvard Series IV

    Sunglim Kim
    Associate Professor of Korean Art History at Dartmouth College

    • Short presentations on Harvard collections, art and rare books. 
      • 10-15 minutes pre-recorded showing followed by live Q/A

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    To attend this event online, we ask that you please register via the following link:
    https://forms.gle/P9FuxCh8NN2qgijJ9

    As we approach the event date, you will receive a reminder email with the Zoom link.
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