Current Project: Diamonds in Borneo: Commodities as Concepts in Context
CLARIAH Project by Karin Hofmeester, International Institute of Social History
For comparative research on globalization (understood as the intensified circulation of people, commodities, and ideas,) historians currently study texts ‘manually’ deriving lists of concepts, such as places, products, and labour types, as well as related characteristics explaining changes in these concepts.
To do this more efficiently this project aims to transpose our existing lists of concepts to vocabularies and use those to derive structured information from texts like travelogues, newspapers, trade papers etc. For this particular project we are working to improve our concept lists on diamonds, using existing linked data and adding data from the Geillustreerde encyclopaedie der diamantnijverheid.
Based on a selection of texts from Delpher and with help of NLP tools like Entity recognition, classification & linking, and the Ontotagger, we hope to detect the mining, manufacturing, and trading places and people in Borneo up until now a blind spot in our knowledge about the global diamond commodity chain.
For further information, see the Clariah website.
Workshop: “Commodity Frontiers in Latin America”
36th International Congres of the Latin American Studies Association - Barcelona
May 23-26, 2018
Workshop: “Colonial Agricultural Modernities: Capital, Concepts, Circulations" - program available here
Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin
March 22-23, 2018
4th International Workshop: "Commodity Frontiers and Global Capitalist Expansion: Social, Ecological and Resource Policy Implications". Conference report
Zayed University, Dubai
December 6-7, 2017
Commodity Frontiers in Historical Capitalism
Double panel at the Third Annual Conference of the World-Ecology Research Network
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
July 21-22, 2017
Seminar: "Commodity Frontiers" / Fronteras de la mercantilización Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Consejo de Facultad, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Lima, Peru June 26-27, 2017
International Workshop: "Global Commodity Frontiers in a Comparative Historical Context, International Workshop"
December 9-10, 2016
Conference: "Global Capitalism and Commodity Frontiers, Conference at the International Institute of Social History"
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
December 4-5, 2015
Panel: Relations of Land and Labor in Commodity Frontier Zones, 16th to 20th century
ENIUGH Conference, Paris, France
September 4, 2014
Conference: "Capitalist Growth, Commodity Frontiers, Sustainability"
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
October 24-25, 2014