Center for Cultural Analytics

About the Center

As a joint initiative between UC Berkeley Humanities Faculty, the School of Information, and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), the Center for Cultural Analytics develops and refines computational methods as its members interrogate cultural production across a wide range of disciplines. The research will focus on the data-driven analysis of cultural phenomena. 



Lauren Klein: Historical Data, Present-Day Harms: On the Uses and Limits of Data Science for the Study of Social Movements
April 22, 2024  |  Berkeley Center for New Media

Cultural Analytics in the News

The Center for Cultural Analytics Spring Lecture featured Professor Tina Eliassi-Rad
March 18, 2024  |  Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

Professor Rita Lucarelli organizes workshop centered around digitization of ancient Egyptian coffins
November 28, 2023  |  Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

Professor David Blei presents "Beyond Roll Call: Inferring Politics from Text"
September 28, 2023  |  Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

Lille spejl på væggen der, hvem er de ondeste i landet her?
July 21, 2023 |  Information

Why people believe Covid conspiracy theories: could folklore hold the answer?
October 26, 2021 |  The Guardian

How To Spot A Conspiracy Theory
January 15, 2021 |  Science Friday

Research in Cultural Analytics

Nested coffin of Ankh-wenennefer

Rita Lucarelli's Book of the Dead in 3D

Eqyptian coffins are inscribed with spells and images which stand in for spells. All function together as a machine to resurrect the deceased and to guide them safely through the next world. Given this function, its perhaps surprising that the texts from coffins are usually published completely divorced from their position on the coffin. Any additional meaning conferred on the texts by their placement on the surrogate body or relative to each other and the vignettes is lost. In order to understand a coffin as a magical machine, it's necessary to view the spells in 3D so that this relationship can be taken into account. The aim of this project is to explore the relationship between texts and their positioning on a magical object through building annotated 3D models of coffins displaying the texts and translations.

Danish Folklore

Danish Folklore

The folklore macroscope aims to provide tools for modeling the complex dynamics of informal cultural expressive forms as they circulate on and across social networks. Tens of thousands of stories collected from, in this case, the Danish rural populations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century provide insight into the manner in which people negotiate their relationship to ongoing changes in the economic, political, social and physical environments that surround them. A macroscopic approach allows us to discern patterns in the underlying corpus that often elude traditional methods, while allowing access to multiple scales of interrogation, from the very broad to the most detailed, with access to the multiple scales in between, thereby surfacing the interdependence of stories, storytellers and the myriad contexts in which they live.

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BIDS, Sutardja Dai Hall 
2594 Hearst Ave, Suite 621
Berkeley, CA 94720


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