New trends in eHumanities - America

Melvin Wevers, Utrecht University


February 25, 2016. 15.00-17.00 hrs. at the eHumanities group

Doing Digital History Iteratively: 

Combining computational and traditional techniques to analyze the United States as a reference culture
Scholars argue that the American way of life, and American consumer goods shaped the development of a modern Dutch consumer society. My research sets out to map how public discourse shaped and reflected the role of America as a reference culture between 1890 and 1990. In this presentation, I will show how I combine computational tools and traditional historical methods to analyze America’s role as a reference culture in Dutch newspaper discourse between 1890 and 1990. I will argue that computational methods are an addition to, and not a replacement of ‘traditional’ humanistic interpretation.
Melvin Wevers is a PhD student at Utrecht University in the Translantis project.
His research focuses on the United States as a reference culture in Dutch public discourse on consumer goods, consumerism, and the consumer society. As part of his research, he examines how computational methods can aid cultural historical research.
He is also involved in the eScience project Shico: Mining Shifting Concepts Through Time. In 2015, He was a visiting researcher at the British Library Labs. In 2016, he will visit UCLA as a a research fellow in the research program ‘Culture Analytics’.