About this Project

An exploration of how the methods of “big science” might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of music, speech, and other audio expressions, the one-year Audio Cultures of India project will deploy data mining and computational pattern analysis techniques common to the physical and biological sciences to produce a sonic history of modern India. Drawing on vast digital corpora already hosted at the University of Chicago Library, this project will bring together faculty and students from Music, Anthropology, the Computation Institute, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Library to identify and experiment with new methods for using scientific technologies to process large digital humanities databases. The dense performative culture that characterizes India will receive special attention in an attempt to develop a comparative framework for understanding historical interrelations in the aural world – a sound history of modern India.

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The Humanities, Rebooted

April 14, 2014

Neubauer Collegium Catalyzes Digital Humanities Innovation at University of Chicago

Born in the Library: The Neubauer Collegium

November 18, 2013

The Neubauer Collegium kicks off its first programming year with Library collaboration.

Faculty, Library Collaborate on Collegium projects

March 18, 2013

Library contributes expertise, collections, technology, and spaces to support Neubauer Collegium global, humanistic research

Project Updates

Sound, Science, and History ~ Autumn Quarter Workshop
September 16-17, 2013  

The workshop explored the scientific analysis of recorded sound and the instruments that produce sound, as well as related material artifacts such as texts, with South Asia as the areal focus.  Participants investigated how the methods of big science might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of music, speech, and other audio expressions. 

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