Welcome to qh · china, a place where quantitative conceptuality meets Chinese humanities.

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What is qh?

“Quantitative Humanities” is understood here as a set of scholarly disciplines which could be characterized by the following keywords:

  • Experimentation: probing literary and visual texts with the help of digital tools and statistical methods.
  • Text-centrism: considering literary artifacts as more than mere anecdotes illustrating extra-textual forces and ideologies.
  • Quantification: reinterpreting narrative phenomena as vectors, frequencies, distances, and networks.
  • Big Data & Small Data: reading large corpora, single novels, and tiny paragraphs.
  • Multidisciplinarity: combining natural language processing with cognitive neuroscience and traditional humanistic methodologies: close reading, genealogy, structuralism, etc.
  • Limits of computation: identifying what narratives can tell us about the world and ourselves that matrix multiplications cannot.