AI-Humanity-Society LMU-TAU Workshop for Early-Career Researchers
The interface of AI and the humanities\social sciences\arts is a remarkably dynamic and increasingly critical site. Big data and machine learning have the capacity to revolutionize research about humans, their social formations, and their cultural practices, while scholarship in the “soft” sciences is fundamental for understanding the potential consequences of changes imposed by technological advances. For a new generation of researchers in sociology, law, history, the arts, cultural studies, philosophy, political sciences, management, and other related fields, thinking about the uses and challenges of AI is an urgent and exciting task.
We propose a 3-day workshop for early-career researchers from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and Tel Aviv University (TAU), whose work encompasses AI as methodology and\or object of study. In the course of the workshop, participants will share their work-in-progress, benefit by interaction with senior scholars, and form bi-national partnerships for future collaboration.
LMU and TAU are uniquely poised to serve as cohosts of a workshop on AI, Big Data, Digitization, and the “soft” sciences.
LMU Munich has made a number of strategic appointments in this area in recent years that aim at embedding AI in the humanities and social sciences, and at raising a new generation of scholars capable of incorporating this aspect into world-class research.
TAU’s Faculties of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Management, and the Arts all are currently supporting and encouraging research and pedagogy related to AI and Big Data. In consideration of the major, cross-disciplinary impact of AI and the budding research opportunities created, TAU inaugurated in February 2021 a Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences (TAD) whose goal is to enable high-profile, interdisciplinary contributions to this expansive field.
LMU and TAU will recruit and select a cohort of 10 young researchers from each side, including pre-tenured faculty, postdocs, and advanced PhD students. Candidates from outside LMU/TAU may be considered as well.