[Humanist] 23.628 events: many & diverse

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 628.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Bertram_Fronhöfer                                     (111)
        Subject: Announcement: ICCL Summer School 2010

  [2]   From:    Faith Lawrence <k.faith.lawrence at GOOGLEMAIL.COM>          (38)
        Subject: Digital Humanities Workshops: Metadata, Markup and Emerging
                Toolsfor Scholarly Analysis and Presentation

  [3]   From:    Shuly Wintner <shuly at cs.haifa.ac.il>                     (165)
        Subject: Workshop on Language Resources and Human Language
                Technologies forSemitic Languages

  [4]   From:    "Weiss, Julian" <julian.weiss at kcl.ac.uk>                  (20)
        Subject: Curating the Middle Ages: A Panel Discussion

  [5]   From:    Melissa Terras <m.terras at ucl.ac.uk>                       (44)
        Subject: cfp: Digital Classicist

  [6]   From:    Wim Van-Mierlo <Wim.Van-Mierlo at SAS.AC.UK>                 (13)
        Subject: London Textual Scholarship Seminar - announcement

        Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 19:51:54 +0000
        From: Bertram_Fronhöfer
        Subject: Announcement: ICCL Summer School 2010

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Call for Participation

   ICCL Summer School 2010
   Technische Universität Dresden
   August 29 -- September 11, 2010


   The summer school will focus on the relationship between
   modern formal logic (including its use for automated
   reasoning and computation) and, on the other hand, the
   rationality and common sense underlying human reasoning.
   Traditionally, a huge gap is perceived between the
   symbolic representation of knowledge used in modern logic
   and the sub-symbolic representation considered dominant
   in human reasoning. Psychological experiments of the past
   even suggested that people often don't reason logically
   and, in general, that logic seems to play only a minor
   role in human reasoning. However, recently, new ways of
   explaining human reasoning seem to revive its relatedness
   to logic. Connectionist models even show a closer
   relation between formal reasoning and brain activities.
   For these reasons this summer school attempts to bring
   together researchers from various sides for an exchange
   of views.

   If you want to attend the summer school, we'd prefer that
   you register by April 1, 2010. 
   (See the online registration on the web page mentioned
   For all who want to apply for a grant, this deadline is
   After April 1, 2010, registration will be possible as
   long as there are vacant places.    
   (Since we intend to restrict participation to about 60
   people, in case of excessive demand, we will have to
   close the registration to the summer school.)

   People applying until April 1, 2010, and applying for a
   grant will be informed about respective decisions on
   grants at latest by end of April 2010.

   We ask for a participation fee of 200 EUR. 


   A limited number of grants may be available, please indicate
   in your application if the only possibility for you to
   participate is via a grant. Applications for grants must
   include an estimate of travel costs (to be filled in the
   respective part of the online registration form).


   It will be possible for some participants to present
   their research work during a small workshop integrated in
   the summer school. If you would like to do so, please
   register by means of the online workshop registration
   form on the web page mentioned above: (The title of your
   proposed talk, and, in addition, an extended abstract or
   a full paper of at most 10 pages in postscript or pdf
   format must be submit by April 1, 2010.) 
   A program committee consisting of the summer school
   lecturers will select among the submissions.
   Notification of acceptance of a talk at the integrated
   workshop will be at latest by end of April 2010. 

   Please note that participation at the summer school is a
   prerequisite for participation at the workshop.


   Jerome Feldman    (ICSI, Bekeley, USA)

   Artur d'Avila Garcez    (City University London, UK)

   Steffen Hölldobler    (Technische Universität Dresden)

   Luís Moniz Pereira    (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)  

   Marco Ragni    (University of Freiburg)

   Fritz Hamm / Fabian Schlotterbeck   (Universität Tübingen)


   Chair of the ICCL Summer School 2010
   Steffen Hölldobler

   Organizing Committee
   Julia Koppenhagen
   Bertram Fronhöfer


     This Summer School is funded by the 
     German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
     with financial means from the German Federal Foreign Office

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        Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 11:20:07 +0000
        From: Faith Lawrence <k.faith.lawrence at GOOGLEMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Digital Humanities Workshops: Metadata, Markup and Emerging Toolsfor Scholarly Analysis and Presentation

The DHO in conjunction with the University of Ulster is proud to
present two one-day digital humanities workshop events: Seeing Data
Differently and A Date With Data. Lead by Digital Humanities
Specialists Shawn Day and Dr K Faith Lawrence these workshops will
take place 17th and 18th February at the Magee Campus, University of

The first workshop, 'Seeing Data Differently: Emerging Tools for
Scholarly Analysis and Presentation', will combine a project clinic
with hands-on demonstrations of web tools which can be used for
managing, communicating and presenting data within and between digital
humanities projects.

The second, 'A Date With Data: What is this Markup Stuff Anyway?',
will provide beginners an introduction to metadata, markup and
document encoding.

For more information and instructions on how to register for Seeing
Data Differently and A Date With Data, please follow the links below
to their respective event pages. Places are free but numbers are
limited so early registration is recommended. Registration is done of
a first come, first serve basis.

Seeing Data Differently: http://dho.ie/node/660
A Date With Data: http://dho.ie/node/674




K. Faith Lawrence, PhD
Digital Humanities Specialist
Digital Humanities Observatory
28-32 Pembroke Street Upper
Dublin 2
-- A project of the Royal Irish Academy --

Email: f.lawrence at ria.ie<mailto:f.lawrence at ria.ie> / f.lawrence at dho.ie<mailto:f.lawrence at dho.ie>
Phone: +353 (0) 1 234 2443


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        Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:20:40 +0000
        From: Shuly Wintner <shuly at cs.haifa.ac.il>
        Subject: Workshop on Language Resources and Human Language Technologies forSemitic Languages

Workshop on Language Resources (LRs) and Human Language Technologies
(HLT) for Semitic Languages: Status, Updates, and Prospects

To be held in conjunction with the 7th International Language
Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2010)

17 May 2010, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valetta, Malta
Deadline for submission: 22 February 2010

This workshop serves as the 2010 meeting of the ACL SIG on
Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages (http://semitic.tk).


The Semitic family includes languages and dialects spoken by a large
number of native speakers (around 300 million). Prominent members of
this family are Arabic (and its varieties), Hebrew, Amharic, Tigrinya,
Aramaic, Maltese and Syriac. Their shared ancestry is apparent through
pervasive cognate sharing, a rich and productive pattern-based
morphology, and similar syntactic constructions.  In addition, there
are several languages which are used in the same geographic area such
as Amazigh or Coptic, which, while not Semitic, have common features
with Semitic languages, such as borrowed vocabulary.

The recent surge in computational work for processing Semitic
languages, particularly Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Modern Hebrew
(MH), has brought modest improvements in terms of actual empirical
results for various language processing components (e.g.,
morphological analyzers, parsers, named entity recognizers, audio
transcriptions, etc.). Apparently, reusing existing approaches
developed for English or French for processing Semitic language
text/speech, e.g., Arabic parsing is not as straightforward as
initially thought. Apart from the limited availability of suitable
language resources, there is increasing evidence that Semitic
languages demand modeling approaches and annotations that deviate from
those found suitable for English/French. Issues such as the
pattern-based morphology, the frequently head-initial syntactic
structure, the importance of the interface between morphology and
syntax, and the difference between spoken and written forms
(especially in Colloquial Arabic(s)) exemplify the kind of challenges
that may arise when processing Semitic languages. For language
technologies, such as information retrieval and machine translation,
these challenges are compounded by sparse data and often result in
poorer performance than for other languages.

This Workshop intends to follow on topics of paramount importance for
Semitic-language NLP that were discussed at previous events (LREC,
MEDAR/NEMLAR Conferences, the workshops of the ACL Special Interest
Group for Semitic languages, etc.) and which are worth revisiting.

The workshop will bring together people who are actively involved in
Semitic language processing in a mono- or cross/multilingual context,
and give them an opportunity to update the community through reports
on completed or ongoing work as well as on the availability of LRs,
evaluation protocols and campaigns, products and core technologies (in
particular open source ones). We also invite authors to address other
languages spoken in the Semitic language area (languages such as
Amazigh, Coptic, etc.).  This should enable participants to develop a
common view on where we stand and to foster the discussion of the
future of this research area.  Particular attention will be paid to
activities involving technologies such as Machine Translation and
Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval/Extraction, Summarization, etc.
Evaluation methodologies and resources for evaluation of HLT will be
also a main focus.

We expect to elaborate on the HLT state of the art, identify problems
of common interest, and debate on a potential roadmap for the Semitic
languages. Issues related to sharing of resources, tools, standards,
sharing and dissemination of information and expertise, adoption of
current best practices, setting up joint projects and technology
transfer mechanisms will be an important part of the workshop.

Topics of Interest

This full-day workshop is not intended to be a mini-conference, but as
a real workshop aiming at concrete results that should clarify the
situation of Semitic languages with respect to Language Resources and
Evaluation. We expect to launch at least two evaluation campaigns:
Comparative evaluation of Morphology taggers and Named Entities

Among the many issues to be addressed, below follow a few suggestions:

*       Issues in the design, the acquisition, creation, management,
access, distribution, use of Language Resources, in particular in a
bilingual/multilingual setting (Standard Arabic, Hebrew, Colloquial
Arabic, Amazigh, Coptic, Maltese, etc.)

*       Impact on LR collections/processing and NLP of the crucial
issues related to "code switching" between different dialects and

*       Specific issues related to the above-mentioned languages such
as the role of morphology, named entities, corpus alignment, etc.

*       Multilinguality issues including relationship between
Colloquial and Standard Arabic

*       Exploitation of LR in different types of applications

*       Industrial LR requirements and community's response

*       Benchmarking of systems and products; resources for
benchmarking and evaluation for written and spoken language

*       Focus on some key technologies such as MT (all approaches e.g.
Statistical, Example-Based, etc.), Information Retrieval, Speech
Recognition, Spoken Documents Retrieval, CLIR, Question-Answering,
Summarization, etc.

*       Local, regional, and international activities and projects and
needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for regional and
international cooperation.

We invite submissions on computational approaches to processing
text/speech in all Semitic and Semitic-area languages. The call is
open for all kinds of computational work, e.g., work on computational
linguistic processing components (e.g., analyzers, taggers, parsers),
on state-of-the-art NLP applications and systems, on leveraging
resource and tool creation for the Semitic language family, and on
using computational tools to gain new linguistic insight. We
especially welcome submissions on work that crosses individual
language boundaries, heightens awareness amongst Semitic-language
researchers of shared challenges and breakthroughs, and highlights
issues and solutions common to any subset of the Semitic languages

Workshop general chair:
Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, Paris, France

Workshop co-chairs:
Owen Rambow, Columbia University, New York, USA
Bente Maegaard , University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ibrahim A. Al-Kharashi, Computer and Electronics Research Institute,
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Organizing Committee information
Khalil Sima’an,  Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam
(The Netherlands).
Mona Diab , Center for Computational Learning Systems,Columbia
University (USA).
Mike Rosner , Dept. Intelligent Computer Systems,University of Malta
Shuly Wintner , Computer Science Dept., Haifa University, (Israel).
Christopher Cieri, Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, (USA)
Paolo Rosso, Universidad Politécnica Valencia, (Spain)

The Program and Scientific Committees will be listed on the web pages.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submissions:      26 February 2010
Notification of acceptance:             15 March 2010
Final version of accepted paper:        11 April 2010
Workshop full-day:                      17 May 2010

Submission Details

Submissions should comply with LREC standards (including the LREC Map
initiative) and must be in English. Abstracts for workshop
contributions should not exceed Four A4 pages (excluding references).
An additional title page should state: the title; author(s);
affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, as well as postal
address, telephone and fax numbers.

Submission will use the LREC START facility. Expected deadline is 26
February 2010.

Submitted papers will be judged based on relevance to the workshop
aims, as well as the novelty of the idea, technical quality, clarity
of presentation, and expected impact on future research within the
area of focus.

Registration to LREC’2010 will be required for participation, so
potential participants are invited to refer to the main conference
website for all details not covered in the present call

Formatting instructions for the final full version of papers will be
sent to authors after notification of acceptance and will be identical
to LREC main conference instructions.

When submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be kindly
asked to provide relevant information about the resources that have
been used for the work described in their paper or that are the
outcome of their research. For further information on this new
initiative, please refer to
Iscol mailing list
Iscol at cs.haifa.ac.il

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        Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 12:47:49 +0000
        From: "Weiss, Julian" <julian.weiss at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Curating the Middle Ages: A Panel Discussion

The Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies
King’s College London,

Curating the Middle Ages:
A Panel Discussion

17.30 Thursday 11 February
Council Room, Strand Campus

James Robinson (Curator of Medieval Collections, Department of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum)
John Clark (Curator Emeritus, Department of Archaeological Collections & Archive, Museum of London)
Glyn Davies (Curator, Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, Victoria & Albert Museum)

The recent opening of the refurbished medieval and Renaissance galleries at the British Museum, the Museum of London, and the Victoria & Albert Museum is testimony to the enduring cultural appeal of the Middle Ages. This event brings together three curators who played leading roles in relaunching these galleries. Each will explain the practical and conceptual decisions governing the choice and display of materials in their own institutions, and share their views on the broader opportunities and challenges of exhibiting medieval art and artefacts in today’s world.

See the Medieval London gallery, Museum of London<http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/EventsExhibitions/Permanent/medieval/>
See the Medieval & Renaissance galleries, Victoria & Albert Museum<http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/periods_styles/medieval/index.html>
See the Medieval Europe gallery, British Museum<http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/galleries/europe/room_40_medieval_europe.aspx>

Julian Weiss
Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Spanish
Director of the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Tel 020 7848 2206

        Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 13:00:48 +0000
        From: Melissa Terras <m.terras at ucl.ac.uk>
        Subject: cfp: Digital Classicist

Digital Classicist Call for Seminar Papers
The Digital Classicist will once more be running a series of seminars at 
the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, with support 
from the British Library, in Summer 2010 on the subject of research into 
the ancient world that has an innovative digital component. We are 
especially interested in work that demonstrates interdisciplinarity or 
work on the intersections between Ancient History, Classics or 
Archaeology and a digital, technical or practice-based discipline.

The Digital Classicist seminars run on Friday afternoons from June to 
August in Senate House, London. In previous years collected papers from 
the DC WiP seminars have been published* in a special issue of an online 
journal (2006), edited as a printed volume (2007), and released as audio 
podcasts (2008-9); we anticipate similar publication opportunities for 
future series. A small budget is available to help with travel costs.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract to gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk by
March 31st 2010. We shall announce the full programme in April.


The organizers
Gabriel Bodard, King's College London
Stuart Dunn, King's College London
Juan Garcés, Greek Manuscripts Department, British Library
Simon Mahony, University College London
Melissa Terras, University College London

* See http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/4/ (2006), 
(2007), http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/index.html (2008-9).


Melissa M. Terras MA MSc DPhil CLTHE CITP FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Electronic Communication
Department of Information Studies
Henry Morley Building
University College London
Gower Street

Tel: 020-7679-7206 (direct), 020-7679-7204 (dept), 020-7383-0557 (fax)
Email: m.terras at ucl.ac.uk
Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/melissa-terras/
Blog: http://melissaterras.blogspot.com/

General Editor, Digital Humanities Quarterly: 

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        Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:20:22 +0000
        From: Wim Van-Mierlo <Wim.Van-Mierlo at SAS.AC.UK>
        Subject: London Textual Scholarship Seminar - announcement

Dear List Members,

The Institute of English Studies is launching a new Seminar on Textual Scholarship on Thursday 11 February at 5.30pm.

The aim of the Seminar is to offer a forum for discussion of editorial theory and practice, textual criticism and historical bibliography, and cognate subjects such ‘critique génétique’ and the study of modern manuscripts, writer’s libraries, and the sociology of the text (in the tradition of D.F. McKenzie) across periods and disciplines.

The first session will take place in Senate House, Room G21a.  The speaker is Professor Henry Woudhuysen (UCL), who will talk about 'The History of the Book and Textual Scholarship: Strange Companions?'


Dr Wim Van Mierlo
Lecturer in Textual Scholarship and English Literature
Institute of English Studies
University of London
Senate House, Rm 237
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU


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