History & Theory

A Workshop on Network Analysis for Film & Media

History & Theory
29 Sep, 2016

A Workshop on Network Analysis for Film & Media


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Media companies and personnel often operate in networks. A company of actors may work together frequently, for example, or a certain set of directors might tend to move in the same circle. One fan community might have points of overlap with another, and certain companies might tend to be involved with each other in media production. When relationships like these are important, media scholars may find it useful to consider some of the techniques of network analysis, a field that specializes in untangling and analyzing the import of these connections. In this workshop, designed for novices, I’ll introduce some of the basic components of network analysis, talk about why media scholars might find it useful, and connect you with some resources so that you can build your own network analyses.

Miriam Posner is the Digital Humanities program coordinator and a member of the core DH faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a digital humanist, she is particularly interested in the visualization of large bodies of data from cultural heritage institutions, and the application of digital methods to the analysis of images and video. A film, media, and visual culture scholar by training, she frequently writes on the history of science and technology. She is also a member of the executive council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

The History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series brings to campus leading humanities scholars working on issues of media transition and technological emergence. The series promotes new, interdisciplinary approaches to questions about the uses, meanings, causes, and effects of rapid or dramatic shifts in techno-infrastructure, information management, and forms of mediated expression. Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media, these events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

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