How do you know when the time has come to structure your data? If you do it too early, you might miss something and regret it afterwards. If you wait too long, you might get lost in time or irrelevant tasks. But settling on a model means reducing drastically your research options with your corpus. Continue reading “There might well be a right time to structure one’s data after all”
Upon my return from the Historical Network Research Conference in Ghent, I am still meditating on a few remarks and observations. They fit fine in the underused “aphorism” category of this blog. Those with quotation marks are actual quotes, all by different persons in different contexts (i.e. not to be read as a connected series, but as a selection of sentences, each in their own right). Continue reading “Conference Truisms”
We have new corpora online! I am very excited about this one because it has been a very long story: Continue reading “A philosopher’s son and a philosopher’s stone”
In the letters by Dorothea Tieck recently edited by Sophia Zeil in Letters and texts, there is one that illustrates to the perfection the censorship phenomena typical of letter editions in the 19th century. What is today considered as the first page of the letter begins in the middle of a sentence and was obviously originally not the first page of the letter. Also, it is crossed over in pencil. If you look for it in the existing print edition (all the bibliographical references are to be found in our edition, see the footnotes), you will see that this passage is left unmentioned.
Taking a closer a look at the text, it becomes obvious that its content not only does not fit the heroical image of Tieck as a genius, but also contradicts the representation of him as a decent manager of his own literary enterprise. And even by very low standards in terms of expectations towards fatherhood, what his daughter has to say is pretty depressing. Continue reading “Fathoming one’s father”
One of my team members, Sabine Seifert, has been awarded a travel grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in order to attend the next TEI conference “Decoding the Encoded” that will take place at Northwestern University in October. She will present the progress that was made (after long hours of debates by mail, skype or live) with the 2 other members of the SIG-correspondence Task Force, Peter Stadler and Marcel Illetschko.
Here’s what the paper is all about (text of the abstract submitted by the three of them): Continue reading “Off to the new world!”