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Institute: Institute of Slovak Literature

Distant Reading for European Literary History
Dištančné čítanie Európskej literárnej histórie (1840 – 1920)
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Debnár Marek PhD.
Annotation:This Action's challenge is to create a vibrant and diverse network of researchers jointly developing the resources and methods necessary to change the way European literary history is written. Grounded in the Distant Reading paradigm (i.e. using computational methods of analysis for large collections of literary texts), the Action will create a shared theoretical and practical framework to enable innovative, sophisticated, data-driven, computational methods of literary text analysis across at least 10 European languages. Fostering insight into cross-national, large-scale patterns and evolutions across European literary traditions, the Action will facilitate the creation of a broader, more inclusive and better-grounded account of European literary history and cultural identity. To accomplish this, the Action will:
  1. build a multilingual European Literary Text Collection (ELTeC), ultimately containing around 2,500 full-text novels in at least 10 different languages, permitting to test methods and compare results across national traditions;
  2. establish and share best practices and develop innovative computational methods of text analysis adapted to Europe's multilingual literary traditions;
  3. consider the consequences of such resources and methods for rethinking fundamental concepts in literary theory and history.
The Action will contribute to the development and distribution of methods, competencies, data, best practices, standards and tools relevant to Distant Reading research. This will not only affect the way scholars in the Humanities do research, but also the way institutions like libraries will make their holdings available to researchers in the future. The Action will foster distributed research, the systematic exchange of expertise, and the visibility of all participants, activities and resources.
Duration: 3.11.2017 - 2.11.2021

Dynamics of placemaking and digitization in Europe´s cities
Dynamika vytvárania priestoru a digitalizácia v európskych mestách
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Taranenková Ivana PhD.
Annotation:This Action will investigate how placemaking activities, like public art, civil urban design, local knowledge production re-shape and reinvent public space, and improve citizens’ involvement in urban planning and urban design. Placemaking implies the multiplication and fragmentation of agents shaping the public realm. The Action aims to empower citizens to contribute with citizen`s knowledge, digitization and placemaking to diverse ways of interpreting local identities in European cities. The added value of digitization - understood here basically as the ongoing process of converting any kind of data from an analog into a digital format – (Jannidis/Kohle/Rehbein (2018:179) will be analyzed in the ways in which it impacts urban placemaking processes of local communities. Studying urban placemaking and digital practices of various local communities throughout Europe´s cities, this Action will understand and analyze, The impact of digitization on the common placemaking practices of urban local communities, The changing processes of citizen´s local knowledge production of placemaking, The influence of digitization on the governmentality of the local neighborhoods and co-creation of public space by various societal actors. Drawing on recent theoretical insights that point to the importance of placemaking, widening citizen´s knowledge and wider application of digitization and digital communication, the Action seeks to develop new methods for studying and comparing effects of disseminating local urban knowledge beyond cultural and societal borders. By doing so, it develops European urban research both theoretically and methodologically finding ways of channeling the results into the wider urban planning and governance processes.
Duration: 22.11.2019 - 21.11.2023

Portraying Countryside in Central European Literature (University of Ostrava)
Zobrazenie vidieka v stredoeurópskej literatúre (Ostravská univerzita)
Program: International Visegrad Found (IVF)
Project leader: Mgr. Hučková Dana CSc.
Annotation:The scientific objective of the project is to research rural images in Central European literature. We wish to follow the depiction of space, but we also ask questions about the importance of the theme for individual national literatures in various periods, including the present. How did literature capture the countryside and how does it reflect the transformations of the countryside in the modern world? Is the situation in Central Europe somehow significant? What will the comparison of rural concepts in the Czech, Slovak and Hungarian environment disclose? The so-called spatial studies have been developed at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ostrava for a long time. Since 2010 we have been organizing spatial symposia and subsequently, we have published representative publications (up to now Town, Landscape and Nature vs. Industrial), in which researchers from the Czech Republic and on a smaller scale from abroad participated. We would like to develop this in the forthcoming symposium on the theme of rural areas more internationally. An important practical goal of the project is therefore to establish closer cooperation with research institutions in the V4 countries in an active way, but also to engage postgraduate students in these activities (workshops and lectures for students and subsequent participation of selected PhD students at the symposium and publishing in the book). Students will have the opportunity to present their work to foreign colleagues and be inspired by their (possibly different) approaches.
Duration: 15.4.2020 - 14.9.2021

The total number of projects: 3