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From Text to Map: Arabic Biographical Collections and Geospatial Analysis

Speaker:   Dr. Maxim Romanov     website
Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt-Lehrstul für Digital Humanities
Institut für Informatik, Universität Leipzig

Thursday, Nov 17th, Noon - 1:30. Room S-050, CGIS South building, 1730 Cambridge St

Abstract:  Thousands of fully-digitized texts of premodern Arabic sources have become available over the past decade or two. Computational methods of text analysis now offer us a key to the riches of extensive biographical collections. Mapped across time and space, tens of thousands of biographies may give us a novel and multifaceted perspective on Islamic history. The presentation will focus on major steps—moving from text to map—and highlight some results of such computational endeavors.

Speaker Bio:  Maxim Romanov applies modern computational techniques of text analysis to the study of premodern Arabic historical sources.  After completing his PhD (Univ of Michigan) he was post-Doctoral associate with the Perseus Project (Tufts University), and is now working with the Digital Humanities team at Leipzig University on advanced digital analysis methods for Arabic texts, including Arabic Optical Character Recognition.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Harvard Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and ShariaSource, the Islamic Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School.

Harvard Event Category  Colloquium
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Event date  Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
CGA location  CGIS South Building
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