The Astrid Lindgren Code: deciphering the author's secret language through mixed methods

  • Date: –12:45
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Lecturer: Malin Nauwerck and Karolina Andersdotter
  • Organiser: Uppsala University Library
  • Contact person: Karolina Andersdotter
  • Utbildning

Astrid Lindgren holds a unique position within world literature, yet her enigmatic creative process has for many years been hidden in her impenetrable original drafts and manuscripts written in shorthand. Altogether, 670 shorthand notepads are in the possession of the Astrid Lindgren Archive and the Swedish Institute for Children's Books.

These manuscripts have been considered “impossible” to access and have to date never been subject to research.

The Astrid Lindgren Code project utilises the joint competences of literary scholars, computer scientists, and professional stenographers to decipher Lindgren’s original drafts, primarily through the combination of two digital methods: handwritten text recognition (HTR), and crowd/expert sourcing.

In this talk we will give a short presentation of the research project and place special focus on the mixed methods used to unfold the secrets of Lindgren's manuscripts.

This talk is part of the library's series Library Lunchtime Learning, short lectures on various useful topics to enjoy during your lunch break.

The talk will be given in English.

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