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Humanist Archives: Sept. 21, 2021, 7:14 a.m. Humanist 35.252 - events cfp: Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist

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        Date: 2021-09-21 05:52:03+00:00
        From: Flanders, Julia <>
        Subject: Call for Participation: Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist

Dear all,

Applications are invited for participation in the final event in a
series of advanced institutes on text analysis, sponsored by the
Northeastern University Women Writers Project with generous funding from
the National Endowment for the Humanities. These institutes introduce
teachers and researchers at varied levels of expertise to the text
analysis methods and interpretive questions arising from word embedding
models, which represent connections between words as computable spatial

The full program includes four institutes, three of which have already
taken place in 2019 and 2021. On May 16–20,**2022 we will hold the final
event in the series, an intensive seminar focused on pedagogical uses of
word vectors. This five-day virtual event will run from 12:30–5pm
Eastern and will offer a thorough, well-scaffolded introduction to
working with word vectors in R and RStudio through commented code
samples that can be adapted for use in participants’ own teaching.
Participants will learn how to build corpora and train models of their
own, and will also explore the challenges of teaching command-line tools
in a humanities context.

Each event is followed by a period of virtual discussion, consultation,
and support. Participants will be encouraged to share research and
teaching outcomes (syllabi, assignments, blog posts, research papers)
and will be given the opportunity to post preliminary results and work
in progress on the WWP blog.

For information on how to apply please visit:

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

Participants notified by: February 25, 2022

Preliminary schedule:

The previous institutes in the series are:

1.An introductory institute
( focused on
research applications of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based Women
Writers Vector Toolkit (July 17–19, 2019)

2.An introductory institute
( focused on
pedagogical applications of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based
Women Writers Vector Toolkit (May 24–28, 2021)

3.An intensive institute
( focused on
research applications of word vectors, using R and RStudio (July 12–16,

Please contact with any questions.

Thanks and all our best,

Julia and Sarah

Julia Flanders, Director
Sarah Connell, Assistant Director
Women Writers Project
Northeastern University

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