[Humanist] 26.31 events: memory; text-editing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat May 19 23:50:34 CEST 2012

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 31.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Koen Vermeir <koenvermeir at YAHOO.FR>                       (61)
        Subject: cfp: International symposium: "The digital subject: memory,

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (32)
        Subject: Text Editing and Digital Culture

        Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 17:52:52 -0400
        From: Koen Vermeir <koenvermeir at YAHOO.FR>
        Subject: cfp: International symposium: "The digital subject: memory, hypermnesia"


International symposium: "The digital subject: memory, hypermnesia"

University of Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, November 13-15, 2012

Organizers :

Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Department of philosophy, LLCP, SPHERE, EA 4008)
Claire Larsonneur (Department of anglophone studies, Le Texte Étranger,
Arnaud Regnauld (Department of anglophone studies, CRLC – Research Center
on Literature and Cognition, EA1569)

Please reply to: pierre.cassou-nogues at univ-lille3.fr

Today's digital technologies of inscription and preservation have
enabled the creation of substantial electronic archives and complex
databases while ushering in new ways of archiving knowledge exemplified by
collaborative encyclopedias. Such technical developments have
foreshadowed a radical reconfiguration of human relations to the world and
knowledge at large, and delineate a probable mutation in our
understanding of the human subject.

Hypermnesia, a recurrent motif in science fiction narratives, was
already prefigured in H. G. Wells' (World Brain, 1937) or Borges' works
("Funes el memorioso," 1944). From then on, the notion has migrated into
other literary genres, be they published in traditional print or in a
digital medium. Similarly, the possible externalization and extension of
memory is one of the cornerstones of contemporary philosophical theories
(such as that of the "extended mind") on both sides of the border
separating the analytical and continental schools of philosophy.

Right after the Second World War, machine memory, the thematization of
subjective memory in reference to computer memory, the potential
alteration of the very nature of human memory due to the development of
machines were recurrent issues in discussions pertaining to cybernetics
and they are still vivid in the contemporary diagnosis of posthumanism.

Of particular interest is the scope and typology of works featuring the
theme of hypermnesia, from fantasies of omnipotence to rewritings of the
Babel myth, to political, cultural and economic policy blueprints. This
call for papers invites contributions from various fields and
disciplines (the history of science and technology, literature,
philosophy among others) which question the theme of hypermnesia and
memory through the prism of the ambiguous relationship between man and
machine, in a historical as well as in a more contemporary perspective.

At the crossroads of philosophy, literature and the history of science and
technology, this symposium is part of a broader long-term project focusing
on the digital subject, a subject whose status and attributes appear to
have been altered by the real or fictional development of digital
calculating machines from Babbage to Internet.

The working languages will be French and English. This symposium has
received the support of the LABEX Arts-H2H scientific

Comité scientifique / Scientific committee :

Yves Abrioux (Université Paris 8)
Noelle Batt (Université Paris 8)
Maarten Bullynck (Université Paris 8)
Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Université Paris 8)
Claire Larsonneur (Université Paris 8)
Hélène Machinal (Université de Brest)
Arnaud Regnauld (Université Paris 8)
Mathieu Triclot (Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard)

e-mail: pierre.cassou-nogues at univ-lille3.fr
Koen Vermeir
Senior Research Fellow, CNRS
Laboratoire SPHERE (UMR 7219), 5 rue Thomas Mann - Case 7093, 75205 Paris Cedex 13, France

        Date: Sat, 19 May 2012 12:21:44 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Text Editing and Digital Culture

Text Editing and Digital Culture
The 2102 book:logic Symposium

28 June 2012
The University of Western Australia

Papers at the 2012 book:logic Symposium, “Text Editing and Digital 
Culture,” will investigate the promises and pitfalls of digital 
textuality, the changing role of the textual editor, and the 
intersections of textual studies and digital technologies within 
different cultures and literary traditions.

Plenary speakers include

Paul Eggert (Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, University 
of New South Wales at ADFA)

Alexander C. Y. Huang (Associate Professor of English, Theatre, and 
International Affairs, George Washington University; Research Affiliate 
in Literature, MIT)

Fotis Jannidis (Professor of German Literature and Humanities Computing, 
University of Würzburg)

Willard McCarty (Professor of Humanities Computing, King’s College 
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, 
University of Western Sydney).

Attendance at this one day symposium is free, but numbers are limited.
Registration is essential for catering purposes. To register, please 
contact the conveners, Professor Tim Dolin (t.dolin at curtin.edu.au) and 
Dr Brett Hirsch (brett.hirsch at uwa.edu.au).

For more details about the symposium and its programme, visit

Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, University of Western Sydney; Editor,
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor,
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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