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Networks and Network Analysis for the Humanities: August 15-27, 2010

Scientific Overview
In recent years, attention has been drawn in both the academic and popular press to the ubiquity of networks in everyday life, from communications networks to investment networks to power transmission networks to social networks. As a result of this increasing awareness, the study of the different types of networks that link us together, and the analysis of the structure of those networks has risen to greater and greater prominence not only in the mathematical and social sciences but also in the Humanities. Despite this increasing awareness of the importance of networks for theoretical advances in the Humanities, there is a considerable gap between recognizing in the broadest strokes the existence of these complex, dynamic systems and the very hard work of the consistent application of rigorous theoretically sound methods to the study of networks. Computational tools for the discovery and analysis of networks offer the promise of bridging this gap; unfortunately, many of these tools are as complex to work with as the underlying data itself. A main goal of this institute is to teach Humanities scholars some of the most accessible of these techniques.

In broadest terms, the topics to be addressed in the Institute are: (a) the science of networks and networks in Humanistic inquiry (b) preparing and cleaning Humanities data for network analysis (c) internal networks in Humanistic data: networks of characters, networks of texts, networks of language (d) external networks in Humanistic data: networks of influence, networks of production, networks of reception.

The institute, housed at UCLA, features lectures and tutorials from some of the leading scholars in Network Analysis and Visualization. The schedule will also allow participants an adequate opportunity to interact, to experiment and to learn from the institute faculty. The majority of the faculty come from the Applied Math and Computer Science community who have an interest in developing and applying tools for the type of corpora with which Humanities scholars typically work. There is significant time set aside during the institute for two types of important activity: (1) independent and group learning/experimentation with software on test datasets, so that lessons learned are not purely theoretical, but are have an applied component to them as well (2) structured free-time for developing collaborative ideas.

Organizing Committee
Jonathan Berger (Stanford University, CCRMA)
Zoe Borovsky (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
Gregory Crane (Tufts University)
Tina Eliassi-Rad (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Mark Green (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Director Emeritus)
Peter Jones (Yale University, Mathematics)
Lewis Lancaster (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley))
Timothy Tangherlini (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Germanic Languages and Literatures, Scandinavian Section)

Confirmed Speakers
James Abello (Rutgers University New Brunswick/Piscataway)
Edooardo Airoldi (Harvard University)
Eli Ben-Naim (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Jonathan Berger (Stanford University)
Luis Bettencourt (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
David Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh)
David Blei (Princeton University)
Katy Borner (Indiana University)
Ronald Coifman (Yale University)
Gregory Crane (Tufts University)
James Danowski (University of Chicago)
Fernando Diaz (Yahoo! Research)
Tina Eliassi-Rad (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Lise Getoor (University of Maryland)
C. Lee Giles (Pennsylvania State University)
Kendall Giles (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Yannet Interian (Google Inc.)
Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University)
Aaron Koblin (Google Inc.)
Lewis Lancaster (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley))
Jure Lescovec (Stanford University)
David Liben-Nowell (Carleton College)
Edo Liberty (Yale University)
Sofus Macskassy (Fetch Technologies)
David Mimno (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
John Mohr (University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara))
Franco Moretti (Stanford University)
Laurie Pearce (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley))
David Smith (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Kryztof Urban (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
John Walsh (Indiana University)
Steven Zucker (Yale University)

An application form is available at:

The application is for scholars from the Humanities, Humanistic Social Sciences and other disciplines interested in attending the workshop. We urge you to apply as early as possible as spaces are limited. Applications received by November 1, 2009 will receive fullest consideration. Letters of reference may be sent to the address or email address below. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as funding decisions are made. Funding includes lodging in the dorms with a dinner only meal plan, and transportation costs up to $250 within California and up to $550 from elsewhere in North America.

Encouraging the careers of women and minority scholars and scientists is an important component of IPAM's mission and the NEH IATDH and we welcome their applications.



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