Call for participants: Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities

Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities
Lancaster University, UK
14th to 17th July 2015

Call for Participation

We are pleased to announce the first Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities. This free-to-attend summer school is taught by an interdisciplinary group of Lancaster University scholars from departments including History, English and Creative Writing, Linguistics and English Language, and Computing and Communications.

Across the Arts and Humanities, a number of parallel trends are developing new methods, especially digital methods, for reading text and texts. We see this in the form of the Digital Humanities enterprise, but also in renewed interest in different forms of Distant Reading.

Thus there exists a growing need for advanced digital-methods training for Arts and Humanities researchers. Meanwhile, a set of effective tools and techniques have been developed within the discipline of Corpus Linguistics which can answer this methodological need, allowing jointly qualitative-quantitative analyses which go beyond statistical summary to a critical engagement with text and context.

The Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities has been inaugurated to help explore and extend the benefits of these approaches for researchers, particularly PhD students and other junior researchers, in arts and humanities fields.


The programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, some involving practical work, others more discussion-oriented.

Topics include: : Introduction to corpus linguistics; Corpus tools and techniques; Collecting corpus data; Foundational techniques – linking quantitative results to qualitative analysis; Foundational techniques – keywords; Foundational techniques – collocation; Studying social history with corpora – prostitution in the 17th century; Using corpora in early modern Literary Studies; Spelling variation – problems, analysis and solutions; Studying conceptual history using EEBO-TCP; Exploring Shakespeare’s language with corpus techniques.

Speakers include, Alison Findlay, Stephen Pumfrey, Jonathan Culpeper, Ian Gregory, and Tony McEnery.

This is one of five co-located Lancaster Summer Schools in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods; see the website for further information:

Who can attend?

This event is aimed at junior humanities researchers – especially PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Anyone with an interest in the analysis of large-scale textual resources – will find this summer school of interest.

How to apply

The Summer School is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited.

The deadline for registrations is Sunday 7th June 2015.

The application form is available on the event website:

as is further information on the programme.