[Humanist] 23.3 events: TEI; digital American lit; food and medicine
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu May 7 10:42:33 CEST 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 3.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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 From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> (64)
Subject: Amanda Gailey at the London Seminar in Digital Text and
 From: James Cummings <James.Cummings at oucs.ox.ac.uk> (47)
Subject: TEI at Oxford Summer School 2009 -- now open for bookings!
 From: "Prof. Hal Cook" <fgcook at btinternet.com> (11)
Subject: SYMPOSIUM: 'Food and Medicine 1650-1820', Wellcome Trust
Centre London,22 May 2009
Date: Wed, 06 May 2009 09:24:10 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: Amanda Gailey at the London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship, 21 May
London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship
Thursday, 21 May 2009, 17.30-19.30
Room 275, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DN
Amanda Gailey (Georgia, U.S.), 'Digital American Literature: Some
Problems and Prospects'
In this paper I will discuss obstacles to the full integration of
digital resources for American literature into research and the classroom.
First is the strange relationship between the selective canon of print
literature and the body of texts digitized by digital libraries and
digital scholarly editions. On the one hand, digital scholarly editions
in American literature tend to focus conservatively on highly canonical
authors (such as Whitman and Dickinson), and foreground compositional
histories by displaying manuscript drafts, applying markup that
highlights authorial process, etc. This approach asserts an
author-centered view of literature and has resulted in the digitization
of minutiae by a few great authors while the major works of slightly
less canonical authors (such as Poe) have been altogether neglected.
Digital libraries, on the other hand, often aim to digitize large
numbers of texts that are difficult to access, such as early American
newspapers or out-of-print books. While these efforts uncover invaluable
information and provide new insight into the history of American
literature, they also generally contribute a body of dross: texts that
individually are rarely important to research or teaching. The corpus of
digitized American literature is emerging, then, as a strange hodgepodge
of highly canonical writing, minutiae discarded by geniuses, and scads
of obscure texts that have been and will continue to be fairly
unimportant to the literary scholar and teacher.
The second obstacle I will discuss is how XML-based digital libraries
and editions are not yet poised to accommodate criticism and
interpretation, which remains a predominantly print-based commodity. The
general inability of XML to handle conflicting claims about a text
gracefully, together with markup schemes concerned more with literary
structures than with interpretive claims, encourages projects to adopt
an editorial approach that, like Muzak, is as unlikely to offend as it
is to enthrall. If the technology did not rule out the inclusion of
conflicting interests in the text, though, contestable tagging would not
severely limit the usability of the document and might seem a more
viable possibility for projects directed by literary scholars.
Throughout, I will address how these issues are unfolding in a project I
co-edit, "Race and Children's Literature of the Gilded Age", which
specifically addresses texts that have drifted from the canon (such as
Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus tales), and how we have tried to
develop editorial strategies that allow for more contentious claims
about the texts.
Amanda Gailey (PhD, University of Nebraska, 2006) is assistant professor
of English at the University of Georgia, where she teaches humanities
computing and American literature. She has worked on the Walt Whitman
Archive and the Spenser Archive, and currently co-edits Race and
Children's Literature of the Gilded Age, a digital archive that examines
how adults wanted children to think about race during Reconstruction in
the US. Her publications include essays in The Walt Whitman Quarterly
Review, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and the forthcoming American
Literature Scholar in the Digital Age. She is working on a book that
examines how print and digital editing have helped shape the canon of
19th century American literature.
All are welcome. Refreshments provided.
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.
Date: Wed, 06 May 2009 12:16:56 +0100
From: James Cummings <James.Cummings at oucs.ox.ac.uk>
Subject: TEI at Oxford Summer School 2009 -- now open for bookings!
TEI at Oxford Summer School 2009 -- now open for bookings!
The TEI at Oxford team is pleased to announce that we are now taking
bookings for our annual summer school.
Dates: Monday 20 July - Friday 24 July
Venue: Oxford University Computing Services
Full information and online booking:
This five-day course combines in-depth coverage of the latest version of
the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines for the encoding of
digital text with hands-on practical exercises in their application. If
you are a project manager, research assistant, or encoder working on any
kind of project concerned with the creation or management of digital
text, this course is for you.
You should be generally computer literate (web, email, word-processors)
for this course. You may already be broadly familiar with the idea of
textual editing, perhaps (but not necessarily) with some experience of
producing HTML web pages, or of traditional scholarly editing. You
should be enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by digital
technologies and keen to learn more. You should be prepared to get your
hands dirty at the keyboard and you should not be afraid of a little
At the end of the course we hope to have given you:
1. a good grounding in the theoretical issues underlying the use of
text markup, XML in particular;
2. an understanding of the purpose and principles of the Text
3. a survey of the full range of modules constituting the TEI's
4. experience of how the TEI scheme can be customized for particular
applications, and internationalized for different languages.
5. an introduction to some of the tools and methods in which TEI
documents are published and processed
Using OUCS' excellent teaching facilities, we will also provide you with
practical experience in:
* using online tools to build, verify, and document a TEI-conformant
* using XML editing software to
o create new encoded texts
o standardize existing digital texts
* using a variety of web-based and desktop tools to display and
analyse TEI documents
The course will be taught by the TEI at Oxford team: Lou Burnard, James
Cummings, and Sebastian Rahtz, with the assistance of other invited TEI
Dr James Cummings, Research Technologies Service, University of Oxford
James dot Cummings at oucs dot ox dot ac dot uk
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 07:50:22 +0100
From: "Prof. Hal Cook" <fgcook at btinternet.com>
Subject: SYMPOSIUM: 'Food and Medicine 1650-1820', Wellcome Trust Centre London, 22 May 2009
'Food and Medicine 1650-1820'
Friday 22 May 2009 from 1020
The Wellcome Building, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (Fifth Floor) UK
Registration required. To download the programme and registration form in
pdf format, please click here:
For information on our other events, please see:
Posted by Prof. Hal Cook, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of
Medicine at UCL, h.cook at ucl.ac.uk
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