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The visiting scholars program enables participants to spend time embedded in the NULab and Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) to pursue a personal research project or learn by contributing to NULab and DSG activities.

In partnership with the DSG, the NULab offers a vibrant intellectual community with a wide array of expertise and active projects in the domains of digital scholarship, digital humanities, and public humanities. Scholars are unpaid but receive a campus network/email account, regular mentorship and consultation, and space to work, and they are welcome to participate fully in DSG and NULab meetings and working environments. They are expected to contribute actively to the NULab and DSG community, to make an informal presentation on their work at some point during their visit, and to submit a blog post describing outcomes from their project.

Current Visiting Scholar(s)

Tongjing Wang: I am a PhD candidate in the Economic Geography section at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. My research focuses on incorporating distant-reading methods, particularly the collocation analysis, into regional planning and policy. Using this approach, I seek to discern relationships between cities from textual data and further analyze these connections using network theory. Currently I am developing a software tool named Networked Object Data Extractor (NODE). My visit is sponsored by the EU-Funded H2020 MSCA RISE TREND.

NODE is designed to extract various types of word co-occurrence patterns from knowledge databases, subsequently visualize them as networks. This not only sets the stage for robust collocation analysis but also paves way to conduct complex network analyses including multilayer, temporal, and high-order evaluations. NODE aims to provide geographers and social studies researchers with a user-friendly tool, allowing them to delve deeper into their specific areas of interest.

To apply, please send a proposal with the following information:

  • your name, affiliation, and contact information
  • a description of the project you plan to pursue during your time with the NULab and DSG
  • an explanation of why you want to pursue this work at the NULab, DSG, and Northeastern (specific people or projects that are relevant to your work, specific resources, etc.)
  • the proposed dates of your stay

Apply here:

Previous visiting scholars have worked on projects including:

  • Building and using digital archives as windows into conceptualizing the relationship of the digital archive to literary history (Katherine Bode, Fall 2014)
  • Examining digital formats and their effects on the formation of the book canon (Anna Spatz, Spring 2015)
  • Mapping the cartographies of Romantic literature (Asko Nivala, Fall 2019)
  • Tracing the impacts of volcanic eruptions and related climate effects on painted art (Melissa Schlecht, Fall 2019)
  • Improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women and writing before 1900 (Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, ongoing)
  • Analyzing the circulation of foreign literature in Italy (Nicola Paladin, 2022)
  • A study of the role of technology in processes of modernization and globalization (Elena Fernandez, 2022)