Sharon Block (University of California-Irvine)
This talk briefly tracks Sharon Block’s trajectory in digital humanities, which includes being an early adopter of topic modeling (2006) and writing eighteenth-century history with only digitized sources (2018). It then explores how a major scholarly database (JSTOR) promotes racism and sexism through its algorithms, various scholars' attempts to address these issues, and the concern over of bias in AI more broadly. With a focus on historical work on race, sexuality, and gender in early American studies, she ultimately suggests the need for ethical practices in the use of all kinds of data related to scholarly production.
18:00 Uhr: Kurzpräsentation von Sharon Block’s aktueller Forschung zu Ethik, Algorithmen und Archiven sowie Diskussion (Q&A).
Zuvor findet um 16.30 Uhr ein Screening von Sharon Block’s Pre-recorded Lecture statt.