5th Plotting Poetry Conference – 4-5-6.7.2022 – Tartu, Estonia

The Plotting Poetry group meets again in person after the covid break. We are incredibly happy to announce this year’s meeting, with an exciting programme, keynote lectures by Chris Mustazza and Maciej Janicki, and this year a focus on “Popular Voices”.


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, in consultation with the DH2020 Local Organizers and Program Committee, decided to transform this year’s conference into a virtual format (19-25 July 2020). We are very happy that own virtual workshop “Tool Criticism 3.0” has an exciting lineup of talks and respondents!


The workshop on computational metaphor annotation at RaAM2020, endorsed by SIG-DLS, needed to be canceled because of COVID-19.


SIG DLS pre-conference workshop at DH2019 Utrecht, Tuesday 9 July 2019, 9-13 hs. Afterwards SIG-DLS member’s meeting.


“The re-creation of Harry Potter: Tracing style and content across novels, movie scripts and fanfiction” (SIG-DLS endorsed workshop at 2018 Digital Humanities Conference in Mexico City)

The tutorial combined text reuse and stylometry, zoning in on Rowling’s Harry Potter and its offspins led by Mike Kestemont, Greta Franzini, Enrique Manjavacas, and Marco Büchler.
This tutorial brings together two popular and complementary text analysis tasks in DH; stylometry and text reuse detection. While stylometry typically focuses on how texts are written, text reuse studies are geared towards what texts are written about. Both methodologies tie into the theoretical notion of intertextuality, albeit in complementary ways. Creativity and individuality are important phenomena at stake in both fields: are writers at liberty to escape their own ‘stylome’ – or unique stylistic fingerprint – and to which extent can they free themselves from the many predecessors to which they are intertextually indebted? In this workshop we offer a hands-on introduction to these topics using the case study of Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, their well-known movie adaptations and the numerous works of fanfiction which this work has invited. The tutorial focuses on the use of a number of practical tools (Python, Tracer, Stylo) to tackle this fascinating case study.

Our Concept

The SIG-DLS builds a strong link between ADHO and all activities that are of an interest to the DLS-community. We at SIG-DLS have put in motion a couple of initatives and are ready for more. Our activities include:

  • Sponsoring workshops, training events/schools, conference panels, other events [see below for updates and past events]
  • Keeping a tool inventory that bundles our community’s methods and practical tools in a spreadsheet. The inventory features real and recent tools only that have been tested and tried, as documented in (peer-reviewed) publications.
  • Creating technical/theoretical challenges and/or shared tasks in order to foster best practices, methodological innovation and benchmarking
  • Running and monitoring a blog that covers all things related to Digital Literary Stylistics, including a series of posts on handy tools for style analysis, as well as reports on DLS-relevant events
  • Keeping members in contact with one another and up to date about events and information of interest, e.g. via our mailing list
  • Curating workshop proceedings and a special issue on digital literary stylistics (see a first rationale)
  • Curating a Stylometry Bibliography, including a list of recommended readings on Zotero (see beta version and background information)

The SIG-DLS was originally devised during a workshop at the ADHO DH2016 conference in Krakow, Poland.