Distant Reading for European Literary History: Closing Conference (April 21-22, 2022)

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The COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History is delighted to announce that its closing conference takes place on April 21-22, 2022 in an online-only format.
The conference is co-organized as a common event of the Distant Reading and the Computational Literary Studies Infrastructure (CLSINFRA) projects. The local organizer is the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
Participants from both projects will be presenting papers on a wide range of topics in the field of distant reading and computational methods applied to literary texts. Sessions address topics such as corpus design, text encoding and annotation, analytical perspectives, theoretical concerns as well as infrastructure and training requirements.
We are proud to welcome two keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Karina van Dalen-Oskam (University of Amsterdam and The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Netherlands) and Dr. Oleg Sobchuk (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany).
For the full conference programme, see below and at: https://www.distant-reading.net/events/conference-programme/

The COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History has brought together scholars from more than 30 countries interested in analyzing large bodies of literary works using computational, quantitative text analysis. Together they have been building the multilingual European Literary Text Collection (ELTeC) currently containing more than 1900 novels in 17 different languages, with full text encoded in XMLTEI. The scholars involved in the project have also been developing innovative methods of text analysis adapted to Europe’s multilingual literary traditions. They have discovered cross-national, large-scale patterns and evolutions across European literary traditions and they have contributed to the creation of a broader, more inclusive and better-grounded account of European literary history and cultural identity. For more information, see: https://distant-reading.net.
Computational Literary Studies Infrastructure (CLSINFRA), funded as a Starting Community in Horizon 2020, is a four-year partnership aiming to build a shared resource of high-quality data, tools and knowledge needed for literary studies using artificial intelligence and other computational methods. The overall aim of CLSINFRA is to open up the best data mining resources Europe has to offer in the growing field of Computational Literary Studies, which enables a big-data approach to the study of culture. A further aim of the project is to open up Computational Literary Studies to more researchers and enable investigation into Europe’s multi-lingual and interconnected literary heritage and cultural diversity. Partners in the 13 institutions will bring together existing resources as well as develop new tools, services and literary collections. For more information, see https://clsinfra.io.

Conference Programme


14:00-15:30: Session 1, “Creating and Annotating ELTeC”
Opening / Words of welcome
(1) What a difference five years make: achievements and challenges of Distant Reading for European Literary History
Christof Schöch and Maciej Eder
(2) Collaborative creation of a multi-lingual literary corpus. Challenges and best practices for corpus design
Lou Burnard, Borja Navarro-Colorado, Carolin Odebrecht, Martina Scholger
(3) Mapping the inner life of characters in the European novel between 1840 and 1920
Tamara Radak, Lou Burnard, Pieter Francois, Fotis Jannidis, Diana Santos

15:30-16:00: Break

16:00-17:30: Session 2a, “Analysing ELTeC: Named Entities”
(1) A fine-grained recognition of Named Entities in ELTeC collection using cascades
Cvetana Krstev, Denis Maurel, Ranka Stanković
(2) Distant Reading of ELTeC text collection through Named Entities
Ranka Stanković, Diana Santos, Carmen Brando, Gábor Palkó, Joanna Byszuk
(3) HuWikifier as a distant reading device?
Gábor Palkó, Tamás Kiss

16:00-17:30: Session 2b, “Also Analysing ELTeC: space and time”
(1) Emotions and space: an investigation of “urban” vs. “rural” emotional language in Swiss-German fiction around 1900
Julia Grisot, Berenike Herrmann
(2) The Chronological Analysis of Textual Data. A statistical perspective
Fabio Ciotti, Stefano Ondelli, Andrea Sciandra, Floriana Sciumbata, Matilde Trevisani, Luca Tringali, Arjuna Tuzzi
(3) Sentence length across ELTeC collections and Gutenberg Fiction
Christof Schöch

18:00-19:30: Evening keynote
Evening Keynote: Prof. Dr. Karina van Dalen-Oskam (University of Amsterdam and The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Netherlands)


9:00-10:00: Session 3, “Analysing ELTeC some more: style and characters”
(1) ELTeC and Delta in eleven languages: relatively good news for stylometrists
Jan Rybicki
(2) Imagined differences: approaches to variation in fictional character voices in literary history
Artjoms Šeļa, Joanna Byszuk, Bartlomiej Kunda, Laura Hernández-Lorenzo, Botond Szemes, Maciej Eder

10:15-11:15: Session 4, “Workflows and infrastructure requirements”
(1) Beyond Babylonian Confusion: a case study-based approach for multilingual NLP on historical literature
Tess Dejaeghere, Julie M. Birkholz, Els Lefever, Christophe Verbruggen
(2) Computational Literary Studies data landscape review and online catalogue
Ingo Börner, Vera Maria Charvat, Matej Ďurčo, Michał Mrugalski, Carolin Odebrecht

11:45-13:15: Session 5a, “Beyond ELTeC texts”
(1) What’s in a preface? Sentiment analysis of liminal matter in ELTEC collections
Rosario Arias, Javier Fernández-Cruz, Ioana Galleron, María García-Gámez, Frédérique Mélanie-Becquet, Roxana Patras, Chantal Pérez-Hernández, Olga Seminck
(2) To catch a protagonist … once again. An attempt to recreate a corpus-based study using Linked Data
Ingo Börner, Peer Trilcke, Frank Fischer, Carsten Milling, Henny Sluyter-Gäthje

11:45-13:15: Session 5b, “Distant Reading”
(1) Distant Reading for European Literary History: ELTeC, digital sources and digital archives for studying Romanian literature
Luiza Catrinel Marinescu
(2) Combining close and distant reading: A plausible way forward?
Meliha Handzic, Vedad Mulavdic
(3) Beginning with the age-old challenges. Building a didactic resource for digital literature studies
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

14:15-15:45: Closing ceremony with closing keynote
Closing Keynote: Dr. Oleg Sobchuk (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany)
Ceremonial handover to CLS INFRA

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