A blog about the Master Programme in Digital Humanities at Uppsala University

Author: Anna Gander

Topic Modeling Workshop with KBLab

National Library of Sweden is organizing a great event on Topic Modeling Workshop. You are warmly welcome!

See detailed information on their webpage and also forwarded as below:

What is topic modeling and how does it work in practice? How do the choices that we make in building such models affect the eventual output? And why is interpretation key to making sense of the results?

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Over the past decade, topic modeling has become an established method for researchers working with large volumes of data in the social sciences and humanities. Yet despite its proliferation, the approach remains more often feared than practiced – and more often flirted with than well understood.

This workshop at KBLab offers a practically-orientated introduction to the methodology of topic modeling. The first session gives a hands-on tour of making topic models within the widely-used program, R; while the second session explores the process of interpreting such models. Through practical exposure to the mechanics of topic modeling, we provide participants with the skills – and the curiosity – to consider using this approach in their own research projects.

How to participate?

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, in English, and is entirely free of charge. We welcome participants from across the spectrum of the digital social sciences and humanities, and no prior experience of programming is necessary. While open to all, including researchers and Masters students, space will be prioritized for PhD candidates.

Places are limited, so please get in touch if you are interested in taking part!

Workshop with KBlab

Where: Zoom
When: Session 1: Tuesday 9th November, 09.00 – 14.00 (with breaks).
Session 2: Wednesday 10th November, 1 hour discussion groups between 13.00 – 16.00.
How to apply: Send an e-mail to kblabb@kb.se by Friday 29th October.

About KBLab

KBLab is a national infrastructure for data-driven research at the National Library of Sweden (KB). Beyond supporting large-scale analysis of KB’s collections by pioneering research projects in the humanities and social science, we also use the library’s vast data resources to train and release open-source language models that are being used by a wide variety of actors in the public sector and beyond. Read more about KBLab here.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the workshop, or about our work at the lab in general.

Interesting seminars at the deparment and faculty – join!

Teaching Digital Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Center for Digital Humanities Uppsala (CDHU)

Their webpage: https://www.abm.uu.se/cdhu-eng/events-en/event-en/eventdetail-en/?eventId=62720

  • Date: 22 September, 14:15–16:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Johan Jarlbrink, Fredrik Norén, Thomas Nygren, Kristen Schuster
  • Organiser: CDHU
  • Last day of registration: 9/21/2021 at. 2:00 PM.
  • Contact person: Karl Berglund
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  • Seminarium

Research in the humanities and social sciences are increasingly incorporating digital methods, but integrating such elements in teaching at the BA and MA levels is not always easy. Do all students need to learn some basic statistics? What about technical and more hands-on skills? Are digital methods to be seen as a special branch, to be taught in e.g. the digital humanities? And are there innovative (digital) ways to teach digital methods? This seminar gathers four scholars from different backgrounds to engage in these and related questions.

Presentation 1: Kristen Schuster: “Bridging Research and Practice with Methods and Methodologies”

Presentation 2: Fredrik Norén & Johan Jarlbrink: “Editing a Textbook on Digital Methods”

Presentation 3: Thomas Nygren: “Games for Change: Working (and Playing) with the Public to Collect and Analyze Text”

Kristen Schuster is lecturer in digital curation in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. One of her core areas of teaching focuses on developing sustainable interdisciplinary research methods.

Fredrik Norén is PhD in media and communication and a senior research assistant at Humlab – the digital humanities center at Umeå University – with a special focus on digital text analysis.

Johan Jarlbrink is associate professor at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University, where he is also the director of studies.

Thomas Nygren is associate professor of history and education and senior lecturer at the Department of Education, Uppsala University.

The seminar will be held digitally in Zoom and is open to everyone interested. You do, however, need to register before the event.

Interdisciplinary possibilities, practices and challenges – an exploratory seminar series at Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS)

Their webpage: https://www.humsam.uu.se/circus/evenemang/interdisciplinary-possibilities/

Aim

The aim of the seminar series is to expand our collaborative understanding of different aspects of performing interdisciplinary research. The series is meant to be a collectively maintained venue for discussing the practices, challenges, and opportunities with cross-disciplinary research endeavours.

Themes

The series has several running themes where you can choose to follow all of the seminars or follow a theme of your choice.

  • Practices and skills: seminars designed to discuss various skill-sets and practices specific to working in interdisciplinary contexts. Topics include collaborative writing, seminar cultures, publishing strategies, developing research ideas and grant applications etc.
  • Career: seminaries designed for early-career researchers who are already working across disciplines or who are interested in initiating interdisciplinary research. Topics include careers paths, challenges in switching disciplines, professional identity and self-imagery etc.
  • Leadership: seminars designed for principal investigators, project leaders and participants in interdisciplinary collaborative projects. Topics include challenges and practices in leading a cross-disciplinary research group, designing and developing group cohesion etc.

Seminars Autumn 2021 at CIRCUS

Welcome to CIRCUS’ seminar series on interdisciplinary possibilities, practices and challenges. We are planning to host the first seminar of the semester on Zoom. The link to the Zoom room will be sent to registered participants. The second seminar in November will be held at the Old Observatory, restrictions permitted. That means that we will have a limited number of seats. More information on how to register will follow in September.

September 28, 13:15-15:00: Leadership – Lessons from Editing Cross-Disciplinary Scholarly Collections (in English)
This seminar centres on the practice of putting together edited collections that bring together scholars from a few or several different disciplines. The edited collection is sometimes being frowned upon in terms of merits. Yet, the collaborative practice of making a cross-disciplinary edited volume can provide many valuable results and lessons. It can be important for fostering new and inspiring conversations and research trajectories. Moreover, the editorial crafting of something concrete and held together like an edited volume provides ample valuable lessons for leading other inter- or multi- disciplinary scholarly endeavours. The seminar will thus provide several insights into the editorial craft and why it may be something worthwhile to try for your own development as well as for broader scholarly benefits. We will also look at how lessons learned from such practices can be valuable when being in other cross-disciplinary situations.

November 26, 13:15-15:00: Career – Academic Housekeeping and its Effect on Interdisciplinary Early-Career Development (in English).
This seminar deals with the theme of academic housekeeping, that is, important but ‘menial’ tasks that keep a research environment strong but that are not necessarily credited as formal academic merits. Examples include reading manuscripts for colleagues, organising social events, emotional mentoring of peers, and taking part in committees on equality and work environment issues. Taking the time to perform academic housework can have negative effects on a person’s career advancement in academic cultures of ‘publish or perish’ where only certain valuable contributions are counted. If you work in an interdisciplinary research setting the issue of uncounted valuable contributions might be further alleviated given the time and effort required to negotiate and administer cross-cutting collaborations. In this seminar, we discuss who performs academic housekeeping in our research environments with a focus on its effect on early-career development and in particular if or how interdisciplinary oriented scholars are particularly affected. We will look at current research on the allocation of academic housekeeping and discuss ways to increase solidarity between staff and how to turn academic housekeeping into visible labour.

Please join and share!

New term starts!

Welcome everyone! Now we have started the autumn term! It’s been a wonderful introduction meeting for the first year students at the program of Digital Humanities this Monday. It is great that the second year students have already charged new energy and some have started planning the thesis project. It feels nice to meet in person, although we have to keep causious still for COVID-19. Wish everyone of us will have a fruitful autumn term 2021!