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QMCECS Seminar 12 Dec 2017: Peter de Bolla (Cambridge)

December 1, 2017

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Peter de Bolla

(Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)

Distributional Concept Analysis

Joint meeting with the QMUL Digital Initiatives Network

Chair: Markman Ellis and Jaclyn Rajsic

This presentation of the Concept Lab’s work and methodology will be of interest to Digital Humanities scholars and those working on eighteenth-century topics.

The Concept Lab studies the architectures of conceptual forms. It is committed to the view that concepts are not equivalent to the meanings of the words which express them. The Lab considers conceptual architectures as generating structured environments for sensing that one has arrived at understanding. Through computational methodologies it seeks to describe and analyse these structured environments which have both internal and external manifestations. With respect to the internal structure of concepts we aim to characterise not only form and function but also modalities and other attributes of conceptual entities. In the case of external features we seek to uncover the conceptual networks within which concepts circulate. In both cases the Lab develops data driven accounts of these structures and networks derived from large scale corpora.

Peter de Bolla is Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics at the University of Cambridge. He is currently Chairman of the Faculty Board of English and Director of the Cambridge Concept Lab which is housed in the Cambridge Centre for Digital Knowledge at CRASSH.

All welcome

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (; Prof Colin Jones, History (; Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (; Prof Amanda Vickery, History (, Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (; Dr Alice Dolan (

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

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