New Directions in Digital Humanities

2 November 2017
15:00 – 17:00

Turfdraagsterpad 9
BG1, Room 0.16 (eLab)

CREATE is short for Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective, a research programme established in 2014. We are based at the department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and part of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity.


Dr. Marieke van Erp (KNAW Humanities Cluster) will showcase the research agenda of the new Digital Humanities Group at KNAW Humanities Cluster. The recently established Digital Humanities Group aims to strengthen and connect digital humanities research across the three KNAW Humanities Cluster institutes: Meertens Institute,  Huygens-ING and IISH.

Dr. Kaspar Beelen (University of Amsterdam) will demonstrate how advances in natural language processing related to lexical semantics, affects research in the Digital Humanities on various topics, from detecting emotion detection to measuring semantic change.


Marieke van Erp currently works as the leader of the new Digital Humanities team at the KNAW Humanities Cluster. After obtaining her PhD at Tilburg University, on the topic of data quality and advanced knowledge presentation, she participated in various projects such as NewsReader (which reconstructed news stories from daily news streams) and CLARIAH, where she worked as a researcher on developing tools for analysing text data (Work Package 3).

Kaspar Beelen works as Assistant Professor Digital Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. After completing his PhD at the University of Antwerp, he worked on the Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data Project at the University of Toronto and the University of Amsterdam. As a researcher for CREATE, he focusses on computational history, more specifically on the use of text-mining for political and cultural history.