Rethinking the Datafication of Culture in the Chinese World: An Online Workshop on the Digital Humanities

Date: 18 June 2021 (Friday)

Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

(All sessions listed in this programme are scheduled in Hong Kong Time (UTC/GMT+8). Please use Time Zone Converter to check the local time in your area.)

Online on Zoom

All are welcome. Register for the workshop HERE.

Here is a recap of the event: 



9:30 am - 9:45 am

Opening Address

Head and Professor
Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong

TSUI Lik Hang
Assistant Professor
Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong

9:45 am - 10:30 am

Social Network Analysis, Literary Communities, and Women's Literature: Poetry Exchange Networks Among 18th-Century Women Poets in China

Assistant Professor
Department of Chinese Culture, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Reflections on Close Encounters with Digital Humanities East and West

Executive Director, Research Centre for Digital Publishing and Digital Humanities Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai

11:15 am - 11:30 am Break


11:30 am - 12:15 am


HE Jie 何捷
Associate Professor
Director, Spatial Humanities and Place Computation Laboratory School of Architecture, Tianjin University

12:15 am - 1:00 pm


CHYU Shih-Wen 邱詩雯
Assistant Professor
Department of Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch Break


3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

MCBD: A Biographical Database for Modern Chinese History

Christian HENRIOT
Professor of Modern Chinese History
Aix-Marseille University

Postdoctoral Researcher
Aix-Marseille University

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Fostering Digital Humanities Research in Hong Kong Literature: Data-Mining The Chinese Student Weekly

Wendy H. Y. WONG
Research Data Librarian
Chinese University of Hong Kong Library

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Engaging Scholars, Students, and the Public with Digital Humanities using Mobile Applications

Eric H. C. CHOW
Apps Resource Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm Break


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Workshop Session:

Collecting Historical “Big” Data from Chinese Local Gazetteers

Shih-Pei Chen
Senior Research Scholar
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

In this workshop session, we will introduce LoGaRT, a suite of digital research tools that helps historians to study digitised local gazetteers (difangzhi 地方志). LoGaRT is designed with the philosophy of “treating the genre as a database for research inquiry” by using a large collection of digital gazetteers to statistically represent the genre. Practically, LoGaRT allows scholars to collect historical “big” data from digitised gazetteers via search or text-tagging. Once a historical dataset is collected, LoGaRT allows scholars to apply visual and statistical tools to obtain its overall distributions (the so-called “bird's-eye view”), which also serve as reading guides to understand the dataset in depth. Having the ability to quickly collect historical data brings scholars to confront the challenge of how to best interpret such data, which will be also discussed in the workshop.

Additional materials:

For those who would like to follow along during the workshop session, you are encouraged to register for a LoGaRT account at You are also welcome to watch the hands-on tutorial videos before the session (at, but this is not required before you join the workshop.


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Organiser: Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong
Enquiries: 3442 2054