PeopleThe staff of the Forum for Digital Culture engage in both teaching and research support, drawing on their education as scholars and their training in computational methods, and working with a faculty advisory board that represents every discipline in the arts and humanities.
The staff of the Forum for Digital Culture are engaged in both research and teaching. They are not only experts in the computational methods used in the humanities but also well versed in humanities scholarship and understand how scholars work based on their own academic training and research experience. They support faculty research projects and teach the core courses required for the programs in Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History. By working closely with both faculty and students, they are well placed to provide training and day-to-day supervision for student research assistants employed on faculty projects.
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Associate Senior Instructional Professor
Director of Online Publications
Director of Technology
Associate Director of Technology
Senior Research Analyst
Senior Research Analyst
Lecturer on Digital Media
Lecturer on Digital Media
ARTFL Project and Textual Optics Lab
The staff of the long-running ARTFL Project (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language) and associated Textual Optics Lab are affiliated with the Forum for Digital Culture and are co-located in the same building. They teach courses in Digital Studies and provide computational research support for faculty projects using the PhiloLogic platform.
Benjamin Franklin Professor of French Literature and Director of the ARTFL Project
Professor of Japanese Literature and Director of the Textual Optics Lab
Senior Research Associate and Associate Director of the ARTFL Project
Senior Project Coordinator for the ARTFL Project
William Rainey Harper Professor of English and Cinema & Media Studies and Director, Weston Game Lab
Assistant Director, Weston Game Lab
Associate Director, Visual Resources Center
Digital Collections Manager, Visual Resources Center
Faculty Advisory Board
A broadly based Faculty Advisory Board oversees the Forum for Digital Culture and its Digital Studies curriculum. The members of this board are drawn from 17 different departments in the University of Chicago, representing a wide range of disciplines in the arts and humanities, as well as computer science. They are interested in the impact of digital technology on thought and culture and they have experience in using or creating software for research and teaching.
Associate Professor of Art History and Romance Languages & Literatures
Associate Professor of Classics
John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics
Associate Professor of Music
William Rainey Harper Professor of English and Cinema & Media Studies
Assistant Professor of History (History of Science)
Professor of Japanese Literature
Associate Professor of English and Theater & Performance Studies
Benjamin Franklin Professor of French Literature
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Anthropology
University Professor in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought
Professor of Archaeology; Faculty Director of the Forum for Digital Culture
Associate Senior Instructional Professor of Computer Science
Assistant Professor of Landscape Archaeology
Professor of Hebrew Bible
Professor of South Asian Languages & Civilizations
Associate Professor of Philosophy
The Faculty Director of the Forum for Digital Culture is David Schloen. He is a Professor of Archaeology in the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago, where he has been teaching since 1994. He specializes in the archaeology and history of the ancient Levant in the Bronze and Iron Ages and directs excavations at archaeological sites in Turkey, Israel, and Spain. He holds a doctorate in archaeology and ancient Semitic languages from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and psychology from the University of Toronto.
David Schloen has extensive experience in applying computational methods to textual and archaeological research. He teaches the Digital Studies core course entitled “Introduction to Digital Humanities” (DIGS 30007). He is particularly interested in the digital representation of scholarly knowledge and the philosophical issues raised by this endeavor. Scholarly practices in the humanities highlight the degree to which such knowledge is contingent and perspectival, consisting of potentially conflicting or uncertain predications (statements) about subjects of interest uttered at different times by different authors and observers according to their own conceptual ontologies.
This line of research has resulted in a comprehensive foundational ontology that accommodates heterogeneous local or domain-specific ontologies and enables data integration across projects while faithfully representing the diversity of conceptual schemes and individual voices characteristic of the humanities. This ontology was designed by David Schloen in collaboration with Sandra Schloen, a software engineer and the Director of Technology in the Forum for Digital Culture, who has implemented it in the OCHRE database platform. This platform is used to support research projects in a wide range of fields, demonstrating that a professionally engineered system shared by many scholars can meet their individual needs while providing economies of scale that ensure the long-term sustainability and accessibility of the data.