[Humanist] 22.419 events: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Jan 3 15:07:05 CET 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 419.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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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.
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.
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;
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