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Digital Technologies and the Future of Qualitative and Interpretive Analysis

Lecture | March 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

Laura K. Nelson, UC Berkeley; Juliana Friend, UC Berkeley

Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

Digital technologies, digitized data, and computational methods are expanding the capacity for social scientists and humanists to do quantitative data analysis, but these methods are also changing the way we to qualitative and interpretive analysis. These two talks will explore ways digital technologies and computational methods can be integrated into qualitative and interpretive projects in the social sciences and humanities.

Juliana Friend will discuss how we can harness new media tools to trace global connections and probe the possibilities of participatory ethnography. Laura K. Nelson will demonstrate how she used archival material and a method she calls computational grounded theory to identify collectively held feminist beliefs and how they have changed over time, challenging broadly accepted accounts of feminist history.