[Humanist] 29.450 events: serendipity; book history; drone metaphysics

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 450.
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  [1]   From:    IESEvents <iesevents at sas.ac.uk>                           (21)
        Subject: Launch: New Directions in Book History: 11 Nov 2015

  [2]   From:    David Berry <D.M.Berry at sussex.ac.uk>                      (20)
        Subject: Benjamin Noys: "Drone Metaphysics" -- Sussex Humanities Lab
                Research Seminar Series 2015/2016

  [3]   From:    Kim <kimberleymartin at gmail.com>                           (79)
        Subject: Call for Papers (CFP): The Serendipity Factor

        Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2015 13:26:50 +0000
        From: IESEvents <iesevents at sas.ac.uk>
        Subject: Launch: New Directions in Book History: 11 Nov 2015

New Directions in Book History
Book and Series Launch event - 
Wednesday 11 November 2015, 5.30-7.30pm
Court Room (1st floor), 
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

You are cordially invited to join us to celebrate the launch of Palgrave Macmillan's premiere academic series in the history of the book, New Directions in Book History, co-edited by Prof Jonathan Rose (William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History, Drew University, USA) and Dr Shafquat Towheed (Senior Lecturer in English, The Open University, UK). There are now six titles published in the series. The reception also serves specifically to launch the two latest titles in the series: Reading and the First World: Readers, Texts, Archives, edited by Shafquat Towheed and Edmund G. C. King; and The Book in Africa: Critical Debates, edited by Caroline Davis and David Johnson.

Books in the New Directions series cover material as diverse as African book history, the practice of book destruction, non-canonical print culture in contemporary India, transnational postcolonial book groups, print in peril, and reading during the First World War.

Join us for a glass of wine and to toast the success of the series! The event is free to attend and all are welcome. Please RSVP to IESEvents at sas.ac.uk<mailto:IESEvents at sas.ac.uk> to confirm your place. The series editors would like to thank Palgrave Macmillan and the British Academy for supporting this event

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        Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:30:13 +0000
        From: David Berry <D.M.Berry at sussex.ac.uk>
        Subject: Benjamin Noys: "Drone Metaphysics" -- Sussex Humanities Lab Research Seminar Series 2015/2016

Benjamin Noys: "Drone Metaphysics"
Part of Sussex Humanities Lab Research Seminar Series 2015/2016

Monday 9 November
3-5 PM
Digital Humanities Lab, Silverstone Building (2nd Floor)
University of Sussex

Speaker: Benjamin Noys
Chair: Ben Roberts - Respondent: Beatrice Fazi

The drone is the signature object of the contemporary moment, incarnating a quasi-theological power to see and to kill. The danger of trying to analyse the drone is that we reproduce the image of this theological or metaphysical power, embracing the discourse of techno-fetishism that surrounds it. Here I analyse this discourse primarily through a series of literary, visual, and philosophical discourses that while pre-drone predict and probe the metaphysics of drones. This metaphysics toys with the possibility of a fully-automated or subject-less weapon, which integrates and deploys the human. Counter-drone discourses have tended to emphasise the human element in the “kill-chain” to disrupt this discourse of technological perfection. This is necessary, but my concern is with how notions of integration, acceleration, and “loading” suggest the drone “assemblage” is one which constantly includes the human through transforming the human into a dream of transcendence. The attempt to stress the banality of the drone as just another weapon does not counter this metaphysics, which aims to integrate the messy materiality of the human into “autonomous acceleration.” To resort to messy materiality as a counter remains within the ambit of drone metaphysics and instead, I suggest, we have to attend to the disruption and negations at work within the discourse of transformation and acceleration that surrounds and finds its destination in the drone.

BIO: Benjamin Noys is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Chichester. He is the author of Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction (2000), The Culture of Death (2005), The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Theory (2010), Malign Velocities: Accelerationism & Capitalism (2014), and editor of Communization and Its Discontents (2011). He is currently writing Uncanny Life, a critical discussion of the problems of the vital and vitalism in contemporary theory.


Dr. David M. Berry
Silverstone 316
School of Media, Film and Music
University of Sussex,
East Sussex. BN1 8PP

        Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2015 21:15:02 -0500
        From: Kim <kimberleymartin at gmail.com>
        Subject: Call for Papers (CFP): The Serendipity Factor

 Call for Papers (CFP):

The *S*erendipity Factor: *E*valuating the *A*ffordances of *D*igital *E*

*SEADE *(pronounced ‘seed’) Workshop at CHIIR 2016 (ACM SIGIR Conference on
Human Information Interaction and Retrieval) http://sigir.org/chiir2016/

March 17, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

For two decades, research has sought to understand serendipity and how it
may be facilitated in digital environments such as information
visualization systems, search systems, and social media. The motivation for
investigating serendipity comes from its association with positive outcomes
that range from personal benefits to global rewards. To date, research has
made significant headway in defining and mapping the process of serendipity
and new tools are emerging to support it. But we lack robust methods of
evaluating new or enhanced features, functions, and tools.

The goal of the Workshop is to examine how we balance the tension between
diversity and novelty in designing digital environments and subsequently
how we evaluate the ‘serendipitousness’ of those environments. We invite
participants from a range of disciplines (e.g., information science, HCI,
digital humanities, cognitive science) and research perspectives to help us
solve this wicked problem.

*How to participate*

Submit a 2-page paper using the ACM SIG Proceedings Template
 http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates  about your
ongoing work, recent results, or study methods related to serendipity,
either published, or work in progress. Possible themes for these papers may
include, but are not limited to:

Evaluating whether or how digital environments enable serendipity

   1. Use of qualitative methods such as interviews and think-aloud to
      evaluate user perceptions
   2. Modifications to quantitative evaluation methods such as
      controlled experiments and log file analyses to test designs
   3. Identification of factors other than the environment (e.g.,
      context, individual differences, strategies, emotions, attitudes) that
      influence serendipity that should be taken into consideration  during

Designing elements and functions in digital environments so that
serendipity is facilitated

   1. Application of theory and models in the design (or evaluation) of
      affordances related to serendipity
   2. Design of serendipitous digital environments (e.g., information
      visualization systems, recommender systems, digital libraries, search

Authors of selected papers will be asked to

A) give “lightning talks” on their work through a 5-minute presentation; or
B) participate in a “show and tell event” to demonstrate their project or

In addition, just prior to and during the workshop we will be conducting a
whirlwind Delphi study to identify essential and novel measures for
assessing “serendipitousness.” The results of the group effort will be
discussed at the Workshop to highlight pertinent measures.

At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and all
participants much register for the workshop.

**Submissions and inquiries can be sent to Lori McCay-Peet [mccay at dal.ca]**

*Important dates*

   1. Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015
      2. Notification: December 15, 2015
      3. Workshop date:  March 17, 2016

*Conference Organizers*

Lori McCay-Peet, Dalhousie University, Canada
Elaine G. Toms, The University of Sheffield, UK

Anabel Quan-Haase, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

> *Program Committee Members*

> Naresh Argawal, Simmons College, USA
> Jamshid Beheshti, McGill University, Canada
> Lennart Björneborn, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
> Sanda Erdelez, University of Missouri, USA
> Jannica Heinström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
> Christoph Lutz, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
> Stephann Makri, City University London, UK
> Kim Martin, University of Western Ontario, Canada
> Xu Sun, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Simon Wakeling, University of Sheffield, UK

Kim Martin
PhD Candidate
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario
Twitter: @antimony27
Blog: http://howhumanistsread.com/  http://howhumanistsread.wordpress.com/

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