Complexity theory and the historical study of religion: navigating the transdisciplinary space between the Humanities and the Natural Sciences

História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography

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Title Complexity theory and the historical study of religion: navigating the transdisciplinary space between the Humanities and the Natural Sciences
 
Creator Silva, Thales
 
Subject Interdisciplinarity
Methodology
Digital Humanities
Interdisciplinaridade
Metodologia
Humanidades Digitais
 
Description This article advocates for a set of recent transdisciplinary options for the History of Religion, combining methods from the Natural and Human Sciences, through a special focus on the study of so-called “complex systems”. We elucidate their theoretical bases and limitations while assuming a pragmatic positioning between a defense of the historical-scientific study of religion and the promotion of groundbreaking methodological outlooks emerging from the Digital Humanities. From this background, throughout the text, we argue for a complementation of historiographical “close reading” with both “distant reading” techniques and interdisciplinary research, using computer-based methods and a diversity of formal modeling techniques. In short, we conclude that such methods offer novel ways for data representation and are best understood not only as creative schemes for solving issues in historiography, but also as a springboard for new inquiries arising from the transdisciplinarity between the Humanities and the Natural Sciences.
 
Publisher Sociedade Brasileira de Teoria e História da Historiografia
 
Date 2021-08-31
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Avaliado pelos pares, dossiê
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://www.historiadahistoriografia.com.br/revista/article/view/1669
10.15848/hh.v14i36.1669
 
Source História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography; Vol. 14 No. 36 (2021); 167-196
História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography; Vol. 14 Núm. 36 (2021); 167-196
História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography; v. 14 n. 36 (2021); 167-196
1983-9928
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://www.historiadahistoriografia.com.br/revista/article/view/1669/946
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Thales Silva
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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