A Literary Theory Interpretive Protocol for WE1S

The act of interpreting a topic (of a topic model) requires any reader to make sense of a list of words. However, this ability “to make sense” – to find coherence, patterns, or similarities in a list of words, as suggested by many of the critics listed in the WE1S Interpreting Topic Models page – seems […]

Compiling a Latin American Corpus: Reflections

This summer, the Latin America team completed a variety of interesting tasks to create a foundational corpus of Mexico, Central America, and South America. We sought to gather public discourse about the humanities through the collection of online news articles. Due to the limited number of Latin American news outlets published in English, this region […]

A Summer 2018 Saga: Webscraping for Subcorpora

The What Every 1 Says (WE1S) project aims to visualize public discourse on the humanities across many different states, countries, and regions. Although the majority of our corpus comes from major media conglomerates, we hope to gather as much data as possible from other kinds of sources – especially publications from developing nations. A Latin […]

“Shall These Things Live?” Evaluating the Humanities in Newspapers during the Great Depression

During our summer research camp, and as part of our “Historical Humanities” team, I began scanning ProQuest databases and the digital collections of the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America project for historical newspapers and their discussion of the humanities and liberal arts during the Great Depression (1929-1939). In looking through the historical news accounts featuring humanities […]

Preliminary Notes on Conceptual Issues Affecting Interpretation of Topic Models

Any process of interpretation of textual data relates, to some extent, to the fundamental interplay between observable features belonging to the object of our inquiry and the specific “perspective” that we use in observing those features, i.e. the specific point of view that makes us see what we see during such an observational process. If […]

Conceptual Assumptions in WE1S Topic Modeling

In the Philosophy of Methods research group, we hoped this summer to make transparent the implicit assumptions of WE1S’s methods and consider how these assumptions affect our research outcomes. In particular, we were interested in the overall interpretive protocol of the WE1S research project. For example, while the current WE1S “Interpreting Topic Models” resource page […]

Media Representation and Diverse Populations

This summer, the members of the Diverse populations research team at CSUN set out to join the effort to explore how diverse groups articulate “humanities” in the US and their relation to the general discourse. Within days of researching, however, we realized the need to complicate and expand our hypothetical research questions in order to best […]

Advocacy and Meaningful Content Creation

The first sentence on the WE1S project’s About page is: “The 4humanities WhatEvery1Says project (WE1S) uses digital humanities methods to study public discourse about the humanities at large data scales.” However, generating knowledge about the discourse surrounding the humanities is only the first step in a larger effort. Advocating for the humanities with the data […]

The Global Humanities and the “Crisis” Therein

Although the precise nature, reasons, and manifestations of the malady have been the occasion of nearly endless debate, the fact that the humanities are, indeed, “in crisis” is rarely questioned. “One of the most astonishing developments in the past fifty years across the globe is the endangerment of the world’s humanities capacity,” writes Sheldon Pollock, […]

Scoping Representativeness

During the academic year 2017-18, the WE1S C-Hackers (short for “Corpus Research and Design Group”) at UC Santa Barbara and U Miami began to explore aspects of corpus collection for the WE1S main corpus. This scoping work identified key databases and publications that now serve as initial working materials for this summer’s Research Camp. Each […]