The Preliminaries Project at Western Arts and Humanities’ CulturePlex Lab

CulturePlex Laboratory at Western University

In a new blog posting, David Brown of the CulturePlex Lab at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University introduces the “Preliminaries Project,” a project to  “study the complex social networks involved in the production of Early Modern Spanish literature.”

In particular, the “Preliminaries Project”  will focus its attention upon “literature published in the European Spanish Empire and its American colonies during the 17th century, a period characterized by an increasingly complex globalized structure that allowed for a comparatively rapid exchange of ideas, goods, and cultural objects between Asia, the Americas, and Europe.”

Using the CulturePlex Lab’s own “Sylva” graph database tool to store and manage the information gleaned from a broad and comprehensive survey of the literature, the project will run this data through “visualization and statistical/metric analysis” employing “built-in algorithms and Python based scripting.”

A full discussion of the project and its aims can be found on the project blog, and will be supplemented and expanded by future postings on the project.


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