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Last fall, ITMO University initiated a unique educational project at the intersection of history, art, tech and natural sciences. TECHNOHISTORY was developed by the staff of ITMO’s Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge to popularize interdisciplinary research among students.
Throughout the past week, an event series at ITMO tackled the subject of digital humanities: over the course of five days, guest speakers spoke at length about neural networks, big data, deepfakes, and neuroart.
Three Monsters of Thinking: ITMO Holds a Lecture on Evidence-Based Policy As Part of Hard Core Philosophy Project
Hard Core Philosophy is a project within ITMO’s Thinking module. It is a series of lectures by Russian and international researchers from the world’s best universities on contemporary ontology and theory of cognition.
Why do art historians watch movies about mental health, while those who study history delve into medical prescriptions of the 19th century? We ask Corinne Doria, an expert in Medical Humanities with a PhD in History and a professor at the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tyumen, and Daria Martynova, assistant at ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovation, manager at the Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge, and a PhD student at The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.
Daria Martynova is not only a PhD student at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts but also a manager at ITMO University’s Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge, as well as an assistant at the Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations.
Rukami Fest 2020: ITMO’s TECHNOHISTORY Project Highlights Digital Loneliness and Bacteria Representation in Media
Students and staff at ITMO University have presented the results of their interdisciplinary research at the Rukami international festival. Their projects dealt with the relationship between natural sciences, humanities, and biohacking, as well as space exploration, environmental effects of food, and the future of planet Earth.
U.S. Fulbright Scholar Victoria Alexander on St. Petersburg, Isolation and Nabokov’s Connection to Evolution
Professor Victoria Alexander, a specialist in the field of evolutionary mechanisms, came to St. Petersburg in February as part of the Fulbright Program. She had begun her academic career in literary studies and researched the works of Vladimir Nabokov. However, the writer’s interest in butterflies made Victoria interested in biology and evolutionary mechanisms. At ITMO University, she will spend the semester teaching students of the Digital Humanities Master’s program research methods of humanities and natural sciences. ITMO.NEWS asked her why she decided to come to St. Petersburg, how Nabokov is related to the theory of evolution, and how she spends her time in self-isolation.
Staff members of ITMO University’s Digital Humanities Research Center and Laboratory of Machine Learning joined their forces to teach an algorithm to analyze archival texts and identify names, titles, and addresses. Existing algorithms that were developed using contemporary texts often fail to process books and articles from the past, especially ones that are over a century old. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with the researchers to learn more about this achievement and the St. Retrospect project, a map of the city’s historically significant sites for which this research was conducted.
At the end of January, Total Dictation hosted the 8th international conference in Moscow, titled “Dynamic processes in contemporary Russian language”. As part of the event, the organizers introduced the author of the text for the 2020 dictation, chose its capital and identified its main theme. Apart from that, volunteers, organizers and experts participated in the discussion on the topic “How popularization in humanities differs from popularization in natural sciences?”, which was moderated by Ilya Stakheev, deputy director of ITMO University’s Center for Science Communication.
St. Petersburg European University’s Nikolay Rudenko on Fixing the Divide Between Tech and Humanities
ITMO University and the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) have launched an open lecture series as part of their new Master’s program Science and Technologies in Society. At these lectures, held throughout May and June of 2019 at the Soviet Arcade Machines Museum, scientists talk about various aspects of modern tech and science from high-tech entrepreneurship to online gaming and research, latest developments, and more. For the series’ first lecture, Nikolay Rudenko, a research fellow at EUSP’s Center for Science and Technology Studies, explained what makes humanities and hard sciences so different, what lies behind the terms techno-optimism and techno-pessimism, and how soft sciences can learn to embrace technological research.