KNAW Computational Humanities Grant

Together with colleagues from the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Carribbean Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Maarten de Rijke has been awarded a KNAW Computational Humanities grant worth 681K Euro for a project entitled “Elite Network Shifts During Regime Change”. The project aims to develop new techniques for detecting elites and their relationships from large archives of news media. Key questions to be addressed include: How do the elite networks that emerge from this quantitative and statistical study compare with those historians already understood? How can large scale text mining inform detailed, context-rich historical studies? How sociologically meaningful are the networks generated by computational means from newspaper archives?