DR. JUAN LUIS SUAREZ
Professor of Hispanic Studies, Western University
Director of the CulturePlex Lab for Cultural Complexity and Digital Humanities
GLOBAL NETWORKS OF CULTURE IN THE FIRST GLOBAL AGE
21 February 2015, 10:00am
Using the most advanced techniques and concepts of digital humanities, network analysis, and multi-cultural theories, this talk will show visual and quantitative evidence of how a global network of culture develops during the 16th to 18th centuries in the so called “first global age”. The goals of this presentation are both to better understand the points of contacts and similarities among cultural groups that help us explain why some interactions are fruitful while others result in unsolvable conflicts, and at the same time to asses the use of various digital technologies that allow us to understand the human experience at a different scale.
Juan Luis is a Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department as well as the Director of the CulturePlex Lab at Western U. His research deals with cultural complexity and complexity theory, digital humanities, technologies of humanism, Hispanic Baroque, as well as globalization and new literatures. Some of his books are “Tecnologías del Humanismo”, “Herederos de Proteo”, and “Calderón: El escenario de la imaginación”. Very recently, he also spearheaded a successful IDI proposal at Western U. in the field of Digital Humanities on which he is collaborating with participants from a broad spectrum of fields of study. Aside from his very active academic career, Juan Luis is also the thesis supervisor for most of the Graduate Students in the lab.