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The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities contributes to and holds a variety of events.

Recurring events include the UCLDH Seminar and the Susan Hockey Lecture series. Our events are primarily advertised right here on this page, which is syndicated in an RSS feed, but also on our DH Blog, on Twitter, and via our mailing list

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The Hillary Clinton emails: corpus linguistics meets the real world

Start: Mar 28, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 28, 2017 6:30:00 PM

The release into the public domain of Hillary Clinton's emails was an exceptional event of interest to many communities, not least linguistics researchers. This talk presents a project currently underway to turn them into an orderly, easily searchable, publicly available corpus, and some results from the first linguistic study to be carried out on this data.

1st Annual UCL Comparative Literature Tagore Lecture: Novel Analytics from James Joyce to the Bestseller Code

Start: May 10, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: May 10, 2017 7:00:00 PM

To better understand bestselling fiction, Matthew Jockers and research partner Jodie Archer took the advice of Google researchers who argue that we should "embrace complexity and make use of the best ally we have: the unreasonable effectiveness of data.” Instead of seeking a formula or telling authors how to write a successful novel, Jockers and Archer went to the books, thousands of them, and leveraged computation to ask a simple question: "what are these texts made of?" The bold claim of their research, documented in The Bestseller Code, is that novels that hit the New York Times bestseller list are not random lottery winners but books that share an uncanny number of textual features. In this lecture, Jockers will describe how he went from being a close reader of language in Joyce's Ulysses to mining thousands of novels in search of the linguistic patterns most typical to books that best sell.