Past Event

Experimental Digital Methods in the Humanities: from Epistemic Design to Literary Visualizations

April 30, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Today Art Museum, Tower 4, 32 Baiziwan Road (Apple Community), Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

On April 30, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing and Today Art Museum invites you to a public talk by Alex Gil, the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. The talk will focus on the experimental digital methods in the humanities, from epistemic design to literary visualizations.

With the rise of online networks, computational methods, consumer hardware, and more recently, machine learning, the work of building and interpreting a cultural record is under uncertain transformations. The XPMethod group has for the past 7 years tried to creatively intervene in the intersection of academic humanities, the human cultural record and these societal changes by consistent experimentation and rapid prototyping.

In this lecture, Gil will cover some of the important concepts and praxis that have come out of the group—epistemic design, minimal computing, nimble tents, and more—by showcasing selected projects. We will also have an opportunity to discuss how these research activities intersect with the classroom.



Alex Gil is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. He collaborates with faculty, students and library professionals leveraging computational and network technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and knowledge production.


  • The event will be in both Chinese and English.

  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

  • Ticket fee: 100 RMB. Please scan the QR code below to register.

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