[Humanist] 24.567 events: cultural instability; mapping; grad students; grids & clouds

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 567.
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  [1]   From:    Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>                  (32)
        Subject: Graduate student conference at Alberta

  [2]   From:    "Hedges, Mark" <mark.hedges at kcl.ac.uk>                    (72)
        Subject: ISGC 2011/OGF 31, Taiwan, call for papers

  [3]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (64)
        Subject: Mapping Ecologies of Place

  [4]   From:    "Brett Neilson" <B.Neilson at uws.edu.au>                    (71)
        Subject: MiT7 unstable platforms: the promise and peril of transition

        Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:18:44 -0700
        From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: Graduate student conference at Alberta

Dear Humanists,

An announcement on behalf the Humanities Computing Graduate Student Association of the University of Alberta.


Geoffrey R.

The University of Alberta Humanities Computing Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for its annual conference:
 "HuCon 2011: Current Graduate Research in Humanities Computing"
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Time: TBA
Location: University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Website: TBA

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 12th, 2011
This year’s annual graduate conference seeks to explore and share current research taking place across various academic disciplines relating to computing.
Any student who is interested in the use of digital processes to enhance any discipline, as well as those who are interested in digital culture itself, is encouraged to submit an abstract.  Example topics may include, but are not restricted to: e-readers, digitization, gesture technologies, the influence of the ipad, etc.
Abstracts may be submitted for presentations in the form of a traditional 10-minute presentation; or as a digital demonstration of some topic.
Please submit 200-400 word abstracts indicating your intent to present or participate in the poster session at the conference by January 12, 2011 to:
hucostudentgroup at gmail.com 
The conference organizers will notify presenters of their acceptance as soon as possible following the January 12th, 2011 deadline for abstracts. 
Last year's conference featured keynote speakers Prof. Yin Liu and Prof. John Bath from the University of Saskatchewan. This year's keynote speakers will include Dr. Ray Siemens of the University of Victoria, who is also the director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) held in Victoria annually.  Our second keynote speaker is Dr. Pierre Boulanger of the Computer Science Department at the University of Alberta, who is an iCore Industrial Chair and Director of the Advanced Man-Machine Interface Laboratory. 
There are no registration fees for this conference.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or conference details, please contact the organizing committee at: hucostudentgroup at gmail.com


        Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 03:18:51 +0000
        From: "Hedges, Mark" <mark.hedges at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: ISGC 2011/OGF 31, Taiwan, call for papers 

** Apologies for cross posting **

Subscribers to the Humanist may be interested in this conference, specifically the Humanities & Social Sciences strand.


ISGC 2011 & OGF 31
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 22 December, 2010
Acceptance Announcement: 12 January, 2011

Invitation to Participate

It is our great pleasure to announce that the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC 2011) in conjunction with the Open Grid Forum (OGF 31) will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei from 21 to 25 March 2011, with co-locate events (19-21 March) as IGTF All-Hands Meeting, IDGF Tutorial, Asia at home Hackfest, iRODS Workshop. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC).

Over the past decade, with the continuous support from local and overseas delegates, ISGC has become the primary international grid forum in Asia Pacific. It aims to promote the awareness of grid computing activities and advance e-Science application in Asia-Pacific. We believe the extraordinary contributions and enthusiastic participation from all ISGC 2011 delegates will stimulate the dialogue and provide the grid community valuable insights for future development and international collaboration.

ISGC has successfully identified the most current and important issues in the grid computing field and demonstrated the joint effort from industry and academic sector. The discussions at the ISGC have identified important trends in research as well as applications of grid technology. We sincerely invite and encourage anyone that is interested in grid to submit abstracts on the topics mentioned below.

Online Submission at: http://indico2.twgrid.org/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=6
Abstract Word Limit: 500 words

Topics of Interest

1.       HEP Applications
Submissions should report on experience with High Energy Physics (HEP) applications that already exploit grid and cloud computing services, applications that are planned or under development, or application tools and methodologies. Topics of interest include:

 *   end-user data analysis
 *   management of distributed data
 *   applications level monitoring
 *   performance analysis and system tuning
 *   workload scheduling
 *   management of a HEP collaboration as a virtual organization

 *   comparison between grid and other distributed computing paradigms as enablers of physics data handling and analysis

2.       Biomedicine & Life Sciences Applications
Submissions should concentrate on practical applications in the fields of Biomedicine and Life Sciences, for example:

 *   medical imaging
 *   drug discovery
 *   high throughput biological data processing/analysis
 *   integration of semantically diverse data sets and applications
 *   combining grid with distributed data and services
 *   data management issues

 *   applications for non-technical end users

3.       Earth Sciences Applications

Earth science explores dynamic processes among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, natural hazards, ecological systems, and human habitation. Many of these applications involve international as well as national collaborations of scientists and technologists. Submissions to this session cover results, technologies, methods and systems for distribution collaboration and computing in support of the Earth Science application area. Earth science has increasing needs for vast amounts of data with which to model, analyze and measure the history and evolution of the earth. This session should in particular address how these challenges are being addressed.

4.       Humanities & Social Sciences Applications

Researchers working in the social sciences and the humanities have started to explore the use of advanced computing infrastructures such as grids to address the grand challenges of their disciplines. For example, social scientists working on issues such as globalization, international migration, uneven development and deprivation are interested in linking complementary datasets and models at local, national, regional and global scales.

Similarly, in the humanities, researchers from a wide range of disciplines are interested in managing, linking and analyzing distributed datasets and corpora. There has been a significant increase in the digital material available to researchers, through digitization programmes but also because more and more data is now “born digital”.

As more and more applications demonstrate the successful application of e-Research approaches and technologies in the humanities and social sciences, questions arise as to whether common models of usage exist that could be underpinned by a generic e-Infrastructure. The session will focus on experiences made in developing e-Research approaches and tools that go beyond single application demonstrators. Their wider applicability may be based on a set of common concerns, common approaches or reusable tools and services.

5.       Environmental Monitoring & Disaster Mitigation

Environmental Monitoring and Disaster Mitigation is a globally important application area. Collaborative scientific research makes use of distributed systems of several types. The submissions for this session should describe results, technologies and methods applied to geological hazards and disaster mitigation distributed system software. Relevant areas of research include earthquake, volcano, landslide, tsunami, flood, subsidence, etc as well as environmental monitoring using data from a range of sensors (including satellites, urban environmental monitoring stations and oceanic or coastal buoys). Research developments, description of working systems, and novel ideas for future developments are appropriate for submission to this session.

6.       Operation & Management

This session will cover the current state of the art and recent advances in managing the operation of large scale grid infrastructures. The scope of the session will include advances in monitoring tools and metrics, service management, the implementation and management of Service Level Agreements, improving service and site reliability, interoperability between grids, user and operational support procedures, and other topics relevant to general grid and cloud operations.

7.       Middleware & Interoperability

The track will highlight the major grid middleware developments intended for deployment on production infrastructures supporting research and business applications. The interoperability of these infrastructures and the middleware stacks to enable applications to migrate between and/or aggregate the combined resources of these infrastructures is of particular importance to facilitate a grid with global reach. The relevance of current and emerging standards for such interoperability will also be addressed.

8.       Security & Networking

Security and networking are at the forefront of the challenges in Grids and Clouds. Research communities require access to petascale networking infrastructures and federated identity services. The distributed computing sites need to be operationally secure and performant.

Opportunities for innovation exist in the areas of operational security, incident response, identity management, connecting grid services over untrusted networks, network monitoring, and coping with IPv4 address shortages by use of gateways, NAT, or IPv6. Submissions should address solutions to these and related security and networking issues.

9.       Data Infrastructure

Data infrastructure supports the management, distribution, organization, access, and use of digital assets.  Examples range from databases to data grids to digital libraries to preservation environments.  Papers are sought that illustrate the development of data infrastructure that supports the multiple phases of the scientific data life cycle, from creation to re-use.

10.  Grids & Clouds

This track will highlight the use of cloud computing virtualization technologies and how they can be used in the large-scale distributed computing environments in science and technology computing. Cloud computing dynamically instantiates virtual machine environments to support computation on demand. Grid computing shares dedicated resources using standard protocols. Papers on integration of the two approaches are desired. Also of interest are papers on integration of Cloud storage with data grids to support caching of data near cloud compute resources. Applications that use both approaches are sought.

11.  Desktop Distributed System
This track will highlight the latest research achievements and experiences related to Desktop Grids. The topics will cover new technologies of Desktop Grid frameworks, recent application developments, as well as infrastructure operation and user support techniques. Special focus will be on the following areas:

 *   interoperability with other e-infrastructures;
 *   virtualization techniques;
 *   quality of service;
 *   applications for virtual research communities;
 *   energy efficiency;

 *   best practices and impact of Desktop Grids.

All abstracts will be reviewed by ISGC program committee and track conveners. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the Secretariat by 12 January, 2011.
The symposium proceedings will be published afterwards.  Information about the preparation of a final proceedings version will be announced on the symposium website. For more information, please visit event website at http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2011/index.html, or contact:
Ms. <cid:part2.09080309.06020507 at twgrid.org> Angelina Shen<mailto:angelina.shen at twgrid.org>.
Tel: +886-2-2789-8371
Fax: +886-2-2783-5434
Address: Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Rm P7E, No.128, Sec2, Academia Rd, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan


ISGC 2011 & OGF31 Secretariat Team

        Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:07:55 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Mapping Ecologies of Place

Centre for Cultural Research
University of Western Sydney

Mapping Ecologies of Place:
Local, Virtual, Digital

Parramatta campus, June 16/17, 2011

Initial Call for Papers and Maps:
Participants are invited from a variety of fields where mapping is 
taking place, including computing science, geography, mathematics, urban 
design and planning, social and political economy, media and design, 
visual cultures, and writing.

This 2-day interdisciplinary workshop aims to explore mapping as a 
specific research field for interrogating the role of cultural research 
within a rapidly technologising, urban ecology. The aim of the workshop 
is to generate proceedings as a series of working papers, and to 
initiate a range of ongoing interdisciplinary dialogues about practices 
of mapping and future research projects. To this end, the workshop seeks 
to bring together a variety of perspectives about both conceptual, and 
applied approaches to mapping as forms of, and processes within, 
cultural research.

Central to this process is to specifically interrogate the agency of 
cultural research – both methodologically and specifically (the agency 
of the Researcher) as embedded within the map. The strategic 
significance of mapping to engage with, and discover, new knowledge 
about the dynamic interplays in configurations of culture / nature needs 
critical consideration. Central to this, is to explore the forms of 
agency which determine our ideas about relationships between place and 
space, and their affective and imaginative boundaries, tensions and 

Papers might respond to (but are not limited by) the following questions:

Mapping Types and Processes:

--Is there a typology of participatory maps? If not, should we develop 
one? (e.g. local maps of valued places, environmental planning maps, 
emotional maps, insurgent maps, narrative maps etc)

--What kinds of ‘knowledge interrogation’ can occur to produce new 
insights about connections between material environments, communities, 
individuals, and institutions?

--What prior ontological frameworks are put in place by the Researcher 
to begin a mapping process? Who are the agents or agencies that make the 
decisions about what is selected and analyzed for mapping processes?

Digital Issues:

--What are emerging mapping practices that incorporate the digital in 
new ways? How do insurgent digital mapping processes operate and in what 

--How can we conceive of information technologies, GIS softwares and 
social networking beyond mechanisms of statistical knowledge collations?

--What other mapping technologies are available? What is their role?

Power Relationships in Mapping Practices:

--How are practices of mapping impacting on environmental planning, 
urban design and policy contexts?

--How can terms like �eculture�f and �enature�f be defined or 
represented through hybrid data assemblages?

--What are the ethical dimensions of this post--�]human, material agency 
in a de-territorialised data stream?

Please email an abstract of 250 words plus a short 50 word bio with 
contact details to Kaye Shumack at k.shumack at uws.edu.au by March 1, 2011 
CCR Workshop Committee: Helen Armstrong / Juan Francisco Salazar / Kaye 

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

        Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 08:13:23 +1100
        From: "Brett Neilson" <B.Neilson at uws.edu.au>
        Subject: MiT7 unstable platforms: the promise and peril of transition 

MiT7 unstable platforms: the promise and peril of transition


Submissions accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, March 4, 2011.
Conference dates: May 13-15, 2011 at MIT
Conference website: web.mit.edu/comm-forum/mit7/

Has the digital age confirmed and exponentially increased the cultural
instability and creative destruction that are often said to define advanced
capitalism? Does living in a digital age mean we may live and die in what
the novelist Thomas Pynchon has called "a ceaseless spectacle of
transition"? The nearly limitless range of design options and communication
choices available now and in the future is both exhilarating and
challenging, inciting innovation and creativity but also false starts,
incompatible systems, planned obsolescence.

For this seventh Media in Transition conference we want to focus directly on
our core topic - the experience of transition. Our first conference in 1999
considered this subject, of course. But that was before Facebook, iPhones,
BitTorrent, IPTV and many other changes.

How are we coping with the instability of platforms? How are the classroom,
the newsroom, the corporate office exploiting digital systems and responding
to the imperative for constant upgrades. Our libraries and archives? Our
public entertainments? Are new technologies changing the experience of
reading? The experience of watching movies or television programs? How
stable, how durable are current or emerging systems? How relevant are
earlier periods of media change to our current experience of ongoing
instability and transformation?

We welcome submissions from scholars and teachers in all fields as well as
media-makers, producers, designers and industry professionals.

Possible topics include:

*	Technologies of reading*	The future and fate of media studies
*	Narrative across media
*	Analog media in the connected era
*	Emerging forms of journalism and community engagement
*	New questions, new paradigms for media history
*	Reappraising divides, digital, generational, and gendered
*	Television: a medium of constant change?
*	Rethinking access and restriction in the digital age
*	The migration of print culture to digital form: promises and problems
*	Oral cultures and digital cultures
*	The advent of the book
*	Corporate strategies for the digital age

Short abstracts of about 250 words for papers or panels can be sent via
email to mit7 at mit.edu <x-msg://1217/mit7@mit.edu>  no later than Friday, March 4, 2011.

While emailed submissions are preferred, abstracts can be snail-mailed

Brad Seawell
MIT 14N-430
77 Mass. Ave.
 Cambridge , MA 02139

Please include a short (75 words or less) biographical statement.

We invite submissions of full papers and proposals of full panels. Panel
proposals should include a panel title and one-sentence description of the
panel as well as separate abstracts and bios for each panel speaker.

Anyone submitting panel proposals should take it on themselves to identify
and recruit a moderator.

Our expectation is that speakers will submit full versions of their
presentations before the conference begins so that all conferees will have a
chance to preview the materials.

We will be evaluating submissions on a rolling basis. The final deadline for
submission will be Friday, March 4, 2011.

Media in Transition conferences are free and open to the public.  A
registration link will be added to the conference site.


Brad Seawell, Program Coordinator
MIT Communications Forum
MIT 14N-430
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
voice 617-253-3521
fax 617-253-6105

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