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Digital Historical Research on Southeast Europe and the Ottoman Space


Edited By Dino Mujadzevic

As digital humanities in recent years have been taking roots in major international research centers, this edited volume consisting of ten papers including the introduction seeks to examine the current state of the digital/data-driven research in history and neighboring disciplines dealing with Southeast Europe as well as with the Ottoman Empire and to give an interdisciplinary impetus by bringing together international scholars working with various digital approaches. The included papers give a broad introduction into the field and follow various methods of digital analysis and visualization incorporating approaches like corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis,GIS (Geographic Information Systems), agent-based modelling, computationalstatistics etc.

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A Literary Atlas of Turkey

A Literary Map of


Lisa Maria Teichmann and Franz-Benjamin Mocnik

What are the most common places in Turkey appearing in Turkish literature? It is hardly possible to read all novels or articles published in the past 35 years and collect each place name into a comprehensive list. We, therefore, offer an approach featuring computer-assisted extraction of spatial elements from a collection of texts (corpus). Through an automated search, a set of simple rules determines whether a word is recognized as a place name (toponym) by matching the character strings. The matches are then filtered. With a wide range of sources from different genres, the METU Turkish Corpus served as the exemplary basis for this project, in which we demonstrate the extraction and filtering methods for a publicly available digital Turkish text corpus. A digital, interactive map ( has been created as a product and tool for the evaluation. The “literary” map also provides the reader with an overview of how intrinsically toponyms and daily Turkish are connected.

Istanbul in Demir Özlü: İthaka'ya Yolculuk... Bir fuhuş kentiydi İstanbul

Ankara in Nazlı Eray: Uyku İstasyonu...emyeşil bir parktan Ankara'ya bakmak istiyordu

İzmir in Fatih Atila: Alaturka Rapsodi...ri Kütahyalı, öbürü İzmirli, tam bir piç. İst...

In his work Conjectures about World Literature, in which Franco Moretti coined the term “distant reading” as a quantitative approach in the study of literature opposed to close reading, he writes that “the more ambitious the project, the greater...

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