East Asian Studies & DH: Dream Lab Plus Edition 2023

Course Description:

This course focuses on current and emerging digital projects and methods for East Asian studies, which use primary sources written in classical and modern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. While it is open to all disciplines and areas of interest, it is recommended that participants have reading knowledge of at least one of these languages specific to their own work. Held over 7 sessions (2 hours each) over Zoom, this all-virtual short course is intended for faculty, librarians, information specialists, and other instructors in East Asian Studies who wish to incorporate digital methodologies into their research, teaching, or curricular development. 

Graduate students and contingent faculty are encouraged to apply to our summer Dream Lab course, as this one will specifically address faculty and instructional needs.

East Asian Studies and Digital Humanities will include a broad overview of the state of the field, presentations of methods and hands-on sessions with tools and projects, and active discussion about pedagogy, self-directed learning, and future directions for DH research and projects in East Asian studies. Because East Asian studies encompasses a wide range of methods, we will cover topics ranging from corpus preparation and text analysis to OCR, IIIF, network analysis, and digital resources relevant to materials in these languages.

This class is an introductory one geared toward those with little to no DH training and will prioritize applications according to experience level, the (un)availability of digital humanities specialists at their institutions, and project/teaching-oriented needs. 

Please be aware that the course is capped at 32 participants. Sessions will be 100% virtual and will not be recorded. Those who were accepted to past Dream Lab: East Asian Studies & Digital Humanities courses are not eligible to apply again. If you are a graduate student, postdoc, or contingent faculty member, please refer to our summer Dream Lab course application.


1/14    12:00–2:00 pm EST
1/21    12:00–2:00 pm EST
1/28    12:00–2:00 pm EST; 3:00–5 pm EST (double session)
2/04    12:00–2:00 pm EST
2/11    12:00–2:00 pm EST
(week break during virtual Association for Asian Studies)
2/25    12:00–2:00 pm EST


  • Standard rate: $400 USD
  • Partner institution rate: $300 (UCLA, Penn, and William & Mary)
  • Need-based rate: $200*

* Scholars who do not have institutional support for professional development programming may indicate their need in their application (see #3 below). Grants at 50% or more of the standard rate may be available for a limited number of applicants and are sponsored by The Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, William and Mary University, and the Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities at UCLA and Waseda University.

How to Apply

To apply, please provide the following items:

1)  Application Form: https://bit.ly/EASDreamLabPlus23 

2) A Statement of Interest describing your interests and/or needs in participating in the course. This statement will also help us shape the course to your needs. (500 words max, PDF format, emailed to pavierthaler@wm.edu, prcurtis@ucla.edu)

3) [OPTIONAL] Application for Assistance expressing your interest in and need for consideration for a reduced fee rate. (500 words max, PDF format, emailed to pavierthaler@wm.edu, prcurtis@ucla.edu)

Application deadline: November 30, 2022, 8pm EST

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants will be notified by December 15.


Dr. Paul Vierthaler, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures and a M.A. in Asian Studies from Yale University. He also has a B.A. in Chinese and Political Science from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to William & Mary, he was an Assistant Professor of the Digital Humanities at Leiden University in the Netherlands from 2016 to 2019, where he also helped establish the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities. He has also held postdoctoral fellowships at Boston College (in digital humanities), and Harvard University (the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies). His research focuses primarily on late imperial Chinese literature. His current monograph project tracks how historical information in late imperial China was transmitted and deformed through novels, dramas, and unofficial histories (“quasi-histories”) using traditional critical analysis and computational analytics (natural language processing, corpus linguistics, machine learning, and other data analyses). He is interested in both big data analytics and minimal computing.

Dr. Paula R. Curtis is a historian of medieval Japan. She is presently the Yanai Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow and a Lecturer with the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current book project focuses on metal caster organizations from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries and their relationships with elite institutions. She also works on the history of documentary forgery in premodern Japan. In addition, Dr. Curtis collaborates in several online projects, including the Digital Humanities Japan initiative; an online database for digital resources related to East Asia; the blog What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies; and the digital archive Carving Community: The Landis-Hiroi Collection.