ETCL Brown Bag Lecture, feat. Belaid Moa and Jana Millar Usiskin, Apr. 8th @ noon in ECS 104

Posted on Mar 26, 2014
April 8, 2014
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

The Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory at the University of Victoria
( invites you to attend the seventh meeting of the
2013-14 Brown Bag Speaker Series. This is a series of informal lunchtime
seminars for faculty and graduate students in the Faculty of Humanities
and across the university to discuss issues in digital literacy, digital
humanities, and the changing face of research, scholarship, and teaching
in our increasingly digital world. For an hour once per month, we meet
to hear from an invited speaker, share ideas, and build knowledge.

On Tuesday April 8th from 12 until 1 p.m., Belaid Moa and Jana Millar Usiskin will be presenting a talk entitled, “Big Modernism.”

Details are below. Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested in attending.

Tuesday April 8th—12 – 1 p.m.
Engineering Computer Science Building 104, University of Victoria

Abstract: What can big data tell us about modernism? This presentation illustrates how MVP and Compute Canada researchers have approached this question. Hear how they have applied topic modeling, machine learning, and basic statistical analysis to a repository of modernist novels to illuminate some of modernism’s fundamental preoccupations – and how they differ from those of Victorian novels.


Belaid Moa is a high-performance computing specialist with Compute Canada. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from UVic, and specializes in machine learning.

Jana Millar Usiskin is a PhD student in English at UVic. She is part of the Modernist Versions Project, exploring big data approaches to modernism.

Big Modernism

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