[Humanist] 23.323 events: digital text & scholarship

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Sep 27 08:52:02 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 323.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>         (137)
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship, Autumn 2009

  [2]   From:    Christian Wittern <cwittern at gmail.com>                    (14)
        Subject: CFP "New Directions in Textual Scholarship": deadline

        Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 09:52:01 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship, Autumn 2009

Following is the programme for the London Seminar in Digital Text and 
Scholarship for October through December 2009. For more information, 
e.g. about location and the overall nature of the Seminar, see 
www.tinyurl.com/LondonSeminar/. Proposals for seminars in the Spring
are welcome.



08 October 2009 (Thursday)
Venue: Room 275 (Stewart House)
Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Speaker: Ray Siemens, 'Imagining a History for the Future of the Book'

No form of human knowledge passes into a new medium unchanged. Digital 
technology is fundamentally altering the way we relate to writing, 
reading, and the human record itself. The pace of that change has 
created a gap between core cultural and social practices that depend on 
stable reading and writing environments, and the new kinds of digital 
artifacts - electronic books, being just one type of many - that must 
sustain those practices into the future. This paper will discuss work 
toward bridging this gap by theorizing the transmission of culture in 
pre- and post-electronic media, by documenting the facets of how people 
experience information as readers and writers, by designing new kinds of 
interfaces and artifacts that afford readers new abilities and by 
sharing those designs in online prototypes that implement new knowledge 
environments for researchers and the public.

At a time when the human record is entering the electronic medium in a 
world connected by the Internet, this research concern is important to 
all facets of society. It was addressed initially by consultations held 
under the title “Implementing the New Knowledge Machine: Human Computer 
Interaction and the Electronic Book”; these consultations drew together 
researchers and representative stake-holding research partners 
comprising interdisciplinary expertise from over 90 fields and 
sub-fields ranging from philosophy and cultural studies to visual 
communication design and robotics. They concluded that chief among the 
reasons for the limitations currently found in electronic books and 
documents is the fact that they are still predominantly modelled on 
print-based textual forms, with research and development of such digital 
materials chiefly focusing on mimicking the look and feel of print - an 
approach founded importing critical and textual models from print 
without understanding them fully. Hence, such work fails to capitalize 
on the technical possibilities of cybernetic simulation (following 
McGann 2001). To achieve all the benefits of computation in these 
digital artifacts, our work suggested that research in this area must 
begin with a re-conception of core critical and textual models from the 
following perspectives: [1] the evolution of reading and writing 
technologies from antiquity to the present; [2] the mechanics and 
pragmatics associated with written forms of knowledge; [3] strategies of 
reading and organization within those forms; and [4] the computational 
possibilities latent in written forms and manifest in emerging technology.

My talk will discuss this project, and the work that has emanated from 
it since our establishment as a developmental cluster. This paper 
represents the work of a research team consisting of some 35 researchers 
from Canada, the USA, and the UK, across 20 institutions, working with 
21 research partners ranging from scholarly groups and academic 
publishers to libraries and software/hardware manufacturers; the 
theoretical and conceptual foundations of this work were laid in 2005, 
and a 7-year funded work-cycle began in 2009.

Ray Siemens (web.uvic.ca/~siemens/) is Canada Research Chair in 
Humanities Computing and Professor of English at the University of 
Victoria with appointment also in Computer Science. The editor of 
several Renaissance texts, Siemens is also the founding editor of the 
electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies; he has 
authored numerous articles on the intersection of literary studies and 
computational methods and is the co-editor of several book collections 
on humanities computing topics, among them Blackwell's Companion to 
Digital Humanities (with Susan Schreibman     and John Unsworth) and 
Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Susan Schreibman    ). He is 
director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (www.dhsi.org) and 
the INKE project.


12 November 2009 (Thursday)
Venue: Room 275 (Stewart House)
Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Speakers: Zuzana Husarova, 'Reading Digital Fiction'

Digital fiction, which denotes a work produced by digital media in which 
the author offers a fictional world, is not a totally new type of 
digital literary art. It is attested by numerous online writings in a 
wide variety of languages, also by a broad scale of research approaches 
providing tools for reflecting on digital fiction. After the previous 
tendencies to consider hypertext as a realization of poststructuralist 
textual theory, present day theoretical research on digital fiction is 
concerned mostly with the concepts of cybertext, materiality, code, 
intermedial relations, the aesthetics of new media and multimedia. The 
problematic materiality of digital literature may be taken into 
consideration if we approach the work not from the perspective of 
“transparent immediacy” but with Katherine Hayles’ notion of 
“technotext” – a literary work with strong correlation between the 
technology and the verbal constructions. Such text responds to the 
technological possibilities at the author’s disposal, making an 
irreversible change to the author’s creative praxis.

This talk addresses those qualities of digital fiction which make it 
digital by nature. I argue that its narrative is characteristically 
fragmented, multilinear, interactive, performative, dynamic, intermedial 
and ludic. I argue further that these qualities reflect the society 
within which the fiction is written, that they get „transcribed“ into 
the creation and reception of the literary work of art and also 
determine the way the art is produced and read. According to Joost 
Raessens, digital technology advances the „ludification of culture”, the 
inclination towards the ludic attitude. It also, however, brings to bear 
a diversity of media on storytelling and provides means for producing 
the most intensive experience in the shortest possible time.


08 December 2009 (Tuesday)
Venue: Room 275 (Stewart House)
Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Speakers: Paul Arthur, 'History's Digital Future'

Digital history spans disciplines and can take many forms. New modes of 
publication, new methods for doing research, and new channels of 
communication are making historical research richer, more relevant and 
more widely accessible. Many applications of computer based research and 
publication are natural extensions of the established techniques for 
researching and writing history. Others are consciously
experimental. Although computer technology started to revolutionize
the discipline of history many decades ago, genres and formats for 
recording and presenting history using digital media are not well 
established. Are new technologies and methodologies fundamentally 
changing how we interpret the past? If so, in what ways?

Dr Paul Arthur (paul.arthur at anu.edu.au) is a Research Fellow at the 
Australia Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, and an 
Adjunct Research Fellow of the Research School of Humanities, Australian 
National University. He has held various visiting fellowships, including 
to the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, USA, the 
National Museum of Australia (2007), the Humanities Research Centre, 
Australian National University (2006), and through the Australian 
Academy of the Humanities (2004). In 2004 he was Helen and John S. Best 
Research Fellow at the American Geographical Society Library and an 
Associate of the Center for 21st Century Studies, at the University of 
Wisconsin, Milwaukee (USA).

Dr Arthur's research focuses on how new technologies are transforming 
the way history is recorded and studied. He was drawn to the digital 
history field after completing a PhD in eighteenth century literary 
history at The University of Western Australia. Prior to taking up a 
position at Curtin University he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at 
Murdoch University. He has published widely on digital humanities topics 
and also on Australian cultural history.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

        Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 07:12:42 +0200
        From: Christian Wittern <cwittern at gmail.com>
        Subject: CFP "New Directions in Textual Scholarship": deadline extended

CFP "New Directions in Textual Scholarship": deadline extended

The deadline of the call for papers for the International Symposium "New
Directions in Textual Scholarship" to be held March 2010 in
Saitama/Tokyo, Japan has been extended until September 30, 2009 (23:59
JST). Proposals arriving later than this can not be considered.

For more information about the symposium and the call for papers, please
visit http://www.kyy.saitama-u.ac.jp/users/myojo/textjapan/cfp.html.

For the program committee
Christian Wittern, Kyoto University
Kiyoko Myojo, Saitama University

 Christian Wittern
 Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
 47 Higashiogura-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8265, JAPAN

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