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Welcome to .txtLAB, a digital humanities laboratory at McGill University directed by Andrew Piper. We explore the use of computational and quantitative approaches towards understanding literary and cultural phemonena 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 the large and small scale.
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Connectivity. A Conference

Connectivity. A Conference

Looking forward to this event tomorrow. Bringing together researchers from different disciplines to develop models of cultural connectivity. Connectivity has become the dominant framework through which contemporary knowledge is increasingly understood. From networks to clouds to close reading to reconstructing historical social worlds, making connections is at the core of what academics are expected to do. And...
Culture + Computation: New Syllabus in Cultural Analytics LLCU 614

Culture + Computation: New Syllabus in Cultural Analytics LLCU 614

  I am pleased to add this year’s syllabus for my graduate course, “LLCU 614, Cultural Analytics: The Computational Study of Culture.” The aim of the course is twofold: 1) to introduce students in the humanities to the computational and quantitative methods for studying culture in order to move beyond the use of anecdotal evidence and...
Why your dissertation needs data

Why your dissertation needs data

Dear Future Graduate Students, It’s that time of year to start thinking about grad school. Recruiting is not easy for me. My general sentiment around graduate training is, let them decide. Advertising or persuasion is for places like Trump University not scholarship. But I think we are at a bit of a crossroads in our field...
Validation and Subjective Computing

Validation and Subjective Computing

Like many others I have been following the debate between Matthew Jockers and Annie Swafford regarding the new syuzhet R package created by Jockers, which has been given a very nice storified version by Eileen Clancy. As others have pointed out, the best part of the exchange has been the civility and depth of replies,...
.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...
New Course! Big Data and Literature: Intro to Literary Text Mining

New Course! Big Data and Literature: Intro to Literary Text Mining

I’m posting the syllabus to my new course Introduction to Literary Text Mining for those who are interested. The most challenging part is teaching material that I didn’t experience myself as a student — the easiest, and often the best, way to teach is to build on great seminars you had as a student. Well, this...
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...
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...
Beyond E-Books

Beyond E-Books

A new piece in World Literature Today that urges publishers to start thinking in terms of data sets and not just books.