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Conference: Digital Humanities Centres: Experiences and Perspectives (December 8-9, Warsaw, Poland)

The Conference is organized by the Digital Humanities Laboratory of the University of Warsaw and will take place on the 8 – 9 of December, 2016in Warsaw, Poland. The main theme of the meeting will be the institutional context of the DH research. The keynote speakers will be Frédéric Kaplan, Gerhard Lauer, Jan Christoph Meister and Susan Schreibman. See the full CFP. More information can be found on the conference website:

Mapping St Petersburg: Experiments in Literary Cartography

Mapping St Petersburg is developing a cartography of the Petersburg text, using geographic data of both place names and descriptions to produce geo-spatial visualizations for analysis, in order to enhance understanding of the interaction of literature and place. Adding layers of historical data through the use of cartograms and old maps will enable a broader picture of different dimensions of life in the city in different periods, and their relation to the images of the city in literature, to emerge. The pilot project focused on mapping Crime and Punishment, and subsequent developments have included mapping Gogol’s Petersburg stories and historical data. The project currently uses Google Maps, and Mapstraction as the API.

The Project

Slavic and East European Studies at DH 2016 in Kraków

From July 11-16, 2016, the international DH 2016 conference convenes in Kraków, Poland – hosted jointly by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków. Here is a list of presentations and posters on Slavic and East European topics that await us in the next couple of days.

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For further details, abstracts, rooms and times refer to the official program.

Czech Studies

Linking Graph With Map For The Purpose Of Historical Research
Jan Škvrňák, Adam Mertel
Masaryk University, Czech Republic
PosterGroup123: Space and maps
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Polish Studies

Where Close and Distant Readings Meet: Text Clustering Methods in Literary Analysis of Weblog Genres
Maciej Maryl, Maciej Piasecki, Ksenia Młynarczyk
1Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland; 2Wrocław University of Technology
B11: Long Paper Session: Analyzing and using new media 1
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 9:30am-11:00am · Location: MASA

The Latin of Matthew of Cracow (c. 1345 – 1410) – a corpus based study of his language and style
Jagoda Marszałek
The Institute of the Polish Language at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IJP PAN), Poland
PosterGroup102: Building and analyzing corpora I
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

An Experiment in Translating and Publishing Highly Computational Literature. Introducing a Story Generator into the Polish Literary Field
Aleksandra Małecka1,2, Piotr Marecki1,2
1Jagiellonian University, Poland; 2Korporacja Ha!art Publishing House
PosterGroup126: Analyzing and using New Media
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

The Holy and the Godless – Cultural Stereotypes Featured in the Language of the Polish Medieval Hagiography. A Corpus-based Study.
Anna Ledzińska
Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
PosterGroup102: Building and analyzing corpora I
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Beyond Digital Humanities? Furthering the Exploration of Language Diversity and Pan-European Culture by Means of Transdisciplinary Research Infrastructures: Introducing the new DARIAH CC Science Gateway
Eveline Wandl-Vogt1, Roberto Barbera2, Giuseppe La Rocca2, Antonio Calanducci2, Tibor Kalman3, Thordis Ulfarsdottir4, Jozica Skofic5, Jadwiga Waniakova6
1Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities; AT; 2Institutio Nationale de Fisica Nucleare; IT; 3Gesellschaft für wissenshaftliche Datenverarbeitung; DE; 4The Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies; IS; 5Ran Ramovs Institute of the Slovenian Language ZRC-SAZU; SI; 6Institute of Polish Language, Polish Academy of Sciences; PL
PosterGroup144: Infrastructures
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

WebSty – an Open Web-based System for Exploring Stylometric Structures in Document Collections
Maciej Piasecki1, Tomasz Walkowiak1, Maciej Eder2,3
1Wrocław University of Technology, Poland; 2Institute of Polish Language PAS; 3Pedagogical University of Kraków
PosterGroup111: Stylometry
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Remediations of Polish Literary Bibliography: Towards a Lossless and Sustainable Retro-Conversion Model for Bibliographical Data
Maciej Maryl, Piotr Wciślik
Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
C31: Short Paper Session: Sustainability and preservation / Digital libraries and museums
Time: 14/Jul/2016: 11:30am-1:00pm · Location: MSK

Chronological corpora: Challenges and opportunities of sequential analysis. The example of ChronoPress corpus of Polish
Adam Tomasz Pawłowski
University of Wrocław, Poland
A15: Long Paper Session: Scholarly editions 5
Time: 14/Jul/2016: 2:30pm-4:00pm · Location: MADB

Russian Studies

Two Centuries of Russian Roads –Diachronic Study of Polysemy in the Context of Cultural Change
Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaya

National Research Unversity Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russian Federation
A43: Long Paper Session: Extracting textual content 3
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 2:30pm-4:00pm · Location: MSWB

Geography Of Russian Poetry: Countries And Cities Inside The Poetic World
Elizaveta Kuzmenko, Boris Orekhov
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation
Po3: Poster slam 3
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 4:30pm-6:00pm · Location: MASA

Diachronic changes of the Russian Presidential Addresses to the Federal Assembly: From the perspective of archetype key words.
Mao Sugiyama
Osaka University, Japan
Po2: Poster slam 2
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 4:30pm-6:00pm · Location: MADB

Complex networks-based approach to Russian rhyme history description: linguostatistics and database
Olga Sozinova
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation
Po2: Poster slam 2
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 4:30pm-6:00pm · Location: MADB

Geography Of Russian Poetry: Countries And Cities Inside The Poetic World
Elizaveta Kuzmenko, Boris Orekhov
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation
PosterGroup123: Space and maps
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Automatic quotation detection in Russian nonfiction texts
Nataliya Tyshkevich
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, Russian Federation
PosterGroup113: Feature extraction
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Complex networks-based approach to Russian rhyme history description: linguostatistics and database
Olga Sozinova
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation
PosterGroup113: Feature extraction
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

The Digital Émigré: Russian Periodical Studies and DH in the Slavic Fields
Natalia Ermolaev, Philip Gleissner
Princeton University, USA
PosterGroup103: Building and analyzing corpora II
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Diachronic changes of the Russian Presidential Addresses to the Federal Assembly: From the perspective of archetype key words.
Mao Sugiyama
Osaka University, Japan
PosterGroup111: Stylometry
Time: 13/Jul/2016: 6:30pm-8:00pm

“Digital” in practice: survey of Russian historians’ research practices
Andrei Volodin
Moscow State University, Russian Federation
B92: Short Paper Session: Digital History 1
Time: 15/Jul/2016: 9:30am-11:00am · Location: MSK

Museum Digitization Practices Across Russia: Survey and Web Site Exploration Results
Inna Kizhner1, Melissa Terras2, Maxim Rumyantsev1
1Siberian Federal University, Russian Federation; 2University College London, UK
Short Paper Session: Images and art 1
Time: 15/Jul/2016: 11:30am-1:00pm · Location: MADB
12:30pm – 12:45pm

Central Eurasian Muslim Population Project (CEMPP)

CEMPP seeks to combine qualitative and quantitative scholarship in a comprehensive effort to achieve innovative results never before attained in its cultural and historical area of attention. It will create, first of all, a unique digital research resource based on a virtually untapped source—the метрические книги (metrical books, or parish registers), from which wide-ranging scholarship will result about the substantial Turkic-speaking Muslim communities of the Russian Empire. Secondly, it will address a consequential scholarly question: During the final ninety years of the Empire, when state and society were experiencing the growing pressures of early stage modernization as well as repeated disruptions brought about by war, revolution, and popular unrest, how did its Muslim population fare demographically, socially, and economically? Before we conceived CEMPP, the latter question had little hope of being answered. Support from NEH will sustain the first phase of the project whereby we will create and program the database to store non-aggregated data on persons, families, and households. Seeking proof-of-concept for the project, we will gather data for approximately 25,000 Muslim inhabitants of Kazan, the third largest city in Russia, as organized around 18 mosques and their parishes. By adhering to the Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) format, we will take advantage of its open, scalable, and extendable character while proceeding beyond the bounds of our particular dataset to contribute to the common interface for the history of the life course of Eurasia as a whole.

This project embraces complex statistical analysis of hitherto unexamined longitudinal data from the metrical books, in conjunction with narrative sources, so as to open up unique opportunities to make Russian demographic and social history take center stage, beginning with its Muslim populations. More than usual for the field of Russian studies, our open source project is about large numbers of humans in a time and place not our own, but whose very identity in multiple ways is revealed as if they were “raised from the dead” to be spoken to directly and individually. Because of the nature of the data in the primary source, we will be able to follow the life paths of thousands of individuals over time. The more common demographic information about such issues as fertility, causes of death, infant mortality, number of divorces, and identities of local elites is especially valuable in a period of increasing social, economic, political, and familial stress that characterized Russia as it headed into the early twentieth century. Deeper revelations about our subjects will result from our team’s “data mining” ability to draw more sophisticated conclusions about (1) social and economic networking beyond the extended families and parishes, linking identifiable persons across generations, social classes, and professions; (2) the level of economic well-being in both families and parishes, whereby we will be able to assess the success of Islamic society in Russia as compared to its past and to  other confessional groups, discern whether Islamic society was able to deliver high levels of sustainable socio-economic circumstances as a result of Russia’s pursuit of industrialization, and whether the quality of life of the group or sub-groups was measurably positive; (3) the “value” of marriage over time in terms of dowries provided by the brides’ families as well as the implications of a growing divorce rate—how that affected familial wealth and opportunity for advancement, the status of women, and family structure—and how the causes for divorce might have changed; and (4) mobility, both spatial and social that will reveal the shifting contexts of networking, the level of economic well-being, and the value and stability of marriage.

Because public opinion was emerging with increased strength and vitality during precisely the period we are studying—largely as a result of expanded publishing opportunities and reform of censorship laws—the voices of ordinary people began adding substantially to the traditional social “noise” of elites with different, more human and mundane concerns. Scholars both inside and outside of Russia have delved into the periodical and other literature produced during these decades only minimally, for different reasons. In the past decade, however, our Tatar colleagues have made significant advances on this score. Adding the growing information from textual sources to the data provided by the metrical books will create a novel and expanded source-base for collaborative study of Russia’s Muslims that will engage scholars in diverse disciplines from history to literature, as well as various social sciences. While demographic history has barely touched discussion of Russia’s Muslims, the opportunity to bring its data and methods to the humanities table will add value to humans themselves just at the point in time when some began moving away from fideism to a non-theistic life stance centered on the human agency that modernity encourages.

In its full extent, our project has multiple phases, each of which will be pursued, depending upon funding, one after the other. Along the way we expect to produce provincial micro-studies, beginning with Kazan and its capital city of the same name. As our project moves through one region to another, our goal will be to multiply such studies, present findings to national and international conferences, and investigate ways to adapt the new field of knowledge management  and visualization tools to help communicate our results more effectively, find additional collaborators for our own and related projects, and achieve advanced data analysis to better identify patterns, trends, and clusters, but also gaps, outliers, and anomalies in the massive amount of complex data we will have gathered.

At all stages of development, our database will be free-standing and open access, with two storage/server sites: Indiana University and the National Archive of the Republic of Tatarstan. Available to global scholarly use with no restrictions, the database will have a second, especially humanistic purpose: to serve as a huge genealogical source for much of Central Eurasia with full searchable capabilities and ease of use for those seeking information on their family histories.

A final point: What my team is doing for imperial Russia’s Muslim confession can be pursued for all of the other major confessions—Russian Orthodox, Old Believer and other schismatics, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, and Buddhist—with the result that, in principle, a much more complex and nuanced socio-economic history of the Empire in its final decades may be written.


Slavic DH in NewsNet

From the full article: The ASEEES Executive Committee has recently approved a new Affiliate Group in the Digital Humanities (“Slavic DH”). This decision formalizes a nascent community that began a conversation at the 2015 ASEEES convention about DH practices and networks within the field. For the last year we have been reaching out to scholars in Slavic and Eurasian studies who have long been working at the intersection of computing and the humanities, and to those who are curious about what DH could mean in the Slavic context. Read more at:

Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat

The Electronic Archive “Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat” (PSDS) includes the database of Soviet samizdat periodicals, electronic editions of selected samizdat journals, illustrated timelines of dissident movements, and interviews with activists. The Project aims to make rare materials more widely available and to provoke questions about the trajectories of groups and individuals within the varied field of Soviet dissidence and nonconformist culture.

First Moscow-Tartu Digital Humanities School

From July 3-7, 2016, the School of Linguistics at Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and Tartu University will organize a digital humanities school at the Museum Estate of Lev Tolstoi at Iasnaia Poliana. Registration is available at this site.

The program includes:

Oleg Sobchuk and Artem Shelia, “Literary scholars against robots: measuring the evolution of poetry in the longue duree”

Danill Skorinkin, “Social networks in the classics/building social networks from classics”

Roman Leibov and Anastasiia Bonch-Osmolovskaia, “Key motifs in ‘naive poetry'”

Boris Orekhov, “Dispersion analysis and Game of Thrones: What can statistics say about Westeros?”

Mariia Levchenko, “How to quantify poetry?”

Announcing SEVEN DH sessions at ASEEES 2016

We are pleased to announce that the following 7 sessions have been accepted for the 2016 ASEEES Convention, November 17-20, Washington, D.C.

DH 1: Mapping and GIS in the Slavic and Eurasian Humanities
Chair: Seth Bernstein, Higher School for Economics, Moscow
Sofia Gavrilova (Oxford/Memorial Center)
Kelly O’Neill (Harvard)
Michael Połczyński (Georgetown)

DH 2: Platforms for Digital Scholarship
Joan Neuberger (UT-Austin), Editor, Not Even Past; Co-Host 15 Minute History
Yelena Kalinsky, Managing Editor, H-Net Reviews
Andrew Janco (U Conn), Senior Managing Editor, Dissertation Reviews.
Amy Nelson, Content/Web Developer, 17 Moments in Soviet History
Ruth Lorenz (Tulane), Editor, Луч светаSvetlana Rukhelman
Svetlana Rukhelman (Harvard)

DH 3: Digital Eastern European Studies: The Creator-User Interface
Chair: Ulf Brunnbauer (U Regensburg)
Martin Schulze Wessel (U Munich)
Gudrun Wirtz (U Munich)
Peter Haslinger (Herder Institute)
Piotr Wciślik (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Jessie Labov (Ohio State)

DH 4: Seeing Through Data: How Does Digital Humanities Change Our View of Culture?
Chair: Ellen Rutten
Bradley Gorski (Columbia)
Tom Ewing (Virginia Tech)
Alexey Golubev (U of British Columbia)
Carlotta Chenoweth (Slavic Review Data)
Philip Gleissner (Princeton)

DH 5: Computational Poetics: Digital Approaches to the Analysis of Rhyme, Meter, and Text Length
Chair: Olga Breininger-Umetayeva (Harvard)
Discussant: Nila Friedberg (Portland State)
Petr Plechac (Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Science):
“Automatic Verse Processing for the Corpus of Czech Verse and Beyond”
Artjom Shelya (Tartu University):
“The Shortest Species: Quantitative Observations on Length in Modern Russian Poetry”
Elise Thorsen and David Birnbaum (U of Pittsburgh):
“The Quantification of Russian Rhyme”

DH 6: Locating Text and Image in the Digital Humanities
Chair: Piotr Wciślik (Institute for Literary Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences)
Elena Prokhorova (William and Mary) and Tom Elvins (U Pittsburgh)
“Cinema and Memory in St. Petersburg:Using Computational Methods to Analyze Oral History Interviews”
Jenya Mironava (Harvard)
“Walking, Reading, and Writing the City in Nabokov’s ‘A Guide to Berlin’”
Katherine Reischl (Princeton) and Thomas Keenan (Princeton)
“Pedagogy of Images: The Visual Languages of Soviet Children’s Books (1917-1953)
Discussant: Alexander Prokhorov (William and Mary)

DH 7: Digital Humanities in and out of the Classroom
Chair: Jessie Labov (Ohio State)
Marijeta Bozovic (Yale University)
Jill Martiniuk (University of Virginia)
Kathleen Thompson (University of Virginia)
Amy Nelson (Virginia Tech)