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Tech Breakfast: Conceptual history and computational methods

Time Thursday 3 June, 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00
Place ZOOM

Scholars of conceptual history often study key concepts – words that are inescapable in the societal discussions yet ambiguous and imbued with contested meanings – such as “democracy”, “freedom” and “welfare”. The struggle to redefine them, conceptual historians argue, is a way to redefine social reality and legitimize goals and point out the necessity of certain actions. Conceptual history has traditionally been conducted by using close reading methods, and by carefully studying what is perceived as important historical text sources. The rise of computational methods, however, has added new tools to conceptual historians to gather, analyze and visualize the architecture of concepts – its connections, semantic field, and diachronic change. This breakfast is dedicated to critically discuss a few texts that employ these methods to study concepts. 

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Organizer: Humlab
Event type: Group meeting
Fredrik Norén
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Johan Jarlbrink
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