WWP Advanced Institutes: Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist

In 2018, the Women Writer’s Project received a grant from the NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities to support a series of advanced seminars on using word embedding models in teaching and research. This program supports four institutes in 2019–2021:

  • An introductory institute focused on research uses of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based Women Writers Vector Toolkit
  • An introductory institute focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors, using the WWP’s web-based Women Writers Vector Toolkit
  • An intensive institute focused on research uses of word vectors, offering a thorough, well-scaffolded introduction to RStudio through commented code samples that can be adapted for use in participants’ own work
  • An intensive institute focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors, including coverage of RStudio and the challenges of teaching command-line tools in a humanities context

The introductory events will use simple, open-access web tools hosted in the Women Writers Online Lab, while the intensive events will focus on using RStudio and command-line tools. All four institutes will consider how to make and assess arguments about and with text analysis data, and discuss how to assess the validity of methods, data preparation, and tool configuration. After each event, participants will receive support and guidance in implementing these techniques in their home research and teaching environments.

Travel funding is available of up to $500 per participant.

Read more and learn how to apply

The seminar schedule is as follows:

Northeastern University
July 17–19, 2019
Application deadline: March 22, 2019
Notification by April 19, 2019
Hosted by the Digital Scholarship Group
Introductory institute focused on research uses of word vectors

Northeastern University
May 20–22 2020
Application deadline: January 24, 2020
Notification by February 14, 2020
Hosted by the Digital Scholarship Group
Introductory institute focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors

Northeastern University
July 15–17 2020
Application deadline: January 24, 2020
Notification by February 14, 2020
Hosted by the Digital Scholarship Group
Intensive institute focused on research uses of word vectors

Northeastern University
July 2021 (specific date will be determined early in 2021)
Application deadline: March 19, 2021
Notification by April 16, 2021
Hosted by the Digital Scholarship Group
Intensive institute focused on pedagogical uses of word vectors

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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