[Humanist] 27.470 events: sustainable history; book history; big linguistics

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Oct 25 10:24:52 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 470.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Adam Crymble <adam.crymble at gmail.com>                     (23)
        Subject: Sustainable History Workshop

  [2]   From:    kcl - cerch <cerch at kcl.ac.uk>                             (19)
        Subject: CeRch Seminar: Thinking Big: escaping the Small Data fallacy
                in Historical Linguistics

  [3]   From:    igalina <igalina at unam.mx>                                 (18)
        Subject: CfP Ages of the Book International Conference

        Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:16:07 +0100
        From: Adam Crymble <adam.crymble at gmail.com>
        Subject: Sustainable History Workshop

*Sustainable History: Ensuring today's digital history survives.*

28 November 2013. 10h-1530h in London UK.

How long will our digital research survive? Historical scholarship is
increasingly digital; and yet we do not have an agreed form of best
practices for ensuring that digital scholarship lasts. Speakers at this one
day workshop will share practical advice on a range of pressing issues for
historians and cultural heritage professionals working with digital
material. From ensuring research data is archived safely, to building
sustainable strategies into your project workflows, and even learning from
the mistakes of others, this event promises practical solutions for big
challenges facing digital scholarship.

*Registration is free, but spaces are limited.*

Sponsored by the Software Sustainability Institute  http://software.ac.uk ,
the Institute of Historical Research  http://www.history.ac.uk/ , the
Historian 2  http://programminghistorian.org , and The AHRC Theme Leader
Fellowship for Digital Transformations.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8989595121

More details at http://events.history.ac.uk/event/show/12189

Please send questions or comments to Adam Crymble (adam.crymble at gmail.com)

Adam Crymble
Department of History and Digital Humanities
King's College London

        Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:13:59 +0000
        From: kcl - cerch <cerch at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: CeRch Seminar: Thinking Big: escaping the Small Data fallacy in Historical Linguistics 

Thinking Big: escaping the Small Data fallacy in Historical Linguistics
 (Gard Jenset and Barbara McGillivray, University of Oxford/University of Bergen/Oxford University Press)

Tuesday, October 29th 2013 from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)
Anatomy Theatre and Museum, King's College London:

Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8348441413
The seminar will be followed by wine and nibbles.

All the best,
Valentina Asciutti


Historical Linguistics studies the evolution of historical languages and earlier stages of living languages. By necessity, historical linguistics has traditionally been based on the analytical study of exemplars from written collections of texts. Given the technological constraints and the aims of historical comparative philology of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the reliance on qualitative assessment of a few exemplars was justified.

Towards the end of the last century, formalized collections of texts known as corpora bloomed with the advent of computer technology. This made it feasible to automatically create very large corpora (> 100 million words), annotate them various linguistic information, and efficiently search and systematically retrieve information from them.

However, technological advances can only change a field if they find their place in an appropriate methodological framework. The qualitative methods of comparative philology (manually searching for exemplars) underutilize the information available in today's historical corpora, and contemporary historical linguistics is still largely based on the traditional methodology.  Few things are more commonly taken for granted in historical linguistics than the assumption that the researcher should eyeball every piece of data relevant to her analysis.

We disagree with this position, which we will henceforth refer to as the Small Data Fallacy. Instead, we believe that methods inspired by Big Data can and should influence Historical Linguistics, and that such a move would entail a qualitative leap forwards in Historical Linguistics research methods.
We will discuss some of the benefits, challenges, and limitations of applying the Big Data framework to historical linguistics. We will also touch upon the impact this would have on the fundamental aims of Historical Linguistics in the 21st century.

Bios: Gard Jenset is a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, University of Oxford, with research interests in historical corpus linguistics, corpora in ELT, statistics and quantitative research methods in linguistics, corpus methods for semantics and cognitive linguistics.

Barbara McGillivray is a computational linguist, and works as a language engineer in the Dictionary Department of Oxford University Press. She holds a PhD in computational linguistics form the University of Pisa. Her research interests include: Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Latin computational linguistics, quantitative historical linguistics, and computational lexicography.

NB This seminar will not be live-streamed.

        Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:56:50 +0000
        From: igalina <igalina at unam.mx>
        Subject: CfP Ages of the Book International Conference

Ages of the Book International Conference 2014 

Dates: October 13 -17, 2014
Hosted by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico
Deadline for submissions: February 14th 2014

Call for papers

The aim of the conference is to bring together specialists from diverse fields of study, such as written and printed culture, visual design and communication, editing and the publishing industry, history, literature and new technologies, for discussion of academic, scientific, technical and economic issues that will advance our knowledge on the written word throughout history. The conference will explore the wide range of traditions and innovations surrounding the composition of texts manifest in distinct periods and in different regions of the world, from the early production of codices through to present day electronic books.

The organizing committee invites abstract submissions on subjects such as epigraphy, calligraphy and paleography, editorial design, typography, printing processes, ecdotics, textual and graphic editing, electronic publishing and technology applied to editing. Additional topics for consideration are transmission of texts, textual and visual disposition, page design, typography and illustrations in books, text-image relationships, ornamentation, initialing, reading styles and methods, use and management of color in the transmission of texts, usability, design and navigation for screen, e-book interface design and visual ergonomics. 

The main thematic areas are the manuscript, printed and electronic book.

The conference will be held at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas (Institute for Bibliographic Studies) of the UNAM in Mexico City from 13th to the 17th of October 2014.

All abstract submissions must be received by February 14th 2014. All abstracts will be reviewed by an international committee. Authors will be notified of the results May 6th 2014.

For more information about submissions, key dates and registration please visit our website:

Dra. Isabel Galina Russell
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas,
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
igalina at unam.mx

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