Digital Humanities, Cognitive Historiography, and the Study of Religion

A Special Issue of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography

Though relatively young, the field of cognitive historiography has already drawn together scholars from across the academy to engage in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. The first publications under this disciplinary banner began to emerge in the early 2010s, though the roots of the discipline can be traced back a decade or so before that, and even find precedents in the late 19th century. Because many of the pioneers of this field are themselves scholars of religion, it is only natural that Religious Studies/History of Religions has emerged as one of the most fertile topics of inquiry. The present issue of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography continues in this vein while also highlighting a variety of database research initiatives and the potential of computational models for studying history. In step with cognitive historiography’s inherent interdisciplinarity, the digital humanities focus of this issue opens fresh analytical and methodological vistas for the study of history and of religion.
Issue 3.1-2 Table of Contents
Introduction: Digital Humanities, Cognitive Historiography, and the Study of Religion
Frederick S. Tappenden, Edward Slingerland
Exploring the Challenges and Potentialities of the Database of Religious History for Cognitive Historiography
Brenton Sullivan , Michael Muthukrishna , Frederick S. Tappenden , Edward Slingerland
The Database of Religious History and the Study of Ancient Mediterranean Religiosity
Frederick S. Tappenden
Network Analysis of Biblical Texts
István Czachesz
Utilizing Complex Systems Statistics for Historical and Archaeological Data
Justin E. Lane, Michael J. Gantley
Mining the Past – Data-Intensive Knowledge Discovery in the Study of Historical Textual Traditions
Kristoffer L Nielbo, Ryan Nichols, Edward Slingerland
Distant Reading Conversion in Early Modernity
Stephen Wittek

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