Distant Viewing


Zeroth: Introduction
First: Extract Images
Second: Face Detection
Third: Shot Detection
Fourth: Training Set

Bewitched, S03E11
Bewitched, S05E13
Bewitched, S05E18
Laverne & Shirley, S01E11


The project is directed by Taylor Arnold and Lauren Tilton. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Richmond. His research focuses on computational statistics and the analysis of large text and image corpora. Lauren is Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Richmond. Her research centers on the analysis of 20th Century US visual culture. Prior collaborations include the digital project Photogrammar and their book Humanities Data in R.

Our core team includes Annie Berke, Claudia Calhoun, and Nate Ayers. Annie, Assistant Professor of Film at Hollins University, and Claudia, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU are both scholars of television studies. They bring expertise on the role, representation, and cultural impact of gender and race in American Television. Nate Ayers is the technical head of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He brings expertise in graphic design, user experience, and front-end web programming languages.

The Distant Viewing TV team is completed by a fantastic advisory board, consisting of:

We are also grateful for the institutional support of the project through the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab.