[Humanist] 27.532 events: little data; book launch

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Nov 14 05:47:59 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 532.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Melissa Terras <melissaterras at gmail.com>                  (21)
        Subject: Invitation to Book Launch of "Defining Digital Humanities: A

  [2]   From:    Scott Kushner <scott.kushner at gmail.com>                   (45)
        Subject: CfP: Little Data and the Big Picture (ACLA 2014, NYU, 20-23
                March--FINAL NOTICE)

        Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:49:30 +0000
        From: Melissa Terras <melissaterras at gmail.com>
        Subject: Invitation to Book Launch of "Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader"

Dear Humanist List,

You are cordially invited to a party to celebrate the launch of "Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader", edited by Melissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan and Edward Vanhoutte, to be held at UCL, London, on Friday 29th November 2013. 

Digital Humanities is becoming an increasingly popular focus of academic endeavour. There are now hundreds of Digital Humanities centres worldwide and the subject is taught at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. Yet the term ‘Digital Humanities’ is much debated. This reader brings together, for the first time, in one core volume the essential readings that have emerged in Digital Humanities. We provide a historical overview of how the term ‘Humanities Computing’ developed into the term ‘Digital Humanities’, and highlight readings which explore the meaning, scope, and implementation of the field. To contextualize and frame each included reading, the editors and authors provide a commentary on the original piece. There is also an annotated bibliography of other material not included in the text to provide an essential list of reading in the discipline. This text will be required reading for scholars and students who want to discover the history of Digital Humanities through its core writings, and for those who wish to understand the many possibilities that exist when trying to define Digital Humanities. For more information, see http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409469636.

Please note that registration is required so that we have an idea of numbers, and further details of location and time are available on the sign up page: https://definingdh.eventbrite.com.

best wishes,

Melissa M. Terras MA MSc DPhil CLTHE CITP FHEA
Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
Professor of Digital Humanities
Department of Information Studies
Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street
Tel: 020-7679-7206 (direct), 020-7679-7204 (dept), 020-7383-0557 (fax)
Email: m.terras at ucl.ac.uk
Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/melissa-terras/
Blog: http://melissaterras.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @melissaterras

        Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:20:10 -0500
        From: Scott Kushner <scott.kushner at gmail.com>
        Subject: CfP: Little Data and the Big Picture (ACLA 2014, NYU, 20-23 March--FINAL NOTICE)

Dear Willard,

The following call for papers (viewble at http://bit.ly/H79K6q) may be of
interest to Humanist readers working in literary, media, and cultural
studies.  It promises to be an exciting occasion to think together about
how the literary critical tradition can be brought bear upon everyday
textual experiences of new media use.  As abstracts are due shortly, would
you be kindly forward it to the list again?

"Little Data and the Big Picture: What Everyday Literature Can Do for
a seminar to be held at the
Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association
New York University
20-23 March 2014

Abstracts by 15 November 2013

The broad claims of Big Data hide the continued importance of the specific,
individual, and random. This seminar examines the contributions that
Comparative Literature has made and can make for understanding the stories
that are written and read against the background of “digital humanities,”
“new media,” and the “information society.” Prospective participants are
invited to problematize these key terms and explore how textual cultures
have evolved alongside, been shaped by, and resisted successive fantasies
of a data-driven society. There has always been an everyday literature of
letters, memos, telegrams, and notes.

How are the forms of today’s everyday literature analogous repetitions of
past forms and how do they represent something qualitatively different? How
do we judge? In some fashion, the papers in this seminar will explore ways
that the specific, the particular, the analog, and the banal persist in the
face of the general, the aggregate, the digital, and the grand arc.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to): Histories and
counter-histories of the information society; everyday digital textuality;
computer and human languages; networked social media; Tweet poetics;
posting addiction; life writing; comparative media and textual cultures;
reception; censorship; quantitative historiography; textual geographies;
platforms (computer and otherwise); analog/digital tensions; political
action; lacunae; interface; objects (virtual and/or tangible);
participation and/or non-participation; material and immaterial conditions
of reading and writing.

Submit a paper proposal at http://www.acla.org/submit (be sure to select
"Little Data..." in the Seminar drop-down menu).  Learn more about the
meeting and its "distinctive structure" at http://www.acla.org/acla2014.

Any questions about the seminar, inquiries about topic suitability, or
nominations of possible participants may be directed to me at
scott.kushner at gmail.com.

Many thanks,
Scott Kushner

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