[Humanist] 24.682 events: Asian technoscience; computational linguistics

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Wed Feb 2 10:03:00 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 682.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>         (135)
        Subject: ReWired: Asian/TechnoScience/Area Studies

  [2]   From:    Sylvain Pogodalla <Sylvain.Pogodalla at inria.fr>            (88)
        Subject: LACL 2011 - Last CFP

        Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 08:50:23 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: ReWired: Asian/TechnoScience/Area Studies

in conjunction with the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of 
Hawai'i at Mānoa


ReWired: Asian/TechnoScience/Area Studies

August 1-10, 2011 at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

The Seminar will address how technoscientific knowledge-systems are 
re-ordered when geo-political formations shift.

    You "don't invent the future," John Seely Brown famously noted - 
"you unleash it by leveraging the global community mind."

     Today the fastest expansion of technoscientific knowledge 
production and urban development is occurring across multiple Asian 
sites in the throes of techno-economic boom. Seely Brown's observation, 
made in conversation with Paul Duguid, was meant to characterize late 
20th century knowledge institutions and sites of technological 
production in the US. It nevertheless uncannily predicts the radical 
de-centering of global technological futures in the 21st century, not 
least in the Asian context.

     The 2011 Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT VII) seeks 
to elucidate these rapidly transforming landscapes of knowledge 
production, the shaping of contemporary knowledge institutions, their 
impact on social life in intense urban contexts, and this century's 
techno-scientific horizons of possibility. Comprehending these 
movements, forces, and structures requires integrating deep 
understandings of history and politics represented by Asian and critical 
Area Studies with emergent work on the transnational dynamics of science 
and technology as well as on market economies and their modes of governance.

     The social life of information emerges in particular kinds of 
institutional structures and historical conditions. It refracts, 
reflects and embeds larger social forces and modes of production, 
extending some ideas and undercutting others. What are the impacts and 
influences of varying social arrangements and socio-technical 
assumptions on each other, and on learning practices and institutions? 
What sorts of networks are conducive to knowledge making now? How do the 
shapes and impacts of open source knowledge arrangements, for example, 
compare with proprietary ones?  What do these recent formations and 
experiences tell us about the knowledge institutions and production 
arrangements to come?

     Envisioning the technological future has too often seemed the 
province of western technologists. Recent media and economic analyses 
accurately identify the importance of new technological practices in 
contemporary Asia. Nevertheless, they often reduce complex historical 
processes to simplistic narratives: about the invisible hand of 
technoscience, or about the formerly ignorant attaining progress and 
becoming newly-empowered individuals and societies. The dominant 
questions that follow are equally misleading: Does information 
technology liberate developing countries from their legacy of poverty? 
Is Asian science as good as western science? Are women empowered by the 
digital revolution?

     This way of viewing things presumes Asian modernities to be marked 
by lack and belatedness. It views technology as the sole or dominant 
driver of social, economic, political and cultural change. It sees 
scientific ability as inherent to certain kinds of peoples. And it 
highlights the Asian "tiger "and "dragon" as representative of 
particular techno-political threats to US dominance.

Sect VII--ReWired: Asian/TechnoScience/Area Studies--will seek a more 
nuanced understanding of these processes by engaging a diverse set of 
critical accounts of science and technology as they apply to the 
historical conditions of these developments in Asia. Computing 
practices, unlike older forms of technoscience from physics and 
mathematics to botany and forestry, are increasingly recognized as 
emerging via networks shaped by, in, and across the formerly 
"underdeveloped" world, including India, China, South Korea and Taiwan. 
The Seminar will experiment with juxtaposing histories of "older" 
sciences with the contemporary practices of "digital natives;" 
integrating critical knowledge of states, science, and social movements 
from the histories and social sciences of Asia; engaging studies of 
cultural production in Asian contexts; and broadening studies of 
peer-to-peer creative and community-based practices generated by the 
transnational digital sphere.

Asia has long been part of global flows of knowledge, commodities, and 
culture, all too readily overlooked in conventional accounts of its 
"emerging" development. Accordingly, SECT VII will avoid euphoric claims 
of radical novelty, as well as assumptions of simple continuity with 
colonial pasts. We approach Asia's disparate hybrid modernities without 
postulating a unifying Asian modernity, seeking to understand their 
various, often contradictory but productive discourses of science, 
technology, digital revolution, political economy, community, nation, 
and identity.

     In this experimental critical space, SECT VII will seek to nurture, 
across disciplinary and regional borders, discussions of the kind that 
have not flourished within the more established Area Studies or 
disciplinary paradigms. The seminar space will be one of practical 
invention and intellectual innovation. We find continuities with other 
ongoing projects: most notably, the Digital Media Learning initiative of 
the UCHRI, and the HASTAC program, that aim to create "a generation of 
scholars equally at ease with current (which is also to say historical) 
knowledge in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, on the one hand, 
and with the technological, scientific, and engineering knowledge on the 
other, with a view to facilitating development of new discoveries and 
new relations between currently available knowledge sources, in order to 
digitally prompt new bodies of important knowledge." SECT VII similarly 
builds on the Poor Theory Manifesto developed out of UC Irvine's 
Critical Theory Institute that sees the past, present, and future as 
mutually constitutive and "heterotemporal", attending to the 
"unsystematic" and undisciplined "practices of the everyday."

SECT VII: ReWired is thus concerned with the large questions of 
infrastructure and information, social technology and technoscience, 
institutions of knowledge making and learning. It will be of particular 
interest to those concerned with Science and Technology Studies, Asian 
Studies, Global Studies, Digital Media, and their interface. And it will 
appeal to those drawn to theoretical modesty, tinkering and 
improvisation, appropriation and recombinatorial experimentation, to 
relationalities and rearticulations.

Dates: August 1-10, 2011
Location: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Instructional faculty:

Itty Abraham, University of Texas
Ivan da Costa Marques, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Wendy Chun, Brown University
Joe Dumit, UC Davis
Roger Hart, University of Texas
Cori Hayden, UC Berkeley
Tim Lenoir, Duke University
Kavita Philip, UC Irvine
Achal Prabhala, Wikimedia Foundation
Sha Xin Wei, Concordia University, Montreal
Nishant Shah, Center for Internet and Society
Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University
Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia
Kath Weston, University of Virginia

Application Fee: $20
Registration Fee: $1250
Registration fee includes shared housing, instruction, and some meals.

Applicants are urged to seek funding from their home institutions. A 
very limited number of scholarships may be available to full time 
registered students.

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, 2 Feb 2011 08:47:15 +0000
        From: Sylvain Pogodalla <Sylvain.Pogodalla at inria.fr>
        Subject: LACL 2011 - Last CFP

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LACL 2011

Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics

June 29th, 30th and July 1st

LIRMM, Montpellier, France



LACL'2011 is the 6th edition of a series of international conferences
on logical and formal methods in computational linguistics. It
addresses in particular the use of type theoretic, proof theoretic and
model theoretic methods for describing natural language syntax and
semantics, as well as the implementation of natural language
processing software relying on such models. It will be held at the
LIRMM, Montpellier, France. It will be co-located with TALN, the
conference of the French association for NLP (ATALA).


Computer scientists, linguists, mathematicians and philosophers are
invited to present their work on the use of logical methods in
computational linguistics and natural language processing, in natural
language analysis, generation or acquisition.

    * logical foundation of syntactic formalisms
          o categorial grammars
          o minimalist grammars
          o dependency grammars
          o tree adjoining grammars
          o model theoretic syntax
          o formal language theory for natural language processing
          o data-driven approaches
    * logic for semantics of lexical items, sentences, discourse and dialog
          o discourse theories
          o Montague semantics
          o compositionality
          o dynamic logics
          o game semantics
          o situation semantics
          o generative lexicon
	  o categorical semantics
    * applications of these models to natural language processing
          o software for natural language analysis
          o software for acquiring linguistic resources
          o software for natural language generation
          o software for information extraction
	  o inference tasks
          o evaluation
          o scalability


Articles should be written in the LaTeX format of LNCS/LNAI by
Springer (see authors instructions at
http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0) and
should not exceed 16 pages (including figures, bibliography, possible
apendices). It is expected that each accepted paper be presented at
the meeting by one of its authors.

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format at


Accepted papers will be published in advance of the meeting as a
volume of the FoLLI LNAI subline of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) by Springer (http://www.springer.com/lncs).


To be announced.


A selection of the 1995 articles appeared in a special issue of the
Journal of Logic, Language and Information (7:4, 1998). The
proceedings of the international conferences LACL'96 ,LACL'97,
LACL'98, LACL'2001 and LACL'2005 appeared in the series Lecture Notes
in Artificial Intelligence (volumes 1328, 1582, 2014, 2099, 3492)
published by Springer.


Paper submission deadline:	February 6th 2011
Notification of acceptance:	March 25th 2011
Camera-ready papers due:	April 10th 2011
LACL conference:		June 29th, 30th and July 1st 2011


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