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Guest lecture in the colloquium "Kulturen des Wissens/Cultures of Knowledge" on May 20th, 2019, 16-18 o'clock in room H 2051

PD Dr. Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek (FU Berlin), Dr. Huseein Hussein (FU Berlin)

Deep Learning als Herausforderung für die Digital Humanities/
Deep Learning as a Challenge for the Digital Humanities

Until about 2014, the "Digital Humanities" concentrated primarily on the creation, distribution and use of digital editions and repositories. Since the last five years, however, a second, more computer-based and more mathematical approach has emerged, which has been called "Computational Humanities" because it focuses far more on methods of so-called "deep learning". An early example are word embeddings for the reconstruction of linguistic connections of words such as word2vec, fastText and GloVe. Our Volkswagen-funded project "rhythmicalizer" applies methods of deep learning in literature and cultural studies. In this project, poetic texts from the website "lyrikline" are examined and classified for rhythmic patterns beyond classical metrics, which is particularly important for our poetic understanding of modern and postmodern poetry and for its adequate translation. In our lecture we will explain both feature-based and neural classifications, especially with regard to the use of so-called "character-embeddings", which everyone knows from their own mobile phones. A special focus is on the combination of audio and text data, which is also of interest for other areas such as film dubbing.

Guest lecture in the colloquium "Kulturen des Wissens/Cultures of Knowledge" on Juli 7th, 2019, 16-18 o'clock in room H 2051

PD Dr. Peter Berz (TU Berlin/HU Berlin)

Insect mortality

Since summer 2017, the shrinkage and disappearance of insects of all orders, in the air, on the water, in the soil, has become a public, political discourse. Expert discussions, committee debates, questions on insect loss (the last one, still unanswered, is dated April 10th, 2019: Printed Matter 19/9240) operate at the interface of science and politics. Its emergence from the dispositives individual/species or biomass is deeply embedded in the history of entomological knowledge and its cultural techniques, such as catching and collecting. A scientific argument, in vivo or skewered, becomes a scientific argument on the state of the art only by being bound back in silico: by data science in the horizon of digitalecologies, which will soon have replaced all humanities. But the causes of insect decline are so ramified that they affect our entire way of being under highly technical conditions: energy, food, construction. It seems to be becoming increasingly clear that the ever-increasing differentiation of the technosphere, i.e. technodiversity, has an output: de-differentiation in the biosphere, i.e. decreasing biodiversity.

Past events

Evening lecture on Friday, May 4th, 2018, at 19:30 in lecture hall H 0110 of the TU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Pircher (Universität Wien, Institut für Philosophie)

Rule Arts

Cybernetics and operational research had quite different military careers. While Norbert Wiener lamented the wasted time he spent on the construction of an automated anti-aircraft gun, the OR was credited with a positive reinforcement effect as early as the Battle of Britain. By the time the cybernetics business slowly got going after the World War, the OR could already boast a civilian career, which consisted of trying to optimize planning tasks for nationalized companies, among others. The American offshoot (Operations Research) was meanwhile practising the calculation of nuclear wars. Nevertheless, behind this martial façade lies an interesting history of interdisciplinarity.
You are hereby cordially invited to this. The lecture will take place within the framework of the workshop "... and make the not yet controllable controllable." on the relationship between cybernetics and the humanities (May 4/5, 2018) It is organized by the Department of Literature at the Technical University of Berlin in cooperation with the Department of Media Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin.


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