Recently, Tom van Nuenen, an associate researcher in the Department of Informatics at King's College London, UK, was invited by SJC to offer a two-week series courses named "Digital Hermeneutics: Hermeneutics in the Era of Big Data" as a mobile distinguished teacher. At first, Liu Mingyang, dean of SJC, had a discussion with Mr. Tom and introduced the general situation of SJC, hoping to further enhance cooperation with Mr. Tom in the future.
In class, Mr. Tom had discussion with SJC’s students about the distinctive values of certain disciplines including communication literature and media research, compared with those of physics and mathematics, with the assistance of vivid pictures. Then, Mr. Tom gave a elucidation about culture from three disparate dimensions, namely, culture is unnatural, culture is a kind of social practice and contents incorporated by popular culture. In his view, humanity is a concept characterized by comprehensiveness and profundity, and some contents of communication, literature and art are also an indispensable part of culture.
The atmosphere in the class was very active. According to the students, Tom's lecture enabled them to broaden their academic vision, gain a brand-new comprehension of hermeneutics and delivered a lot of benefits to them. Based on the cutting edge discipline, international-oriented "Digital Hermeneutics" series courses are conducive to opening up the international horizon of SJC’s postgraduates&doctoral students and promoting the internationalization of talent training of SJC.