Introduction to Computational Methods in Contemporary Chinese Studies – CHERN Training School

The China in Europe Research Network – CHERN, the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies NIAS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and the Center for East Asian Studies CEAS (University of Turku, Finland) are organizing the first face to face CHERN Training school in Copenhagen. The training school will be held on the 28th and 29th of April, 2022.

Training Schools are primarily (though not exclusively) aimed at Young Researchers and Innovators (YRI) (< 40 years old). Being able to speak or read Chinese is not a requirement. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of what computational methods are, but no prior coding skills are needed. The prerequisite is that you are familiar with the contents of the CHERN training webinar we held in November (video) and the 7-page  introduction to computational methods in Chinese studies. During the Training School, we’ll use both Chinese and English datasets. Note that it is required that participants install the necessary software into their laptops in advance.

The two online webinars that are arranged in connection with the training school, can be attended online by anyone.

Trainees eligible to be reimbursed for travel costs are engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. Trainees eligible for reimbursement are individuals who are affiliated to a legal entity in a full COST member or Cooperating member, a Near Neighbouring country (NNC), or from an Approved European RTD organization. Please see the COST Country and Organizations table.

Accepted participants will receive financial support for travel and accommodation from CHERN, in accordance with the EU COST rules. The support will cover travel costs up to € 300 and daily allowances of € 198 per day (which you need to cover your meals and accommodation from). Please check the COST Annotated Rules [pp. 84-90] for the calculation regarding Daily Allowance and requirements regarding the travel reimbursement.

The application period ended
on March 20th, 2022


28 April

9-15:00 Onsite training: An introduction to topic modeling by Professor Christian Göbel, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

15:15-16:15 Online webinar: Media innovation in China and its implications on contemporary China research by Joanne Kuai, Karlstad University, Sweden


29 April

9-12:00 Onsite training; An Introduction to Semantic Network Analysis by Associate Professor Jun Liu, Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen

13-14:00 Online webinar: Contemporary Chinese Digital Materials in the Big-data Era by Eric Zhang, LeidenAsiaCentre, The Netherlands

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