[Humanist] 26.270 events: editing; libraries; oral history

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Sat Sep 1 10:19:39 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 270.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>               (19)
        Subject: Internet Librarian Conference

  [2]   From:    Monica Berti <monica at monicaberti.it>                      (85)
        Subject: Humanities Hackathon on editing Athenaeus and on the
                Reinvention of the Edition in a Digital Space

  [3]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                             (40)
        Subject: Oral History THATCamp, Cleveland, October 13, 2012  -

        Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:57:55 +0100
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Internet Librarian Conference

The Internet Librarian 2012 conference in London on 30-31 October 2012 
seems a very rich programme, and interesting for an early opportunity to 
hear the new Chief Executive of the British Library, Roly Keating, speak 
on 'The journey to digital at the British Library'. I'm grateful to the 
organisers of one session for introducing me to a concept I hadn't come 
across before - the gamification of the library (Session A105). Details at:



Professor Andrew Prescott FRHistS
Head of Department
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL
+44 (0)20 7848 2651

        Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:04:49 +0200
        From: Monica Berti <monica at monicaberti.it>
        Subject: Humanities Hackathon on editing Athenaeus and on the Reinvention of the Edition in a Digital Space

Hi All,

Apologies for cross-postings.

I am very pleased to send you the RFP of "The Banquet of the Digital
Scholars", a humanities hackathon on editing Athenaeus and on the
reinvention of the edition in a digital space, which will be held at the
University of Leipzig on October 10-12, 2012.
For further details, please visit

All the best,
Monica Berti


Monica Berti - Marco Büchler - Gregory Crane - Bridget Almas

2 days: hands-on hackathon
1 day: eTRACES techniques (Usage of the Text re-use Webdebugger and the annotation framework for text re-use)

Registration Deadline:
September 30, 2012

Requirements / Who should apply:

TEI XML competence is prerequisite. Participants can establish this by going through http://balmas.github.com/tei-digital-age/

Language skills in ancient Greek

maximum 25 students

How to apply:

Please visit www.e-humanities.net
Contact address: hackathon at e-humanities.net


The Deipnosophists (Δειπνοσοφισταί, or “Banquet of the
Sophists”) by Athenaeus of Naucratis is a 3rd century AD fictitious
account of several banquet conversations on food, literature, and arts held
in Rome by twenty-two learned men. This complex and fascinating work is not
only an erudite and literary encyclopedia of a myriad of curiosities about
classical antiquity, but also an invaluable collection of quotations and
text re-uses of ancient authors, ranging from Homer to tragic and comic
poets and lost historians. Since the large majority of the works cited by
Athenaeus is nowadays lost, this compilation is a sort of reference tool for
every scholar of Greek theater, poetry, historiography, botany, zoology, and
many other topics.

Athenaeus’ work is a mine of thousands of quotations, but we still lack a
comprehensive survey of its sources. The aim of this “humanities
hackathon” is to provide a case study for drawing a spectrum of quoting
habits of classical authors and their attitude to text reuse. Athenaeus, in
fact, shapes a library of forgotten authors, which goes beyond the limits of
a physical building and becomes an intellectual space of human knowledge. By
doing so, he is both a witness of the Hellenistic bibliographical methods
and a forerunner of the modern concept of hypertext, where sequential
reading is substituted by hierarchical and logical connections among words
and fragments of texts. Quantity, variety, and precision of Athenaeus’
citations make the Deipnosophists an excellent training ground for the
development of a digital system of reference linking for primary sources.
Athenaeus’ standard citation includes (a) the name of the author with
additional information like ethnic origin and literary category, (b) the
title of the work, and (c) the book number (e.g., Deipn. 2.71b). He often
remembers the amount of papyrus scrolls of huge works (e.g., 6.229d-e;
6.249a), while distinguishing various editions of the same comedy (e.g.,
1.29a; 4.171c; 6.247c; 7.299b; 9.367f) and different titles of the same work
(e.g., 1.4e).

He also adds biographical information to identify homonymous authors and
classify them according to literary genres, intellectual disciplines and
schools (e.g., 1.13b; 6.234f; 9.387b). He provides chronological and
historical indications to date authors (e.g., 10.453c; 13.599c), and he
often copies the first lines of a work following a method that probably goes
back to the Pinakes of Callimachus (e.g., 1.4e; 3.85f; 8.342d; 5.209f;

Last but not least, the study of Athenaeus’ “citation system” is also
a great methodological contribution to the domain of “fragmentary
literature”, since one of the main concerns of this field is the relation
between the fragment (quotation) and its context of transmission. Having
this goal in mind, the textual analysis of the Deipnosophists will make
possible to enumerate a series of recurring patterns, which include a wide
typology of textual reproductions and linguistic features helpful to
identify and classify hidden quotations of lost authors.


This humanities hackathon is meant as a mini-course for training
participants in editing Athenaeus’ work and his quotations, focusing on
these topics:

marking up quotations and text re-uses in Athenaeus

annotating syntax and aligning translation of Athenaeus’ text

using Athenaeus as a way to demonstrate the new Perseus SoSOL
(http://sosol.perseus.tufts.edu/sosol/) Greek OCR on Athenaeus’ editions

identifying and investigating quotations and text re-uses of Homer and Plato
by Athenaeus

comparing the ways in which Athenaeus and Plutarch quotes Homer and Plato;
the goal is to use the computer to investigate how stable is an author’s
re-use style in different sources

results of this Hackathon will be made publicly available under CC licence.

Applications should be sent to hackathon at e-humanities.net.

        Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:04:25 +0100
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Oral History THATCamp, Cleveland, October 13, 2012  -REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Oral History THATCamp

Cleveland City Club, Cleveland, Ohio
October 13, 2012, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities and the Ohio
Humanities Council.

(Initial registration deadline of September 15th. If there are not at least
25 participants registered by that point in time, the event will not go

New this year to the Oral History Association meetings will be the very
first THATCamp to be held in conjunction with the conference. This
particular THATCamp will focus on bringing together those with an interest
in oral history and audio/video production, but it is open to anyone with
energy and an interest in digital humanities, regardless of specialization,
including academics, librarians, archivists, cultural activists, curators,
students, educators, journalists, and professionals in all fields where
technology and the humanities intersect.

THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) is a user-generated
“unconference” on digital humanities inspired by the Center for History
and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. An unconference is not a
spectator event. Participants at THATCamp are expected to present their
work, share their knowledge, and actively collaborate with fellow
participants rather than simply attend.

Sessions at THATCamp will range from software demos to training sessions to
discussions of research findings to half-baked rants (but please, no
full-blown papers; we’re not here to read or be read to). You should come
to THATCamp with something in mind, and once you’re there, you’ll have
the opportunity to find people with similar topics and interests and then
team up for a joint session. We’ll collaboratively create the session and
workshop schedule on the morning of the event, but the general outline is as
follows: Registration is from 8:30–9:00AM (coffee and breakfast included).
We’ll begin promptly at 9:00AM, break for lunch mid-day and end at about


If you will be attending the OHA conference, you can register for THATCamp
in the "workshops" section of the registration form at
http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/go/oha2012 .

If you will not be going to the OHA meetings but would still like to
participate in this THATCamp, please visit http://oha2012.thatcamp.org/.

Questions? Contact Mary Larson at
mary.larson at okstate.edu<mailto:mary.larson at okstate.edu.

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