[Humanist] 31.359 events: digital assignments; Nordic DH; Besterman Lecture; handwriting recognition

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Oct 13 07:41:48 CEST 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 359.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Administrator <email at voltaire.ox.ac.uk>                   (22)
        Subject: 2017 Besterman Lecture_16 November

  [2]   From:    Enrique Vidal <evidal at prhlt.upv.es>                       (15)
        Subject: Open HIMANIS seminar, Paris, 27-Oct-2017

  [3]   From:    Sarah Payne <payne.s at husky.neu.edu>                        (7)
        Subject: Making it Digital Workshop--Northeastern University

  [4]   From:    Jouni Tuominen <jouni.tuominen at helsinki.fi>              (106)
        Subject: 2nd CFP: Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 2018,
                Helsinki, Finland

        Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:30:28 +0100
        From: Administrator <email at voltaire.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: 2017 Besterman Lecture_16 November

The Voltaire Foundation
Oxford University

2017 Besterman Lecture
‘Digital rhetoric, literae humaniores and Leibniz's dream'

Willard McCarty, 
Professor Emeritus, 
King's College London
Thursday 16th November 2017, 5.15pm, St Anne’s College, Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre

Drinks will be served after the lecture

Please see attached invitation.

With kind regards,

Ayala Kingsley
Communications/Administration Assistant
The Voltaire Foundation
99 Banbury Road
Oxford, OX2 6JX,  UK
Tel: +44 (0)1865 284600

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        Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:45:29 +0200 (CEST)
        From: Enrique Vidal <evidal at prhlt.upv.es>
        Subject: Open HIMANIS seminar, Paris, 27-Oct-2017

Dear colleagues,

To celebrate the achievements and the end of the HIMANIS project
(www.himanis.org), the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des
Textes (IRHT) is organizng a conference on Friday, 27 October
2017, to present, explain and discuss the impact of handwriting
recognition and indexing technologies for history studies and
heritage institutions.

This seminar is open to professionals, scholars and researchers
interested in technologies to access the contents of large
manuscript collections.  See details at:


The participation is free, but registration is required.  You can
register at the above web address.

Best regards,
Enrique Vidal.

        Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:33:10 +0000
        From: Sarah Payne <payne.s at husky.neu.edu>
        Subject: Making it Digital Workshop--Northeastern University

Making it digital workshop
Northeastern University

On October 20th from 10am to 3pm, the Northeastern NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks will be hosting a “Making it Digital” Workshop for developing digital assignments, co-sponsored with the New England Digital Scholarship Collective. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVP is required. “Making it Digital” will feature lightning talks on digital assignments, followed by hands-on sessions in which participants will have the opportunity to develop digital assignments of their own. No previous expertise is required and participants will be able to develop assignments and activities of all sizes, from brief in-class exercises to semester-long projects.

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        Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:16:00 +0300
        From: Jouni Tuominen <jouni.tuominen at helsinki.fi>
        Subject: 2nd CFP: Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 2018, Helsinki, Finland

Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries calls for submissions for its 
2018 conference in Helsinki, Finland, 7–9 March 2018.


Keynote speakers

Kathryn Eccles, University of Oxford, 

- Academic Programme Manager for Digital Humanities and Research Fellow 
at Oxford Internet Institute with interest in the impact of new 
technologies on Humanities scholarship, and the re-organisation of 
cultural heritage and higher education in the digital world.

Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara, 

- Distinguished Professor in the English Department at the University of 
California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliated faculty member of UCSB’s 
Media Arts & Technology graduate program.

Frans Mäyrä, University of Tampere, http://www.unet.fi

- Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media (specifically 
digital culture and game studies)

In 2018, the conference seeks to extend the scope of digital humanities 
research covered, both into new areas, as well as beyond the Nordic and 
Baltic countries. In pursuit of this, in addition to the abstracts 
familiar from humanities traditions, we also adopt a call for 
publication ready texts as is the tradition in computer science 
conferences. Therefore, we accept the following types of submissions:

 1. Publication ready textsof length appropriate to the topic. Accepted
    papers will be submitted to the CEUR-WS proceedings series for
    publication in a citable form.

     1. Long paper: 8-12 pages, presented in 20 min plus 10 min for Q&A

     2. Short paper: 4-8 pages, presented in 10 min plus 5 min for Q&A

     3. Poster/demo: 2-4 pages, presented as an A1 academic poster in a
        poster session.

 2. Abstractsof a maximum of 2000 words. Proposals are expected to
    indicate a preference between a) long, b) short, or c) poster/demo
    format for presentation. Approved abstracts will be published in a
    book of abstracts on the conference website.

Submissions to the conference are now open at ConfTool: 

Important dates

The call for proposals opened on 28 August 2017, and the deadline for 
submitting proposals is 25 October 2017. Presenters will be notified of 
acceptance by 8 January 2018. For papers accepted into the citable 
proceedings, there is an additional deadline of 5 February 2018for 
producing a final version of your paper that takes into account the 
comments made by the reviewers.

This year, the conference welcomes in particular work related to the 
following themes:


While the number of researchers describing themselves as digital 
historians is increasing, computational approaches to history have 
rarely captured the attention of those without innate interest in 
digital humanities. To address this, we particularly invite 
presentations of historical research whose use of digital methods 
advances the overall methodological basis of the field.

Cultural Heritage

Libraries, galleries, archives and museums are making vast amounts of 
cultural heritage openly digitally available. However, tapping into 
these resources for research requires cultivating co-operation and trust 
between scholars and heritage institutions, due to the cultural, 
institutional, legal and technical boundaries crossed. We invite 
proposals describing such co-operation -- examples of great resources for 
cultural heritage scholarship, of problems solved using such data, as 
well as e.g. intellectual property rights issues.


Humanities perspectives on games are an established part of the game 
studies community. Yet their relationship with digital humanities 
remains undefined. Digitality and games, digital methods and games, 
games as digital methods, and so on are all areas available for 
research. We invite proposals that address high-level game concepts like 
"fun", "immersion", "design", "interactivity", etc positioned as points 
of contact with the digital.


We also invite proposals in the broad category of ”Future”. Accepted 
proposals will still fit in the overall context of the conference and 
highlight new perspectives to the digital humanities. Submissions may 
range from applications of data science to humanities research to work 
on human-machine interaction and ecological digital humanities. We also 
welcome reflections on the future of the digital humanities, as well as 
the societal impact of the humanities.

Finally, the overarching theme this year is Open Science. This pragmatic 
concept emphasises the role of transparent and reproducible research 
practices, open dissemination of results, and new forms of 
collaboration, all greatly facilitated by digitalisation. All proposals 
are invited to reflect on the benefits, challenges, and prospects of 
open science for their own research.

Call for workshops/panels and tutorials

In addition to individual papers, the conference calls for interested 
parties to submit proposals for workshops/panels and tutorial sessions 
to be held preceding the conference. Workshops/panelsgather together 
participants around a particular subtopic, while tutorialspresent a 
useful tool or method of interest to the digital humanities community. 
Either can take the form of either a half or a full day session, and 
they generally take place the day prior to the conference.

Proposals should include the session format, title, and a short 
description of its topic (max 2000 words) as well as the contact 
information of the person/s responsible. Proposals should also include 
the following: intended audience, approximate number of participants, 
and any special technical requirements.

Submit your workshop/tutorial at the conference ConfTool: 


Jouni Tuominen, Coordinating researcher
Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG)
University of Helsinki and Aalto University
HELDIG: Room A305, Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki
Aalto: Room B126, Computer Science Building, Konemiehentie 2, Espoo

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