In the last decades the astonishing speed in the global circulation of cultural works and the unprecedented opportunities to gather and analyse large amount of data through electronic resources have opened up new possibilities for researchers in all disciplines. At the same time, the spatial turn in the Humanities has prompted scholars to consider the benefits of using maps and graphs to investigate the transnational history of cultural phenomena. However, while scholars working on quite traditional literary subjects have been quick to discuss and carry out the provocative claims made by Franco Moretti in The Atlas of the European Novel (1998), an ideal case study for such an approach, i.e. popular fiction, had been largely neglected.
The AHRC-funded project Visualising European Crime Fiction: New Digital Tools and Approaches to the Study of the Transnational Popular Culture has represented a first attempt to adopt this approach in the field of crime fiction studies, starting to collect data from different sources and exploring the uses of an online database and various visualisation tools. This exploratory project in partnership with the Paris-based BILIPO aimed at testing a number of strategies and possibilities in order to envision a larger, longer-term initiative to conduct extensive studies on the transnational circulation of popular fiction at the European level. Researchers from a group of universities in the UK, France, Hungary, Sweden and the Czech Republic have collaborated to create sample datasets, the prototype database and a series of visualisations. Continue reading
Data Visualization for the Arts and Humanities
5 – 6 March, Queen’s University Belfast
The Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) structured PhD programme in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Research Group at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities and the AHRC-funded project “Visualising European Crime Fiction”, are hosting a two-day ‘Data Visualisation for the Arts and Humanities’ event at QUB, 5-6 March 2015.
This two-day event includes hands on workshops and invited speakers who will address practical as well as theoretical features of data visualisation. Through this mix of practice and theory we hope to provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the potentialities of applying this approach to research in the Arts and the Humanities. Continue reading