Cultural Analytics: Computational Approaches to the Study of Culture

Free and open to the public. 

Friday, May 22 - Saturday, May 23

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, Room 103
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

This event brought together faculty and graduate students working at the intersection of literary studies and applied computational analysis. This field has been growing for some time, but there have been few opportunities for a sustained discussion of the methodological challenges and opportunities afforded by new digital and data-driven tools and techniques. Existing work in “cultural analytics” by Lev Manovich and others provides a useful framework to think about what this research might be. In this conference, brought together scholars who specialize in a range of literatures and periods to galvanize the formation of a “cultural analytics” sub-field for textual studies specifically.

Participants Include:

Global Literary Networks Group 
Hoyt Long (University of Chicago), Tom McEnaney (Cornell University), Richard Jean So (University of Chicago)
Stanford Literary Lab 
Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford University), Ryan Heuser (Stanford University)
Viral Texts Group 
Ryan Cordell (Northeastern University), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University), David Smith (Northeastern University)

Tanya Clement (University of Texas, Austin)
Marissa Gemma (Max-Planck Institute)
Natalie Houston (University of Houston)
Matthew Jockers (University of Nebraska)
Meredith Martin (Princeton University)
Andrew Piper (McGill University)
Ted Underwood (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Matthew Wilkens (University of Notre Dame)

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 22

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.     Viral Texts Team, “Reconstructing Nineteenth-Century Virality from Unstructured Newspaper Archives”

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.     Matthew Wilkens, “Literature and Economic Change in the Twentieth Century”

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Global Literary Networks Team, “Patterns Taken for Wonder: Computational Approaches to Global Modernism”

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.       Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.        Natalie Houston, “Material Form: Towards a Sociological Poetics”

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       Meredith Martin, Meagan Wilson, Jean Bauer (Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton), “Princeton Prosody Archive”

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.        Ted Underwood, “The Unreasonable Influence of Poetry”

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.        Marissa Gemma, “Narrative Talk: A Historical Study of Speech-Based Forms in Fictional Narration”

Saturday, May 23

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.       Matthew Jockers, “A Computational Morphology of Plot”

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.       Andrew Piper, “Fictionality”

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.      Stanford Literary Lab, “Between Suspense and Fear: Two Digital Approaches to Recovering Traces of Textual Affect”

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.       Tanya Clement, “HiPSTAS: High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship”

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.         Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.        Graduate Student Caucus Response and Discussion

The event is presented by the Global Literary Networks, a project of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Additional support by the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture and the Humanities Without Walls Consortium based at the IPRH at UIUC.