Distant Spectators

Distant Reading for Periodicals of the Enlightenment

From 17th to 19th of February, we organized a workshop and lectures event called Sentiment Analysis in Literary Studies, where we invited Roman Klinger (Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart), Rachele Sprugnoli (University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Katrin Dennerlein (Institute for German Philology, University of Würzburg) and Thomas Schmidt (Institute for Information and Media, Language and Culture, University of Regensburg) to give keynote lectures. For everyone who missed this event, we have good news: All the workshop materials and video recordings of the keynote lectures are now open access. We are looking forward to you visiting the links below and happy about your feedback!

Workshop materials

The workshop materials include presentations from the theoretical sessions, project presentations from workshop participants, as well as Jupyter Notebooks and working materials for the practical sessions.
» Workshop program and materials

The Sentiment Analysis toolchain

For the Sentiment Analysis in the project Distant Spectators, Philipp Koncar developed a toolchain for Python, including dictionaries for the 18th century English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. This can be accessed through GitHub.
» GitHub repository

Keynote Lectures

Below you may find the video recordings of the online keynote lectures.

Emotion Modelling in Text and Social Media – The Contribution of Psychological Models
Roman Klinger (Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart)


Sentiment Analysis for Latin: a Journey from Seneca to Thomas Aquinas
Rachele Sprugnoli (University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)


Annotating and quantifying sentiment and emotions in German plays from around 1800
Katrin Dennerlein (Institute for German Philology, University of Würzburg) and Thomas Schmidt (Institute for Information and Media, Language and Culture, University of Regensburg)