Guest Lecture: Jean-Guy Meunier

Digital humanities: meaning engineering or material hermeneutics

09.04.2019

Jean-Guy Meunier is Professor of philosophy in Digital humanities at the University of Quebec in Montreal, invited by IDHN

Research in the academic field called “Humanities"  modifies  the interpretative practices into a computer engineering of  meaningful artifacts  such as texts, arts, media, rituals,  etc.  This achievement  is quite a challenge  if the transformation is embedded only in   the  classical positivist  or even empiricist visions  of scientific practices . But if it is seen from  the more contemporary  epistemological pragmatic perspective, then a door opens. In this vision, meaningful artifacts are approached through various, but interrelated models, whether conceptual,  formal, computational, computer, or otherwise. And in the case of meaningful artifacts, because  it is at the heart of the specialty and the expertise of the Humanities, a conceptual model plays  a major and essential role . In such a  vision, the conceptual models built in  the “Humanities”  is  no longer  isolated and autonomous. It appears  as   an essential moment of the research on  meaningful  objects and even more when it  interacts with   computational models   and  computer technologies.

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Date: Tuesday 9th April from 12:30 to 14:00

Venue: Maison internationale de la recherche, Neuville-sur-Oise. Access to the MIR

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