A workshop on methodologies in the spatial humanities will take place in Paris, 4-8 June 2018 at the Ecole normale supérieure and NYU Paris, entitled “Exploring the Geographic Information of Literature and Art History” / “Cartographie numérique en littérature et en histoire de l’art.”



M, 4 June  am: arrivals
14:00-15:00 Ecole normale supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, Paris, Room 235A

(NB: 29, rue d’Ulm is not the 45 rue d’Ulm)

Introduction to the workshop

Participant introductions

15:00-17:00 Presentation of relevant resources (Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, ENS PSL, David Joseph Wrisley, NYU Abu Dhabi)

Modeling geodata 

Data creation — extraction vs annotation (David Joseph Wrisley)

Introduction to sample raw materials for hands on

17:30-19:00 Informal get-together:  instructors and organizers only
Tu, 5 June 


Ecole normale supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, Paris, Room 235B

Map platforms: low barrier to QGIS (Taylor HixsonNYU Abu Dhabi; Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel)

  Storymaps (Sarah Demott, NYU New York and David Joseph Wrisley)
12:30-14:00 Lunch, 45, rue d’Ulm 
14:00-17:00 Working with the Edinburgh GeoParser to extract entities from text using an English translation of Jules Verne’s Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (David Joseph Wrisley)

Matching Entities with Geodata using OpenRefine (Taylor Hixson)

W, 6 June Ecole normale supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, Paris, Room 235B
10:00-12:30 Geocoding from (Old) Street Addresses (Julien Cavero, Artl@s)
12:30-14:00 Lunch, 45, rue d’Ulm
14:00-17:00 Theory/Practice of Named Entity Recognition (NER) using the Tours annotated Verne  (Alexander Erdmann, NYU Abu Dhabi/Herodotus Project – Ohio State U)
Th, 7 June


Ecole normale supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, Paris, Room 236

Hands on with raw textual data (literature / art history): this session’s objective is to have engage hands on with some textual data and to produce some “new” geodata.  

We will split into groups to work on different methods: OpenRefine, NER, geocoding from addresses

 12:30-14:00 Lunch, 45, rue d’Ulm
14:30-16:30 NYU Paris, 57 blvd Saint-Germain, Auditorium

Short project presentations (10-15 minutes):

“Mapping Beirut Print Culture” David Joseph Wrisley, NYU Abu Dhabi
“Mapping Early Arabian Poetry” Marcel Kupershoek, NYU Abu Dhabi 
“TBA” Sarah Demott, NYU New York
“Artl@s” Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, ENS PSL
“Re-penser Rome comme une anthologie, la Street Poetry des ‘Poeti der Trullo’” Giovanni Pietro Vitali, Université de Poitiers, Marie Curie Research Fellow (UCC, NYU, Reading)

Collective discussion

17:00-20:00 NYU Paris, 57 blvd Saint-Germain, Auditorium


“Surveiller son chat: pourquoi une carte?”  Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Université Paris-VIII)

in conversation with Grégory Chatonsky (Postdoc Postdigital, ENS/PSL), Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel and David Joseph Wrisley

  Reception, NYU Paris 8th floor
8 June


Ecole normale supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, Paris, Room 236

Javascripting for map making (Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, NYU New York)

12:30-14:00 Lunch, 45, rue d’Ulm
14:00-17:00 Final discussion / Notes for white paper 


The workshop has been generously funded by the New York University Paris Sciences Lettres Global Alliance (NYU PSL). The workshop is open by application only, and to any faculty or graduate students from the NYU campuses and from within PSL.