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PhD thesis defence: Melvin Wevers on the U.S. as reference culture

In his PhD thesis Melvin Wevers MA (Cultural History) offers a data-driven, longitudinal analysis of the historical dynamics that have underpinned a long-term, layered cultural-historical process: the emergence of the United States as a dominant reference culture in Dutch public discourse on consumer goods between 1890 and 1990. On 15 September he will defend his dissertation…

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Americans: a love-hate story A century of fascination and aversion in digitised newsprint

Cultural scientist Melvin Wevers (34) has had a life-long obsession with the United States. Hollywood movies? He can’t get enough of them. The more Indiana Jones, Rocky and Star Wars, the better. His passion includes an unconditional love for American music. ‘Well allright then, electronic music from Britain isn’t all that bad. But I always…

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Promotie Jesper Verhoef over Nederlandse identiteit en beeldvorming Amerika in mediadebatten

Op 23 juni verdedigt Jesper Verhoef (Cultuurgeschiedenis) zijn proefschrift waarin hij uiteenzet hoe Nederlanders in de twintigste eeuw een gedeelde, nationale identiteit construeerden door zich af te zetten tegen ‘de’ vreemde, moderne Amerikanen. Hij richt zich daarbij op het publieke debat over media – de twintigste eeuw was niet alleen ‘de Amerikaanse eeuw’, maar ook…

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Conference “Constructing America | Defining Europe”, Utrecht University, 8-10 November 2017

    Constructing America | Defining Europe Perceptions of the Transatlantic Other, 1900-2000 Call for Papers: Due Date 12 May 12 2017 Conference Date: 8-10 November 2017 Location: Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands       The first hundred days of Donald Trump’s presidency have fuelled the deep feeling, on both sides, of a profound cultural…

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CFP: tweedaagse workshop text-mining, Utrecht, 7-8 november 2017

Call for Participation tweedaagse workshop text-mining Utrecht, 7-8 november 2017   De afgelopen jaren is via de applicatie Delpher van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag een grote hoeveelheid gedigitaliseerde Nederlandstalige kranten beschikbaar gekomen. Een van de manieren om deze grote hoeveelheid data toepasbaar te maken voor onderzoek is textmining. Met deze digitale onderzoekstechniek isoleer…

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KB Frame Generator

Samen met Joris van Eijnatten ontwikkelde de Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag de ‘frame generator’. Hij analyseert een tekst(collectie) door sleutelwoorden én woorden die vaak bij in de buurt van die sleutelwoorden staan automatisch te extraheren. Deze animatie legt uit hoe. De frame generator is beschikbaar op http://www.kbresearch.nl/frames/.

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Translantis team participated in NASA conference, 15-16 September 2016

Members of the Translantis team participated in the “American Studies Conference on Digital Humanities Transcends the Dichotomy of Culture and Technique” that was organized by the Netherlands American Studies Association. On 15 and 16 September 2016 about 30 scholars met at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands to discuss the state of the…

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DH2015: Lots of Questions and Not So Many Answers

by José de Kruif & Melvin Wevers Digital Humanities is still a booming business, even though at this year’s global DH conference fewer papers–some 260 papers and posters–were presented than in previous years. The fact that the conference took place in Sydney, Australia probably made attendance difficult for some. On the other hand, this location meant more submissions…

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