[Humanist] 26.913 events: science & technology; textual editing; prosopography

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Tue Mar 26 07:22:46 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 913.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>                         (2)
        Subject: cfp: Science and Technology in Contemporary British History,
                10-13 July 2013

  [2]   From:    Will Hanley <willpdfs at gmail.com>                          (71)
        Subject: CFP *Prosop: a social networking tool for the past*

  [3]   From:    Maurizio Lana <m.lana at LETT.UNIPMN.IT>                     (26)
        Subject: summer school: Digital tools for printed critical editions

        Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:37:35 +0000
        From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>
        Subject: cfp: Science and Technology in Contemporary British History, 10-13 July 2013

NB: note deadline: 28 July 2013==
Science and Technology in Contemporary British History                      CALL FOR PAPERS: ICBH Summer Conference                      10-13 July 2013, King’s College London                      Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, rapid developments in science and technology have affected all aspects of contemporary Britain. This conference seeks to examine this change historically, from the macro to the micro dimensions.                      The conference will consider various perspectives, including those of defence, business, government and society. We are keen to explore the political, economic, military, social, legal and cultural effects of scientific and technological change, as well as the processes of innovation and development. We will consider these in an international as well as a domestic context – for example, have British companies, governments and state agencies predominantly followed external trends in science and technology? Or have they tended to pioneer novel solutions? To what extent can questions of science and technology inform our understanding of traditional themes in contemporary British history such as “relative decline” or the “two cultures”? How has defence spending on science and technology been part of Cold War and post-Cold War politics?                      Many UK institutions and ways of life have undergone radical changes due to scientific and technical advances. New industries have been created, old ones have disappeared; new perceptions of science have shaped popular culture; the digital revolution has changed how organisations operate and how individuals communicate. British life – from education, to leisure, to religion, to how we conduct politics – has had to contend with the increasing prominence of the scientific worldview and the technological society. New case studies and perspectives are invited in order to reconsider the diversity and complexity of these changes.                      We hope this conference will generate fresh discussion and a new appreciation of the significance of scientific and technical transformation as it has taken place in modern Britain. We wish to attract historians working in a wide range of fields.          Conference organisers:            Dr Michael Kandiah (michael.andiah at kcl.ac.uk), Dr Virginia Preston (virginia.preston at kcl.ac.uk) and Peter Sutton (peter.sutton at kcl.ac.uk), all of ICBH. To propose a paper, please send a short synopsis (up to 300 words) of your paper with your contact details to icbhconference at gmail.com by 28 March 2013.          Possible areas for papers include (but are not limited to) the following:                Invention and innovation                              The politics of production                              Policy formation                              The natural sciences                              Medicine & health                              The material environment                              Computing and communications                              Modernisation and rationalisation                              Work and working practices                              Banking and the Stock Exchange                              Politics in the age of the Internet                              Gender and ethnicity                              Cultural change                              Governing and governance                              Climate change and biodiversity                              Institutions, industries and businesses                              Defence procurement                              The conduct of diplomacy                              Copyright, patents and intellectual property                              Scientific and technological education and training                              Schools and universities – from the BBC Micro to the world-wide web                              Defence industries, eg aerospace, shipbuilding, satellites & space                              Surveillance – military and non-military                              Travel                              Crime and policing 		 	   		  

        Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:21:00 +0100
        From: Will Hanley <willpdfs at gmail.com>
        Subject: CFP *Prosop: a social networking tool for the past*

*Prosop: a social networking tool for the past*

*Call for participants*

*Database development workshop*

 Historians and other scholars with large databases of historical person
data are invited to workshops to test and populate Prosop, a project funded
by the Office of Digital Humanities  http://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh  of
the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 The first of these workshops will be held at Brown University (Providence,
RI) on May 17-18, 2013, with the generous support of Middle East
Studies http://www.middleeastbrown.org/ at Brown. The second will take
place at Florida State University
(Tallahassee, FL) in August 2013.

 *What is Prosop?*

Prosop is a collaborative database of details about individuals in the
past. Although it maps networks and discovers connections, it is not just
facebook for dead people. In particular, it aims to:

   -   manage diverse types of data from different historical settings,
   -   aggregate of large quantities of person data,
   -   accommodate uncertain and conflicting information, and
   -   facilitate data-driven study of historical systems of description and

For more detailed information, visit our website at prosop.org

 *What kinds of data do we seek?*

We’re looking for information about relatively large sets of relatively
ordinary people from the past. Typically, this information is extracted
from archival records used by microhistorians. For example, the database
contains the name, age, address, and physical description of 700 criminal
court defendants from 1880s Egypt. Prosop is meant to work for all kinds of
historical person data, and we are especially interested in data in unusual
formats (linguistic, topical, or otherwise) that will help us to develop
the flexibility of the system. Also, we are looking for participants who
are willing to share their data with the community of researchers using

 *What will happen at the workshops?*

Each participant will have time to present his or her data, describing its
characteristics and the ways it might interact with other person data. All
of the data will be uploaded to Prosop by the time of the workshop, and
participants will discuss issues of categorization and comparison that
arise. We will work to find ways to link data and to make the system more
usable. The workshop will provide a chance for historians and developers to

 *What’s in it for participants?*

Workshop participants will contribute to the design of a tool that will
enable new research into global social history, and will have early access
to its results. They should gain new perspectives on their own data and its
place in the global history of person information. Their experience and
input will help to refine the system towards its aim, which is to encompass
all categories of historical person data.

Participant costs will be covered by the organizers.

 *How to apply?*

Send a letter of application to *prosopworkshop at gmail dot com*. The
letter should include a general description of the data which you wish to
contribute to the project. Where possible, please specify:

   -   the number of persons in the database
   -   the categories of information recorded about each person (e.g. name,
       age, birthplace, occupation)
   -   the geographical and chronological range of the persons represented
   -   the type of sources from which the information is drawn (language,
       archives, genres).

Please also include a C.V.

 *What is the deadline for applications?*

The deadline for applications for the first workshop is *April **8**, 2013*.
All applications will also be considered for the second workshop, for which
a second call for participants will be circulated.

 *Are there other ways to participate?*

Prosop is an ongoing project. In addition to future workshops already in
the works, we are looking for beta testers. If you are not able to join
this workshop, but might want to be involved in the future, please get in
touch via our website  http://prosop.org/  and join our mailing

        Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:46:31 +0000
        From: Maurizio Lana <m.lana at LETT.UNIPMN.IT>
        Subject: summer school: Digital tools for printed critical editions

“Digital tools for printed critical editions”, June 13-14 2013, Vercelli.
Summer school organized within the project "digilibLT-digital library of late latin texts" (http://www.digiliblt.unipmn.it), supported by AIUCD - Associazione per l'Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale and by EADH - European Association for Digital Humanities (previously ALLC Association for Literary and  Linguistic Computing)

     It is our pleasure to announce the Summer School on “Digital tools for printed critical editions”, which will be held at the Department of Humanities, Università del Piemonte Orientale, in Vercelli (Italy) on 13-14 June 2013. Scientific committee: Raffaella Tabacco, Maurizio Lana, Andrea Balbo, Ermanno Malaspina. Organization: Maurizio Lana

     The Summer School is aimed at an international audience, therefore the courses will be held in English.
     The School will be inaugurated by a group of philologists who will be discussing the state of the art of philological studies and the still open questions in the field of classical and medieval philology, and digital philology: Raffaella Tabacco, Francesco Stella and Roberto Rosselli del Turco.
     Three half-day sessions will follow, in which three invited scholars will present their programs and tools:
- Wilhelm Ott, author of TUSTEP - Tübingen System of Text Processing tools;
- Guido Milanese, who will illustrate the use of LaTeX and its scripts for critical editions;
- Stefan Hagel, author of CTE- Classical Text Editor.
     The invited scholars will be present during the whole course to foster a constructive debate between students and researchers on textual and philological issues related to digital tools and their use.

     June 13
     9-12,30 – Opening session on topics and issues in classical, medieval, digital philology: Raffaella Tabacco, Francesco Stella, Roberto Rosselli del Turco;
     14,30-18 – Wilhelm Ott on the use of TUSTEP

     June 14
     9-12,30 – Guido Milanese on the use of LaTeX and its scripts
     14,30-17,30 – Stefan Hagel on CTE and its use
     17,30-18 – Final greetings, where a certificate of attendance will be given to participants.

     The school offers places for participants and for listeners.
     Participants will have access to a PC on which they will be able to use the software programs presented by the invited scholars and will receive a certificate of attendance. The number of participants is limited to 17. Those who want to attend the Summer School as participants should send their application to progetto at digiliblt.unipmn.it together with a brief but complete description of the reasons for attending the course (max. 750 words, 12pt.) by April 30 2013. Applications will be examined by the Scientific Committee and the best 17 applicants will be selected.
     Listeners will not be provided with a PC but will attend the lectures delivered by the invited speakers. The number of listeners is limited to 18. Those who want to take part in the Summer School as ‘listeners’ should write to progetto at digiliblt.unipmn.it specifying their full name, affiliation and email address. Listeners will be selected on a first come first served basis.

     Attendance to the Summer School does not require the payment of fees, thanks to funds generously given by Regione Piemonte to the project digilibLT-digital library of late Latin texts, and in consideration of the difficult economic situation and of the travel + accommodation expenses paid by each participant.

     Maps and accommodation
     Maps and information for accommodation at agreed price (50€ single en-suite room, B&B) will be sent to admitted participants and listeners.

     For those who want to come to Vercelli by plane the nearest airports are Torino Caselle and Milano Malpensa, the latter offering easier connections to Vercelli (bus shuttle Malpensa-Novara; train Novara-Vercelli). For assistance to flyers write to: m.lana at lett.unipmn.it.

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