UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


Literary and Historical Network Analysis Masterclass

19 May 2016, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

UCLDH seminar series

Event Information

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Lucy Stagg


G24, Foster Court, UCL, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JG

Following Professor Ryan Cordell's seminar on big data, on Weds 18th May, he will be giving a masterclass on Literary and Historical Network Analysis. All welcome. Please note that registration is required.

Participants will need to bring their own laptops, and ideally will have installed Gephi in advance: https://gephi.org/users/install/

Suggested reading

Professor Cordell's visit to UCL is funded by the UCL Big Data Institute


Ryan Cordell is an assistant professor of English at Northeastern University and core founding faculty member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media. Prof. Cordell collaborates with colleagues in English, history, and computer science on the NEH-, Mellon-, and ACLS-funded Viral Texts project, which uses robust data mining tools to discover reprinted content across large-scale archives of nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines. These "viral texts" help us to trace lines of influence among antebellum writers and editors, and to construct a model of viral textuality in the period.

Cordell is currently a Mellon Fellow of Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia and holds an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship during the 2015-2016 academic year. He also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of centerNet's journal, DHCommons; and writes about technology in higher education for the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education.