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Research Questions

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WE1S Research Questions


To WE1S developers: Please suggest research questions you think the WE1S project team (and other researchers) will eventually want to ask of an expanded WE1S corpu. Once we have an adequate sample of questions, we will prioritize them by using a Polldaddy rating poll. The purpose of inventing questions and prioritizing them is to guide us in then selecting and balancing sources to include in an expanded corpus. (For example, if questions about the difference in how the humanities figure in U.S. West coast versus East coast newspapers, or in print newspapers versus online-only news sources, were to rank high in our priorities, then we would want to be sure our corpus has adequate materials and balance in relevant sources, genres, and media.) (For the time being, please ignore the Polldaddy rating questions. They work, but they are only there as examples for a few questions. Later, we will organize the questions into groups; Alan will add a rating poll to each question; and we will conduct the actual vote.)


  Ranking Rules: Please rank questions below from least to most important (on a 1 to 5 scale where 5 is most important. No more than four "5's" per individual:


Bartolini  Gerson Leach Paiella  Roland  Russell  Douglass Kleinman Liu     Thomas
1. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus the U.K.?     

2. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus Canada? 


3. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus Central or South America]? 

    2   3
4. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus the U.K.?        3
5. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus [a West European nation]?
6. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus [an East European nation]?      2  
7. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus the Middle East?     2  
8. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus [a South Asian nation]?      2  
9. How are the humanities discussed in the U.S. versus [a Far Eastern nation]?      2  
10. How are the humanities discussed in the G-7 versus BRIC nations?     1  
11. What is the difference, relation, and relative proportion of "background" versus "foreground" discussions of the humanities?      
12. What are the main frames, narratives, of scenes in which the humanities are discussed (e.g., an economic frame of view, a political frame of view, a frame of view focused on individual life fulfillment, a cultural arts frame of view, etc.)?      
13. What are important "synechdoches" of the humanities in public discourse--i.e., common topics, fields, examples, stories that journalists use to "stand for" the humanities?       5
14. How does public discussion of the humanities trend over time?      
15. Are there seasonal or other temporal rhythms of note in public discourse on the humanities?         
16. How are the humanities discussed in newspapers perceived to "liberal" versus "conservative"?      
17. How are the humanities discussed in relation to different gender groups? (e.g. how are women positioned in relation to the humanities versus men?)      
18. How are the humanities discussed in countries with different levels of press freedom      
19. How is the discussion of the humanities in the United States influenced by corporate media ownership? Do different corporations feature similar/the same conversation about the humanities across media outlets regardless of region or other factors? Do public service broadcasters, such as NPR and BBC, report on the humanities differently than privately owned media companies?      
20. Do different ethnic groups hold different conversations about the humanities? Does this differ in the U.S. in comparison with nations abroad? 


21. Does the discussion of the humanities change across media types? For instance, do TV news reporters report on the humanities differently than radio hosts or newspaper reporters?        
22. How do the discussions differ across geographic/political regions domestically and abroad? For example, do discussions in the Midwest differ from the East Coast? Do national newspapers report on the humanities differently than regional or local newspapers?     3  
23. Do newspapers with a higher circulation report more favorably about the humanities than newspapers with a lower circulation? What about newspapers perceived as 'higher quality'?     2 4  
24. What topics tend to coincide with discussions of the humanities? When other topics appear together with the humanities in a text, is their subject matter articulated differently?     5  
25. To what degree does the machine-learning approach to identifying humanities-related articles resemble/diverge from human judgement?       
26. Can we find examples of dialogue between sources (such as the correlation of two topics that begins in one source and later appears in others)? Can we find such dialogue between news sources and policy/funding documents? Do particular sources set the conversation for others?      
27. What institutions or disciplines are emphasized in public discourse on the humanities? Which institutions receive attention from sources inside vs. outside academia?      
28. How does the discourse about the humanities engage multiple institutions simultaneously? In a landscape of businesses, politicians and entertainment, where does humanities fit in? One operationalization: does the conversation look different across the sections of the newspaper?      




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