Conversation Sessions Schedule - 2022/23

The Hermeneutics in Real Life Project is pleased to present the schedule for our 2022-2023 season. This year all our meetings will be in the form of discussion roundtables. As you will see from the attached schedule, we made a particular effort to turn our hermeneutic lens onto the most pressing issues of our time in this period of manifest global crisis.

The title of our next roundtable is “Are the Digital Humanities an Oxymoron?” on Saturday, November 19th from 2-3:30 PM ET.

Digital technologies have increasingly occupied spaces in contemporary societies, and higher education institutions are no exception. Such impact is visible in the number of students turning their attention from humanities to STEM courses and epistemological discussions concerning how new digital technologies can impact the humanities. Such discussions have been treated within the context of the so-called digital humanities that have aroused heated arguments among educators, humanists, philosophers, and technologists for decades. For many, the digital humanities are an oxymoron that erodes the epistemological identity of the humanities with the application of computer science and STEM methodologies generating a position of insurmountable dualism. From this consequential background, this HinRL meeting intends to explore how hermeneutics contributes to thinking about alternatives to transform the strict dualism into a productive dialectic between new digital techniques and the irreplaceable contributions of the humanities.

There is no charge for these events, and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the discussions. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to reserve a seat. Registration required.

Our Eminent Roundtable Participants

James E. Dobson

James E. Dobson is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is a literary and cultural critic who specializes in intellectual history and U.S. autobiographical writing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He uses a number of approaches--theoretical, historical, formalist, and computational (sometimes called "digital humanities" or "cultural analytics")--to answer persistent intellectual problems. He is thus also interested in the critical analysis of twentieth-century and contemporary computation methods including machine learning, computer vision, and various approaches to text and data mining. His book Critical Digital Humanities: The Search for a Methodology (University of Illinois Press, 2019) establishes a new theoretical paradigm through an account of new computer-aided techniques that are increasingly used in the humanities, including machine learning and text mining and their relation to literary hermeneutics and critical theory.

Karin Van Es

At Utrecht University Karin van Es is Associate Professor of Media and Culture Studies, project lead in the Humanities at Utrecht Data School, Netherlands, and part of the steering committee of the focus area Governing the digital society. Her research focuses on the impact of datafication and algorithmization on culture and society. Karin is author of the book The Future of Live (Polity Press, 2016). She is co-editor of the volume The Datafied Society (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) and the special issue "Big Data Histories" (2018) for TMG- Journal for Media History . She has published in outlets such as Television and New Media, Media, Culture and Society, M/C Journal and First Monday.

Luca Possati

Luca M. Possati is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Porto, Portugal. Educated as philosopher, he has been lecturer at the Institut Catholique de Paris and associate researcher of the Fonds Ricoeur and EHESS (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales). His research focuses on the philosophy of technology and in particular on the social and ethical impacts of artificial intelligence. His approach combines philosophy, psychology, and the actor-network theory.

He has published numerous papers and books on phenomenology, and history of contemporary philosophy. He is the author of The Algorithmic Unconscious. How Psychanalysis Helps in Understanding AI (Routledge, 2021).

Laura Chapot

Laura Chapot is a Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of German Studies and Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College. Her postdoctoral research combines literary studies with computational approaches to investigate how literature and computation formalize, process and distribute cultural knowledge and experiences, particularly as a means to navigate uncertainty. How do literature and computation complement and influence one another as ways of representing information? And how do these modes of representation affect understanding and interpretation? She investigates these questions by studying the co-evolution of literary and computational culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Alberto Romele

Alberto Romele is an assistant professor of digital communication at the ICM, the Institute of Communication and Media, University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. He is also a part-time researcher at the ISR, the Center for Religious Studies, Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento, Italy). He has been a research associate at the IZEW, the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen (Germany), and an associate professor of philosophy of technology at the Catholic University of Lille (France). He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Verona (Italy). His research focuses on philosophy of technology, digital hermeneutics, and imaginaries of AI. He is the author of Digital Hermeneutics: Philosophical Investigations in New Media and Technologies (Routledge, 2020).

And here is the 2022-23 HinRL Series Program.