GCDH Evening Lecture: Frederik Elwert (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): "Structures and Semantics. Using digital humanities methods to study religion"
Religious studies as a discipline has been influenced by both the humanities and the social sciences. As a result of this methodological diversity, a series of different approaches from the digital humanities are promising for the study of religions.
Broadly, they can be divided into methods that study social structures, e.g. social network analysis, and methods that study the semantics of texts, e.g. topic modelling. In this talk, I will present examples from two projects conducted at the Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum. The SeNeReKo project studied historical religious texts from both Indian and Ancient Egyptian traditions, while the relNet project focusses on contemporary religious online discussions. The examples show that a mixture of structural and semantic analyses is most promising for capturing the diversity of religious phenomena.
The lecture will take place at Heyne Haus, Papendiek 16.