CCCT seminar.

Center for Creation, Content and Technology (CCCT) Seminar


March 21, 2014

Under the CCCT umbrella, researchers from the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences collaborate in a multidisciplinary setting on information-rich research topics. CCCT is organizing monthly seminars in which speakers report on research activities that are of shared interest.


Speaker: Inger Leemans (VU Amsterdam)

Embodied emotions. Mapping bodily expression of emotions form a historical perspective.

Where are emotions located in the body and how are they expressed through bodily actions? Recent studies in the fields of psychology and (neuro)biology like to stress that emotions are universal and that different emotional states are associated with culturally universal bodily sensations. In our escience project “Embodied emotions” we aim to challenge these claims through a data mining analysis of theatre texts of the early modern period (1600-1830). By creating vocabularies of emotion words and body terms, we will try to map where and how emotions were felt and expressed in the 17th and 18th century, and how this changed over the decades. Thus, we aim to develop a new route for sentiment mining: mining sentimental styles. This historically based method of sentiment mining will set a new agenda for the exploration of new visualization tools. How can we create new, dynamic and historically layered bodily maps of emotions?


Speaker: Antal van den Bosch (Centre for Language Studies, RU Nijmegen)

Detecting Events and Motifs in Historical Texts
Text analytics offers a rich toolkit of algorithms and methods for extracting information and knowledge from texts. The most reliable tools are the ones operating on the word and sentence level. Unfortunately this is not the level where most of the answers to historical research questions live. Rather, a decade of work on historical texts has challenged text analytics developers to find new solutions for domain-specific entity extraction; time reference extraction; the detection of event descriptions; and the detection of topical structure and motifs, ‘memes’, or iconic narrative elements. Arguably, with topical and narrative structures and motifs we now begin to offer the means to investigate multiple perspectives and framing automatically and at a large scale. I sketch a framework on how this all may work together using MERIT, a concept project set up with Marten During, focusing on the period in WWII between Operation Market Garden and Operation Veritable (September 1944 – March 1945) in and around the Arnhem and Nijmegen area at the eastern border of the Netherlands.


Moderator: Maarten de Rijke (Informatics Institute, UvA)


Date and Time: Friday 21 March 2014, 16.00-17.00 (followed by drinks)


Science Park
904, room: A1.10!
1098 XH Amsterdam

Free entrance



Antal van den Bosch is Professor of Language Technology at the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His research interests include memory-based natural language processing and modeling, machine translation, text analytics applied to historical texts and social media, the Dutch language, and proofing tools. Follow him on Twitter via @antalvdb.


Inger Leemans is Hoogleraar Cultuurgeschiedenis bij de opleiding Geschiedenis (Faculteit der Letteren van de VU). Haar onderzoek betreft vooral de vroegmoderne (Nederlandse/Europese) cultuurgeschiedenis (1500-1850). Ze heeft gepubliceerd over de geschiedenis van de pornografie, de (radicale) Verlichting, en de vroegmoderne roman. Haar onderzoek naar de Nederlands-Duitse culturele uitwisseling in de periode 1750-1850 resulteerde in verschillende publicaties over ‘de vertaalmachine’, waarin de mechanismes achter culturele uitwisseling werden blootgelegd en de effecten hiervan op (nationale) beeldvorming en herinneringsprocessen. Haar interesse voor ‘culturele economie’ is zichtbaar in publicaties over culturele infrastructuur, censuur, cultuurkritiek, de relatie tussen natuur en economie, de geschiedenis van de beurs en de verbeelding van financiële crises. Samen met Gert-Jan Johannes (Universiteit Utrecht) en Tom Verschaffel (Universiteit van Kortrijk/Leuven, Belgium), schrijft ze momenteel aan een Handboek over Achttiende-eeuwse Nederlandse literatuur (project van de Nederlandse Taalunie).