"En temmelig lang fodtur": HGIS, Text mining, and folklore collection in 19th century denmark

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In Scandinavia, the folklore collection of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries coincided with rapid changes in political, economic, and social organization, and resulted in national collections of extraordinary scope. Although some later folklorists have expressed skepticism about the usefulness of these collections as resources for the study of folklore, ethnography and intellectual history, this skepticism is often based on incorrect notions of how these collections came to be, rather than a deep exploration of the actual practices of the collectors themselves. Methods that support detailed analysis of these collecting practices result in a more nuanced view of the role of folklore and fieldwork in the imagining of the nation. These methods can also help delineate the role folklorists played in developing ethnographic perspectives on the impact of social, political, economic and technological change on the lives of normal people. Building on our earlier work, we show how techniques from historical Geographic Information Systems (hGIS) and text mining, wedded to time-tested archival research methods, can be used to reveal the complex dynamics behind a folklore collection. By detailing the routes taken by the Danish folklore collector Evald Tang Kristensen (1843-1929) over the course of his fifty-year active career, we trace how changes to transportation infrastructure impacted his collecting and how his attitudes toward fieldwork developed over time.


  • Ida Storm
  • Timothy R. Tangherlini
Externa organisationer
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Lund University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Historia
  • Språk och litteratur


Sidor (från-till)43-81
Antal sidor39
TidskriftHuman IT
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2018
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa