[Humanist] 23.434 events: London Seminars; SDH/SEMI & ACCUTE

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Nov 13 11:49:21 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 434.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Michael Eberle-Sinatra <meberlesinatra at mac.com>           (42)
        Subject: Join Session SDH/SEMI and ACCUTE, 31 May-2 June 2010,

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (94)
        Subject: London Seminars for November and December

        Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:03:23 -0500
        From: Michael Eberle-Sinatra <meberlesinatra at mac.com>
        Subject: Join Session SDH/SEMI and ACCUTE, 31 May-2 June 2010, Montreal

[apologies for cross-posting this reminder]

Joint Session SDH/SEMI and ACCUTE, 31 May-2 June 2010, Montreal

'Digging into Data' and English Studies

Organizer: Michael Eberle-Sinatra (Universit=E9 de Montr=E9al)

The recent competition 'Digging into Data Challenge' (sponsored by =
SSHRC-NEH-NSF-JISC) states: "The idea behind the Digging into Data =
Challenge is to answer the question 'what do you do with a million =
books?'  Or a million pages of newspaper? Or a million photographs of =
artwork? That is, how does the notion of scale affect humanities and =
social science research?". This special session invites proposals from =
editors of print and electronic editions, and users of small-scale and =
large-scale SSH electronic projects, to discuss the impact of recent =
technological changes on the way research and teaching are done in =
Canada and beyond.

Please send your 700-word proposal (or 8-10 page double-spaced paper), a =
100-word abstract, a 50-word biographical statement to =
michael.eberle.sinatra at umontreal.ca by 20 November 2009.

Note: You must be a current ACCUTE member (http://www.accute.ca/) or a =
member of SDH/SEMI (http://www.sdh-semi.org/) to submit to this session.

** SDH/SEMI has some additional funds available to encourage graduate =
student participation **
Dr. Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Associate Professor
- President 'Synergies' http://www.synergiescanada.org
- President (French) 'Society of Digital Humanities' =
- Founding Editor 'Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net' (RaVoN) =
- Secretary-Treasurer 'Canadian Association of Learned Journals' =
- Project Leader FQRSC-funded team 'Technologies, Media, and =
Representations in Nineteenth-Century France and England' =
Departement d'etudes anglaises
Universite de Montreal
CP 6128, Station Centre-ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C3J7 - Canada
Tel: (514) 343-6149 - Fax: (514) 343-6443

        Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 06:38:56 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: London Seminars for November and December

Due to still mysterious but now apparently fixed problems with my e-mail,
the following was not sent out in time for the first of the following two
seminars in the London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship, the last for
2009. Please accept my apologies for advertising the first after its fine
performance! Like the first, the second is to take place in Stewart House,
directions to which may be obtained from www.tinyurl.com/LondonSeminar/
(note that the second of these is on a Tuesday rather than the usual
Thursday). All are welcome. Refreshments are provided in the spirit of "vino
pro veritate".

Zuzana Husárová on 'Reading Digital Fiction'
12 November 2009 (Thursday)
Room 275 (Stewart House)
17:30 - 19:30

Digital fiction, which denotes a work produced by digital media in which
the author offers a fictional world, is not a totally new type of
digital literary art. It is attested by numerous online writings in a
wide variety of languages, also by a broad scale of research approaches
providing tools for reflecting on digital fiction. After the previous
tendencies to consider hypertext as a realization of poststructuralist
textual theory, present day theoretical research on digital fiction is
concerned mostly with the concepts of cybertext, materiality, code,
intermedial relations, the aesthetics of new media and multimedia. The
problematic materiality of digital literature may be taken into
consideration if we approach the work not from the perspective of
“transparent immediacy” but with Katherine Hayles’ notion of
“technotext” – a literary work with strong correlation between the
technology and the verbal constructions. Such text responds to the
technological possibilities at the author’s disposal, making an
irreversible change to the author’s creative praxis.

This talk addresses those qualities of digital fiction which make it
digital by nature. I argue that its narrative is characteristically
fragmented, multilinear, interactive, performative, dynamic, intermedial
and ludic. I argue further that these qualities reflect the society
within which the fiction is written, that they get „transcribed“ into
the creation and reception of the literary work of art and also
determine the way the art is produced and read. According to Joost
Raessens, digital technology advances the „ludification of culture”, the
inclination towards the ludic attitude. It also, however, brings to bear
a diversity of media on storytelling and provides means for producing
the most intensive experience in the shortest possible time.

Dr. Zuzana Husárová is Slovak postdoctoral research associate. She
obtained her Mgr. (MA) from English Language and Literature at
University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia. She completed
the PhD thesis at the Institute of World Literature at the Slovak
Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Interactive Media.
Digital Fiction, defended in August 2009, concentrates on the theory of
digital fiction and the issues of multilinear writing in interactive
media as well as analyses four digital fiction pieces from the
Anglophone area. Her research interests include inter/transmedial
narrative, digital art, interdisciplinary literary theory, theory of
digital fiction, multilinear writing, ergodic literature, postmodern
literature, cybertext theory, materiality of the digital literature,
techno-aesthetics, playful aspect of culture, performativity of digital
sign, intermedial relations, etc. She is a visiting research associate
at Kingston College and King's College London.


Paul Arthur, 'History's Digital Future'
08 December 2009 (Tuesday)
Room 275 (Stewart House)
17:30 - 19:30

Digital history spans disciplines and can take many forms. New modes of
publication, new methods for doing research, and new channels of
communication are making historical research richer, more relevant and
more widely accessible. Many applications of computer based research and
publication are natural extensions of the established techniques for
researching and writing history. Others are consciously
experimental. Although computer technology started to revolutionize
the discipline of history many decades ago, genres and formats for
recording and presenting history using digital media are not well
established. Are new technologies and methodologies fundamentally
changing how we interpret the past? If so, in what ways?

Dr Paul Arthur (paul.arthur at anu.edu.au) is a Research Fellow at the
Australia Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, and an
Adjunct Research Fellow of the Research School of Humanities, Australian
National University. He has held various visiting fellowships, including
to the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, USA, the
National Museum of Australia (2007), the Humanities Research Centre,
Australian National University (2006), and through the Australian
Academy of the Humanities (2004). In 2004 he was Helen and John S. Best
Research Fellow at the American Geographical Society Library and an
Associate of the Center for 21st Century Studies, at the University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee (USA).

Dr Arthur's research focuses on how new technologies are transforming
the way history is recorded and studied. He was drawn to the digital
history field after completing a PhD in eighteenth century literary
history at The University of Western Australia. Prior to taking up a
position at Curtin University he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at
Murdoch University. He has published widely on digital humanities topics
and also on Australian cultural history.

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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