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Call: Sentiment Analysis in Literary Studies, 2021

Freitag, 15.01.2021

Workshop and Lectures

Online, February 17-19, 2021

The workshop and lectures on Sentiment Analysis in Literary Studies are organized in the context of the “Distant Spectators. Distant Reading for Periodicals of the Enlightenment” project which aims to develop and disseminate a tool chain for sentiment analysis that is applicable to multilingual text corpora of the 18th century. The event is funded by CLARIAH-AT and co-organized by the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and the Institute for Romance Studies at the University of Graz, as well as the Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science at the Graz University of Technology and the Know-Center GmbH Graz.

The workshop introduces the concepts of Sentiment Analysis and will give an overview of related methods and tools with a special focus on their application to historical literary text corpora. The participants will be presented with the following content:

  • Introduction to sentiment analysis: methods, projects, tools, and first steps
  • Visualization
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Challenges of sentiment analysis in historical literary texts
  • Dictionary-based sentiment analysis
  • Preprocessing steps
  • Using a tool chain
  • Project presentations of the participants

Each workshop day will feature a keynote lecture from experts in the field. All keynotes will be free of charge and open to the public.


Participation in the hands-on workshop is free of charge and open to 20 students and scholars of all academic stages. No previous specific skills are required (although general computer literacy is expected).

To apply, we ask you to use the application form and provide a brief motivational note why you would like to attend the workshop (max. 250 words).


We reserve the right to choose the individual participants based on their research/study interests and motivation. 

Applications are welcome until January 15, 23:59 CET.

Acceptance will be communicated by January 25.



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Organizing committee

Bernhard Geiger (Know-Center Graz)
Christina Glatz (University of Graz)
Elisabeth Hobisch (University of Graz)
Philipp Koncar (Graz University of Technology)
Sanja Sarić (University of Graz)
Martina Scholger (University of Graz)

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