[Humanist] 23.237 events: digitization; geospace; DH & CS; text; Europe

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 237.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                            (120)
        Subject: Announcement: DHCS 2009 Call for Papers andPublication of
                the 2008 Proceedings

  [2]   From:    Lydia Horstman <methnet at KCL.AC.UK>                        (47)
        Subject: CfP: Geospatial computing workshop at 5th IEEE
                InternationalConference on e-Science

  [3]   From:    Michael Day <lismd at UKOLN.AC.UK>                           (49)
        Subject: Free workshop on OCR and Mass Digitisation, Bath, 24

  [4]   From:    Humanities <humanities at esf.org>                           (61)
        Subject: Call for papers final conference Inventing Europe

  [5]   From:    Barbara Bordalejo <bb268 at NYU.EDU>                         (70)
        Subject: cfp: New Directions in Textual Scholarship

        Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:19:06 +0100
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Announcement: DHCS 2009 Call for Papers andPublication of the 2008 Proceedings

From: Mark Olsen 

On behalf of the Program Committee of Chicago Colloquium on Digital
Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS), I am pleased to announce
both the publication of the Proceedings of the 2008 Chicago Colloquium
on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (http://jdhcs.uchicago.edu/)
and our Call for Papers for the 2009 Colloquium, to be held at the Illinois
Institute of Technology, November 14–16, 2009.   I hope you will consider
submitting a proposal for the 2009 Colloquium and I look forward to
seeing you in Chicago.  Please circulate this announcement widely.

                          CALL FOR PAPERS
2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS)

                        Critical Computing:
     Models and Challenges for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

                      URL: http://dhcs.iit.edu

Submission Deadline: August 30, 2009
Colloquium Dates:    November 14 – 16, 2009
Location:            Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

The annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer
Science (DHCS) was established to bring together researchers and
scholars in the humanities and computer science to advance the digital
humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and
explore new directions and perspectives for future research.
The theme of this year's Chicago DHCS Colloquium is "Critical
Computing".  We will explore how research collaborations between
computer scientists and humanists can be made most effective.

* How can computation provide new critical tools for humanists?
* How can humanities scholarship help us understand the real meaning
 and import of computational analysis of human artifacts?

We invite presentation proposals from scholars, researchers and
students on all topics that intersect current theory and practice in
the humanities and computer science.

We welcome proposals for:

* Paper presentations  (20 minute talks)
* Poster presentations (open session)
* Software demonstrations (open session)
* Panel discussions (60-90 minute session)
* Performances
* Pre-conference tutorials/workshops/seminars (1-4 hours)
* Pre-conference “birds of a feather” technical meetings (1-4 hours)

Last year's proceedings are available at: http://jdhcs.uchicago.edu

Submission Format:

Please submit a (2 page) proposal in PDF format via

Graduate Student Travel Fund:

A small number of travel grants will be available to assist graduate
students presenting at the colloquium with travel expenses. More
information about the application process will be available soon.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submissions:   Sunday, August 30
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, September 14
Full Program Announcement:  Thursday, September 24
Registration opens:         Tuesday, September 29

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Vasant Honavar, professor of Computer Science at Iowa State
University, is the founder and director of the Artificial Intelligence
Research Laboratory and the Center for Computational Intelligence,
Learning & Discovery.  His research interests include artificial
intelligence, machine learning, bioinformatics and computational
biology, data mining, semantic web, and social informatics.
Prof. Honavar's recent work focuses on information integration and
knowledge discovery from diverse data sources, learning from
biological and textual data, and modular ontologies.

Other keynote speakers at DHCS-2009 will be announced shortly, once
they are confirmed.  Previous DHCS keynote speakers have included
Gregory Crane, Stephen Downie, Oren Etzioni, Matthew Kirschenbaum,
Lewis Lancaster, Ben Schneiderman, John Unsworth, and Martin

DHCS-2009 is sponsored by:

Illinois Institute of Technology
The University of Chicago
Northwestern University

Program Committee:

* Prof. Shlomo Argamon, Computer Science Department, Illinois
 Institute of Technology
* Prof. Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
* Prof. Ophir Frieder, Computer Science Department, Illinois Institute
 of Technology
* Dr. Nazli Goharian, Computer Science Department, Illinois Institute
 of Technology
* Dr. Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near
 East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago Library
* Prof. Martin Mueller, Department of English and Classics,
 Northwestern University
* Dr. Mark Olsen, Associate Director of the ARTFL Project, University
 of Chicago
* Prof. Kathryn Riley, Humanities Department, Illinois Institute of
* Prof. Jason Salavon, Department of Visual Arts, University of
* Prof. Karl Stolley, Humanities Department, Illinois Institute of
* Prof. Wai Gen Yee, Computer Science Department, Illinois Institute
 of Technology

Preliminary Colloquium Schedule:

Pre-conference: DHCS will begin with a half-day pre-conference session
the afternoon of Saturday, November 14, offering introductory
tutorials and/or seminars on topics such as text analysis/data-mining
or GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications for the
humanities.  We also encourage colloquium attendees to use the
pre-conference period for informal "birds of a feather" meetings on
topics of common interest (e.g. "digital archaeology").

The formal DHCS colloquium program, on Sunday, November 15 and Monday,
November 16, will consist of several 1-1/2 hour paper presentation
sessions, three keynote addresses, and two 2 hour poster sessions.
Generous time has been set aside for questions and follow-up
discussions. There are no parallel sessions.

For further details, please follow updates on the DHCS website.

Contact Info:

Please email dhcs2009 at iit.edu for more information.

Colloquium Website:  http://dhcs.iit.edu

Information about previous years' colloquiua is available at
http://dhcs.uchicago.edu and http://dhcs.northwestern.edu.

Mark Olsen
ARTFL Project
University of Chicago

FAQ answer: My mother still calls me Marky Maypo or just Maypo, hence
the handle. :-)

        Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:51:50 +0100
        From: Lydia Horstman <methnet at KCL.AC.UK>
        Subject: CfP: Geospatial computing workshop at 5th IEEE InternationalConference on e-Science

With apologies for cross-postings

Workshop at 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science Oxford, UK, 9-11
December 2009

Geospatial computing for the arts, humanities and cultural heritage

References to time and location pervade the human record, both past and
present: an oft-quoted statistic is that some 80% of all online information
is in some way georeferenced. It is unsurprising therefore that as
researchers in the arts, humanities and cultural heritage become more fully
engaged with e-infrastructures, their disciplines’ engagement with, and use
of, spatial and temporal data gives rise to new and interesting research
questions in this area.

How, for example, can heterogeneous academic data resources which fall into
the 80% of georeferenced information – including, for example, historical
texts, archaeological databases or museum collections - be linked and
cross-queried without dictating the research process or methods used? How
can geo-temporal data be visualized, both 
geographically and non-geographically? What is the role of ‘virtual globes’
such as Google Earth as platforms for the expression of such data? What can
digital tools and methods in geospatial computing contribute to the use and
understanding of space and time in the 
practice-led arts, creative industries and galleries (e.g. for documenting
performances or visitor pathways)? How can issues of scale that are common
to both time and space be usefully explored in the arts, humanities and
cultural heritage sectors?

Further details: http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/ieee/workshops/geospatial/ 

This workshop seeks contributions from which might further these, and
similar, questions. Contributors might (not exhaustively) include:

* Academics in the arts, humanities or cultural heritage who are making use
of spatial and/or temporal data in their research
* Researchers with relevant interests in HCI or related disciplines
* Researchers, curators, practitioners etc. from outside the academic sector
(e.g. museums and galleries)
* Developers or information scientists working on geospatial or temporal
tools or applications

Short contributions (up to four pages, including images, references and
notes), in IEEE format (see
http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/ieee/call-for-papers/formatting-guidelines) are 

Deadlines are:

September 25th: Submission of first drafts

October 2nd: Notification of acceptance and reviewers' comments

October 14th: Final submission of camera-ready papers

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair system: 

Stuart Dunn (King's College London)
Fredrik Palm (University of Umeå)

Workshop co-chairs

        Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 18:03:49 +0100
        From: Michael Day <lismd at UKOLN.AC.UK>
        Subject: Free workshop on OCR and Mass Digitisation, Bath, 24 September

*** Apologies for cross-posting ***

Workshop: Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for the mass digitisation of
textual materials: Improving Access to Text

24 September 2009 - UKOLN, University of Bath - 

FREE one-day workshop for

* Collection holders in HE and Cultural Heritage organisations
* Users of digitised content for teaching, learning and research

This workshop is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as 
part of a series of workshops & seminars on "Achievements & Challenges in 
Digitisation & e-Content." More information on these can be found at: 

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the 
current state-of-the-art in the digitisation of historical texts, to look at 
improvements in digitisation techniques currently being explored in research 
projects such as the EU-funded IMPACT project, and to explore how Optical 
Character Recognition (OCR) is used in practical digitisation contexts and 
workflows. There will also be an opportunity for participants to investigate 
the opportunities and challenges of the scholarly use of what is an 
ever-increasing range of digitised content, supporting new interdisciplinary 
ways of exploring cultural and social history, philology, and the history of 

For further information and an online booking form, please go to: 

Places are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshop leaders
Each session will be led by a member of the international IMPACT (Improving
Access to Text) project, a large-scale integrating project funded by the
European Commission as part of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). One of
the aims of the project is to develop tools that help improve OCR results
for historical printed texts. The presenters are therefore well-placed to
provide information and advice on the current state-of-the-art in text
digitisation tools and techniques, and in particular on OCR technologies.

For more information on the IMPACT project, see the project website at:

Michael Day
Research Officer and Team Leader, Research and Development
UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1225 383923      Fax: +44 (0)1225 386838
E-mail: m.day at ukoln.ac.uk     Web: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/

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        Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 18:32:52 +0100
        From: Humanities <humanities at esf.org>
        Subject: Call for papers final conference Inventing Europe

ESF Humanities Unit

For wide dissemination:
Call for papers for the

Closing ESF EUROCORES Inventing Europe Conference
4th Tensions of Europe Plenary Conference

June 17-20, 2010
at Sofia University (Bulgaria)

Technology & East-West relations: Transfers, parallel histories, and the European laboratory

Deadline paper abstracts: December 18, 2009

The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Foundation for the History of Technology in the Netherlands are jointly organizing the final and closing conference of the ESF EUROCORES program Inventing Europe and the bi-annual conference of the Tensions of Europe network (ToE). Inventing Europe and ToE strive, through collaborative research and coordinating efforts, to promote studies of the interplay between technical change and European history. Instead of focusing on national histories, the emphasis of both initiatives is on transnational technological developments that have shaped and are shaping Europe.

We encourage scholars from all disciplines who study subjects related to the overall conference theme or the Inventing Europe/Tensions of Europe intellectual agenda to submit abstracts for the research sessions, roundtables and research collaboration sessions.

Overall Theme of the Conference
The main theme of the conference applies to papers, which treat processes of circulation and appropriation of technologies between Eastern and Western Europe as an entry point into the contested practice of Europeanization. During the Cold War, for instance, Europe has been one of the central laboratories for the experimentation with ideological and political regimes, which deeply infected traditional paths of knowledge and technology transfer in Europe. While the history of the Cold War has mainly been told as a history of discontinuity and fragmentation, we would especially welcome papers and sections dealing with examples of successful co-operation or “hidden continuities” in inter-European technology transfer during the 20th century..
Despite the fact that the focus of the conference will be on the post-World War II period, we will welcome session proposals and individual papers referring to the practices of appropriation and circulation of ideas, skills and people in Europe from the mid-19th century onwards – thus from the period before the notions of Eastern and
Western Europe were coined. This results from our conviction that one should look for the roots of the European integration and fragmentation in a “longue durée” perspective.
General areas to be explored are:

                Changing times: Continuities and discontinuities in the transfers of knowledge and technology between Eastern and Western Europe from the           mid-19th century to the present.
                Negotiating identities: spaces and places of co-operation or confrontation before, during, and after the Cold War.
                Parallel histories: alternative processes of European integration and fragmentation in Eastern and Western Europe.
                Blurred boundaries: spill-over effects and holes in the Iron Curtain
                Europe as a trading zone, a symbolic battle field, and the diplomatic playground for world hegemony.
                Chilling effects: Technologies at war & wartime technology
                Contested approaches: the merits and pitfalls of concepts like Americanization, Sovietisation, Westernization for European historiography.

In addition, the program committee welcomes papers that want to contribute to the general Inventing Europe/Tensions of Europe intellectual agenda. This agenda treats technological change as an entry point into the contested practice of Europeanization.

Five general areas to be explored are:
                Building Europe through Infrastructures, or, how Europe has been shaped by the material links of transnational infrastructure.
                Constructing European Ways of Knowing, or, how Europe became articulated through efforts to unite knowledge and practices on a European       scale.
                Consuming Europe, or, how actors reworked consumer goods and artefacts for local, regional, national, European, and global use.
                Europe in the Global World, or, how Europe has been created through colonial, ex-colonial, trans-Atlantic, and other global exchanges.
                Synthetic methodological or historiographical explorations of the role of technology in transnational European history.

Sessions formats
The Program Committee welcomes proposals that address the overall conference themes in the following four formats:

Individual paper proposals

Research sessions with three papers based on original research, and an invited commentator. Because the conference encourages debate, appropriate time for discussion should be allocated to the commentators as well as the members of the audience. The papers will be pre-circulated to all conference participants. Conference participants are expected to have read the papers thus presentations should be brief.

Roundtable sessions with an open agenda or one paper to start-off the discussion. The sessions will host no more than six discussants including the organizer and the chair. The organizer is responsible for preparing a dialogue paper to stimulate debate, and if relevant, supplementary material. Ideally, the dialogue paper will be a brief piece that poses a number of historical problems and/or questions related to the conference theme that will be addressed in the debate. While the organizer should propose discussants, the Program Committee may make additional suggestions. The chair may decide either to limit the conversation to invited roundtable discussants or to allow the audience to ask questions and enter the debate.

Research collaboration sessions which are meant to present results of a specific project to the conference. The session could be paper based, but could also focus on a discussion of the framing and wider implications of the specific project. The Program Committee may make additional suggestions for commentators.

Research sessions and research collaboration session will be allotted a minimum time slot of one and a half hours, and roundtable discussions one hour.

Deadlines and Time-line
The deadline for proposals is DECEMBER 18, 2009. The research session abstracts (maximum 600 words) should be submitted by the organizers together with the abstracts for the individual presentations (maximum 500 words each). To propose a roundtable, please submit a list of invited participants and an abstract (maximum 600 words).

Note: When giving the proposal a digital file name, please include the organizer’s last name, and either RS for research session, RT for round table or RCS for Research Collaboration Session. So Fickers_RS for example.

The abstracts should be sent to the Program Committee by email to TOE at tue.nl<mailto:TOE at tue.nl> ..
Please direct queries to the Program Committee Chair, Andreas Fickers (A.Fickers at maastrichtuniversity.nl<mailto:A.Fickers at maastrichtuniversity.nl> ).

The Program Committee will inform the session organizers about its decisions no later than February 15, 2010. Inventing Europe & Tensions of Europe programs are seeking to provide a contribution towards travel and/or accommodation costs for those who have no opportunity to participate otherwise.

Papers and roundtable discussion texts must be submitted to the Program Committee by May 1, 2010 because they will be distributed to all conference participants before the conference on a CD and made available on the website.

For the Program Committee for the Fourth Plenary Conference of Tensions of Europe,
Andreas Fickers, Chair, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Helena Durnova, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Valentina Fava, Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
Ivan Tchalakov, Plovdiv University & Institute of Sociology, BAS, Bulgaria

This conference is made possible by:
European Science Foundation
Foundation for the History of Technology
Technical University Eindhoven
University of Sofia
Bulgarian Academy of Science

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        Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 11:16:22 +0100
        From: Barbara Bordalejo <bb268 at NYU.EDU>
        Subject: cfp: New Directions in Textual Scholarship

> International Symposium "New Directions in Textual Scholarship"
> March 26, 2010 Saitama University, JAPAN
> March 27, 2010 Printing Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN
> As a result of increasingly widespread use of the internet, the  
> basis of research in the humanities has witnessed a dramatic shift  
> from a dependence on primarily print-based research materials to a  
> heavy reliance on digital resources. This poses a whole new set of  
> problems that in turn necessitate a reassessment of the very  
> foundations of textual scholarship. In discussions of these  
> problems, numerous voices from the Anglo-American and German  
> scholarly traditions have offered significant contributions and  
> advanced the discourse in innovative new ways. Unfortunately, this  
> crucial topic remains virtually absent from scholarly debates in  
> Japan.
> It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce an upcoming  
> international symposium dedicated to these issues, to be held over  
> March 26 and 27 at Saitama University and the Printing Museum in  
> Tokyo, Japan. As the first conference in Japan to address these key  
> issues, we hope to stimulate a discussion that will not only convey  
> the timeliness and energy of these debates to Japan, but moreover  
> contribute to the advancement of textual scholarship in a global  
> context. We are particularly honored to have keynote addresses by  
> two of the most distinguished scholars of the field, Peter  
> Shillingsburg and Bodo Plachta, each of whom has fundamentally  
> informed the ongoing development of the Anglo-American and German  
> traditions of textual scholarship. This conference is multi- 
> lingual; the primary languages will be English, German, and Japanese.
> The Programme Committee invites submission of abstracts of between  
> 500 and 750 words on the following aspects of humanities research,  
> especially in relation to topics and/or issues pertaining to  
> textual scholarship:
> * Globalization
> * Digitalization
> * Interdisciplinarity
> Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. In  
> addition to the abstract itself, participants should provide their  
> name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.
> The deadline for submission of abstracts to the Programme Committee  
> is September 25, 2009. All submissions will be refereed. Presenters  
> will be notified of acceptance during early November.
> Publication of a conference volume is also planned.
> Inquiries and proposals should be submitted electronically to the  
> Programme Committee at:
> textjapan at gmail.com
> For conference updates and information, please consult our website:
> http://www.kyy.saitama-u.ac.jp/users/myojo/textjapan/
> Sincerely,
> Kiyoko Myojo
> kmyojo at mail.saitama-u.ac.jp
> Faculty of Liberal Arts, Saitama University
> Fax: +81(0)48-858-3056
> Christian Wittern
> wittern at kanji.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp
> Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
> Tel: +81(0)75-753-6966

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