This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, from 2018 to 2022.
This project aims to progress a central insight of cultural criticism: that meaning is not carried by texts but produced in situated interactions between readers, texts and contexts. Conceptually, the project works at the intersection of human reading and computer modeling to resist their common opposition and explore how digital forms and methods might progress critical agendas of the humanities, and vice versa. This theoretical investigation occurs alongside – enables and is enabled by – a data-rich one. Using massively expanded digital evidence of reception of Australian literature (in academic journals, newspapers and social media book reviewing platforms such as GoodReads and LibraryThing), the project explores reading and modeling in terms of emerging and intersecting assemblages of human and nonhuman actors.
“Data beyond representation: From computational modelling to performative materiality.” MLA Convention, Seattle, 10 January 2020. [here]