[Humanist] 25.697 events: transnational enquiry; history writing; text mining

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Mon Feb 6 07:32:41 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 697.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Graeme Gooday <G.J.N.Gooday at LEEDS.AC.UK>                  (37)
        Subject: The Third Flying University of Transnational Humanities,
                July 15-18, 2012

  [2]   From:    "Pasin, Michele" <michele.pasin at kcl.ac.uk>                (20)
        Subject: DDH research seminar next Thursday 9 February:  Prof. Tim
                Hitchcock- University of Hertfordshire

  [3]   From:    Dominic Forest <dominic.forest at umontreal.ca>              (90)
        Subject: DEFT2012 - Appel à participation

        Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:35:32 +0000
        From: Graeme Gooday <G.J.N.Gooday at LEEDS.AC.UK>
        Subject: The Third Flying University of Transnational Humanities, July 15-18, 2012

Flying University of Transnational Humanities
- Summer School for Graduate Students and Young Scholars -

July 15-18, 2012
Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea


The Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) is an annual summer school for graduate students and young scholars interested in the transnational paradigm of humanistic inquiry. FUTH takes its name and immediate inspiration from Poland’s Flying University, an underground institution that offered an alternative education outside the confines of state control and government censorship. The program is particularly concerned with developing critical understandings that resist the ideological and conceptual hegemony of the nation-state and the epistemological and hermeneutic conventions that support it. This does not mean that FUTH seeks to dispense with the “national” and construct a reified “transnational” with which to replace it, or to foster “transnationalism” as an ideological alternative to “nationalism.” Rather, FUTH aims to free our imaginations from essentialist approaches to the nation or the state and to offer new ways of thinking about the political, social and cultural order of the world, both past and present.

The Flying University of Transnational Humanities is accordingly:
– Trans-cultural: FUTH not only critically examines the production and circulation of (trans-)national knowledge and culture, but it also problematizes imagined geographies of the “East” and the “West.” We explore periods, places, and subjects as fluid and hybrid, rather than as confined and constrained by geopolitical or cultural boundaries.
– Trans-disciplinary: FUTH seeks to comprehend the complex nature of various trans-cultural issues through trans-disciplinary approaches. To that end, FUTH is open to scholars, educators, researchers and students from all academic specializations.
– Trans-institutional: FUTH is an intellectual network, founded and run by a global consortium of scholars, departments, and institutions. With the support of this network, we hope to facilitate trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary collaborations.


Started in 2010, the Flying University of Transnational Humanities is organized annually—usually in the summer—by the Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture (RICH), Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. FUTH consists of a series of advanced lectures, student presentations and feedback sessions where renowned scholars from RICH’s partner and other institutions are invited to share their knowledge, insights and perspectives. Student participants are required to study the recommended readings in advance. They are also expected to present their own scholarly work related to the theme of each year. The official language of FUTH is English, although the possibility of trans-lingual practices is being considered. Graduate students and recent PhDs interested in the transnational turn in the humanities and social sciences are welcome to apply with a presentation proposal.

The overarching theme for the first three years (2010-2012) is “borders.” There have been numerous studies on how borders are constructed, negotiated, and policed and how they are simultaneously transgressed, challenged, and renegotiated. Borders are no longer seen simply as physical divisions but as discursive practices and cultural institutions. However, the multiplicity and hybridity of borders (e.g., national, cultural, geographical, gender, political, economic, etc.), as well as their transnational scalability (e.g., local, national, supranational, global, etc.), have yet to be intensively investigated. To address this gap, the first FUTH “Regions and Regionalization” in 2010 examined regions as sites of bordering practices and processes. In 2011, the second FUTH “Border-crossing Self” extended the scope of discussion to explore the ways in which the construction and performance of subjectivities and identities are connected to the demarcation and transgression of borders.

The third FUTH will take place at Hanyang University, July 15-18, 2012, under the title of “Borders of Knowledge.” As numerous empirical studies in intellectual history, sociology of knowledge, and history/sociology/anthropology of the social, human, and natural sciences have convincingly demonstrated for several decades, the production, dissemination and use of knowledge, though seemingly universal, are always embedded in specific social, cultural, and historical contexts. Often, the subject, the object and the modus operandi of knowledge are defined, construed, and constrained by (national) borders. Knowledge and its associated practices thus shaped may in turn reinforce, reproduce or redefine those very borders. How then, does knowledge travel across borders? Rather than following the naïve modernist assumption that knowledge is spread because it is true and/or is channeled through universally transferable methodical practices, one should approach the travels of knowledge as themselves explananda rather than merely explanans for other phenomena. For instance, one may ask, what are the ways in which locally-produced knowledge is translated, adapted, appropriated, or contested in different local contexts? By the same token, one may also ask, how does knowledge, despite its local origins, come to acquire a proclaimed universality or globality? With such questions as a basis, the third FUTH in 2012 aims to provide graduate students and young scholars with a unique opportunity to critically examine the making and unmaking of the borders of knowledge—including the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and other forms of knowledge.

Lecturers (surname-alphabetical order)

· Alice L. Conklin (Department of History, Ohio State University, U.S.A.)
· Christian Fleck (Department of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria)
· Sari Hanafi (Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
· Johan Heilbron (Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique de la Sorbonne, France / Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
· Michael Kim (Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Korea)
- And other lecturers will be announced soon.

Eligibility / How to Apply

FUTH 2012 welcomes applications from graduate students as well as recent PhDs of all fields who are interested in the transnational paradigm of humanistic inquiry and also currently conducting research on topics related to the theme of the making and unmaking of borders of knowledge. All student participants are expected to give a full paper presentation on their own scholarly work.

Applicants should fill out the form on our website (http://www.rich.ac/eng/fly/apply.php) and send it as attachment to hk.transnational at gmail.com<mailto:hk.transnational at gmail.com> along with their CV, research statement and an abstract of proposed presentation. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2012.

Costs / Accommodation

There is a registration fee of USD 80. While accommodation including breakfast and lunch will be provided, participants are expected to arrange their own funding for travel and daily living expenses. Partial travel grants may be awarded to a limited number of applicants.

For further details, please contact:
Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture
College of Humanities, Hanyang University
Seoul 133-791, Korea
E-mail: hk.transnational at gmail.com<mailto:hk.transnational at gmail.com>
Fax: +82-2-2298-0542
Website: http://rich.ac/eng/fly/introduction.php?pageNum=5&subNum=1

        Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:43:40 +0000
        From: "Pasin, Michele" <michele.pasin at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: DDH research seminar next Thursday 9 February:  Prof. Tim Hitchcock- University of Hertfordshire

Dear Colleagues and Students,

You are invited to the Department of Digital Humanities research seminar this Thursday 9 February 2012, in our seminar room, Drury Lane, Strand Campus at 1pm. 

The speaker this month is Prof. Tim Hitchcock, from the University of Hertfordshire. The title of his talk is "Academic History Writing and its Disconnects: The Headache of Big Data". 

SUMMARY: We are now possessed of an almost infinite archive of historical texts and artefact.  In just a decade the very stuff and basis of post-enlightenment scholarship has gone digital.  But the discipline of academic history writing has largely failed to keep pace.  We persevere in a form of research and writing made ever faster by keyword searches, but which is based in a praxis founded in Rankean methodologies, and embedded within the technology of the printed book and the logistics of the hard copy library.   This paper will suggest, first, that we need to re-examine the research methodology that underpins modern academic scholarship, and second, that we need to create new means of dissemination and distribution.  In the process it will suggest that 'big data' and the existence of the corpus of the western printed archive in a digital form, challenges us to find new ways of asking historically significant questions; and liberates us to reconstitute the historical project in its most basic form. It will argue that the analysis and exploration of 'big data' provides an opportunity to re-incorporate historical understandings in to a positivist analysis, while challenging historians to engage directly and critically with the tools of computational linguistics.

Tim Hitchcock has been instrumental in creating a series of digital resources that make available the printed and manuscript archives of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century London.  With Robert Shoemaker and others, he is responsible for The Old Bailey Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org); London Lives (www.Londonlives.org); Connected Histories (www.Connectedhistories.org) and Locating London's Past (www.Locatinglondonspast.org). In collaboration with William Turkell he is currently engaged in using the Old Bailey Proceedings with the tools of text and datamining to better understand the history of the criminal justice system.    He is also co-authoring a born-digital e-monograph with Robert Shoemaker on the history of criminal and social policy in eighteenth-century London, to by published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.  Hitchcock is Professor of Eighteenth-century History at the University of Hertfordshire, and has published ten books on the histories of eighteenth-century poverty, sexuality and masculinity.

I hope that you can join us.

Best wishes,
Michele Pasin

Full colloquia listings are at:

Department of Digital Humanities:

Dr. Michele Pasin, Research Associate
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College, London

        Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2012 14:37:14 -0500
        From: Dominic Forest <dominic.forest at umontreal.ca>
        Subject: DEFT2012 - Appel à participation

DEFT2012 - Appel à participation
Le défi DEFT est un atelier d'évaluation francophone en fouille de textes.
L'édition 2012 portera sur l¹identification de mots-clés utilisés pour la
description d'articles scientifiques en SHS.
Site Web : http://deft.limsi.fr/2012/
Comité d'organisation :
- présidents : Cyril Grouin (LIMSI-CNRS) et Dominic Forest (EBSI, Université
de Montréal)
- contact : deft2012 at limsi.fr
Dates importantes :
- Inscription : à partir du 4 février 2012
- Diffusion des corpus d'apprentissage : 4 février 2012
- Test : 3 jours pris entre le 9 et le 15 avril 2012
- Atelier : le 8 juin 2012 lors de la conférence JEP/TALN (sous toute
DEFT2012 constitue la huitième édition de la campagne d'évaluation en
fouille de textes DEFT. L'atelier de clôture se tiendra sous toute réserve à
Grenoble dans le cadre de la conférence JEP/TALN.

Pour cette nouvelle édition, nous proposons une tâche qui se décline en deux
pistes distinctes.
Dans la continuité des éditions 2010 et 2011 du défi, nous offrons de
nouveau l'opportunité de travailler sur l'extraction d'informations sur un
corpus d'articles scientifiques en sciences humaines et sociales. La  tâche
consistera à identifier à partir des documents les mots-clés qui ont été
utilisés, par les auteurs, pour décrire chaque article du corpus. Le nombre
précis de mots-clés attendus pour chaque document sera renseigné, tant pour
les documents du corpus d'apprentissage que pour ceux du corpus de test
(entre 3 et 8 mots-clés par article).
Cette tâche d'assistance à l'indexation est fondamentale pour la description
des articles scientifiques. En effet, les bases de données bibliographiques
présentes sur le Web regroupant les articles parus en revue et dans les
actes de conférences permettent aux chercheurs d¹accéder facilement aux
articles scientifiques de leur domaine. Compte tenu de la quantité
d'articles scientifiques disponibles en format numérique, l'une des
problématiques les plus cruciales consiste à accéder aux articles
correspondant le mieux aux thématiques cherchées par l'utilisateur.
La description et l¹indexation des articles scientifiques au moyen de
mots-clés permettent de faciliter les recherches dans les bases de données
Alors que dans certains domaines, des thesaurus existent pour aider au choix
des descripteurs d¹articles (le thésaurus MeSH Medical Subject Headings dans
le domaine médical, par exemple), le domaine des Sciences Humaines et
Sociales ne dispose pas encore de tels outils dont l¹objectif principal
serait d¹assister l¹indexation des articles scientifiques. En conséquence,
les auteurs choisissent eux-mêmes les mots-clés qu'ils estiment les plus à
même de décrire le contenu de leur article, sans que la pertinence des
mots-clés choisis ne soit toutefois garantie. Travailler sur l¹indexation
des articles scientifiques en SHS constitue une première étape d¹étude de
ces mots-clés, et du bien-fondé de ces choix personnels. En outre,
l¹objectif de cette édition du défi consiste également à mettre en évidence
les décalages qui pourraient voir le jour entre les mots-clés choisis par
les auteurs et ceux qu'une machine pourrait automatiquement extraire.

Deux pistes sont possibles :
- la première consiste à travailler à partir des articles entiers et en
disposant de la terminologie complète utilisée pour décrire les articles du
- la seconde consiste à travailler à partir des articles entiers et en ne
disposant pas de la terminologie complète utilisée pour décrire les articles
du corpus.
Les résultats seront en utilisant des méthodes classiques d¹évaluation
(rappel, précision, mesure-F, etc.) en mettant en relation les mots-clés de
chaque article avec ceux fournis par chaque équipe participante.
Il n'y a aucune limite quant au nombre de pistes auxquelles peuvent
participer les équipes.
Les participants ne pourront utiliser des ressources externes (thésaurus,
Web, etc.) Les équipes participant à DEFT2012 devront s'inscrire à l'aide du
formulaire en ligne, et signer les accords de restriction d'usage des
Des corpus d'apprentissage seront fournis aux participants inscrits à partir
du 4 février 2012. Ces corpus sont composés de 60% des corpus d¹origine. Les
40% de corpus restants seront utilisés pour le test. Le test aura lieu sur
la première semaine de mai. À partir de la date qu'ils auront choisie dans
cet intervalle, les participants auront trois jours pour appliquer, sur les
corpus de test, les méthodes mises en oeuvre sur les corpus d'apprentissage.

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