D-WISE: With Manual and Digital Approaches towards a Tool Suite for Discourse Analysis


Next CAPTURE Talk #5 on Nov 16, 2022 online at 1.15 pm CET with Isabel Eiser from the University of Hamburg.

How can DH methods be meaningfully integrated into qualitative discourse analysis knowledge production? How can existing methods be adopted and new methods be developed for this purpose?

An integral part of the D-WISE project and to approach these questions is the epistemological reflection and further development of hermeneutical methodology in the use of (semi)automated processes. Bridging the gap between structural patterns detected with digital methods and interpretative processes of human meaning making is at the core of the collaborative approach of anthropological studies and computer linguistics in the D-WISE project. The project innovates both informatics AI-technology of context-oriented embedding representations and hermeneutic methodologies for discourse analysis to the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse. Exploring the combination of manual and digital approaches to discourse analysis the D-WISE team aims to develop a prototypical web-based working environment (the D-WISE Tool Suite) for digital qualitative discourse analysis on basis of already successfully used DH methods and the parallel processing by researchers from Humanities and Informatics.


The BMBF-funded joint research project D-WISE research project is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project between a team of researchers of the Humanities, represented by the Institute of Anthropological Studies in Culture and History, and a team of researchers of Information Technologies, represented by the Language Technology Group at the Department of Informatics, both at University Hamburg. www.dwise.uni-hamburg.de

Isabel Eiser

On behalf of the D-WISE project team Isabel Eiser will present an overview of the project. She is a research fellow in the D-WISE project at the Institute of Anthropological Studies in Culture and History at University Hamburg and PhD candidate at the research center “Hamburg’s (post-)colonial legacy” in Global History at University Hamburg. Her PhD thesis is titled “Becoming an Emblem. From Colonial Propaganda to Decolonial Movement. A Discourse Analysis on the ‘Benin Bronzes’” and is planned to be finalized in 2023.

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