Folklorist Tim Tangherlini

Folklorist Tim Tangherlini employs a research approach he calls, “computational folkloristics” which uses data-mining to reveal new information, once thought lost to the past. He deploys computers to plot, compare, store and assist in the analysis of data from various archival holdings from around the world. His method places historical individuals in richer cultural, social and behavioral context than can be done from just reading the information contained in decontextualized documents. This episode represents a departure for the Artisan Ancestors Podcast in that we look at the narrative aspects of expressive culture from the past, rather than focusing on material culture. I chose to do this impart because I think that Tim’s approach could be applied to material culture studies, and that it provides another approach at learning about the creative lives of people from the past.


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