Conference round-up: DHSI Colloquium and SHARP 2017

We presented papers on our A Question of Style Project at two further events: the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Colloquium on 5 June 2017 and the conference of the Society for the Study of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) Conference on 11 June 2017.

The first short paper was aimed at an audience of Digital Humanities specialists, gathered for the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria (a subsequent blog post will examine our experience at DHSI and lessons learned from the excellent Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis course, taught by David Hoover). At the Colloquium, Francesca gave a succint 5-minute presentation on our work-in-progress, focusing especially on our current work on post-OCR correction and TEI encoding.

The second paper was aimed at an audience of book historian and periodical studies specialists gathered for the annual SHARP conference, which this year focued on the theme of “Technologies of the Book” and was co-located with DHSI. This 20-minute presentation provided our reflections on the theoretical and methodological implications of the process we defined as “assisted close reading” (inspired by Anne Bandry-Scubbi’s article on the Chawton Novels Online corpus) on the study of authorship in the Edinburgh Review.

Both papers were well received and provoked numerous questions and suggestions, which we are gladly incorporating into our practice and reflection. In particular, the issue of untangling the influence of the editor, Francis Jeffrey, merits further reflections, which will be the subject of a future blog post.

In addition to presenting, we met several colleagues, old and new, and learned about exciting research being conducted in ares that are close to our. We were particularly intrigued to discover from Julia Flanders’s plenary lecture that the Women Writers Project has noticed certain patterns in the use of quotations and pronouns that we are also observing in the course of our research.

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