This blog is written & presented by Thomas Crombez. I’m a researcher at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). I also teach Philosophy of Art and Theatre History at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Since 2008, my research in theatre history has increasingly focused on doing “digital history”.
What does it mean to have a digital corpus of source texts at our disposal, instead of a traditional library or archive? How can we apply techniques from rapidly advancing fields such as artificial intelligence, Natural Language Processing, and computational linguistics to such ‘traditional’ disciplines as literature and the arts?
My current projects are focused on how to make a large collection of source documents accessible through “research websites,” as I call it for lack of a better term. Examples include Corpus Toneelkritiek Interbellum, a collection of Flemish theatre reviews from the interwar period, and the collected reviews of dance and theatre critic Pieter T’Jonck from 1983 to 2008. (All documents are in Dutch, but the interface and background documents are in English.)