Postdoctoral researcher (IN3-UOC)

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Raluca Tanasescu

Raluca Tanasescu received a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Ottawa’s School of Translation and Interpretation. Her doctoral work was supported by the very prestigious Ontario Trillium Award and the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship between 2013 and 2018. Her thesis proposed chaos theory and complex networks as a more dynamic mode of inquiry into the practice of literary translation. It examined how the paradigm of complexity engenders a better grasp of translation in a so-called ‘minor’ culture and proposed a model based on social network analysis and data visualization for a networked understanding of translators’ agency.

Since 2019 she has served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities at University of Groningen, where she was in charge of the computational methodology behind the interdisciplinary ERC Stg Grant “The Normalization of Natural Philosophy,” led by dr. Andrea Sangiacomo, with whom she worked on corpus acquisition and expansion methods and on the social and semantic network analysis of several multilingual early modern natural philosophy data sets.

Raluca is currently holding a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UOC, co-hosted by the GlobaLS and CoSIN3 research groups. She uses complexity thinking and network approaches to investigate agency in multilingual scholarly settings. Her immediate focus is on applying the principles of agent-based modeling to humanities corpora, as well as on the role played by artificial intelligence in minority studies.

Selected bibliography

Tanasescu, Chris and Tanasescu, Raluca. 2022. “Chapter 8: Literary Translation in Electronic Literature and Digital Humanities.” In Translation beyond Translation Studies (Kobus Marais, Ed.), pp. 143-159. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Sangiacomo, Andrea; Tanasescu, Raluca; Donker, Silvia; Hogenbirk, Hugo. 2022. “Recreating the Network of Early Modern Natural Philosophy: A Mono- and Multilingual Text Data Vectorization Method.” Journal of Historical Network Research 7: 33-85. DOI: DOI: 10.25517/jhnr.7i1.129

Sangiacomo, Andrea; Karaisl, Antonia; White, Nick; Hogenbirk, Hugo; Tanasescu, Raluca. 2022. “Reading in the Mist: High-Quality Optical Character Recognition Based on Early Modern Digitized Books.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

Tanasescu, Raluca. 2022. “Meet, Greet, Translate: Network-Driven Translators and Happenstance in Literary Exchanges.” Interférences littéraires 26.

Tanasescu, Raluca. 2021. “Complexity and the Place of Translation in Digital Humanities: New Post-Disciplinary Communities of Practice.” In Exploring the Implications of Complexity Thinking forTranslation Studies (R. Meylaerts & K. Marais, Eds). New York: Routledge, pp. 30-72.

Sangiacomo, Andrea; Tanasescu, Raluca; Donker, Silvia; Hogenbirk, Hugo. 2021. “Mapping the evolution of early modern natural philosophy: corpus collection and authority acknowledgement” Annals of Science 79 (1): 1-39, DOI: