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    Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities

    Lancaster University, UK

    The Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities is a new addition to our annual event for 2015.

    About this Summer School

    Across the Arts and Humanities, a number of parallel trends are developing new methods, especially digital methods, for reading text and texts. We see this in the form of the Digital Humanities enterprise, but also in renewed interest in different forms of Distant Reading.

    Thus there exists a growing need for advanced digital-methods training for Arts and Humanities researchers – especially but not only in the fields of History and Literary Studies, where the large-scale analysis of textual databases is increasingly important. Meanwhile, a set of effective tools and techniques have been developed within the discipline of Corpus Linguisticswhich can answer this methodological need. In particular they allow jointly qualitative-quantitative analyses which go beyond statistical summary to a critical engagement with text and context.

    The Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities has been inaugurated to help explore and extend the benefits of these approaches for researchers, particularly PhD students and other junior researchers, in arts and humanities fields.

    The summer school's syllabus draws on expertise from across several departments at Lancaster University – History, English and Creative Writing, Linguistics and English Language, and Computing and Communications. Lancaster's UCREL research centre has been at the forefront of the field of Corpus Linguistics since its foundation in the 1970s, and is now a leading centre for the development of corpus methods in other fields across the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

    Who is this summer school for?

    This event is aimed at junior arts and humanities researchers – especially but not only PhD students and postdoctoral researchers – in any discipline. Anyone in these fields with an interest in novel methodologies, digital humanities, distant reading, “big data” or generally in the use of large textual databases such as EEBO-TCP, newspaper archives, and so on, will find this summer school of interest.

    Please note that we assume no knowledge of language and linguistics in general, or of corpus linguistics specifically, in this Summer School. If you are a linguist who already has some experience with corpus linguistics, the UCREL Summer School is a better event for you.

    What topics does this Summer School cover?

    The programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, some involving practical work, others more discussion-oriented. The initial sessions on basic, foundational methods are conducted jointly with the co-located ESRC Summer School in Corpus Approaches to Social Science. These introductory sessions are followed by a series of discussions of advanced contemproary research using corpus methods in the humanities: conceptual early modern literary studies, and Shakespearian stylistics more specifically. Speakers, and their (provisional) session titles, include:

    • Andrew Hardie — Introduction to corpus linguistics / Corpus tools and techniques
    • Dana Gablasova — Collecting corpus data
    • Amanda Potts — Foundational techniques: linking quantitative results to qualitative analysis
    • Tony McEnery — Foundational techniques: keywords
    • Claire Hardaker — Foundational techniques: collocation
    • Tony McEnery/Helen Baker — Studying social history with corpora: prostitution in the 17th century
    • Alison Findlay — Using corpora in early modern Literary Studies
    • Alistair Baron — Spelling variation: problems, analysis and solutions
    • Stephen Pumprey — Studying conceptual history using EEBO-TCP
    • Jonathan Culpeper — Exploring Shakespeare's language with corpus techniques

    There are additional daily lectures shared with the other four Summer School events, each illustrating cutting-edge research using corpus data:

    • Tony McEnery — Representations of Islam in the UK press
    • Ian Gregory — Using corpus data in Geographical Information Systems
    • Veronika Koller — Metaphor in the language surrounding end-of-life care

    The full timetable will be made available on this page when completed.

    In addition, participants in this Summer School will have the opportunity to meet and consult with members of the CASS Challenge Panel, a group of prominent specialists in corpus methodology.

    How to apply

    The Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited. For more details, click here.