Call for participation: Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist

Monday, May 16, 2022 - 12:00am to Friday, May 20, 2022 - 11:55pm

Applications are invited for participation in the final event in a 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 institutes 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. 

The full program includes four institutes, three of which have already taken place in 2019 and 2021. On May 16–20, 2022 we will hold the final event in the series, an intensive seminar focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors. This five-day virtual event will run from 12:30–5pm Eastern each day and will offer a thorough, well-scaffolded introduction to working with word vectors in R and RStudio through commented code samples that can be adapted for use in participants’ own teaching. Participants will learn how to build corpora and train models of their own, and will also explore the challenges of teaching command-line tools in a humanities context.

Each event is followed by a period of virtual discussion, consultation, and support. 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. 

For information on how to apply please visit: https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/outreach/seminars/neh_wem.html

Application deadline: January 31, 2021

Participants notified by: February 25, 2022

Preliminary schedule: https://wwp.northeastern.edu/outreach/seminars/wem_2022-05/ 

The previous institutes in the series are:

  1. An introductory institute focused on research applications of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based Women Writers Vector Toolkit (July 17–19, 2019)

  2. An introductory institute focused on pedagogical applications of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based Women Writers Vector Toolkit (May 24–28, 2021)

  3. An intensive institute focused on research applications of word vectors, using R and RStudio (July 12–16, 2021)

Please contact wwp@northeastern.edu with any questions. 

Thanks and all our best, Julia and Sarah

Julia Flanders, Director

Sarah Connell, Assistant Director

Women Writers Project

Northeastern University

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