H Giffard

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New Publication

Everyone should go read our (open access) paper about text mining for evidence of Dutch nationalism! Abstract Historians have argued that nationalism spread from elite groups to larger populations through public media, yet this has never been empirically proven. In this paper, we use digital tools to search for expressions of nationalism in Dutch newspaper discourse […]

Report on the policy seminar organized by the RICHES project in Brussels, 23 May 2016

The RICHES project (Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage in European Society), which organized the policy seminar in Brussels, is a three-year European funded project which began in December 2013 and concludes on 31 May 2016. The seminar was the final policy seminar organized by the RICHES project in cooperation with the European Commission, and aimed […]


For all those who are interested in a short summary of the project and our current results, our poster:   Or as a pdf: asymenc_poster_FINAL_test    

Preferred partnership between the History Departments at Utrecht and Sheffield Universities

To mark the beginning of a preferred partnership, the History departments at Utrecht University and University of Sheffield are organising a ‘digital humanities workshop’. During the workshop, digital humanities experts working across various fields of expertise will introduce and discuss their research. The workshop is hosted by the ASYMENC and Translantis projects in the cultural history group at the Department of History and Art […]

Final Schedule for Remapping Centre and Periphery

Attached is the final schedule for our upcoming conference on transnational history: Remapping Centre and Periphery in London! Asymenc programme electronic  

Preannoucement of Workshop: Remapping Centre and Periphery. Asymmetrical Encounters in European and Global Context, 1500-2000

23 – 24 June 2016 University College London This two-day workshop examines historical mechanisms of cultural and intellectual exchange across the globe. Historians often assume a one-directional transmission of knowledge, leading to the establishment of intellectual and political hierarchies between centers and peripheries. Instead, this workshop investigates the asymmetrical and multi-directional structure of these encounters within […]

Happy holidays

Any chance for text mining humor…. and for good cheer, naturally!

New publication

Everyone should go read our (open access) paper that proposes a citation index as the solution to what we call digital equality, or that digital search engines treat all documents of equal value! Abstract A measure of which newspapers are the most influential is an important foundation for any large-scale study of newspapers. A reliable […]

Problems of the digital sort

Many of our complaints revolve around the fact that users are not digitally literate – which is to say they can certainly use digital tools, but they may not be aware of how they work (or even that they need to be). The digital heightens certain problems – ie it shares many problems with traditional […]

Corpus selection

A crucial part of digital history lies in selecting corpuses. Corpuses can be created to avoid biases (see for example Blaxhill’s paper: Blaxhill constructs a corpus to be defensible – ie non-biased and complete enough – so that he can defend using computer analysis done on it). Our claim, in the case of a newspaper […]