Visualizing correspondence networks over time

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Lab1100 in collaboration with SPIN has developed ultra-cool visualizations of correspondence networks as they develop in time and space. This development process has faced interesting challenges and generated exciting solutions, breaking new ground in the developing field of Digital Humanities.

The SPIN database contains the metadata of c. 38,000 letters by 19th-century artists and intellectuals.How the software developers of lab1100 mapped these data in European soace and over the 19th century with their "Nodegoat" technology can be read on their blog, at https://nodegoat.net/blog.p/82.m/18/network-visualisations-of-38000-letters.

To view the results, go to ERNiE, the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe, at http://RomanticNationalism.net, and select the "Explore Letters" option. In addition, many ERNiE articles come with illustrative mappings of the related correspondence.

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Hoffmann von Fallersleben correspondence network online

Joep Leerssen

E.A. Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874), Grimm adept, philologist and Vormärz poet, maintained an exensive correspondence with many European partners throughout his life. His letters have been repertoried by Dr. Erika Poettgens as part of her study Hoffmann von Fallersleben und die Lande niederländischer Zunge. Briefwechsel, Beziehungsgeflechte, Bildlichkeit (Münster: Waxmann, 2014). By courtesy of Dr Poettgens, and with the kind help and agreement of Waxmann publishers, SPIN was given the use of the corpus’s metadata. These were processed to put a visualization of Hoffmann’s network online. It can be accessed in the ERNiE website (http://ernie.uva.nl) under the “Letters” tab, or directly through this URL: https://ernie.uva.nl/viewer.p/21/59/scenario/114/geo. Hoffmann’s 7600 letters now feature in ERNiE alongside other major corpuses (the Grimms, Walter Scott, E.M. Arndt, Rasmus Rask, Prosper Mérimée...) to demonstrate the densely and transnationally entangled nature of Romantic Nationalism.  

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Proceedings of the Germanisten 1846-1847 back online

Joep Leerssen

One of SPIN’s first projects in 2009 was to digitize the proceedings of the famous gatherings of Germanisten in Frankfurt and Lübeck (1846 and 1847). Generally recognized as a key episode in the interaction between German philology and national politics, these meetings, chaired by Jacob Grimm, were an academic run-up to the Frankfurt Parliament of 1848. Their proceedings were only available in contemporary printed form and, given the Fraktur print of that period, even digitized PDFs were not searchable. SPIN curated a digitized full-text presentation in modern, searchable print, with an introduction by leading expert Katinka Netzer. That presentation had become, alas, inaccessible in the process of mounting the ERNiE website. But the full Proceedings have now been placed back online and will provide researchers with what we hope is a valuable resource. To access: http://show.ernie.uva.nl/germanisten.

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