Call for Participation: Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist

Call for Participation: Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist

Applications are invited for participation in a new 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 will 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 will explore practical techniques and also interpretive outcomes, working with simple, open-access web tools hosted in the Women Writers Online Lab.

We plan four institutes in all:

  1. An introductory institute focused on research uses of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based Women Writers Vector Toolkit
  2. An introductory institute focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based Women Writers Vector Toolkit
  3. 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
  4. 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

Both the introductory and intensive events are intended to stand on their own, although participants are welcome to attend both, space permitting. Each event will be 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 will begin 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 first event. For information on how to apply, and for more detailed information on the workshops, please see here.

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist: Introductory, Research-focused
Northeastern University, July 17-19, 2019
Application deadline: March 22, 2019
Participants notified by April 19, 2019

We’ll soon be announcing dates for the remaining three events:

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist: Introductory, Teaching-focused
Northeastern University, May 2020 (precise date to be determined)
Application deadline: January 24, 2020
Participants notified by February 14, 2020

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist: Intensive, Research-focused
Northeastern University, July 2020 (precise date to be determined)
Application deadline: January 24, 2020
Participants notified by February 14, 2020

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist: Intensive, Teaching-focused
Northeastern University, July 2021 (precise date to be determined)
Application deadline: March 19, 2021
Participants notified by April 16, 2021

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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