Masterclass: "Viral Texts: Aggregating Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers" with Ryan Cordell (Northeastern University, USA)
- Wednesday 9 May, 2018
- 3-5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
- Rm 201, Level 14, UTS Building 10 (map here)
This Masterclass will outline how the Viral Texts project at Northeastern University draws on advanced data mining techniques to uncover patterns of information exchange in large-scale nineteenth-century newspapers, and overview some of the major findings of the project thus far. Cordell will demonstrate the central tools developed in the project for identifying reprinted articles while accounting for changes made by nineteenth-century editors as texts circulated, as well as those introduced more during digitization due to errorful OCR. Cordell will also discuss visualization methods that bring to light patterns in the resulting data on nineteenth-century reprinting, from maps of circulation to graphs of propagation networks.
Preparatory readings: Please read these in preparation for the Masterclass
- “Reprinting, Circulation, and the Network Author in Antebellum Newspapers” and “Computational Methods for Uncovering Reprinted Texts in Antebellum Newspapers”, published in American Literary History 27.3 (August 2015).
- Viral Texts project website
Registration: The Masterclass is free to attend, but places are limited. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. His scholarship focuses on the inextricable links between technologies of print production—both historical and contemporary—and the publics they can constitute. In particular, it examines the technical, social, and literary operations of the nineteenth-century newspaper: its modes of circulation, its genres of everyday reading and writing, and its networked modes of authorship. You can find out more about Ryan and his projects here.
This event is hosted by the UTS Australian Centre for Public History's Digital History node. For more information about digital history at UTS contact email@example.com