Kate Kasten, Head of Humanities & Social Sciences at SBU Libraries, presented papers at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention and at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) this spring.
At NeMLA, Kate presented a paper entitled, “(Un)happily Ever After: Beauty and Virtue in Catherine Durand Bédacier’s ‘La fée Lubantine,'” which treated the subversion of the expected relationship between beauty and virtue in a French fairy tale from 1699. This conference was a wonderful opportunity to engage with other scholars working in modern languages and literatures.
Her MARAC presentation, “Writing Memory: The French Revolution and the Archives Nationales in contemporary texts,” was a discussion of the meaning and role of archives during the Ancien Régime and the ways in which the Revolution, and the establishment of the French National Archives in 1790, influenced usages of the term “archives.” Kate approached this idea using text mining and data visualization practices, both of which are topics that she would love to discuss more at Stony Brook University. Supporting research in emerging technologies is a core mission of the University Libraries, and Kate was thrilled to hear presentations from other scholars interested in text mining and to learn from their experience. She is very excited to foster a similar kind of community around text mining in the Humanities at Stony Brook University!
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