[Humanist] 22.419 events: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 419.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2009 14:05:20 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship for January/February

You are cordially invited to attend the meetings of the London Seminar 
in Digital Text and Scholarship, tinyurl.com/r2dxl. Following are the 
events for January and February. All Seminars take place from 17.30 to 
19.30. Those for the following are in room 275, Stewart House, for which 
a map is provided on the Seminar page.

Please note that Dr Janovic (Head, Classical Philology, Zagreb) is 
coming to London for his Seminar from Croatia and is interested in 
making contacts while he is here. Anyone with interests in Neo-Latin 
things of Croatian or digital flavour is most welcome to make contact 
directly with him, neven.jovanovic at ffzg.hr.


22 January
Anouk Lang (University of Birmingham), "Mediated reading across the nation"

This paper explores ways in which analytical techniques from corpus 
linguistics can be used in conjunction with other methods to gain 
insight into the social significance of nationwide community-reading 
projects that have arisen over the past decade. Using three corpora of 
news texts which address Canada Reads, Richard and Judy?s Book Club in 
the UK and The Big Read programme sponsored by the National Endowment 
for the Arts in the US, the analysis focusses on two features: 1) the 
kinds of topics that media commentators discuss alongside reading, and 
2) the use of evaluative language to frame reading in overwhelmingly 
positive terms. These findings are then set against participants? 
textual responses to an online survey and verbal responses in the 
context of a focus group. This multi-disciplinary approach helps to 
identify the social ?work? such reading programmes are seen to be 
performing, and to give a sense of the discourses circulating around 
these events which may have less to do with reading and more to do with 
the construction of national imaginaries, the replication of discourses 
of community-building issuing from elsewhere, and the covert 
articulation of taste-hierarchies.

Anouk Lang is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of 
American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, where she 
works on the AHRC project ?Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of 
Reading in the UK, the US and Canada?. She is currently editing a volume 
on reading practices in the 21st century and the impact of technology on 
individuals' relationships with books, and is also preparing a 
manuscript on Canadian and Australian literary modernism.

12 February
Neven Jovanovic (University of Zagreb), "What shall we do with a text 

A good resource must enable us to do something we could not do without 
it. So what new things have resources like Google Book Search, the 
Perseus Project, and the German neo-Latin CAMENA collection enabled me 
--- a scholar trained as a classical philologist, working in a small 
country in Southern Europe --- to do?

After considering some obvious responses, it is important to note that 
those digital, web-based experiments, both with their successes and 
their shortcomings, have made it possible, even necessary, to imagine an 
act of building a digital collection that is also an act of building a 
community around the collection.

Imagine a collection or an archive designed in such a way to be able to 
support itself, enabling its users to contribute and persuading them to 
want to contribute, to enrich and personalize the collection and to 
share their own personalizations with others. Furthermore, imagine such 
a collection designed not around a very famous or popular subject but 
around something special, something relatively unknown, exotic, or 

How to create such space? What tools, what services, what strategies are 
needed? Do we have them already, or do they have yet to be devised?

I will try to propose answers using the example and the experience of 
the Croatiae auctores Latini, a digital collection in the making, 
intended to become both a "knowledge site" and "a village of scholars" 
(as envisioned by Peter L. Shillingsburg) around the so far 
unsufficiently researched phenomenon of Croatian Latin texts, written by 
people of Croatian origin from the ninth to the twentieth centuries.

Neven Jovanovic works in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Department of Classical 
Philology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of 
Zagreb. He acquired his PhD in 2005, with the thesis "Problems in 
Construing a Neo-Latin Stylistics on the Example of the Evangelistarium 
by Marko Marulic" (University of Zagreb).

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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