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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 […]

Are novels getting easier to read?

Are novels getting easier to read?

I’ve been experimenting with using readability metrics lately. They offer a very straightforward way of measuring textual difficulty, usually consisting of some ratio of sentence and word length. They date back to the work of Rudolf Flesch, who developed the “Flesch Reading Ease” metric. Today, […]

An Open Letter to the MLA

An Open Letter to the MLA

Dear Prof. Taylor, I am writing to you as a member of the MLA who has concerns about the practices and policies relating to the society’s data and its impact on research. This is an issue that effects many scholarly organizations. For this reason I […]

The Legibility Project: Reversing the dark economy of academic labor

The Legibility Project: Reversing the dark economy of academic labor

Here is an example of the kind of registry I am thinking of, using my own activity as a starting point. On-going duties include:¬†Undergraduate Advisor European Studies Minor, Editor Cultural Analytics, Board Member¬†Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science Over the years I have become […]

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 […]

1000 Words

1000 Words

Lab member Fedor Karmanov has created a beautiful new project that combines machine vision, machine learning, and poetry. It is called “1,000 Words,” and takes the self-portraits of Van Gogh and generates poems based on the colours and items in the portrait. The poems consist […]

The Danger of the Single Story – Why Quantity Matters

The Danger of the Single Story – Why Quantity Matters

I listened to a beautiful podcast the other day by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on “the danger of the single story.” Her point was that when we only tell one kind of story about a person or a place we cheapen our understanding. She began with […]


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