Cultural Inequality

Does the decline of gender within literary studies matter?

Does the decline of gender within literary studies matter?

A little while back I posted on the unmoving ratio between male/female pronouns in a data set of ~60,000 articles in literary studies. The ratio has been stable at about 2:1 since the mid-1990s. While pronouns do not tell us everything we need to know […]

How do we model stereotypes without stereotyping?

How do we model stereotypes without stereotyping?

We recently put out a paper on how racial bias functions in Hollywood films. This work was based on a few studies that came before it, namely this one, from USC Annenberg. We presented numerical analyses like the number of characters in different racial and […]

Our first “collaboration”: Racial Lines

Our first “collaboration”: Racial Lines

I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new series of papers that will be coming out of .txtLAB in the months (and hopefully years) to come. We are calling them “collaborations,” and not just because it’s a pun on the word “lab.” […]

Congratulations to Victoria Svaikovsky ARIA Intern for 2017

Congratulations to Victoria Svaikovsky ARIA Intern for 2017

McGill hosted its annual event to showcase the work of undergraduate summer research projects. Among the many amazing projects was .txtLAB’s Victoria Svaikovsky who led a research project with two other students, Anne Meisner and Eve Kraicer-Melamed, on studying the intersections of race and Hollywood […]

Reviewer Interviews: Megan McLennan

Reviewer Interviews: Megan McLennan

  Megan McLennan is in her third year of undergraduate studies at Western University, pursuing an Honors Specialization Degree in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature. McLennan is known for her Youtube channel called “The Teen Book Addict” that has over 980 subscribers, on […]

Gender and Equity in Publishing

Gender and Equity in Publishing

The Just Review team held an inspiring event last night. It was a roundtable of six women discussing their experiences with academic and literary publishing. It was an amazing conversation covering many different perspectives. We had two academics, one editor, one publisher, a novelist and […]

Investigating Topic Bias and Gender Representation in Syllabi

Investigating Topic Bias and Gender Representation in Syllabi

We were disheartened to find that courses at McGill upheld gender bias, and across all faculties, male authors largely overwhelmed female authors. Topic bias occurs when certain topics are disproportionately associated with specific genders. For example, we know that in book reviews female authors are […]

The Problem of (Gender) Binaries

The Problem of (Gender) Binaries

In their simplest form, computers work in binary. There are ones, and there are zeros and all the rest is context and combinations building more and more complex functions off of that binary. So it is maybe unsurprising that at .txtLAB, when we are dealing […]