A guide to upcoming events in the humanities and social sciences at Temple University, updated weekly during the academic year.
The Center for the Humanities at Temple University supports innovative, interdisciplinary research and teaching in the humanities. Participation in the Center is open to faculty and students in all schools and colleges at Temple University.
of classes offers opportunities to explore global themes. The Temple Forum on International Institutions and Global Governance is co-sponsoring with the Political Science Department a talk on the proliferating structures of global governance, and the History Department's Center for Force and Diplomacy is offering a talk on Africa from the Cold War to the War on Terror. CHAT groups continue to be active and the CHAT fellows are meeting on Tuesday.
We are looking forward to an equally exciting and productive spring semester, which will kick off with a Distinguished Lecture by Peter Logan on the Changing Shape of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century on January 26th.
The Changing Shape of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century
Thursday, January 26
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge
What can historic reference works tell us about the changing shape of knowledge in time? This talk looks at the pilot stage of a large research project designed to track changes in key cultural concepts by applying textual analysis tools to historic editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1797-1911. By looking at the language used to explain major scientific and cultural concepts, we can identify broad patterns in the transformation of knowledge over time, like its linguistic density and the migration of ideas from one field to another. We will also talk about the history of the Encyclopedia Britannica and the advantages of working with continuously- revised documents instead of primary sources.
Peter M. Logan is the Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center in Temple's Paley Library and the former Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple. A professor of English, he teaches courses in Victorian literature, the history of the novel, and digital humanities. He is the author of two books on Victorian literature as well as Editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.