Sponsored by EADH, the European Association for Digital Humanities and by the Departments of Literature and Linguistics of the University of Antwerp
- Mike Kestemont (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Thomas Crombez (email@example.com)
- Walter Daelemans
- Dirk Van Hulle
We now invite applications for the Spring Academy in Digital Humanities offered by the University of Antwerp. Our intensive, full-week program takes place from 31 March to 4 April 2014.
The target audience consists of (early-stage) researchers in the Humanities, who wish to apply digital methods in their own research practice but who, so far, have had little or no significant initiation to the use of digital methods.
The focus is on text analysis using the popular scripting language Python, which is rapidly becoming the standard programming language for computational text analysis in digital Humanities.
Covered topics include:
- basic text processing tasks
- using text-mining toolkits such as Pattern and NLTK
- applications of text processing (e.g., sentiment mining, topic classification, automatic clustering)
- XML parsing (e.g., TEI-XML) in Python
For the workshop, the instructors will make use of a so-called Python notebook – a successful and engaging teaching format. Python notebooks are a course book and coding ‘sandbox’ at once. Experience with previous EADH and DARIAH-DE Summer Schools in Nijmegen and Göttingen has shown that this format is extremely engaging for researchers who have had no significant exposure to digital methods yet.
The following team of dynamic and experienced Python instructors have kindly confirmed their participation in the intensive full-week teaching program:
- Folgert Karsdorp (Meertens Institute), one of the Python instructors in the Nijmegen Spring School
- Matthew Munson (University of Göttingen), DARIAH-DE, organizer of the Göttingen Summer School
- Tom De Smedt (Sint Lucas Antwerpen College of Art), main developer of the Pattern package for Python and experienced Python instructor
The participation fee for the Spring Academy is 100 euros, and includes five days of instruction together with lunches and coffee breaks. The workshop takes place on the City Campus of the University of Antwerp, which is located in the historical city centre. All participants are expected to arrange for their own accommodation. We can waive the participation fee for two applicants, but we are unable to cover travel expenses. Researchers who wish to apply for the fee waiver should include a brief motivation.
Participants are expected to bring their own laptop. Installation instructions will follow shortly before the workshop starts. Previous experience in programming or statistics is not required.
Please apply by sending your cv to Mike Kestemont (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 21 February 2014. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.