[Humanist] 26.355 events: London Seminar; Digital History

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Mon Oct 8 07:24:18 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 355.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Seth Denbo <sdenbo at gmail.com>                             (41)
        Subject: Digital History Seminar Announcement

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (38)
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship

        Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:27:34 +0100
        From: Seth Denbo <sdenbo at gmail.com>
        Subject: Digital History Seminar Announcement

Camille Desenclos (ENC, Sorbonne): "Rethinking historical research in
the digital age: a TEI approach" Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 5:15PM (BST)
Senate House, G37 (Bedford Room)

Please join us for the next Digital History seminar either in person
at Senate House in London or online via our video live stream.  As per
usual we will be offering you the chance to post questions for the
speaker to answer, and will have a lively Twitter feed (under the
#dhist hashtag).


Historical research cannot be conceived without a close relation to
physical text: paper is still the main source. However the emergence
and subsequent multiplication of digital technologies within the
historical field have tended to modify the examination of sources.
This change is particularly apparent for text editions: how is one to
manage the transfer from the manuscript age to a digital one? Can
sources be understood and analysed without physical support?

This paper will be based on experiences of using electronic editions
of early modern texts, specifically diplomatic correspondences such as
L'ambassade extraordinaire du duc d'Angoulême, comte de Béthune et
abbé de Préaux vers les princes et potentats de l'Empire. TEI, a
XML-based language, has been chosen for those editions. Using such a
structured language - a far cry from the plain text created by
classical text editors - implies changing the conception of what an
edition is. We need not just think about texts anymore but only about
the historical information contained within the text and which has to
be highlighted in terms of the research. This requires researchers to
think more about what they want and what they want to show in their
studies. Above all, it allows researchers to track specific features
such as diplomatic formulas and then to facilitate their analysis.

The aim of this talk is to ask if and how digital technologies have
changed how historians view sources and even if they have changed the
historical studies themselves; how TEI can be used to create new kind
of editions. This paper will try to show how, if well used, TEI and
digital technologies highlight and add to the results of historical

For more information about this seminar see the <a
href="http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/321">IHR website events

To join us online follow this link on Tuesday 9th October:  <a
href="http://historyspot.org.uk/podcasts/ihr-live-stream">Live Stream

        Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:19:32 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship

London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship
Institute of English Studies
School of Advanced Study
University of London

"Machines of demanding grace: speculations toward a book on the problem 
of digital interpretation"

Willard McCarty

18 October 2012 (Thursday)
Room 246, Senate House, Bloomsbury, London
17:30 - 19:30

The great anthropological question “What is man?”, raised by Immanuel 
Kant in 1800 and made the overarching question of philosophy, has been 
taken up in our time, for example, by Anthony Giddens’ exploration of 
the perilously negotiated process of “going-on being” in the reflexive 
construction of self (Modernity and Self-Identity, 1991); Ian Hacking’s 
dissolving away of the singular soul by probing multiple personality 
disorder (Rewriting the Soul, 1995); Giorgio Agamben’s “anthropological 
machine” evinced e.g. in Linnaeus’ homo sapiens, which he reads as 
denoting a creature in perpetual becoming (L’aperto, 2002); and G. E. R. 
Lloyd’s subtle navigations across cultures and centuries among the 
historical variants of “what counts as being human” (Being, Humanity and 
Understanding, 2012). If, then, the human is in perpetual re-formation, 
what is the role of computing and the technoscience it communicates? In 
this talk I will use Sigmund Freud’s notion of the “great outrages” 
perpetrated by the sciences on human self-love and the moral programme 
of science that it articulates to suggest tentatively a way in which the 
digital humanities might do better than supply data for interpretation 
that happens elsewhere by other means.

Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Biographical note.
Willard McCarty, FRAI, is Professor of Humanities Computing in the 
Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and Professor 
in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the 
University of Western Sydney. He is Editor of Humanist and of 
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and founding Convenor of the London 
Seminar (2006-2012). For more see www.mccarty.org.uk.

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