[Humanist] 25.544 events: London Seminar for December

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Dec 10 08:31:20 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 544.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:29:55 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship

London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship

Julianne Nyhan and Anne Welsh: 'Hidden Histories: Computing and the 
Humanities c.1949–1980'
15 December 2011
Room 265, Senate House, 2nd floor

All are welcome.

The application of computing to the Humanities is not new and can be 
traced back to at least 1949, when Fr Roberto Busa began researching the 
creation of an index variorum of some 11 million words of medieval Latin 
in the works of St Thomas Aquinas and related authors. Notes and 
contributions towards a history of the computer in the humanities have 
appeared in recent years; however, our understanding of such 
developments remains incomplete and largely unwritten.

The Hidden Histories project (funded by the University of Trier's 
Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungszentrum (HKFZ) and the 
Centre for Digital Humanities, UCL ) aims to gather and make available 
sources to enable the social, intellectual and cultural conditions that 
shaped the early take up of computing in the Humanities to be 
investigated. The project draws on an interdisciplinary method bundle 
from Oral History, Digital Humanities and Historical-Cultural Studies. 
With the aim of capturing memories, observations and insights that are 
rarely recorded in the scholarly literature of the field it carries out 
interviews with 'pioneer' or 'early adopter' scholars and practitioners 
from c. 1949 until 1980 (that is, from main frame computing to the 
coming of the personal computer). The presentation will give an overview 
of progress to date, with particular emphasis on the methodological 
pillars of our project.


Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at University 
College London and a member of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. 
Her research and teaching is centred on documentation, metadata and 
especially Historical Bibliography.

Julianne Nyhan is Lecturer in Digital Information Studies in the 
Department of Information Studies, UCL, and a Wissenschaftliche 
Mitarbeiterin in the Centre for Digital Humanities, Universität Trier.

Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's 
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney; 
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, 
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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