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New Perspectives on Authorship: from Historiography to Linguistics to AI

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Organizer: Daniel Emiliano Barrera Rivera

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There are plenty of authorship attribution methods, but very few critical theory. Since the days of French Theory, critical discussion about the role of the author diminished. Yet, identity politics filled the vacuum la mort de l'auteur left. Now, new techniques to characterize the style and language of an author demand new theories. This would be the philology of the 21st century.

This seminar aims to explore new perspectives on the intersection of authorship, literature, history, and linguistics. The digital humanities and the “author” represent the core theme. 

Natural Language Processing powered by AI has made several advancements in applied linguistics, from translating dead languages to sentiment analysis. Contemporary historians had widely adopted AI tools in their research. Literature is far behind, even if the potential of AI to assists scholarly investigation is undeniable.

As this new tools and techniques enhance our gaze of an author's vocabulary, style, and even their intertextuality, new critical approaches are necessary. They will reshape the way we approach authors and the way we read critically. Even more so because these new perspectives will impact on many aspects of literary analysis, and eventually, effect a new way to write, a new literature. 

Artificial intelligence is making headway through all areas of knowledge. Humanists should not be left out from the discussion in their own field, but lead it. 
*Papers from linguistics, history, and literature from all points of view that dealt with authorship are welcome. 

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