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Welcome to .txtLAB, a laboratory for cultural analytics at McGill University directed by Andrew Piper. We explore the use of computational and quantitative approaches towards understanding literature and culture in both the past and present. Our aim is to engage in critical and creative uses of the tools of network science, machine learning, or image processing to think about language, literature, and culture at both large and small scale.
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.txtLAB Internship Winter 2015

.txtLAB Internship Winter 2015

.txtLAB is offering 3 internships for the Winter Semester available to undergraduate and graduate students. The internships will involve participation in lab research and the creation and completion of individual projects in cultural data mining. The internships will run from Feb. 1 through April 30. Application deadline is January 15, 2015. For more information, please...

PhD Fellowship in German and Digital Humanities @ .txtLAB

As part of the multi-university partnership, “NovelTM: Text Mining the Novel,” .txtLAB is sponsoring a 5 year fellowship open to students with a background in German literature or cultural studies and a demonstrated interest in digital humanities. The fellow will be part of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University and an active...

We’re Hiring! Seeking a project manager.

.txtLAB is hiring a Project Manager to oversee a variety of international and multidisciplinary research projects. Projects involve the application of computational and quantitative analysis to the study of literature and culture in a global context with over 20 partners from across North America and Europe. The position affords the opportunity to develop a dynamic...
Text Mining the Novel

Text Mining the Novel

We have been awarded a major Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for $1.8 million towards the quantitative study of the novel. “Text Mining the Novel: Establishing the Foundations of a New Discipline” involves researchers and partners from 21 different academic and non-academic institutions. Our aim is to bring new computational approaches...
M.A. Fellowship in Digital Humanities

M.A. Fellowship in Digital Humanities

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at McGill University is offering a 2-year fellowship to an incoming master’s student to participate in the recently funded Digging into Data project, “Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900,” directed by Prof. Andrew Piper. Project Overview This project undertakes the cross-cultural study of literary networks in a...
Digging into Data Award

Digging into Data Award

We learned that we have been awarded a Digging into Data Grant for our project, “Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900.” Our project will undertake the cross-cultural study of literary networks in a global context, ranging from post-classical Islamic philosophy to the European Enlightenment. Integrating new image-processing techniques with social network analysis, we examine...
MLA Panel on Macroanalysis

MLA Panel on Macroanalysis

I gave a paper at this year’s MLA on combining quantitative and qualitative analysis together with Hoyt Long and Richard So of the global literary networks group at the University of Chicago. My paper was titled “The Wertherian Exotext.” Using corpuses from the Hathi Trust in German, English and French of between 10,000-25,000 texts, I...