Agent based modelling of the Hispanic Baroque

The Hispanic Baroque project at UWO has quite a complex simulation underway, exploring

[…] the origin, evolution, transmission and effectiveness of the baroque patterns of behaviour and representation in the Hispanic world.

[…] The objectives of the project are: to describe the most common, resistant baroque patterns in different environments; to establish its relationship with processes of social identity and organization; to analyze the technologies of culture that have made this adaptability of the baroque possible; to determine its effectiveness based on the reappearance in Neo-baroque phenomena of the contemporary world; with the participation of other disciplines, to create new tools that fortify investigation methods in the humanities.

It’s a tremendously ambitious project. I had the pleasure of speaking to participants in the project a few weeks ago, on complexity and agent based modeling, detailing my own research and the mistakes/accomplishments I’ve had in trying to deal with cultural complexity in the past.  I’m pleased to say that I’ll be working with these folks a bit more in this new year, though we’re still in the progress of getting-to-know each other. The Hispanic Baroque, as a period, as a worldview, as Atlantic History, is brand-new territory for me. It’ll be quite exciting, I think!

For more on this project’s Agent Modeling work, please see this page. The model itself can be explored here. It appears tremendously interesting, and I suspect there are important insights emerging from this model. However, I would wish that there was a bit more documentation with the applet, explaining the mechanics and ‘things to try’.  The model appears to be linked to this model, with the outputs of the latter becoming the inputs of the former.

Are there other examples of linked agent-models out there?

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