[Humanist] 27.634 pubs: post-avant-garde; open fragmentary texts; biblical studies; digital history

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 634.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Zaagsma, Gerben" <gerben.zaagsma at zentr.uni-              (33)
        Subject: Special issue BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review on
                Digital History

  [2]   From:    Greta Franzini <franzini at INFORMATIK.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE>       (31)
        Subject: Announcement: Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS)

  [3]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (24)
        Subject: a new book

  [4]   From:    Litteraria Pragensia                                      (57)
                <litterariapragensiabooks at gmail.com>

        Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:13:59 +0000
        From: "Zaagsma, Gerben" <gerben.zaagsma at zentr.uni-goettingen.de>
        Subject: Special issue BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review on Digital History

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please allow me to point you to the special issue on Digital History of the BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review that was just published.


Please share as appropriate and my apologies for any cross-posting.

With kind regards,
Gerben Zaagsma


Special issue BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review on Digital History
Is the digital revolution causing a complete transformation of historical research? Are new search methods changing the way we do history? The latest issue of the BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review, the leading academic journal for the history of the Low Countries, focuses on Digital History. In this special issue Dutch and Belgian historians reflect on the challenges posed by the digital revolution for their profession. It is available now in open access via www.bmgn-lchr.nl http://www.bmgn-lchr.nl . The printed version will be presented during the first Dutch THATCamp in The Hague on January 14, 2014.

This Digital History issue focuses on the methodological changes brought about by technological developments. It deals with the digitisation of analogue archives and its consequences for historians and the heritage sector, working with big data in huge research projects as well as small-scale digital historical research, the relationship between digital history and public history, the question how historical awareness and history itself changes in the digital age, and other topics. It also features a debate on ‘the end of Humanities 1.0’.

Table of Contents

Articles (guest-edited by Gerben Zaagsma)
- On Digital History (Gerben Zaagsma)
- The Scent of the Digital Archive. Dilemmas with Archive Digitisation (Charles Jeurgens) - Big Data for Global History. The Transformative Promise of Digital Humanities (Joris van Eijnatten, Toine Pieters and Jaap Verheul)
- Digital Historical Research. Context, Concepts and the Need for Reflection (Hinke Piersma and Kees Ribbens)
- History as Dialogue. On Online Narrativity (Chiel van den Akker)
- Public History in a Digital context. Back to the Future or back to Basics? (Fien Danniau)

Forum (edited by Geert Janssen and Kaat Wils)
- Introduction (Geert Janssen and Kaat Wils)
- A Smell of Higher Honey. e-Humanities Perspectives (Inger Leemans)
- Veins filled with the Diluted Sap of Rationality. A Critical Reply to Rens Bod (Andreas Fickers)
- A Higher Form of Hermeneutics? The Digital Humanities in Political Historiography (Marnix Beyen)
- Who’s Afraid of Patterns? The Particular versus the Universal and the Meaning of Humanities 3.0 (Rens Bod)


Dr. Gerben Zaagsma
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Lichtenberg-Kolleg - the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study
Geismar Landstraße 11
D-37083 Göttingen

tel: +49-551-39-10750


        Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:47:59 +0100
        From: Greta Franzini <franzini at INFORMATIK.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE>
        Subject: Announcement: Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS)

Dear all,

The Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig is 
pleased to announce a new effort within the Open Philology Project 
 http://www.dh.uni-leipzig.de/wo/open-philology-project/ : the /Leipzig 
Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS)/. In the first phase of LOFTS we 
invite public discussion as we finalize the goals, technological methods 
and editorial practices.

The /Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series/ is a new effort to establish 
open editions of ancient works that survive only through quotations and 
text re-uses in later texts (i.e., those pieces of information that 
humanists call "fragments").

As a first step in this process, the Humboldt Chair announces the 
Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (DFHG) Project 
whose goal is to produce a digital edition of the five volumes of Karl 
Müller's /Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (FHG)/ (1841-1870), which is 
the first big collection of fragments of Greek historians ever realized.

For further information, please visit: 

Greta Franzini
Research Associate
Digital Humanities
Department of Computer Science
University of Leipzig
Augustusplatz 10-11
04109 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 341 97 32330
Email: franzini at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Web: www.dh.uni-leipzig.de

        Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:49:09 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: a new book

Some here will be, and many should be :-), interested in a new book in 
our field, Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish and Early 
Christian Studies, ed. Claire Clivaz, Andrew Gregory and David Hamidovic 
(Brill, 2013). My push from prediction to moral injunction is explained 
in part by the opening statement in Clivaz's Introduction:

> The essays in this book are written not only for specialists in the
> related field of biblical, Jewish and Christian studies, but also for
> scholars across the spectrum of the humanities and social sciences
> who share a common interest in trying to understand changes in the
> ways in which we read and write in a setting where more and more
> information and data is being made available at increasingly faster
> rates.

The part that isn't explained is (here I go out on one of my favourite 
limbs) an imperative I think we should live by, namely to attempt to see 
in manifestations of digital humanities the common digital humanities 
being manifested. It is our "nihil a me alienum puto", highly demanding 
to live by, but so rewarding!

And here is an example.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney

        Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:22:04 +0100
        From: Litteraria Pragensia <litterariapragensiabooks at gmail.com>




by Louis Armand

ISBN 978-80-7308-466-0 (paperback). 266pp.

Publication date: October 2013.


“Armand is unafraid to ask the most basic questions, to go beyond the zone
in which most cultural discussions operate in order to ask what underlies
our capacity for thought, for imaging, for communication. Time and again he
takes his reader to the edge of what is thinkable, subjecting familiar
concepts to stringent analysis and casting an original light on old
debates.”–Derek Attridge

Theorising the “poetic turn” in cultural discourse from the 1950s to the
present, *The Organ Grinder’s Monkey* examines the post-avant-garde
condition mapped out in the work of an international roster of artists,
writers, philosophers and film-makers, from Neo-Dada to the New Media,
including Andy Warhol, Jean-Luc Godard, Cy Twombly, Jacques Derrida,
Rosalind Krauss, Samuel Beckett, Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, Alain
Badiou, Dusan Makavejev, Marjorie Perloff, Michael Dransfield, Charles
Olson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Veronique Vassiliou, Guy Debord, Joshua Cohen,
Pierre Joris, Philippe Sollers, Karen Mac Cormack, Marshall McLuhan, Lukas
Tomin, John Kinsella, and Vincent Farnsworth.


by Darren Tofts

ISBN 978-80-7308-479-0 (paperback) 142pp

Publication date: November 2013


*Alephbet *is a selection of essays on the uncanny prescience of the writer
Jorge Luis Borges for the age of cyberspace and beyond. Darren Tofts
explains how in the 1990s he turned his practice as a literary theorist
towards media studies of the emergent internet and its remote time-spaces
of interaction and presence at a distance. De rigueur at the time, the
perception of similarities between the worlds of literature and cyberspace
are here inflected with Borges’s profound and inscrutable influence.
Looking back to this convergence of one form of textual alchemy with
another, Tofts is startled by those moments when Borges’s fiction
anticipated ways of understanding the ambience of the computer network,
often creeping unknowingly into his writing to announce the other zones of
social media that we now take for granted.


eds. Tomas Koblizek, Petr Kotatko & Martin Pokorny

ISBN 978-80-7308-483-7 (paperback) 200pp

Publication date: November 2013


The influence and reputation of 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote,' is
easily comparable to the impact of groundbreaking theoretical texts.
Numerous philosophers, aestheticians and theorists of literature, music, or
visual arts have been induced by this short story by J.L. Borges to
reconsider the status of the literary work of art, to rethink the
relationship between work and text. The essays collected here move from
analyses of the identity of the literary work of art, as it is explicitly
established by Borges’s narrator, to arguments that simply employ the
Menard case as an opportunity for discussing broader issues of literary
studies and the philosophy of literature.


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