Att tilltala överheten: suppliker som kulturarv och källa till kunskap

Tidsperiod: 2018-01-01 till 2022-12-31

Projektledare: Maria Ågren

Medarbetare: Joakim Nivre, Linda Oja

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 5 571 000 SEK

The purpose of this project is to enhance accessibility to and knowledge of a relatively little-used historical source — petitions — and to use this source to answer questions about people’s ways of supporting themselves and claiming rights in the past.The project focuses on eighteenth-century material from Swedish central state archives.The project will 1) photograph and make publicly accessible a large volume of handwritten eighteenth-century petitions (Swedish supplik)2) make high-quality indexes to the petitions 3) strategically select a number of petitions for refined analysis of form, language, content and context4) contribute to the history of everyday politics and micro-level economy 5) contribute to digital philology and the development of automatised historical text analysis The project is managed by representatives of Uppsala University and Riksarkivet/ULA.The project runs from January 2019 to December 2022The project uses standard archival metadata, the verb-oriented method, methods of computational stylometry and word-spotting and writer identification techniques.The project creates research infrastructure, combines insights and skills from several scholarly and scientific fields, and is an example of collaboration between university and archives as well as an example of digital humanities.