Mellon Grant to Study Algorithms

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a substantial grant to a four-year University of Chicago project to support research on the relationship between algorithmic techniques and academic disciplines. Building on the "Disciplines and Technologies Project" at the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the project seeks to understand the nature, course, and consequences of the interaction between new technology and disciplinary practices by focusing on algorithms, models, and other formalisms.

The project leaders are Adrian Johns (History, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science), James Evans (Sociology, Computation Institute, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science), and James Chandler (English, Cinema and Media Studies). The program will fund nine residential scholars, twenty-eight short-term visitors, collaborative projects, and conferences.

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