Methods Fellow Workshop: Tracing Meaning Through Time with Digital Methods: Darwin’s Language

15 June 2021

Location to be announced

Methods Fellow Workshop: Tracing meaning through time with digital methods: how did Darwin’s language evolve?

The aim of this course is to support students, researchers, and professionals interested in exploring the changing nature of the English vocabulary in historical texts at scale, and to reflect critically on the limitations of these computational analyses. We will focus on computational methods for representing word meaning and word meaning change from large-scale historical text corpora. The corpus used will consist of Darwin’s letters from the Darwin Project at Cambridge University Library. All code will be in online Python notebooks.

If you are interested in attending this course, please fill in the application form.


Target audience

Postgraduate students and staff at the University of Cambridge, particularly in the arts, humanities, social sciences, libraries, archives, and history of science.



Prior knowledge of Python (and specifically text processing with Python) is desirable.

If you are unsure whether your Python experience is sufficient, please apply anyway and we can talk about it together.


Sessions available

Tuesday 8 June from 10:00 - 11:00 
Tuesday 8 June from 15:00 - 16:00 
Tuesday 15 Jun from 10:00 - 11:00 
Tuesday 15 Jun from 15:00 - 16:00