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Humanist Archives: Sept. 20, 2019, 6:07 a.m. Humanist 33.260 - advanced institutes on text-analysis (Northeastern)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 260.
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        Date: 2019-09-19 12:53:18+00:00
        From: Sarah Connell 
        Subject: Call for Participation: Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist

Applications are invited for participation in a series of advanced institutes on
text analysis, sponsored by the Northeastern University Women Writers Project
with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These
events introduce teachers and researchers at varied levels of expertise to the
text analysis methods and interpretive questions arising from word embedding
models, which represent connections between words as computable spatial
relationships. These institutes explore practical techniques and also
interpretive outcomes, working with simple, open-access web tools hosted in the
Women Writers Project Lab.

This program includes four institutes, of which one has already taken place in
July 2019 [https://wwp.northeastern.edu/outreach/seminars/wem_2019-07/]. The
remaining events are:

  1.  An introductory institute focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors,
using the WWP's web-based Women Writers Vector Toolkit (May 20-22, 2020)
  2.  An intensive institute focused on research uses of word vectors, offering
a thorough, well-scaffolded introduction to RStudio through commented code
samples that can be adapted for use in participants' own work (July 15รข-17,
  3.  An intensive institute focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors,
including coverage of RStudio and the challenges of teaching command-line tools
in a humanities context (July 2021)

Both the introductory and intensive events are intended to stand on their own,
although participants are welcome to attend both, space permitting. Each event
is followed by a period of virtual discussion, consultation, and support.
Participants will share research and teaching outcomes including syllabi,
assignments, blog posts, and research papers.

Each institute begins with a three-day in-person event, followed by a three-
month period of virtual discussion and consultation with WWP staff and fellow
participants to ensure that these challenging concepts and techniques can be
thoroughly internalized. Participants will be encouraged to share research and
teaching outcomes (syllabi, assignments, blog posts, research papers) and will
be given the opportunity to post preliminary results and work in progress on the
WWP blog.

Travel funding is available of up to $500 per participant.

We're now inviting applications for the second and third events. For
information on how to apply, and for more detailed information on the workshops,
please visit http://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/encoding/seminars/neh_wem.html.

Word Vectors for Thoughtful Humanists: Introductory, Teaching-focused
Northeastern University, May 20-22 2020
Application deadline: January 24, 2020
Participants notified by February 14, 2020

Word Vectors for Thoughtful Humanists: Intensive, Research-focused
Northeastern University, July 15-17 2020
Application deadline: January 24, 2020
Participants notified by February 14, 2020

Next year, we'll send around a call for the final institute:
Word Vectors for Thoughtful Humanists: Intensive, Teaching-focused
Northeastern University, July 2021 (precise date to be determined)
Application deadline: March 19, 2021
Participants notified by April 16, 2021

Many thanks and best wishes,


Sarah Connell
Assistant Director
Women Writers Project
Northeastern University

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