Visiting Fellow – Richard Scholar

This morning we had the pleasure to meet Richard Scholar, our first Visiting Fellow of 2014-2015.

Richard Scholar is University Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Montaigne and the Art of Free-Thinking (2010) and The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something (2005).

More recently, he has co-organised the Early Modern Keywords. A European Vocabulary of Culture and Society, 1450-1700 Workshop (17-18 September, 2014, Oriel College, University of Oxford).

Among other issues, we discussed his introduction (“The New Philologists”) to Ita Mac Carthy’s edited volume Renaissance Keywords (London: Legenda, 2013) – a book that resonates with our current work on the language of ingenuity.

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The Concept Lab

This morning, thanks to the generous collaboration of the Concept Lab team, we learned about new techniques of textual-data mining – for example: Google’s Ngram Viewer for text search, word collocation and word-usage patterns.

It’ll be very interesting to test the potential application of these Big Data / Digital Humanities tools to the first strand of our project – The language of ingenuity.

Date: 25 November 2014

More information about the CRASSH-based Concept Lab Project here.

Managing Project Data Workshop

Hosted by Dr Tim Lewens, Deputy Director of CRASSH, and including presentations by members of the Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic project, this informal workshop saw us discussing the most efficient and productive ways of using, sharing and presenting research data. This was particularly useful to get us thinking about our projected image database.

Date: 30 October 2014

More information on this event here.