Elite Network Shifts (collaboration with the Computational Humanities Program of the KNAW)

Project leaders: Franciska de Jong
Postdoc researcher: cf.  project website
Duration: 2012 - 2014


Elite network shifts during regime change; a computational approach to network analysis using Indonesian language electronic newspaper archives.

Elite Network Shifts (ENS) is an interdisciplinary research program in digital humanities. It brings together researchers in computational techniques (language technology, complex network analysis) and historical sociologists interested in Third World regime change, especially in Indonesia. 

Historians have composed a large body of literature on the major Indonesian regime transitions of 1945–50 and 1998 using conventional techniques. Elite circulation is a central theme in that literature. New computational techniques offer the possibility of approaching the same problem in a novel way, complementing existing knowledge and acquiring new insights. 

ENS will extract elite names and analyse their network relationships from substantial electronic archives of news media. It will focus on the transitional events of 1945 and 1998 for which data are already in our possession. For 1945, the sources consist of recently digitized national and subnational newspapers for the period 1942–1957. For 1998, they consist of newspaper articles published on the (then new) Internet between 1994 and 2010.

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