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February 2016

Lecture Series: Folgert Karsdorp

February 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
S.D.009, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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From Rapacious Wolfs to Independent Women: Cultural Transmission of Little Red Riding Hood.

In his lecture, Folgert Karsdorp presents new perspectives on the structure and development of story networks. A story network, defined as a non-hierarchical agglomeration of pre-textual relationships, represents a stream of retellings in which retellers modify and adapt retellings in a gradual and accumulative way. I investigate the development of the world's biggest fairy tale icon: Little Red Riding Hood. No story has been retold, reinterpreted, recontextualized and reconfigured as often as the story about the little girl in red who meets a wolf in the forest. On the basis of a large collection of Dutch retellings of the story, I show that the evolution of its story network is largely determined by two random mechanisms of selection: cultural prominence and temporal attractiveness.

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June 2015

Lecture Series: Benno Stein

June 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.C.001, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Applying Heuristic Search Technology for Constrained Paraphrasing.

To paraphrase means to rewrite content whilst preserving the original meaning. Paraphrasing is important in fields such as text reuse in journalism, anonymising work, and improving the quality of customer-written reviews, among other. Paraphrasing is often considered as an analysis problem - asking the following question: Are these two sentences (paragraphs) paraphrases?

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March 2015

Lecture Series: Barbara Bordalejo

March 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.R.213, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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The Future of the Book and the Books of the Future.

In her talk, Bordalejo will discuss issues relating to publishing, eReaders and multimedia books.

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October 2014

Lecture Series: John Ashley Burgoyne

October 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.A.107, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, België 2000 Belgium
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How to Make it Stick: A Study of Long-Term Musical Memorability Using Citizen Science.

Psycholinguist Steven Pinker once described music as being ‘auditory cheesecake’, similar to pornography and alcohol. Indeed, human beings do not seem to get enough of it. Music can be enchanting, annoying and intriguing. It helps us to concentrate or forget, it can make us jubilant or melancholic. Some songs, the so-called ‘earwigs’, can haunt us for days. These earwigs in particular are the subject of the upcoming talk. Our speaker will discuss what makes songs stick (i.e. what makes them ‘catchy’) by computationally analysing song structure and music recognition patterns by humans.

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