[Humanist] 27.549 events: TEI; large textual corpora; digital labour; digital thinking (WWI)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 549.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>            (13)
        Subject: Google, art and digital labor The Photographers' Gallery Wed
                4th Dec

  [2]   From:    kcl - cerch <cerch at kcl.ac.uk>                             (19)
        Subject: CeRch Seminar: They're reading our minds: humanities
                research and digital thinking with CENDARI

  [3]   From:    "Flanders, Julia" <j.flanders at neu.edu>                    (23)
        Subject: call for participation: Taking TEI Further workshops at the
                WWP in 2014

  [4]   From:    Karina van Dalen <karina.van.dalen at huygens.knaw.nl>       (12)
        Subject: Announcement of two NeDiMAH workshops

        Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:49:20 +0000
        From: "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Google, art and digital labor The Photographers' Gallery Wed 4th Dec

> From: Katrina Sluis <Katrina.Sluis at tpg.org.uk<mailto:Katrina.Sluis at tpg.org.uk>>
> Subject: Google, art and digital labor The Photographers' Gallery Wed 4th Dec
> Date: 19 November 2013 20:12:10 GMT
To: "sluiskp at lsbu.ac.uk<mailto:sluiskp at lsbu.ac.uk> Sluis" <sluiskp at lsbu.ac.uk<mailto:sluiskp at lsbu.ac.uk>>

Dear friends,

I am getting in touch about an event which may be of interest to you or your students.

Andrew Norman Wilson, artist and ex-Google employee will be doing a lecture performance next week at The Photographers' Gallery.

His video Workers Leaving the Googleplex investigates the marginalized class of Google Books’ "ScanOps" workers at their international headquarters in Silicon Valley while simultaneously chronicling the complex events surrounding his own dismissal from the company.

In this talk Andrew Norman Wilson will experiment with corporate, academic and artistic presentation techniques to explore projects such as Workers Leaving the Googleplex and ScanOps. His talk will address medium-specificity and histories of film/video, photography and publishing media, emphasizing the materiality of both analog and digital media and the labor processes they entail.

In 2013 Andrew Norman Wilson participated in Image Employment at MoMA PS1, To Look is To Labor through CCS Bard/Basilica Hudson with Harun Farocki and Lucy Raven, Palazzo Peckham at the 55th Venice Biennale, Art Basel with Art Metropole, and group shows at Betonsalon in Paris, Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, and Carroll / Fletcher in London.  He was recently an artist in residence at Impakt in Utrecht and at the Headlands Center in Sausalito, California. His work has been featured in Aperture, Artforum, DIS Magazine, and Tank Magazine. Wilson currently lives and works in New York.


Best wishes

        Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:20:11 +0000
        From: kcl - cerch <cerch at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: CeRch Seminar: They're reading our minds: humanities research and digital thinking with CENDARI

Dear all,
Apologies for cross-posting.

Please find below the details of next week's CeRch seminar:
They're reading our minds: humanities research and digital thinking with CENDARI

Kate Macdonald (Ghent University) and Alessandro Salvador (University of Trento), Visiting Researchers at the Centre for e-Research, King's College London

Date: Tuesday, 26th November, 2013 from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)
Location: Anatomy Museum Space, 6th Floor, King's College London (Strand campus)

Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is requested:

All the best,
Valentina Asciutti


The Collaborative EuropeaN Digital Archive Infrastructure (CENDARI) provides and facilitates access to existing archives and resources in Europe for the study of medieval and modern European history (specifically the First World War period) through the development of an ‘enquiry environment’. As part of this project, the Centre for e-Research is currently hosting two visiting researchers: Kate Macdonald and Alessandro Salvador, who are investigating how CENDARI can assist their own research work. At tonight's seminar Kate Macdonald and Alessandro Salvador will discuss their ongoing research, within the context of CENDARI.

Kate Macdonald’s presentation will outline a methodology and early findings from reading British popular fiction magazines published for the entirety of the First World War, looking for depictions of the war-wounded ex-soldier, and the civilian who had been impaired by disease, congenital causes, or industrial injury. This stream of cultural production at this time has never been investigated before, yet it presents important evidence for how the ordinary reader regarded, or was expected to regard, physical impairment at a time when the demographics of the physically impaired were changing dramatically, and new technologies were changing treatments, rehabilitation, and living with impairment. This is part of a wider project investigating such depictions during and after WW1 and up to 1939, exploring the hypothesis that some kinds of disability were more deserving than others. She will discuss her role in the CENDARI project as a case study and guinea-pig for exploring humanities research processes.

Alessandro Salvador: My contribution will focus on the main topic of my research and the reasons and goals of my current work within the CENDARI project. I am currently in the final stage of a research about demobilization and reinstatement into civilian life of the Italian-speaking soldiers enlisted in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I. In particular, I researched the activities of the Italian government in managing a group of Italian-nationals belonging to an enemy State within a complex series of events that started in 1915 and finished in 1921. This topic represented a challenge for archival research, as the sources are spread throughout archives in Italy, Russia, Austria and UK. This brought to the idea of creating an online research guide in which archival information can be gathered and made public for researchers needing to access sources on this topic. Thus, my current work mostly deals, as pilot project, with Italian sources. My contribution will give a brief introduction to the topic and the problematic issues in order to explain the kind of data I am collecting, the way of organizing them and what advantages I expect that this project will offer to researchers.


Kate Macdonald teaches British literary history and poetry at Ghent University, and is the author of several books, chapters and articles on British publishing culture from 1880 to 1950.

Alessandro Salvador studied contemporary history in Trieste and Trento, obtaining his Ph.D. in 2010. After a period as exchange scholar (DAAD Program) at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, he obtained a post-doc position at the University of Trento. Currently he is part of a research group on WWI involving the University and the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento.

        Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:54:15 +0000
        From: "Flanders, Julia" <j.flanders at neu.edu>
        Subject: call for participation: Taking TEI Further workshops at the WWP in 2014

The Women Writers Project at Northeastern University is now accepting applications for our final round of three advanced NEH-funded institutes on "Taking TEI Further":

Taking TEI Further: Publishing and Transforming TEI Data
Northeastern University, March 11-13, 2014
Guest instructor: David Birnbaum, University of Pittsburgh
Application deadline: January 3, 2014

Taking TEI Further: TEI Customization
Northeastern University, May 14-16, 2014
Guest instructor: Trevor Muñoz, University of Maryland
Application deadline: February 25, 2014

Taking TEI Further: Teaching with TEI
Northeastern University, August 2014 (specific date TBD; a further announcement will be made)
Guest instructor: Jacqueline Wernimont, Scripps College
Application deadline: April 25, 2014

**Travel funding is available of up to $500 per participant, up to $1000 for graduate student participants.**

These seminars assume a basic familiarity with TEI, and provide an opportunity to explore specific topics in more detail, in a collaborative workshop setting.

This is the last year of a three-year seminar series funded by the NEH and conducted by the Women Writers Project. They are aimed at people who are already involved in a text encoding project or are in the process of planning one. These seminars are intended to provide a more in-depth look at specific challenges in using TEI data effectively. Each event will include a mix of presentations, discussion, case studies using participants' projects, hands-on practice, and individual consultation. The seminars will be strongly project-based: participants will share information about their projects with the group, discuss specific challenges and solutions, develop encoding specifications and documentation, and create sample materials (such as syllabi, docmentation, etc., as appropriate to the event). A basic knowledge of the TEI Guidelines and some prior experience with text encoding will be assumed.

For more detailed information and to apply, please visit

Best wishes, Julia

Julia Flanders
Director, Women Writers Project
Director, Digital Scholarship Group
Northeastern University

        Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:23:37 +0100
        From: Karina van Dalen <karina.van.dalen at huygens.knaw.nl>
        Subject: Announcement of two NeDiMAH workshops

Announcement of two NeDiMAH workshops

The NeDiMAH Working Group “Using large-scale text collections  for research” will host  two workshops, on the 1st and 2nd of April 2014. The workshops will take place at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Funding is available for 20 participants up to a maximum of € 700 per participant (for travel and a maximum of two nights in a hotel). The workshops are open for other participants paying their own costs. Participants selected for funding for one of the workshops are welcome to extend their stay on their own costs and also join in the other workshop. Those wishing to participate are invited to send an abstract of one page to Karina van Dalen-Oskam, karina.van.dalen at huygens.knaw.nl before 15 January 2014. Please state clearly for which of the two workshops you want to apply. You will receive a message about acceptance or rejection in the first week of February.

Workshop 1, “Corpora”, 1 April 2014

The workshop “Corpora” will especially deal with the interface between linguistic annotation and textual annotation for historical and literary etc. research. It aims to bring together corpus builders and those corpus users other than linguists. Corpus builders could inform the participants about such things as the kind of requests for functionality they get from non-linguists and their answers and advice to those scholars. Non-linguistic corpus users are invited to talk about the different ways in which they have gathered their own corpus, whether they especially built a private corpus for their use, and why the have taken such a step, or what they would like to see in a corpus before they will actively start making use of it. Discussions are expected to arise on such topics as samples versus complete texts, standard functionality for text research, the need of export options to get the texts to the scholar to be used in his or her stand-alone tools, in opposition to the adding of tools to a corpus, strategies for and issues in building a multilingual reference corpus for text analysis, and much more. We invite informative short talks that may result in an open and exploratory discussion between participants with different disciplines as a background.

Workshop 2, “Research”, 2 April 2014

The workshop “Research” focuses on new kinds of analysis of large text corpora explicitly from the perspective of literary or historical etc. research questions. In this context, for example, the issue of validation of results gains importance, not primarily in the sense of statistical measures of validity or robustness, but rather in the sense of interpretation and validation of results in relation to literary or historical etc. knowledge. We invite short papers describing a concrete case in which the use of (relatively) large-scale text collections has lead to new insights that could not have been gotten using non-digital methods. These kinds of case studies are expected to have a high impact on the willingness of humanities scholars to broaden their toolkit to digital and computational methods. If you have experience with this kind of issues and/or impact, we would be interested in hearing more about this.

Prof. Dr Karina van Dalen-Oskam
Research leader Department of Textual Scholarship and Literary Studies
Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Professor of Computational Literary Studies, University of Amsterdam

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