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Date(s) - 17/11/2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bungehuis 401

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Karin Lieftink MA (University of Amsterdam), News from the little world. A research into the role and function of advertisements from the Oprechte Haerlemse Courant of 1670, 1690 and 1710

What do advertisements tell us about historical society? What use can these sources be in further research? The advertisements from de Oprechte Haerlemse Courant give us a first insight on what these sources are able to show us.

Tessa Wijckmans MA (University of Amsterdam): Who wrote that doggie? Computational approaches to the seventeenth century Dutch novel: automatic authorship attribution and the problem of orthographical variation

With new computational techniques it is possible to identify authors of anonymously published texts. I will attribute a seventeenth century Dutch novel to the plausible author by using methods for stylistic analysis. I will also discuss a problem I came across during my stylometric research: the inconsistency of the orthography of the historic texts I use. I will present my efforts to normalize the orthography of the texts, hoping to solve the problem in this way.


Melvin Wevers MA (Utrecht University): Consuming America: America as a Reference Culture in Dutch Public Discourse on Consumer Goods, Consumerism, and Consumers

In my research, I combine text-mining tools and traditional historical methods to analyze America’s role as a reference culture—a trans-cultural model associated with a particular nation—in Dutch newspaper discourse between 1890 and 1990. Scholars have argued that the American way of life, and American consumer goods shaped the development of a modern Dutch consumer society. However, the focus here very often is either on intellectual discourse and/or a rather short period. My research sets out to map how public discourse shaped and reflected the role of America as a reference culture over a period of a century. By doing so, I add nuance and complexity to the role America played in Dutch society. My primary corpus is the KB’s digitized newspaper corpus.