Digital Humanities – Working with different kinds of ‘text’ in the Digital Humanities

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(Please note that this workshop is ‘by-invite’ only. Thank you.)


The goal of this conference is to put into conversation scholarly practices relating to the computational analysis and interpretation of different aspects of texts in the humanities. We use ‘text’ in an extended sense of the term for the purpose of this colloquium, encompassing both traditional, ‘born written’, literary texts as well texts of other kinds, such as, visual/sonic texts and materials, single-language or multi-lingual corpora, or transliterations of oral texts or performances.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) was founded in 2009 in collaboration with MIT to offer a unique, design-centred and interdisciplinary curriculum in computer science, engineering and architecture. The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences are a fundamental, integrated part of SUTD’s curriculum and play a key role in our goal to transcend disciplinary boundaries in teaching and research.

It is in the same spirit that the Digital Humanities colloquium is being organized, where we hope to explore the computational analysis of texts from a variety of theoretical perspectives. In addition to topic-focused panels, two workshop sessions are being held in association with the colloquium, on the topics of corpus-building and text analysis, which will be free for presenters to participate in. There will be two keynote speeches at the colloquium, given by Donald Sturgeon, College Fellow in the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, and by Amlan Dasgupta, Professor of English and Director of the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur University. Here is the workshop schedule (subject to change):

Conference Schedule (Subject to change)

Day 1: Monday 18 March

9 – 9.15 Welcome address: Lim Sun Sun

9.15 – 11.15 Panel 1: Texts

  • Chair: Miguel Escobar Varela (NUS)
  • Speaker 1: Erin Rose Glass (U C San Diego)
    “Writing decomposed: Experimental and speculative mining of the university’s ‘shadow text’”
  • Speaker 2: Eun Seo Jo (Stanford)
    “The Long Arc of History: Neural Network Approaches to Diachronic Linguistic Change”
  • Speaker 3: Duoduo Xu (NUS)
    “Palaeography in the Digital Humanities Context: A Study on Epigraphy in Chinese Singaporean Temple”
  • Speaker 4: Sayan Bhattacharyya (SUTD)
    “Data from the South in ‘Global’ Logics: Scale, Network Effects and Epistemically Produced Illegibility”

11.15 – 11.45 Tea Break

11.45 – 1.15 Panel 2: Sound

  • Chair: Bani Haykal (NUS)
  • Speaker 1: Chris Mustazza (Pennsylvania)
    “Phonoscopic Translations: Visualizing Versions of Poetic Performance”
  • Speaker 2: Ashleigh Cassemere-Stanfield (Chicago)
    “Reading the Rhythms of Shakespeare and Sonifying Hamlet”
  • Speaker 3: Setsuko Yokoyama (Maryland)
    “Sound Sound Studies: Complicating Digitally Enabled Analyses of Robert Frost’s Audio Texts”

1.15 – 2 Lunch

2 – 3 Keynote 1: Donald Sturgeon (Harvard)
“Text Mining Premodern Chinese Literature – Opportunities and Challenges”

3-3:30 Tea Break

3:30-5 Workshop 1: Donald Sturgeon (Harvard)
“Introduction to Text Mining with the Chinese Text Project”

Evening: Workshop Dinner (TBC)

Day 2: Tuesday 19 March

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote 2: Amlan Das Gupta (Jadavpur)
“Memory, Desire and the Digital Music Archive”

10:30 – 11 Tea Break

11 – 1 Panel 3: Platforms, data sources and databases

  • Chair: Sayan Bhattacharya
  • Speaker 1: Miguel Escobar Varela (NUS)
    “A network dataset for Javanese Theatre”
  • Speaker 2: Gimena del Rio Riande (Buenos Aires)
    “The chronotope from a digital humanities perspective: texts, images and maps”
  • Speaker 3: Son Tra Le, Su-Ann Sabrina Soo, Francesco Perono Cacciafoco, Duoduo Xu, Francesco Paolo Cavallaro
    “The Linear A Digital Corpus: Digital Humanities and Language Decipherment”
  • Speaker 4: Alastair Gornall (SUTD)
    “Mapping the Unmappable: Medieval Textual Worlds in Southern Asia”

1 – 1:45 Lunch

1.45 – 3.15

  • Workshop (Introductory) 2.1: Javier de la Rosa (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)
    “Introduction to Natural Language Processing: From Counting Words to Language Models”
  • Workshop (Advanced) 2.2: Eun Seo Jo (Stanford) (Held in Lecture Theatre 3)
    “Natural Language Processing for Historical Data Science”

3.15 – 3.45 Tea Break

3.45 – 5.15 Workshop 3: Gimena del Rio Riande (Buenos Aires)
“Geo-annotation: Semantic data and geographic place references from text”

Before landing at Changi Airport

Before landing at Changi Airport, please make sure that you:

  1. Passport holders from the UK, the EU, the US, Switzerland, Norway, South Korea, Japan, and Argentina can visit Singapore visa-free for either 30 or 90 days. Passport holders from India require visas to travel to Singapore. Argentine passport holders may also be required to provide proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry into Singapore.
  2. Take note of the address of your hotel as you will need it when you fill in your landing card;
  3. Take note of Alastair Gornall’s phone number +65 9738 7760. He will be on standby to help with any issue that may arise upon arrival.

Getting to the Park Avenue Changi Hotel

Park Avenue Changi Hotel
2 Changi Business Park Ave 1,
Singapore 486015
Ph. +65 6809 7300


From the airport

By Taxi

The Park Avenue Changi Hotel is only five minutes from the airport by car. We suggest that you take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Once you clear immigration and you have picked up your bags, follow the signs to the taxi rank. Most taxis will take credit card but do check before hiring one if you do not have cash.

As well as hiring a taxi at the rank (recommended), you could also book a taxi using a ride-hailing app. Uber no longer operates in Southeast Asia but you can download either Grab or Gojek from your app store before arrival.

Cost: SGD $10–20


The other option is to travel from the airport to the hotel by the metro or MRT. The nearest station to your hotel is Expo, which is one stop away on the East West Line (Green) from the airport. The walk from Expo MRT station to your hotel will take about 1 minute.

Important: Upon arrival to Singapore, please collect your CEPAS card at the respective terminals immediately. We will be emailing you the e-vouchers to be presented at the Changi Recommends Counter for your card collection.

The card will allow you to travel within Singapore via MRT and buses.

Changi Recommends Counter at Terminal 1 near Information Counter (24hours)

Changi Recommends Counter at Terminal 2 near Information Counter (24hours)

Changi Recommends Counter at Terminal 3 near Hello Kitty Cafe (24hours)

Changi Recommends Counter at Terminal 4 near Paris Baguette (24hours)

Other Options

If you have any particular concerns about getting to your hotel or would feel more comfortable being picked up, please email Alastair in advance so that he can be at the airport to meet you. Email:

Getting to the workshop venue from the hotel (and back again)

Singapore University of Technology and Design
8 Somapah Road
Singapore 487372

Venue: Tang Zheng Tang (otherwise known as ‘the Chinese house in the middle of the pond’)

The best way to get from the Park Avenue Changi Hotel to our workshop venue is by MRT on the Downtown line. SUTD (Upper Changi MRT) is only one stop away from Expo on the Downtown Line. There is a new entrance to the Downtown Line (Blue) at Expo MRT station close (< 1 min) to your hotel outside the Changi City Point shopping mall (see map above).

Once you arrive at Upper Changi MRT station, follow the signs to SUTD and, once on campus, follow the signs to our DH workshop venue (Tang Zheng Tang). Team members will be stationed along the way to help direct you to the venue (see map below).

The walk from the MRT station to the venue on campus takes around 6-8 mins. If any participant has any mobility concerns, we will be happy to arrange for a taxi to take you from your hotel to the workshop venue on campus. Please email Alastair ( in advance so that he can arrange this, if necessary.

Dinner on first day of workshop

There will be dinner held at Izayaka Five just nearby SUTD after the workshop on 18 March 2019.

Please do join us if you are free that evening.