For the third time, we are offering the CRETA-Coaching. This intense and on-point program will again accept applications for five to six places. Core idea of the coaching is to discuss operationalisation issues and challenges individually with young researchers. This allows taking into account the very specific research questions and conditions they have. More info can be found here: www.cretaverein.de/coaching/, details about applications are listed here (in German).
With colleagues from the universities Würzburg and Darmstadt, I’m organising a shared task on scene segmentation: Scenes are time-, location- and plot-wise coherent units of a story, and can predominantly be found in narrative texts like novels or biographies. Registration is open until June 7, and the shared task is co-located with KONVENS 2021.
In October 2020, we have established CRETA e.V., a legal entity according to German law (“Verein”). The CRETA e.V. takes over from the eHumanities centre at Stuttgart University, but is no longer bound to Stuttgart. In fact, our members already come from different universities and places. In this new form, we will continue to work on different areas of reflected text analysis, having a platform that links specific research from individual projects. More on our mission can be found on our web page.
Since 2015, I’ve been working in the eHumanities-Center CRETA at Stuttgart University. What we’ve been doing there and how it all fits together can (as of today) be read in a single volume, available both digitally in open-access as well as in print. Roughly one quarter of the articles are in English, the rest in German.
Virtual summer school "Deep Learning for Language Analysis"
After a break, I’m again part of the Cologne summer school on deep learning for language analysis. This year’s edition takes place from August 31 to September 4 online. I’ll be giving a class on Text Analysis with Deep Learning.
The CRETA-Coaching is back. This intense and on-point program will again accept applications for a total of five places. Core idea of the coaching is to discuss operationalisation issues and challenges individually with young researchers. This allows taking into account the very specific research questions and conditions they have. More info can be found here: www.creta.uni-stuttgart.de/coaching/.
A Shared Task for the Digital Humanities: Annotating Narrative Levels
The special issue on SANTA, our shared task with a narratological focus, has started to appear in the open access journal Cultural Analytics, edited by Evelyn Gius, Nils Reiter, and Marcus Willand. In the next weeks, individual guidelines will be put online one after the other. This post will be updated with links to all articles in the issue. Thanks to the crew of Cultural Analytics, as well as all the guideline authors and reviewers for making this happen!
I’m pleased to announce that QuaDramA, the research project by Marcus Willand and myself, will receive additional funding soon. In this extension called Q:TRACK, we will investigate knowledge about social relations in drama, focusing on family relations. The core idea is to track the distribution and dissemination of social knowledge by detecting the knowledge characters have, acquire and share during the course of dramatic action. In order to accomplish this, Q:TRACK combines methods from computational linguistics and digital humanities with theoretical and historical expertise of literary studies. The project builds on the research we have done in QuaDramA so far.
From September 9 to 13, I will be giving a class on Reflected Text Analysis beyond Linguistics, as part of the DGfS-CL fall school 2019 at the IMS at Stuttgart University. The class is also part of the CRETA Coaching.
It’s now official: On September 1st, I’ll join the Institute for Digital Humanities at the University of Cologne. At the institute, I’ll be an interim professor for linguistic information processing (“Sprachliche Informationsverarbeitung”). I’m looking forward to the new colleagues, students, institute, and city!
Today, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced that a new collaborative research center (CRC/SFB: Sonderforschungsbereich) will be installed that I am involved in: Andere Ästhetik (SFB 1391). I’m leading a digital humanities subproject project together with Angelika Zirker. This is exciting news, and I can’t wait to get started.
I’m happy to announce that we will give a tutorial on quantitative drama analysis as part of the 2nd Heidelberg Computational Humanities Summer School. The tutorial will take place on Monday afternoon (July 15) and is held by the entire QuaDramA team. We will give a brief introduction into R and RStudio, but the main part will be a hands-on session using tools we develop(ed) within our project.
This after-workshop post summarizes some interesting findings during our workshop. The post focusses on subjective impressions of the workshop, it will take some more time to deliver the actual results.
The list of accepted papers at the COLING workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature has just been published. Acceptance rate is higher compared to previous years: 69%.
The deadline for submitting annotation guidelines in the SANTA shared task has passed, and we received eight submissions, with which we are very happy. We blogged about first impressions and a few more numbers.
Teaching at European Summer University in Digital Humanities
Jointly with my colleague Sarah Schulz, I’ll be giving a class on Reflected Text Analysis in the Digital Humanities at the European Summer University in Digital Humanities in Leipzig. Looking forward to meeting the very good students!
I released a new annotation tool for Coreference, suited for the annotation of long texts containing many discourse entities and long chains. We are using it both in QuaDramA and CRETA. It’s a desktop program written in Java.
This article describes where to start and how to proceed when developing annotation guidelines. It focuses on the scenario when you're creating new guidelines for a phenomenon that has been described mostly theoretically.
The proceedings of the Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature, co-located with ACL 2017, are now available in the ACL Anthology.
We are still looking for a candidate for a PhD position in Natural Language Processing/Computational Linguistics, to work in the interdisciplinary research project QuaDramA: Quantitative Drama Analytics, funded by Volkswagen Foundation and soon starting at University of Stuttgart. Applications are welcome anytime.
We are looking for two candidates for PhD positions, to work in the interdisciplinary research project QuaDramA: Quantitative Drama Analytics, funded by Volkswagen Foundation and soon starting at University of Stuttgart.