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DReAM

In DReAM (Debate Research Across Media) the role of historical public debates on drugs and regulation (1945-1990) in newspapers, on radio and television will be studied. Historians will do this with the AVResearcherXL tool that has been extended with CLARIAH components.

In DReAM (Debate Research Across Media) the role of historical public debates on drugs and regulation (1945-1990) in newspapers, on radio and television will be studied. Historians will do this with the AVResearcherXL tool that has been extended with CLARIAH components.

Photo: Hans van Dijk, Nationaal Archief / Anefo

In this research pilot, historians will test and extend CLARIAH’s recipe AVResearcherXL. We will study the role of historical public debates on drugs and regulation (1945-1990) in newspapers, on radio and television. These debates are shifting in time and often fragmented since drugs (e.g. heroin, amphetamines and cannabis) move between medical, criminal and recreational spheres. We study the historically dynamic relation between governmental drug regulation and public discourse.

To do that, we aim to enable our research strategy, which is to trace and understand public debates by alternating between distant reading and close reading, across textual and AV-datasets. AVResearcherXL is primarily developed as a distant reading tool with a focus on media representation research. By enriching the AVResearcherXL recipe with additional CLARIAH components we will make it suitable for alternating cross-media forms of distant and close reading. This will significantly improve the employability of AVRearcherXL for humanities researchers.
Sound and Vision supervises the Media Suite research and gathers new user requirements for the Media Suite.

This project is a CLARIAH Research Pilot financed by NWO.

Project partners

Utrecht University, Freudenthal Institute, KB National Library of the Netherlands, Sound and Vision