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Religion and Digital Technologies Workshop

Story imageAre you interested in how new technologies impact the study of religion?

This workshop is intended for graduate students, faculty and other scholars at Princeton University and nearby institutions. Includes lunch, short presentations on the use of digital technologies in the study and teaching of religion, and discussion. Contact jlegath@princeton.edu to participate as a presenter or an auditor.

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Location: 5 Ivy Lane

Date/Time: 02/07/14 at 12:00 pm - 02/07/14 at 4:00 pm

Preliminary schedule:
12:00 Lunch (provided) with a kick-off presentation by John D. Boy (CUNY): “Of Spider, Elephant, and Snake: Methods, Opportunities & Challenges of Big Data in the Study of Religion”

12:30 Using Digital Technologies for Survey Design and Implementation
Steven Snell (Politics, Princeton): "Micro to Macro and Back Again: Learning About Congregations from Individual Survey Respondents"
Alfredo Garcia (Sociology, Princeton): "Crowdsourcing your Surveys: Using Mechanical Turk for Pre-Testing, Surveying, and Experimental Designs"

1:15 Digital Technologies and Mapping: Past and Present
Thomas Carlson (History, Princeton) “Syriaca.org: Religious Geography Over Time and the Challenges of Digital Classification”
Joseph Blankholm (Columbia) “Mapping the Ethnographic Encounter: Digital Media and Religion Beyond the Classroom”

2:00 Coffee Break

2:15 Digital Technologies and Analysis of Religious Texts I:
Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple) "Creating Digital Critical Editions of Dunhuang Manuscripts - Problems and Prospects"
Ben Johnston (Office of Information Technology, Princeton) & Michael Meerson (Religion, Princeton) “A Toledot Yeshu Research Tool”

3:00 Digital Technologies and Textual Analysis II:
Allison Schnable (Sociology, Princeton) “Finding Faith-Based NGOs with Topic Modeling" 
Gill Frank (History and CSR, Princeton) “Challenges and Opportunities for Digital Gender and Sexuality Studies”

3:45 Closing discussion, over beverages

Category: Conference

Department: CSR