Seminar: Ben Martin

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Carolina Rediviva Tidskriftsläsesalens inre del (TLS)
  • Lecturer: Ben Martin
  • Organiser: Digital Humanities Uppsala
  • Contact person: Matts Lindström
  • Seminarium

The Culture of International Society: A Digital Humanities Approach to the History of International Ideas

Treaties are a standard tool of diplomacy and a major source of international law. Over the centuries, different treaty types have been developed to address different issues. After World War I, treaties began to be systematically applied to the world of cultural relations among nations and states. In my current project, I seek to use cultural treaties—the bi-lateral or multilateral agreements among states that promote and regulate cooperation and exchange in the fields of life defined as “cultural”—as a source for examining the role played by the idea of culture in the international sphere during the twentieth century. In collaboration with Umeå University’s HUMlab, I use digital methods to analyze these sources, including quantitative analysis of treaty data as well as computerized text analysis of the treaties’ content. In this presentation I will give an overview of the project, focusing on our use of digital methods, and outlining some of the results (and the challenges!) we have encountered so far.  
About Ben Martin:
A graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia University, Benjamin G. Martin works at Uppsala University as researcher in the Department of History of Science and Ideas, with support from a grant from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens jubileumsfond). Recent publications include “International legal cooperation in the Nazi-fascist New Order ” (International Politics, 2018) and The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016).