Who belongs? Reading identity, ownership, and legitimacy

Sherratt, T. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Invited keynote presentation

In this talk I want to look at some changes in the language of belonging in Australia, focusing on two words, ‘aliens’ and ‘immigrants’.

I’m not going to present a detailed argument, nor am I going to offer a very sophisticated analysis. I’m mostly just counting words and pointing to interesting things. But I suppose even simple techniques can be pretty remarkable when they’re applied across large historical collections.

I also want to think about how we get the texts to the tools. I spend a lot of time hacking at the plumbing of digital collections — making connections, and unclogging pipes — trying to get the data to flow. While institutions digitise terabytes of text it’s often still a struggle to get the data out in a form that can be easily used and shared. Stories about moving data around are not very glamorous, but they’re important in understanding the limits of our infrastructures.
Period5 Feb 2019
Event titleFrom text to data – new ways of reading
Event typeConference
LocationStockholm, Sweden
Degree of RecognitionNational