Dada Analysis: Networking with the Avant-Garde
Join Milner Library for a Scholar Spotlight on Kurt Beals, assistant professor of German at Washington University in St. Louis, on April 9 at 2;30 p.m. Dr. Beals will talk about his network analysis project on the Dada movement. Rather than define the movement by reference to its manifestos or the aesthetic characteristics of its works, this project focuses on the connections between members of the movement that appear on the pages of its publications. Do the publication practices of Dada poets and artists correspond to the perceptions of the movement derived from other sources and approaches? By analyzing the structure of these publication networks, we can gain a clearer understanding of how individual figures shaped the Dada movement and connected it to related movements such as Expressionism. The methods used in this project can be applied to a wide range of fields, from scholarly publishing to political organizing to the analysis of organizational structure.