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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Commons and Communities

Written on April 29, 2017 at 10:48 am, by

During the NULab’s first annual conference, one consistent theme was how we relate to to the public sphere. The session on “Commons and Communities” had many interesting components, starting with a talk by NULab Co-director David Lazer, which presented a proposal for amending representative democracy in the US through the use of “virtual town halls.” This experiment connected voters  Continue Reading »

NULab Spring Conference: Keeping the Public Sphere Open

Written on April 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm, by

On March 24, the NULab hosted its first annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, fellows, alumni, and research collaborators. The conference included a range of panels and talks, all organized around the theme: “Keeping the Public Sphere Open.” The keynote address was delivered by Peter Levine, Associate Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship  Continue Reading »

Networks, Deliberation, and an Open Public Sphere

Written on April 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm, by

No conference on the public sphere would be complete without theorizing about the nature of the public sphere itself, and Tufts’ Peter Levine closed out the conference with a thoughtful keynote on deliberation (slides). What does it mean for the public sphere to be open? Is it sufficient? Levine moves from the group-level notion to the  Continue Reading »

Digital Archives and the Public Sphere

Written on April 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm, by

The panel on “Archives for the Public Sphere” at the NULab Conference on March 24th 2017 featured three presentations on a few of the digital archives housed at Northeastern: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon’s “Archives, the Commons, and the Public Sphere” on the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, Sarah Connell’s “Writing, Reception, Intertextuality: Networking Women’s Writing” on the  Continue Reading »

New Study Finds Facebook Can Be a Safety Net for the Bereaved

Written on April 25, 2017 at 8:41 pm, by

A new study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, co-authored by Lazer Lab postdoc William Hobbs with Moira Burke, examines self-healing and resilience in social networks. “Connective recovery in social networks after the death of a friend” compared “de-identified, aggregate counts of monthly interactions in approximately 15,000 Facebook networks in which someone had died with  Continue Reading »

NULab Core Faculty Member John Wihbey Awarded Top Rated Research Paper at ISOJ

Written on April 25, 2017 at 8:27 pm, by

We are delighted to report that John Wihbey’s paper, “Knowing the Numbers: Assessing Attitudes among Journalists and Educators about Using and Interpreting Data, Statistics, and Research” co authored with Mark Coddington, won Top Rated Research Paper at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) in Austin (April 21/22). Wihbey’s presentation at ISOJ was supported by a NULab  Continue Reading »

Archives and Collaboration: Reflecting on the Early Caribbean Digital Archive’s Participation in the Digital Humanities for Caribbean History Workshop

Written on April 24, 2017 at 11:53 am, by

     On March 31st, the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) was invited to share our project’s research at the Digital Humanities for Caribbean History workshop, held at Harvard’s HipHop Archive and Research Institute, and co-sponsored by both the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and Harvard’s History Design Studio. Vincent Brown, the  Continue Reading »

Dan Cohen Appointed Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration

Written on April 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm, by

The NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks is delighted to share the news that Northeastern University has appointed Daniel J. Cohen as Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, effective June 1, 2017. We are excited that this important role will be filled by an acknowledged leader in the field of digital humanities  Continue Reading »

John Wihbey on the Pros and Cons of Live Streaming

Written on April 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member John Wihbey was recently interviewed by Jason Kornwitz of News@Northeastern about the impact of Facebook Live and other online video streaming services. The interview was prompted by the Easter Sunday shooting by Steve Stephens, which Stephens video recorded and posted to Facebook. In light of this and similar headlines in recent months, Kornwitz  Continue Reading »

A New(ish) Approach to Markup in the Undergraduate Classroom

Written on April 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm, by

By Kevin G. Smith, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Northeastern University Note: Kevin G. Smith’s dissertation research is partially supported by a grant from the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. A few summers ago, I spent my days working in Northeastern’s Digital Scholarship Commons. As is common in that space, there were nearly daily meetings of  Continue Reading »

Building Digital Publics

Written on April 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm, by

​“Building Digital Publics,” the opening panel for the “Keeping the Public Sphere Open” NULab conference, introduced a set of really important challenges shaping the current state and possible futures of digital publics. Brooke Foucault Welles’ presentation on the practices of online activist counterpublics demonstrated the ways web technologies, particularly the hashtag, provide alternative modes for  Continue Reading »

News-based Early Warning System

Written on April 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm, by

This project explores whether a real time sentiment index, constructed using the universe of Reuters news, can help in forecasting GDP and predicting extreme events, such as large reversal in capital flows, in emerging markets.

Fake News at the NULab Conference: Journalism for the Public Sphere

Written on April 13, 2017 at 11:12 am, by

Fake news is everywhere. Or is it? And what do we even mean when we say fake news? How is it fake? Who believes it? These and other questions framed the conversation about journalism for the public sphere at the inaugural NULab conference last month. The panel, which included Lisa Friedland (Post Doctoral Research Fellow  Continue Reading »

Postdocs, Coordinator Syndrome, and Negotiating: a discussion with Moya Bailey, Sarah Connell, and Alicia Peaker

Written on April 12, 2017 at 11:10 am, by

On Monday April 3rd, Moya Bailey, Sarah Connell, and Alicia Peaker led an informal discussion on the topic of postdoctoral fellowships. As a NULab Fellow, I was active in putting this event together, as postdoc positions are becoming more common in my field of digital humanities, yet I knew very little about what being a  Continue Reading »

NULab Faculty and Co-Directors Receive FY18 TIER 1 Awards

Written on April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm, by

We are pleased to announce that several NULab core faculty members and co-directors have been awarded TIER 1 grants for FY18 research projects: “Networks and Global Health: Experimental Evidence of Women’s Social Networks, Reproductive Health, and Well-Being in Developing Countries” Catalina Herrera Almanza (Economics, International Affairs), David Lazer (Political Science, Computer Science, NULab Co-Director) “Team  Continue Reading »