[Humanist] 29.806 events: a Commons; early career; biography; text; global

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Mar 23 07:48:35 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 806.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Antske Fokkens <antske.fokkens at vu.nl>                    (112)
        Subject: Call for Abstracts: Biographical Data Workshop

  [2]   From:    Andrew Prescott <Andrew.Prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>           (20)
        Subject: AHRC Commons

  [3]   From:    Gabriele Civiliene <gabrielemucho at gmail.com>              (22)
        Subject: 2nd KCL Early Career Digital Humanities Conference

  [4]   From:    Susan Brown <sbrown at uoguelph.ca>                          (18)
        Subject: Digital Textualities/Canadian Contexts CFP deadline extended
                to March 30th

  [5]   From:    Kristen Mapes <kmapes at msu.edu>                            (49)
        Subject: Registration Reminder - Global Digital Humanities Symposium,
                April 8-9, 2016 @ Michigan State University

        Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:47:19 +0100
        From: Antske Fokkens <antske.fokkens at vu.nl>
        Subject: Call for Abstracts: Biographical Data Workshop

Biographical Data Workshop: modeling, sharing and analyzing people’s lives.
Held in conjunction with Digital Humanities 2016,12-16 July, Krakow,
Poland. Date: 11 July 2016

There is an abundance of biographical information online that begs to be
analyzed with computational methods. Resources like Wiki- and DBpedia,
Biographical Dictionaries, Historical Databases, Newsfeeds, Facebook and
Twitter all provide information on individual’s lives. ‘Biographical data’
is of particular interest to computer scientists, because it is usually
clear and well structured, since all people share common attributes such as
place of birth, place of residence, parents, et cetera.

The analysis of `biographical data' with new techniques is a topic that is
finding strong interest in research groups all over the world, demonstrated
most recently by the first conference on Biographical Data, organized in
Amsterdam in 2015. This conference brought researchers from various domains
together including historians, librarians, computer scientists, data
scientists, and computational linguists.

The purpose of this workshop is to take a next step in strengthening the
community working with digital biographical data by exploring possibilities
of turning shared interest into new international collaborations. A central
theme in this next step will be connecting and linking data.

This workshop brings together researchers from various domains working on
biographical data. In addition to sharing latest progress, it has the
specific aim to initiate efforts to share (knowledge about) data and data
models. The workshop directly contributes to the efforts of the DARIAH
workgroup on biographical data and aims to involve new researchers in this
collaboration.  A call for organization will go out for the Biographical
Data in a Digital World Conference in 2017 (2015 conference:

We explicitly invite researchers to the workshop who work with biographical
data for historical research or data analysis (e.g. historians,
computational linguists, visualization experts) and are thus already very
familiar with models for biographical data, but are not necessarily
involved in designing them. This perspective is of great value during
discussions on sharing and modeling data and can provide insights into what
kind of data models are practical to work with or which links between
various datasets are most valuable for research. These insights can in turn
help to identify logical and practical first steps towards increasing
international collaboration.

Call for abstracts

The workshop consists of two main components and, accordingly, we solicit
two kinds of contributions:


   Digital research with biographical data
   We invite researchers to submit abstracts on their research on
   biographical data. The goal of the poster session is to share latest work
   on biographical data and create opportunities for collaboration, in
   particular, between end users (researchers interested in working with
   biographical data) and providers (data providers and researchers working on
   tools and data models). Accepted contributions will be presented as posters
   during the workshop.

   Biographical data and data models
   We invite researchers who have biographical data or are working on
   models for biographical data to submit a description of their data or data
   model as well as a sample of their data or an example data entry to
   illustrate the data model. Accepted contributions will be included in the
   comparative study of data representation and data models.


Topics which may be addressed in the poster session include, but certainly
are not limited to:


   Mining biographies for structured information

   Biographies and linked data

   Using biographical information for quantitative analyses

   The canonization of people and events in history

   The use or uselessness of big data for biographical research

   Visualizing biographical data

   Biographical Dictionaries

   Dealing with biographical data in heterogeneous datasets

   Practices in digitizing and converting biographical data to a software
   interpretable format

   Automatic biography generation

   Biographies across countries and cultures

   Standards, vocabularies and best practices for the encoding and
   processing of biographical data

Data and data model descriptions should ideally include information about
the licensing, publication status, time span concerning data and
publication, language/s, and quantity.


Abstracts should have a maximum of 500 words.

They can submitted through easychair:


Authors of data or data model descriptions will be contacted with a request
to submit a data sample.

The main goal of the workshop is to strengthen ties between researchers
working on biographical data and to stimulate collaboration. We therefore
aim to accept a high rate of contributions. Previously published results
may also be submitted.

Important dates:

April 20 2016: Deadline for abstracts & data model descriptions

April 30 2016: Notification of acceptance

May 15 2016: Deadline for data sample and metadata

July 11 2016: Workshop in Krakow

For any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:

Antske Fokkens (antske.fokkens at vu.nl)

Eveline Wandl-Vogt (Eveline.Wandl-Vogt at oeaw.ac.at)

Thierry Declerck (declerck at dfki.de)
Eero Hyvönen (eero.hyvonen at aalto.fi)
Arno Bosse (arno.bosse at history.ox.ac.uk)
Serge ter Braake (s.terbraake at uva.nl)

Barbara McGillivray (barbara.mcgilli at gmail.com)

        Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:18:21 +0000
        From: Andrew Prescott <Andrew.Prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>
        Subject: AHRC Commons

On Midsummer’s Eve, hundreds of members of the AHRC Commons will gather at the first ever event of its kind -

Common Ground: the first national gathering of the AHRC Commons

21st June 2016, 10am-6pm, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York

Individuals or groups at any career stage, from any sector or discipline are welcome to submit applications to participate in this event. 

The AHRC Commons community includes anybody engaged in arts and humanities projects, ranging across: universities, the creative economy, the cultural, health, and third sectors, micro businesses, SMEs, corporations, community groups, and beyond.

You are invited to join fellow members of this diverse community in creating a new and collective culture at Common Ground. There is no membership fee; the AHRC Commons is an inclusive community that shares common interests.

Anyone interested in talking, demonstrating, presenting, hacking, making or any other form of activity which presents their research is warmly invited to respond to the call for expressions of interest by 4pm on 29 March. Costs of presenters in attending the event will be covered:


Please forward this invitation to any other lists you subscribe to (the event is not exclusively one for digital scholarship - the whole range of AHRC research will be represented).

Best wishes


Andrew Prescott FSA FRHistS
Professor of Digital Humanities
AHRC Theme Leader Fellow for Digital Transformations
University of Glasgow

andrew.prescott at glasgow.ac.uk

        Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:16:02 +0000
        From: Gabriele Civiliene <gabrielemucho at gmail.com>
        Subject: 2nd KCL Early Career Digital Humanities Conference

Dear All,

We would like to remind you that the *2nd Digital Humanities Early Career
Conference* “Mapping the scope & reach of the digital humanities”  will
take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, King’s College
London, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS, on the *20th of May 2016*. We invite
humanists, regardless of their technical background, to share their ideas
and research on the past, present, and future issues of the digital in and
for the humanities and arts.

The Main Contributors are Prof. Willard McCarty (DDH, King’s College
London), Assistant Prof. Jan Rybicki (*Jagiellonian* University of Kraków),
Dr James Cummings (University of Oxford), Dr Rupert Gatti (Economics Fellow
at Trinity College, Cambridge), and Prof. Jane Winters (Institute of
Historical Research, London).

The *Call for Papers* is now open, with a deadline of the *11th of April*. The
event is free to attend, but places are limited and registration will close
once they fill up. To book your place, please visit our website.

All details on the conference are available at the
https://kcldhconf.wordpress.com/. You can also follow us on Facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/kcldhconf/>  and Twitter

Gabriele Salciute-Civiliene
PhD student, DDH, King’s College London

        Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:37:11 -0400
        From: Susan Brown <sbrown at uoguelph.ca>
        Subject: Digital Textualities/Canadian Contexts CFP deadline extended to March 30th

Dear colleagues,

The CFP deadline for the conference Digital Textualities/Canadian Contexts, celebrating the launch of  the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, has been extended to March 30th.

The conference is Sept. 20-22 in Edmonton, Alberta. The keynote will be Lori Emerson. We’re seeking proposals on digital literary or cultural research, broadly conceived.

See  http://www.cwrc.ca/cwrc_news/call-for-papers-digital-textualities-canadian-contexts/ <http://www.cwrc.ca/cwrc_news/call-for-papers-digital-textualities-canadian-contexts/>

All the best,


Susan Brown
Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship
Director, Orlando Project; Project Leader, Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory
President, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques

Professor                                    		        Visiting Professor
School of English and Theatre Studies   	English and Film Studies
University of Guelph                    		        University of Alberta
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada          	Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E5
519-824-4120 x53266 (office)            		780-492-7803
sbrown at uoguelph.ca                      		susan.brown at ualberta.ca
http://orlando.cambridge.org  http://www.ualberta.ca/ORLANDO   http://www.cwrc.ca

        Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:46:13 -0400
        From: Kristen Mapes <kmapes at msu.edu>
        Subject: Registration Reminder - Global Digital Humanities Symposium, April 8-9, 2016 @ Michigan State University

Global Digital Humanities Symposium

April 8-9, 2016
Union Building, Room 55
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Please register by: Friday, April 1, 11:59pm EST
Free and open to the public. Register at

We are delighted to feature speakers from outside of the area as well as
expertise and work from faculty at Michigan State University in this two
day symposium. The Symposium will begin with a half day workshop on Minimal
Computing and will include a range of talk types across the two days.

Breakfast, lunch, coffee, and snacks will be provided to all registrants
on both Friday and Saturday. In addition, a reception with appetizers will
be provided on Friday.


Friday, April 8

   - 9:00-11:30 - Minimal Computing Workshop, Alex Gil
   - 11:45-1:00 - Lunch (provided)
   - 1:15-1:30 - Welcoming Remarks
   - 1:30-2:30 - (Global) Digital Humanities and Subalternity: Questions
   and Provocations - Radhika Gajjala
   - 2:45-3:45 - Panel
      - Mapping the Religious Soundscape of the Midwest, Amy DeRogatis and
      Bobby Smiley
      - Muslims in the Midwest, Mohammad Khalil
      - MSU Vietnam Group Archive, Charles Keith
   - 4:00-6:00 - LOCUS (lightning talks session - CFP
   - 6:30-7:30 - Reception

Saturday, April 9

   - 9:45-10:45 - Turbulent Flow: A Computational Model of World
   Literature, Hoyt Long
   - 11:15-12:15 - MSU Archive of Malian Photography, Candace Keller
   - 1:30-1:45 - Remarks, Dean Christopher P. Long, College of Arts and
   - 1:45-3:00 - Roundtable
   - 3:30-4:30 - Minimal Computing and the Borders of the New Republic of
   Letters, Alex Gil
   - 5:00-6:00 - Lessons from Global, Pre-Modern, Jewish Digital
   Humanities, Dorothy Kim

Find out more about the symposium at http://msuglobaldh.org/about/

Kristen Mapes
Digital Humanities Specialist, College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University
479 West Circle Drive, Linton Hall 308A
East Lansing MI 48824
kmapes at msu.edu

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