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Karina van Dalen-Oskam

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  • Prof. dr Karina van Dalen-Oskam
  • Head of Department of Literary Studies
  • Dutch literature, digital/computational humanities
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Karina van Dalen-Oskam studied Dutch Linguistics and Literary studies at the University of Utrecht and in 1997 gained her PhD from Leiden University with the thesis Studies over Jacob van Maerlants Rijmbijbel. From 1988 to 2001 she worked at the Institute for Dutch Lexicology in Leiden. In 2002, she started at the Nederlands Instituut voor Wetenschappelijke Informatiediensten (NIWI-KNAW, Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services) as head of the department of Dutch Linguistics and Literary Studies and as senior researcher.
Since June 2005 she has been working at Huygens ING, where she started as research leader of the department of ICT & Texts and since 1 July 2011 is head of the department of Literary Studies. Her research focuses on computational literary studies and she is engaged in the development of methods and techniques for the stylistic analysis of modern Dutch (and English) novels. Her aim is to develop comparative methods that can be applied to analyze stylistic differences in texts, oeuvres, genres, time periods, and cultures or languages. Since March 2012 she is also professor of Computational Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) from 2011-2014 and president of EADH from 2014-2015. In November 2015 she became chair of the international digital humanities organization ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations).
Her most important research project currently is “The riddle of literary quality” (2012-2016). In this project, funded by the Computational Humanities programme of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and connected to the eHumanities Center she  collaborates with researchers of the Fryske Akademy and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of the University of Amsterdam.

Research and other projects

Major publications

  • K.H. van Dalen-Oskam.  Corpus-based approaches to names in literature. 2016 In: C. Hough (Ed), The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming. Oxford University Press, 2016, 344-354
  • J.B. Herrmann, K.H. Van Dalen-Oskam, C. Schöch. Revisiting style, a key concept in literary studies. Journal of Literary Theory 9 (2015), 25-52
  • K.H. van Dalen-Oskam. In praise of the variant analysis tool. A computational approach to medieval literature. In: André Lardinois, Sophie Levie, Hans Hoeken and Christoph Lüthy (Eds), Texts, Transmissions, Receptions: Modern Approaches to Narratives, Leiden: Brill, 2015, p. 35-54.


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Additional Positions

  • Coordinating research and education at  University of Amsterdam
  • Chair of the international digital humanities organization ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations)