About

Andreas Gursky, Library (1999)

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.txtlab is a laboratory for cultural analytics at McGill University directed by Andrew Piper.

We have a variety of on-going projects, with a particular focus on questions of cultural inequality as well as the nature of fictional storytelling. Students are currently using data to study:

  • the nature of queer fan fiction
  • the effects of corporate ownership on journalism
  • the parallel narrative worlds of news platforms
  • the visual qualities of scientific documents
  • the discursive changes of literary studies over the past half-century
  • the aesthetic effects of belonging to minor literatures

Students come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from cultural studies to linguistics to political science to classics to languages and literature to computer science to some combination of the above. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in these types of cultural questions, have some experience with text and data analysis, and are comfortable doing independent work, learning on your own and participating in group activities, then get in touch!

To learn more about past projects check out our publications and follow me on Twitter @_akpiper.