[Humanist] 31.310 postdoc, methodology for the history of ideas (Amsterdam)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 310.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:13:46 +0200
        From: arianna betti <ariannabetti at gmail.com>
        Subject: [Extended deadline] Computational linguist (with focus on digital humanities) in VICI-project eIdeas (2017-2021) - DEADLINE Sep 21, 2017

Postdoctoral researcher in Computational Linguistics
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

Job opening at the ILLC (Institute of Logic, Language and Computation)
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

Computational linguist in VICI-project eIdeas (2017-2021)


DEADLINE Sep 21, 2017

We - philosophers + computational experts - want to create a new
computational methodology for the history of ideas combining top-down and
bottom-up approaches.

*Excerpt from ad*: 

Although the focus of the project is in adapting and calibrating existing
technologies, rather than developing new ones, the project presents several
technically and methodologically challenging aspects. The main challenge
will be constructing a methodology that can reach a level of subtlety and
saliency of analysis helpful to philosophers. First, the domain has an
essential focus on extremely fine-grained nuances of meaning and great
amount of subtle variation in small historical corpora with likely OCR
problems, and requires author-specific lexical semantics at a much more
fine-grained level than usually done. This will require experimenting with
new distributional semantics and vector models for the type of texts at
issue. Second, the application of a mix of top-down (semantic modelling
based on ontologies) and bottom-up approaches relying on distributional
semantics techniques forces the computational extraction of
concepts/relations to happen within a complex, general and coherent
conceptual architecture: the latter needs to be sensibly connected to the
lexical level of the text (a topical challenge at the interface of AI and

Great environment, great city, nice people.

Any help with spreading the ad is appreciated!


Professor and Chair of Philosophy of Language
http://axiom.humanities.uva.nl/arianna/ , University of Amsterdam (ILLC) |
VICI,mERC PoC & St Grantee | ex-De Jonge Akademie of the KNAW 
& Global Young Academy | AcademiaNet

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