From KU Today:
Reading 10,000 poems to search for certain themes would be a daunting task, no matter how passionate the reader is about the topic. But the evolution of digital technology has not only made that possible, it’s making it possible to change the way people think about poetry. That’s what Whitney Sperrazza hopes to do: analyze poetry in a new way and take digital humanities to a much wider audience at the same time.
Sperrazza recently joined the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas as a postdoctoral researcher dedicated to the digital humanities. In her role, she’ll use digital tools to pursue her own research and help researchers and scholars across the university bring digital humanities to their own work, no matter what field they are in. She views digital humanities as a way to ask questions about humanities that we simply weren’t able to before, or using technology to examine things in a new light. The flip side of that coin is public facing, she said, allowing scholars throughout, and outside, the humanities, even beyond university borders, to do the same.
She is also partnering with the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities in KU Libraries and encourages anyone interested in how digital humanities can be part of their work to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, noting such collaborative approaches can also open avenues to research funding.
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