Hi all,

this autumn Martin Grandjean and I will teach two sessions on networks which might be of interest to people on this list:

Network Visualization with Gephi: from basics to advanced features

(9am-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm)

Martin Grandjean (Laboratory of Digital Humanitiesand Cultures of the University of Lausanne)

Gephi is a powerful, free and open-source, graph-drawing tool, used by many researchers around the world. Particularly easy to tame, it’sa fundamental tool for researchers who need to analyze and visualize networks without being familiar with mathematical methods and code. This workshop will guide participants from the most basic features to some more advanced elements, like geographical layout, bipartite and projected graphs, communities detection, and interactive online publishing. However, through the use of a suitable dataset and thanks to a step by step accompaniment, this workshop requires no prior knowledge and is intended for a wideaudience.

From Text Interpretation to Data


Marten Düring (CVCE, Luxembourg)

Many network analysis projects rely on somewhat ready-made sources for data; for example, email logs, questionnaires, church registers, letter exchanges and trade relations make it relatively easy to identify who is connected to whom and how. It is, however, considerably more difficult to extract quantifiable data from text. Some issues to consider are: how can we bridge the gap between the depth of hermeneutics and data analysis? How can we systematize text interpretation? This workshop will address the above questions and provide hands-on experience with the extraction of network data from a narrative through the use of methods developed in qualitative data analysis.Participants will work with a first-person narrative of a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and extract data using an existing coding schema.

Check out the full programme as well, there are lots of other interesting sessions.

A bit of context:

"Methodological Intersections": Trier
Digital Humanities Autumn School 2015

Trier University: September 28 – October 1, 2015
University of Luxembourg: October 2 – 3, 2015

A new addition to the International Digital Humanities Training Network, the 2015 Digital Humanities Autumn School hosted by Trier University and the University of Luxembourg offers an interdisciplinary introduction to and a methodological assessment of established and evolving DH practices, methods, and tools. The Autumn School will welcome more than twenty experts from research institutions in England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland, who represent a wide range of disciplines and academic profiles within the Digital Humanities.

During the past decades, digital technology has permeated the reading, writing, research, publication and storage platforms of humanities scholarship. As Jan Christoph Meister (2012) summarizes this phenomenon, the digital is becoming the lingua franca of the humanities. The digital humanities have emerged on the academic stage to practice all of the humanist inflections of this new lingua franca – from philology to the arts – by employing digital methods in a collaborative interdisciplinary framework. The harnessing of technology to develop novel methodological approaches to humanist research has been hailed by some members of the academic community for its galvanizing potential, but it has also raised important ideological concerns. The “Methodological Intersections” theme of the Autumn School aims to respond to recent calls for greater critical self-reflection and accountability both by digital humanists and by those scholars who remain skeptical of the contribution of digital methodologies to the qualitative questions of the humanities.