Talk to look at 'Exploring Ireland’s Literary Communities'

November 10, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17, James O’Sullivan, digital humanities research designer at Penn State, will present “Exploring Ireland’s Literary Communities,” in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Using various computational methods, this study will explore Ireland’s literary communities through analyses of the nation’s leading contemporary journals. A very brief introduction to macro-analytics will be offered, before some of the study’s key findings will be presented and discussed. Possible influences from social and economic transformations will be charted, while any regional disparities will also be delineated. A number of other particularities will also be accounted for, including gender and editorial networks.

O’Sullivan holds graduate degrees in computer science and literary studies, and is currently completing his doctorate at University College Cork. His work has been published in a variety of interdisciplinary journals, including Leonardo, and the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. He is chairman of the Colloquium at the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Fortier Prize for Digital Humanities research. Further details on O'Sullivan and his work can be found at

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – participants are encouraged to bring lunch; coffee and tea are free. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a 20-minute presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. Jon Abel ( and Shuang Shen ( are coordinators for the series. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit

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