Digital Humanities Forum

A forum on the past, present, and future of digital humanities research at the University of Chicago and around the world.

Our Next Forum

May 4, 3:30-5pm: Center for East Asian Studies Conference Room 319, 1155 E 60th St.


Cameron Campbell, Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science, Stanford University; Chair Professor, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Public Data for Research on Family, Population, and Social Mobility in Historical China from the Lee-Campbell Group


Cameron Campbell will introduce historical datasets for China that the Lee-Campbell Group have constructed, analyzed, and made publicly available over the last four decades. These datasets are all large, individual-level, and longitudinal, and amenable to the application of techniques from the digitalhumanities and social sciences to explore topics related to family, population, and society in China before the 20th century. The first of these were the China Multi-Generational Panel Datasets (CMGPD), which Campbell and Lee began releasing via ICSPR more than a decade ago. The CMGPD-Liaoning (LN) contains 1.5 million records of 250,000 individuals who lived in rural Liaoning between 1749 and 1909. The CMGPD-Shuangcheng (SC) contains 1.1 million records of 100,000 individuals who lived in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang, between 1860 and 1911. These two datasets are not only suitable for the study of demographic behavior and social mobility, but other topics such as ethnic identification, naming practices, and intermarriage. More recently, the Lee-Campbell Group has also begun to release excerpts from the China Government Employee Dataset-Qing (CGED-Q), which records career histories for Qing civil and military officials between 1760 and 1911. Thus far, data for 1850-1864 and 1900-1912 have been released, and 18th century data is scheduled for release in 2024. Campbell will provide examples of published studies that showcase the range of topics that can be investigated with these data, and the diversity of methods that can be applied in their analysis. Campbell will also summarize other ongoing dataset construction projects by the Lee-Campbell Group and plans for the future public release of such data.

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Digital China: Big Tech and the State

Join the Stigler Center for a conversation with Ling Chen (Johns Hopkins University) and Matt Sheehan (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), moderated by Lingling Wei (The Wall Street Journal).

RCC Series: Dynamic and Interactive Plotting in Python

Plotting data in Python can be a beautiful, interactive experience! Modern plots include hover points, or info boxes that provide the user with a deeper understanding of the plots and the data behind them. We can also use Python to animate our results to show trends over time. This workshop will focus on libraries such as Bokeh to build colorful, dramatic graphical displays of your data.

Digital Technologies for Humanists

Join faculty, students, and University staff in discussing the tools and support resources for scholars working at the nexus of the humanities, the social sciences, and technology, as well as presentations from current projects.