Interpretation Today is a one-day conference on 16 May 2018 at Theater De Boemel (Burgemeester Brokxlaan 8-76, Tilburg). It brings together a broad range of humanities scholars and students to discuss the value of interpretation and hermeneutics in the face of big data, as well as anti-or post-hermeneutic tendencies.
Increasingly in the last decades, scholars have written about the limits of interpretation. Recent forms of ‘distant reading’ in Digital Humanities, experiments in machine reading, critiques of historicism, and narratives of the ‘turn away from the linguistic turn,’ all foreground the epistemological restrictions inherent to the practice of interpreting individual texts. We will critically assess these orientations and try to rethink the uses and misuses of hermeneutics in the present moment.
Confirmed speakers are:
- Espen Aarseth (Center for Computer Games Research, IT-University of Copenhagen)
- Jan Blommaert (Department of Culture Studies, Tilburg University)
- Kiene Brillenburg Wurth (Literature and Comparative Media, Utrecht University)
- Pepita Hesselberth (Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University)
- Ingrid Hoofd (Media and Performance Studies, Utrecht University)
- Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures, University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam)
- Julie Orlemanski (English Literature, University of Chicago)
- Mykola Pechenizkiy (Department of Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology)
- Andrej Radman (Architecture, TU Delft)