Nothing New Under the Sun? Computational Humanities and the Methodology of History

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Title
Nothing New Under the Sun? Computational Humanities and the Methodology of History
Title of the conference
CHR2020: Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Humanities Research
Author(s)
Piotrowski Michael, Fafinski Mateusz
Organization
CHR 2020: Workshop on Computational Humanities Research
Address
Amsterdam
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Language
english
Abstract
The example of historiography shows that quantitative methods have already been part of the humanities for a long time. Such methods alone therefore cannot be constitutive of the computational humanities (CH). It is also problematic and unsustainable to conceive it as a kind of “toolbox” of quantitative methods, as it places CH outside of the methodological traditions of the humanities disciplines. Instead, we need to remember that disciplines are defined by their research objects and the research questions they tackle. This means that we need to distinguish between applied and theoretical CH, and that applied CH must be firmly placed in the methodological scope and tradition of their mother disciplines. We posit that the supposed dichotomy of qualitative and quantitative methods is fallacious: neither will quantitative methods replace qualitative approaches in history, nor are they unnecessary—they are complementary.
Keywords
computational humanities, methodology, history, historiography
Open Access
Yes
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation / Programmes / CRSK2_190306
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03/11/2020 13:35
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