18.08.2023 | DSC Seed Grant

The DSC supports the organisation of a workshop about computational approaches in sociological research

The workshop aims to foster exchange between researchers who develop, implement, and critically reflect the use of computational and data science tools in the sociological study of culture.

The two-day workshop “Measuring Culture: Advancing Computational Approaches in Sociological Research” will bring together researchers from various backgrounds who are interested in applying new and innovative computational approaches in sociological research. These novel approaches include tools like natural language processing (NLP), computer vision and network analysis. The workshop’s goal is to spark a lively exchange of ideas and perspectives by giving scholars the opportunity to collectively explore and discuss the latest analytical tools and methodologies in the field.

The workshop’s thematic focus will lie on the sociological study of culture. It is going to cover a diverse range of topics from the field of sociology, including, for example, research on social relationships in the context of different cultural fields such as music, film, sports, and science. Moreover, participants will discuss a variety of new data formats and sources that range from song texts and film critiques to YouTube user behavior and WikiArts images.

The workshop aims to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. Over the span of two days, researchers from different fields will come together, present their own research, and exchange ideas. The workshop will also feature keynotes of leading scholars in the field. Thus, participants will gain insight into a variety of computational and data science applications that are available for studying cultural phenomena. Furthermore, researchers will critically reflect on the opportunities and challenges that come with these novel approaches. Hence, the workshop will enable scholars to advance their own research by developing a better understanding of data and data science and their role in investigating different processes in culture and society.

Funding recipients:
Dr. Katharina Burgdorf (Faculty 08 – Social Sciences, SOCIUM)
Prof. Dr. Annelies Blom (Faculty 08 08 – Social Sciences, SOCIUM)

Funding period:
20 November 2023 - 21 November 2023

Author: Svenja Goers
If you have any questions regarding the DSC Seed Grant, feel free to contact me.

Dr. Lena Steinmann
DSC Coordinator
+49 (421) 218 - 63941

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