Thursday September 26 to Friday September 27, 2013

McGill University

Text Mining the Novel will bring together eight researchers in the field of digital humanities for a two-day conference as part of a proposed SSHRC Partnership Grant. The aim of the partnership is to establish the foundations for the cross-cultural study of the novel according to quantitative methods. Text mining is arguably one of the most important fields driving growth, innovation, and indeed citizenship within a modern information economy, impacting a range of fields that include business management, human resources, bioinformatics, cultural production, and even voter participation. In establishing the analytical foundations of large-scale literary text analysis, this project will bring the unique knowledge of literary studies to bear on larger debates about text mining and the place of information technology within society. In so doing, it will also impact how we think about the nature of reading and the way we increasingly access our cultural heritage today.