Explorations in Textual Digital Analysis for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 14-15.05.2015

5th Workshop of the Research Programme “Clash of Civilizations or Peaceful Co-evolution? Intercultural Contact in the Age of Globalization”

The Institute for Global Studies, in collaboration with the DigiHUBB – Transilvania Centre for Digital Humanities, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, invites national and international scholars to convene for 2 days, to discuss, explore and develop their technological and humanistic imagination in relation to text analysis.


Given the continuous online content development, archiving, storing and presentation combined with the relatively recent efforts of public and private institutions to digitalize public domain texts and documents from different historical times, digital textual analysis is an increasingly productive research method in the social sciences. In this workshop, we address the principles, methods, and problems of exploring historical texts as data, with particular relevance to intercultural conflict and harmony in the historical regions of Banat and Transylvania.

Text analysis is a broadly defined research method to reveal semantic structures and relationships, textual patterns and statistics. In the late 1950s, H. P. Luhn published a paper detailing his “exploratory” research based on excerpts of technical papers and magazines with the ultimate goal of producing abstracts. His research consisted of text mining and analytics in which the “machine” would measure the significance of words and sentences based on analytical information of frequency and distribution. Some 60 years later, a multitude of computer software stands ready to help the scholar with text analysis.

Text analysis enables the investigation of vast amounts of text, text as data. Our workshop will explore the most productive methods of digital textual analysis currently available and applicable in cultural historical research, such as:

  • Text Mining / Data Retrieval
  • R and Digital Text Analysis
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Network Analysis and Information Visualization

Organizing committee

Prof. Mihai I. Spariosu, University of Babeș-Bolyai, University of Georgia, Athens

Prof. Gheorghe Stefan, Polytechnic University of Bucharest

Dr. Adela Fofiu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Dr. Corina Moldovan, DigiHUBB, Cluj-Napoca

The workshop will take please in room T2 at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University (85 Minerilor street, Cluj-Napoca).

The programme of the event is available here