Digital Humanities is a new academic term for most Chinese scholars, though computer and information technologies have been used widely in many research projects by scientists and humanities in China for several decades, from computational linguistics to historical GIS and digital art. In this presentation, to be held Monday, June 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Langsam Library 480, Professor Xiaoguang Wang will provide a brief introduction to the emerging field of digital humanities in China. He will showcase some well-known digital humanities research projects in China and a survey of key academic grants for humanities and social sciences. The Digital Humanities Center in Wuhan University and some ongoing projects will be introduced and presented.
Xiaoguang Wang is a professor in the School of Information Management at Wuhan University (WU) in the Hubei Province of China. He is currently scholar-in-residence at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
At Wuhan University (WU), Wang has taught courses including Introduction to Digital Publishing, Management Information Systems, Information Systems Engineering and Digital Asset Management. In addition to these subjects, his research interests include digital humanities, semantic publishing, semantic annotation of scientific and cultural objects, scientific communication based on semantic technologies, and analysis of knowledge and social networks. He published his first book, Digital Asset Management, earlier this year.
Wang began teaching as a lecturer at WU in 2007. After leaving for one year to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Ritsumeikan University’s Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures in Kyoto, Japan, he returned to WU as an associate professor. He was promoted to full professor in 2012. Before joining the faculty, Wang was a student in WU’s School of Information Management, earning a Bachelor of Arts in information management and information systems, a Master of Arts in informatics, and a PhD in management science and engineering.