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Distant Reading Art Literature
Research Questions

Research Questions

  • How can we use quantitative tools to shed new light on the development of the languages of art?
  • How can we deal with, and study, the international and cross-linguistic migration of artistic terminology and rhetorics?
  • How can we use digitized literary journals, exhibition descriptions, newspapers, documentaries, and academic publications to understand how the importance of different aspects of art changed through space and time? How can we use both textual and visual evidence from these sources?
  • What are the linguistic textures of urban space in the case of Rome or Naples?
  • How can materials, mediums, and techniques of art be mapped?
  • What is the longue durée of art theoretical terminology? Can we map the canons of artists, works, and places?
  • How can we address intersectional issues of gender, race, and class in art literature?
  • How is the authority of a statement constructed on the basis of a network of references and sources?
  • Can we develop specific models for automated translation art literature, bridging in particular English, German, Italian, and French?
  • What are geographic and historical intertextual relations between texts and their editions and translations between texts, editions, and their quotations?
  • What are the historical and geographical specificities and changes in the academic rhetoric in the history of art? How is evidence created by interrelating text and images?
  • What kind of social, scientific, epistemic networks can we extract from interlinked references in scholarly texts?
  • What impact could blockchain technologies have on creating evidence and truthfulness?
  • What kinds of styles can we detect computationally in research literature. Does digital data representation change the narratives and formats of scholarly publications?
  •  What is the meaning of textual and visual layout of illustrated books (e.g. the semantics of marginalia)? Can we compare the with the layout of social media?