.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, the nature of fictional storytelling, and citizen humanities. Students are currently using data to study:
- the nature of queer fan fiction
- the effects of corporate ownership on journalism
- narrativity across a two-hundred year time span
- the visual qualities of scientific documents
- minor literature and literary nationalism
- aspects of narrative space
- and more…
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 the best place to start is by taking one of my classes that introduces you to the computational analysis of text: LLCU 255, 301, or 602. If you already have 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.