17 May 2022 15:30 - 17:00 Online event



  • Simone Abbiati(University of Cambridge)
  • Ryan Heuser (University of Cambridge)

About the event

Starting from Minkowski’s spatio-temporal representation, we will discuss the usefulness of visualising different interpretive steps involved in CLC to re-evaluate their importance and diversity. Regardless of the (literary) theory of reference, the talk investigates the possibility of finding shared conceptual steps that different DH communities around the world present when using digital tools on literary works.

The seminar Respondent and Chair will be Dr Annja Neumann (University of Cambridge).

About the speakers

Simone Abbiati is a second-year PhD student in Transcultural studies in the humanities at the University of Bergamo, with a ‘department of Excellence’ researcher grant for Digital Humanities. He graduated in Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Milan, worked on the narratological category of spatiality in ‘The Experience of Pain’ by C.E. Gadda (BA) and in me. Calvino’s ‘Cosmicomics’ (MA). His work relates to the hermeneutic rethinking of DH methodologies regarding fictional space. He is particularly interested in combining text mining and digital cartography to reflect on politically debated spaces in literature.

He is currently working on the British-Irish border and the Basque Country. He aims to strengthen the social impact of literary analysis by identifying how literature mirrors different border conceptions and experiences, such as complex territorialisation processes and terrorism.

Ryan Heuser is a Junior Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studies English literature and the digital humanities. Ryan’s work brings computational methods of text analysis to the study of literature and its history. He works on changes in literary language across the modern period; historical semantics; computational poetics; literary geography; and the theory and methods of the digital humanities more broadly. Ryan recently received his PhD in English from Stanford University, where he was a founding member of the Stanford Literary Lab and its Associate Research Director from 2011 to 2015.


This event will be held virtually. All tickets will come with the opportunity to participate via question submission during the Q&A portion of the panel.

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