[Kaupunkitutkimus] Fwd: Workshop on (Historical) Network Research, Turku, Novemeber 5, 2016

Ruoppila Sampo sampo.ruoppila at turku.fi
Mon Oct 26 13:03:56 EET 2015

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From: Dr Kimmo Elo <kimmo.elo at utu.fi<mailto:kimmo.elo at utu.fi>>
Subject: Workshop on (Historical) Network Research, Turku, Novemeber 5, 2016
Date: 26 Oct 2015 11:42:37 EET
To: <kirsi.l.salonen at utu.fi<mailto:kirsi.l.salonen at utu.fi>>, Marja Heinonen <makrhei at utu.fi<mailto:makrhei at utu.fi>>, <ktamme at utu.fi<mailto:ktamme at utu.fi>>, Ida Andersson <imvand at utu.fi<mailto:imvand at utu.fi>>, Ruoppila Sampo <sampo.ruoppila at turku.fi<mailto:sampo.ruoppila at turku.fi>>, Hannu Ruonavaara <hanruona at utu.fi<mailto:hanruona at utu.fi>>


Pyytäisin välittämään alla olevaa viestiä eteenpäin opiskelijoille ja henkilökunnalle. Kiitos!

Kimmo (Elo)

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Dear all!

Dr Marten Düring from "Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe" (CVCE) will visit the University of Turku, School of contemporary history on November 4-6, 2015. During his stay here in Turku Dr Düring will organize a workshop on data extraction and visualization of historical sources. The workshop will be held on November 5, 2015 at 16-19 in the political science lecture hall (Building T17 on the campus map: http://www.utu.fi/en/university/map/Pages/home.aspx). The workshop is open for anyone interested in Digital Humanities, especially in data extraction and visualization of text-based sources and requires no premiliminary experience in this field! For a more detailled description of the workshop please see below.

Marten Düring, Dr. phil. in Contemporary history works on European history and Memory studies and with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research methods in (Digital) History and social network analysis and text analytics in particular. So far his published research focused on the applicability of social network analysis methods in history, trans-national memories of the Second World War, covert support networks during the Holocaust and Dutch-German-Allied perceptions of the end of the war in the Dutch-German border region. He is one of the founders of the Historical Network Research group and created http://historicalnetworkresearch.org/, an online repository for the field. He obtained his PhD in Contemporary History at the University of Mainz in 2012. After positions as junior researcher at the Center for advanced study in the humanities in Essen, eHumanities guest post doc at Radboud University Nijmegen and CDHI Digital History post doc at UNC Chapel Hill, he is now working as researcher in the Digital Humanities Lab at CVCE Luxembourg.

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From Text Interpretation to Data to Networks: A Two Part Workshop on Data Extraction and Visualization of Historical Sources

Part 1: From text interpretation to data

Many network analysis projects rely on somewhat ready-made sources for data; for example, email logs, questionnaires, church registers, letter exchanges and trade relations make it relatively easy to identify who is connected to whom and how. It is, however, considerably more difficult to extract quantifiable data from text. Some issues to consider here are: how can we bridge the gap between the depth of hermeneutics and data analysis? How can we systematize text interpretation?

This first workshop will address the above question and provide hands-on experience with the extraction of network data from a narrative through the use of methods developed in qualitative data analysis. Participants will work with a first-person narrative of a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and extract data using an existing coding scheme.

Part 2: Visualizing Networks

This second workshop will build on the data extracted during the first workshop and will provide participants with the technical skills to use entry-level software tools to visualize and explore social networks. Here are some of the questions that we will consider:

- how do visualizations change our perception of coded data?
- how can we translate hypotheses into data visualizations and which new questions can network visualizations raise?

We will also critically assess the added value of network visualizations, the underlying principles behind visualization layouts as well as network computations, and finally, their potential to mislead uncritical audiences.

Prerequisites: These workshops are conceptualized as a gentle introduction to the topic and are meant for humanists with an interest in social network analysis. No technical skills in network visualization or software are expected or required.

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Should you have questions regarding Dr Düring's visit or the workshop, please contact Dr Kimmo Elo (Dep. Political science and contemporary history, e-mail: kimmo.elo at utu.fi<mailto:kimmo.elo at utu.fi>, tel. +358-2-215 4522).

Best regards,
Kimmo Elo

Dr Kimmo Elo
Adjunct professor
University lecturer
University of Turku Åbo Akademi University
Contemporary history Institute for German studies
European Studies (non-degree) "Deutschlandstudien" M.A. program
FIN-20014 Turku, Finland FIN-20500 Turku, Finland
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Tel: +358-2-215 4522
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