First call for Grant Period 3, for Missions occurring before March 31st, 2020.

COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History” (CA16204) is launching a new call for applications for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). The deadline for applications is November 30th, 2019.

Our Action is particularly interested in the following topics, which are closely linked to the Action’s activities at the moment. Priority will be given to STSM applications regarding:

  1. Producing EPUBs from ELTeC texts 
  2. Interface to ELTeC for search, filtering and download of texts
  3. More texts for addition to the Action’s collection
  4. Annotating training sets for UD pipe
  5. Tackling Research Questions from WG3 to WG2  

Applicants who are interested in one or several of the topics above should contact the Action’s STSM Coordinator (catherine.kanellopoulou@gmail.com) in order to obtain more information on them.

What is the COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History”? We aim to create a vibrant and diverse network of researchers jointly developing the resources and computational methods necessary to change the way European literary history is written. Fostering insight into cross-national, large-scale patterns and evolutions across European literary traditions, we will facilitate the creation of a broader, more inclusive and better-grounded account of European literary history and cultural identity.

What are Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)? STSMs aim to strengthen the existing COST Actions by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to collect data using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly intended for Early Career Investigators (PhD students or researchers who received their PhD no more than 8 years ago).

For information about the Action, please see: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA16204 and http://www.distant-reading.net.

For information on the application process, please see: https://www.distant-reading.net/calls/stsm-winter-2019/

The COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History is issuing a Call for Applications for its third Training School, hosted by the Centre for Digital Humanities – Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest from September 23 to 25, and co-located with the DH_Budapest 2019 conference http://elte-dh.hu/conf2019/

Note that participation is free of charge! Applicants may apply for one of the grants for participation in one of the 3 parallel tracks: 
TRACK 1: Corpus design and text contribution for ELTeC
TRACK 2: Natural Language Processing for Distant Reading 
TRACK 3: Canonization in Distant Reading Research  

To apply, please see the information and instructions in the full Call for Applications. Applications will be sent to Roxana Patras (roxanapatras82@gmail.com) and Christof Schöch (schoech@uni-trier.de) before June 25th, 2019 until July 15, 2019. In case you have questions regarding the call, the application process or the Training School, please contact Roxana Patras, the Action’s Training School Coordinator (roxanapatras82@gmail.com).

Beside the participation in one of the 3 parallel tracks, there are also opportunities for all Training School participants to register for and participate in the DH_BUDAPEST 2019 conference, held in Budapest and directly following the Training School, from September 25 to 27, 2019! Information will be available on the conference page http://elte-dh.hu/conf2019/ca_ts/.

More details regarding the programme of the Training School are forthcoming. Please watch the page dedicated to the Training School on the Action’s website at: https://www.distant-reading.net/events/budapest-training/.
Please feel free to disseminate this message within your own research communities. Early Career Investigators (ECI) from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/strategy/excellence-inclusiveness) are strongly encouraged to apply!

Action members Mike Kestemont (University of Antwerp) and Maciej Eder (Polish Academy of Sciences) are happy to report that they have recently secured funding for a three-year, collaborative research project, following a joint call of the Research agency of Flanders (FWO) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS). The project can be considered a spin-off of this COST action and, as an academic airbridge between Antwerp and Krakow, it will intensify the already strong ties that exist between various research teams in their respective institutions.

Maciej Eder and Mike Kestemont

The project is entitled ‘Deep Learning in Computational Stylistics.’ In the proposed collaboration, they aim to turn our attention to “deep” representation learning in order to improve computational methods for the robust stylistic analysis of short documents (< 1000 words). Although this technology is nowadays also emerging in Humanities research, it is surprising how (relatively) few applications have been reported so far in the domain of authorship attribution. The few research examples that have been published in this domain focus on micro-blogging data and is hard to extrapolate to longer documents. The researchers propose a three-year collaboration aimed at the introduction and adaptation of deep learning methods to computational stylistics, with an emphasis on author identification. 

Congratulations to Mike and Maciej!