[Humanist] 26.713 events: values; archaeology; creative & critical; AI & poetry; classics

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Jan 25 07:21:22 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 713.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Ruth Aylett <ruth at macs.hw.ac.uk>                          (57)
        Subject: AI and Poetry **Extended deadline to Jan 28th**

  [2]   From:    Jenna Stidwill <jstidwill at hotmail.com>                    (59)
        Subject: CFP: Interface 2013 Creative and Critical Approaches in the
                Digital Humanities

  [3]   From:    "Brughmans T." <T.Brughmans at soton.ac.uk>                  (67)
        Subject: Workshop on agent-based modelling in archaeology at CAA2013

  [4]   From:    Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard at KCL.AC.UK>                 (34)
        Subject: London seminars 2013: Call for Papers

  [5]   From:    "mattbrown at utdallas.edu" <mattbrown at utdallas.edu>         (36)
        Subject: CFP: Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference
                // Theme: Values in the Science and Practice of Medicine

        Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:06:29 +0000
        From: Ruth Aylett <ruth at macs.hw.ac.uk>
        Subject: AI and Poetry **Extended deadline to Jan 28th**

Symposium: Artificial Intelligence and Poetry

AISB 2013 2nd-5th April 2013
University of Exeter, Exeter, England




Poetry represents a valuable domain for AI, exemplifying fundamental aspects of creativity which, in the view of proponents of Lady Lovelaceís objection that computers can do nothing original, focus strongly the differences between machines and humans. Poetry also exemplifies hard problems of practical AI, in natural language generation, expressive speech and non-verbal behaviour. This one day workshop will provide strong opportunities for synergies amongst  researchers and practitioners in AI, Literature, Performance Arts, Philosophy and Psychology.

* AI generated poetry;
* AI performance of poetry;
* expressive voice and body language for poetry performance;
* history of mechanical/algorithmic poetry generation and performance;
* socio-technical aspects of AI & poetry;
* philosophical aspects of AI & poetry;
* evaluating AI poetry systems.

We explicitly exclude human poetry about AI.

We are seeking submissions of original:
* papers;
* recordings, videos and performances accompanied by written documentation;
that fit well with the symposium theme and topics. Papers/documentation should be no more than 6 pages in length in the AISB convention format ñ see below. Electronic submissions should be made via EasyChair:
At least one author of each accepted submission will be required to register and attend the symposium to present their work.
Download PDF example
Download LaTeX
Download MS Word

All papers/documentation from the AISB convention will be published in the AISB proceedings, with an ISBN number. Authors of papers must sign a copyright declaration (to follow). However, this declaration is not exclusive - it gives AISB the right to publish the paper, but does not prevent the author from publishing it in other venues.
After the Workshop, participants will be invited to submit definitive versions of their paper/documentation for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Artificial Intelligence and Society.


28th  January 2013 : Submission deadline 
18th February 2013: Deadline for notifications sent to authors 
4th March 2013 : Camera ready copies due 
2nd-5th  April 2013: Symposium


* Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;
* Simon Colton, Imperial College, London
* Pablo Gervas Universidad Computense de Madrid;
* Kevin Knight , University of Southern California;
* Ian McDonough, poet, Edinburgh;
* Chris Newell, University of Hull;
* Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;
* Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS;
* Geraint Wiggins, Queen Mary, University of London.

Prof Greg Michaelson/Prof Ruth Aylett
Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, EH14 4AS
G.Michaelson at hw.ac.uk/ruth at macs.hw.ac.uk
0131 451 3422/4189 (phone)
0131 451 3732 (FAX)

Ruth Aylett                                   Professor of Computer Science
Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK      Tel: 44-131-451-4189     Fax: 44-131-451-3327
http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/                      "Life is beautiful"

        Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:55:02 -0500
        From: Jenna Stidwill <jstidwill at hotmail.com>
        Subject: CFP: Interface 2013 Creative and Critical Approaches in the Digital Humanities
        In-Reply-To: <BLU0-SMTP466E0A5101DFC2D46DD465DB1160 at phx.gbl>

Call for Papers (Deadline: Feb. 25, 2013)

*Interface 2013: Creative and Critical Approaches in the Digital 
Humanities *

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

May 3-5^2013

The digital humanities explores how emerging digital forms of scholarly 
inquiry and new ways to assess and to organize knowledge transform the 
creative and critical methods humanities scholars use to approach their 
objects of study. Thoughtful in play, interdisciplinary in engagement, 
utopian in spirit, transformational in intent, digital humanists 
"imagine new couplings and scalings that are facilitated both by new 
models of research practice and by the availability of new tools and 
technologies" (The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0).

The goal of this conference is to highlight the variety of digital 
approaches, both creative and critical, praxis and theory-based, that 
scholars are bringing to bear on traditional concerns across the 
humanities. In addition to traditional conference presentations, 
organizers are planning a number of workshops on game development and 
digital tool exploration. A selection of papers may be published in an 
edited collection following the conference.

Possible topics may include:

- Game studies
- Digital pedagogies
- Collaborative scholarship
- Archive meets the database
- Digital circulation, content curation, and the "long tail"
- Translation and remediation
- Tool or project development
- Hypertextuality and digital narratives
- Social Media
- Hacktivism
- Surveillance and privacy

- Software and platform studies
- The spatial turn

- Critically engaged artistic work

Interface 2013 is part of an annual series of graduate student-run 
conferences presented by theInstitute for Comparative Studies in 
Literature, Art and Culture  http://www1.carleton.ca/icslac/ (ICSLAC) at 
Carleton University. ICSLAC is an interdisciplinary culture studies 
department that houses the PhD in Cultural Mediations.

This conference is supported by:

Carleton University's Hyperlab, French Department, Center for 
Transnational and Cultural Analysis, Faculty of Graduate and 
Postdoctoral Affairs, the Graduate Student Association, and the School 
for Studies in Art and Culture.

Contact: interfaceconference2013 at gmail.com 
<mailto:interfaceconference2013 at gmail.com>
Website: http://interface2013.wordpress.com

Please distribute CFP widely

*** Attachments:

Jenna Stidwill
PhD Student
Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture
Carleton University
jstidwil at connect.carleton.ca
jstidwill at hotmail.com

        Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:05:35 +0000
        From: "Brughmans T." <T.Brughmans at soton.ac.uk>
        Subject: Workshop on agent-based modelling in archaeology at CAA2013
        In-Reply-To: <BLU0-SMTP466E0A5101DFC2D46DD465DB1160 at phx.gbl>

Dear all,

We would like to draw your attention to a workshop on agent-based modelling in archaeology as part of the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference

Ever wondered what all this complex systems talk in archaeology is about, or how to design your own sophisticated simulation model? Then this might be for you:

We will organise a workshop on complex systems and agent-based simulations models in archaeology at the CAA Conference in Perth, Australia, this March. Places are still available but Early Bird Registration to the conference ends on Thursday February 7th, so hurry up to get a discount! The workshop itself is free of charge.

The workshop will take place on Monday March 25th and will consist of a morning and an afternoon session. At the end of the day you will be able to design and program your own simulation model to help you answer your research questions in archaeology or related social sciences - guaranteed ...

Registration for the conference at:


Registration to the workshop will be announced on the CAA website soon, but you can already reserve a seat by contacting Carolin at cv275 at cam.ac.uk

For further information see the abstract below. A flyer with a detailed programme is also available and can be requested from the organisers.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Carolin, Iza, Tom and Eugene

Carolin Vegvari (Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
Iza Romanowska (Institute for Complex Systems Simulation, University of Southampton)
Tom Brughmans (Archaeological Computing Research Group, University of Southampton)
Eugene Ch'ng (IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Centre, University of Birmingham)


W1:     Complex Systems and Agent-Based Modelling in Archaeology
Chairs: E. Ch'ng, C. Vegvari
Discussants: I. Romanowska, T. Brughmans

Modelling in various forms has always been an integral part of archaeology.
In the broadest sense, archaeology is the study of human activities in the
past, and a model is a simplified representation of reality. As a map is a
useful abstract of the physical world that allows us to see aspects of the
world we chose to, so a computational model distils reality into a few key
features, leaving out unnecessary details so as to let us see connections.
Human societies in their environmental context can be considered as complex
systems. Complex systems are systems with many interacting parts, they are
found in every hierarchy of the universe, from the molecular level to large
planetary systems within which life and humanity with its cultural
developments occur. Formal modelling can help archaeologists to identify
the relationships between elements within a complex socio-environmental
system in that particular hierarchy. Simulating large populations and
non-linear interactions are computationally expensive. In recent years,
however, the introduction of new mathematical techniques, rapid advances in
computation, and modelling tools has greatly enhanced the potential of
complex systems analysis in archaeology. Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) is one
of these new methods and has become highly popular with archaeologists. In
Agent-Based Modelling, human individuals in ancient societies are modelled
as individual agents. The interaction of agents with each other and with
their environment can give rise to emergent properties and
self-organisation at the macro level - the distribution of wealth within a
society, the forming of cohesive groups, population movements in climate
change, the development of culture, and the evolution of landscape use are
among the examples. Thus, the application of Agent-Based Models to
hypothesis testing in archaeology becomes part of the question. The ability
to construct various models and run hundreds of simulation in order to see
the general developmental trend can provide us with new knowledge
impossible in traditional approaches. Another advantage of agent-based
models over other mathematical methods is that they can easily model, or
capture heterogeneity within these systems, such as the different
characteristics (personalities, gender, age, size, etc), preferences
(coastal, in-land, food, fashion), and dynamics (microstates of position
and orientation).

We would like to invite archaeologists new to complex systems and
Agent-Based Modelling for an introductory workshop on Complex Systems and
Agent-Based Modelling in archaeology. The workshop introduces the concept
of Complexity in archaeology, drawing relationships between Information,
Computation and Complexity. The practicality of the workshop leads
beginners in building simple agent- based models and provides a means to
build more complex simulations after. Participants knowledgeable in
Complexity wishing to gain insights on real-world applications of
Complexity will benefit from this workshop. Participants will get the
opportunity to experiment with simple models and draw conclusions from
analysis of simulations of those models. Programming experience is not
required as the workshop leads beginners from the ground up in modelling

        Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:26:03 +0000
        From: Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard at KCL.AC.UK>
        Subject: London seminars 2013: Call for Papers
        In-Reply-To: <BLU0-SMTP466E0A5101DFC2D46DD465DB1160 at phx.gbl>

The Digital Classicist London seminar series, which provides a forum for 
research into the ancient world that employs digital research methods, 
invites submissions for Summer 2013.

We warmly welcome contributions from students as well as established 
researchers and practitioners. Themes could include digital text, 
semantics and linguistics, imaging and visualization, linked data, open 
access, geographic analysis, information science and serious gaming, 
although this list is by no means exhaustive. While we welcome 
high-quality application papers discussing individual projects and their 
immediate context, the series also hopes to accommodate broader 
theoretical consideration of the use of digital technology in ancient 
studies. Presentations should have an academic research agenda relevant 
both to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, and to 
information specialists or digital humanists.

The seminars will run on Friday afternoons at 16:30, from June to early 
August in the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London. 
There is a budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within 
the UK, but please enquire if you’re coming from further afield).

To submit a paper for consideration for the Digital Classicist London 
Seminars, please email an abstract of 300-500 words to 
gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk, by midnight UTC on March 22nd, 2013.

More information will be found at 

Dr Gabriel BODARD
Researcher in Digital Epigraphy

Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL

T: +44 (0)20 7848 1388
E: gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk


        Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:11:05 +0000
        From: "mattbrown at utdallas.edu" <mattbrown at utdallas.edu>
        Subject: CFP: Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference // Theme: Values in the Science and Practice of Medicine
        In-Reply-To: <BLU0-SMTP466E0A5101DFC2D46DD465DB1160 at phx.gbl>

Announcing the 3rd Annual

Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference

May 22-24, 2013
At the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas

Keynote Speakers:

   * Kristen Intemann, Montana State University
   * Adrienne Asch, Yeshiva University 

Science, technology, and medicine unquestionably have a major impact on our lives. We live with constant technological innovation and scientific discovery, and this changes the conditions that we live in and the way we understand ourselves and the world we live in. Science, technology, and medicine are thus entangled with our values, our culture, and our politics, and they have an important impact on policymaking and action.

We invite proposals for papers that engage with these issues from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches, including philosophy of science, technology, and medicine, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy, history, science and technology studies, policy studies, and natural and social sciences. We will consider proposals for individual papers, but also thematic panel sessions and more informal formats. Please feel free to contact us early to discuss potential panel formats at values at utdallas.edu

We are especially interested and will give preference to proposals that fit this year's target theme: Values in the Science and Practice of Medicine. Suggested topics include:

   * Biases in Medical Research
   * Harms and Benefits of Medical Patents
   * Critiques and Proposals for Evidence-Based Medicine Standards
   * Sex and Gender in Medical Research or Practice
   * Compassion and Profit in Healthcare
   * Healthcare Justice
   * The Value of Primary Care
   * Problems of Medicalization
   * Theorizing Disability and Disease

For contributed papers, please submit a 250-500 word abstract. For symposia and other multi-participant panels, submit an abstract up to 250 words describing the panel and descriptions of up to 100 words describing each participant’s contribution.

Conference Information Website: 

Submit proposals at: http://tinyurl.com/ScienceValues2013

Send any questions to: values at utdallas.edu

Submissions are due February 20

The Center for Values will also organize a one day workshop prior to the conference on the Appraisal and Creation of Ethics Codes for Science. Details to be announced on our website soon. Workshop participants are encouraged to participate in the conference and vice versa.

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology is fully committed to fairness and to enabling scholars to participate in this meeting. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate, or if you have ideas for how we can increase the accessability of our meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Please feel free to forward this message.

Matthew J. Brown
Director, Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
School of Arts & Humanities // The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W Campbell Road, JO31 // Richardson, TX 75080
http://utdallas.edu/~mattbrown // http://utdallas.academia.edu/MatthewBrown

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