The next Digital History seminar will be streamed over live video link on 29 October 2013 at 5.15pm (GMT). See details below:
Title: Ideology and Algorithms: The uses of nationalism in the American Civil War and topic Modeling in historical Research
Speaker: Robert Nelson (University of Richmond)
Venue: Athlone Room, 102, Senate house, first floor
Time: Tuesday, October 29th, 5:15 pm GMT (please note that time differences between UK and USA are one hour less than usual)
The 9th New York Infantry Regiment charging the Confederate right at Antietam. (wikipedia)
Abstract: This presentation will explore the instrumental functions of nationalistic and patriotic rhetoric during the Civil War. Using an innovative text-mining technique called topic modeling to analyze the entire runs of the Richmond Daily Dispatch and the New-York Times during the war, it will suggest that the two newspapers used the same language of patriotism and nationalism but to different ends: the former to draw men into the army, the latter to draw voters to the polls to support the Republic Party. It will also reflect upon the broader methodological value of topic modeling, suggesting how cultural and intellectual historians can use the technique to interpret the concrete political, social, and emotional functions of elusive ideological discourses.
Rob Nelson is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and affiliated faculty in the American Studies program at the University of Richmond. He has directed and developed a number of digital humanities projects including “Mining the Dispatch,” “Redlining Richmond,” and the History Engine. He’s currently working on a couple of projects. One uses a text-mining technique called topic modeling to analyze nationalism in Civil War newspapers. The other is an multi-year, collaborative project to develop an extensive digital atlas of American history.
Robert will be speaking via live video link. The seminar will be streamed live online at HistorySpot. To keep in touch, follow us on Twitter (@IHRDigHist) or at the hashtag #dhist.
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This year the Digital History seminar will again be streaming live over the internet. The first of these will be this coming Tuesday (15 October) when long-time attendee Adam Crymble (King’s College London) will be discussing his doctorate study. Please feel free to join us either in person (in the Bedford room G37, Senate House) or live online at History SPOT. Full details below:
The Programming Historian 2: Collaborative Pedagogy for Digital History
Adam Crymble (King’s College London)
Digital History seminar
Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 5:15pm (BST/GMT+1)
Bedford Room G37, Senate house, Ground floor
The Programming Historian 2 offers open access, peer reviewed tutorials designed to provide historians with new technical skills that are immediately relevant to their research needs. The project also offers a peer reviewed platform for those seeking to share their skills with other historians and humanists. In this talk, Adam will discuss the project from behind the scenes, looking at how it has grown and hopes to continue to grow, as an enduring digital humanities project and alternative publishing and learning platform.
Adam Crymble is one of the founding editors of the Programming Historian 2. He is the author of ‘How to Write a Zotero Translator: A Practical Beginners Guide for Humanists’ and is finishing a PhD in history and digital humanities at King’s College London. Adam is also a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute.
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