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Operationalizing Networks in the Humanities

A Catapult Center Lecture with Elijah Meeks

Monday, January 27, 2014, 4:00pm

Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn 200)


Elijah Meeks
Stanford University

Monday, January 27, 2014
Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn 200)
4:00 pm ­ 6:00 pm

Abstract: The use of the network as an object for representing and measuring systems has grown in the humanities and continues to increase in popularity but as it does there are more and more signs of the use of networks in simulation and modeling to explore humanities subjects. Building on Moretti’s concept of operationalization, this talk will focus on the use of networks and network models not merely to describe systems but to hypothesize their formation, reproduction, maintenance and decline. This will include an exploration of the general principles of network analysis and representation as well as the use of networks in establishing system-based and agent-based models. These objects are dynamic, and as such interactive methods of publication are necessary to allow readers to interrogate, cite, critique or extend them. Some examples of these publication methods will be explored in depth, utilizing models from the work being done in the English and Classics departments at Stanford.

Sponsored by the Catapult Center for Digital Humanities & Computational Analysis of Texts