Dr. James Lee - "Mapping a Global Renaissance with 53,829 Texts"
Thursday, November 8th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Creator space, Perez 302
50 Laurier Avenue East
Bio: James Lee is an Associate Professor of Digital Humanities. It's also the Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center.
James Lee adapts digital methods to redefine our understanding of a squarely humanistic problem: the history of race in Shakespeare’s era.If we only read Shakespeare’s plays, the Renaissance world looks fairly small, tracing a map that would include political adversaries like France, Spain, and Holland and a distant imagination of Italy and the Ottoman Empire. However, if we expand our
textual scale to explore tens of thousands of Renaissance texts, then England’s worldview suddenly looks global, with thousands of authors discussing far-flung regions such as Cambaya, Peru, Java, Brazil, and Japan. By using large scale text mining techniques to analyze thousands of texts beyond the scope of a single famous author and even the capacity of the individual reader, Lee tells a very different story about the multiple discourses of race that helped motivate England’s earliest efforts to define its place in a global context in the era before colonialism.
Refreshments served, all welcome!