“Tools for Corpus Analysis in the Study of the Long Eighteenth Century” Part II (Digital Humanities Caucus)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
49th ASECS Annual Meeting

For this panel, we seek individual or team submissions focused on literary or historical work using digital tools
for corpus analysis. We invite papers that cover various aspects of computer-assisted textual analysis,
whether in research or in the classroom. Questions might include: What are the risks and benefits of
computer-assisted textual analysis? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having students “screw
around” with texts in this fashion? What does it mean to derive significance from a text or a corpus of texts
through quantitative means? How might texts be interpreted and interrogated through specific methods and
techniques? What pedagogical strategies have you implemented? What successes or defeats have you
encountered with computer-assisted textual analysis in your research or in the classroom? What
methodological and analytical questions drive corpus analysis? What are the roles of quantitative tools in
supporting quantitative analysis? What are the difficulties of implementing topic modeling tools/toolkits, and
what do these difficulties highlight about the nature of data in text or corpus analysis? Submissions that also
highlight the problems with making techniques and data reusable are encouraged. This panel invites
interdisciplinary perspectives. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to cassiechilds@mail.usf.edu