Emancipation of Emotions? Questioning the emotionalisation of society with emotion mining and digitised historical corpora

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In this paper, we presented our attempt to find an empirical way to test the hypothesis that Dutch politics and media has become more emotional in the second half of the 20th century.

To question the assumed emotionalisation of society, we introduce a systematic and quantitative long-term investigation into public emotionality in Dutch society. By using text and emotion mining techniques, and lists of emotional words, we investigate this ‘common assumption’ in a new, innovative, and more empirical way from a long-term perspective.
Period06 Mar 201908 Mar 2019
Event titleDigital Humanities in the Nordic Countries - 2019: 4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries
Event typeConference
LocationCopenhagen, DenmarkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • emotions history
  • text mining
  • computational history
  • 20th century history