[Humanist] 27.377 events: well-being; network analytics for literary & artistic value

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Wed Sep 25 05:51:20 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 377.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    kcl - cerch <cerch at kcl.ac.uk>                             (17)
        Subject: CeRch Seminar - October 1st

  [2]   From:    Charles Ess <charles.ess at gmail.com>                       (85)
        Subject: CFP - CEPE 2014 Well-Being, Flourishing, and ICTs

        Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:28:19 +0000
        From: kcl - cerch <cerch at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: CeRch Seminar - October 1st

Please find below the details of next week's CeRch seminar: Network analytic approaches to the production and propagation of literary and artistic value (Daniel Allington)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)
Anatomy Theatre and Museum, King's College London:

Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is requested:

The seminar will be followed by wine and nibbles.

All the best,
Valentina Asciutti


According to Bourdieu, the value of art, literature, etc is a form of belief that is produced within the cultural field and then propagated outwards into wider society through public-facing cultural institutions - as in the case of the 'writer's writer' who is initially read only by his or her peers, but who becomes 'consecrated' (i.e. canonised) thanks to peer esteem and eventually finds a mass readership through school or university syllabi. In this talk, I shall lay out two innovative methodologies for studying these processes through social network analysis. This is potentially controversial because of Bourdieu's much-discussed preference for Multiple Correspondence Analysis. However, I shall argue that, just as the abstract mathematical space of Multiple Correspondence Analysis forms a useful analogue for Bourdieu's conception of field, the no-less abstract structure of a directed graph forms a useful analogue for his understanding of the production of value within a field, and of its subsequent propagation beyond that field.

The first of the methodologies I shall present focuses on the production of value. It has already been trialled through a case study of interactive fiction, with results of this investigation to appear in my monograph, Literature in the Digital Economy (forthcoming from Palgrave, 2014), and elsewhere. As I will argue by reference to ongoing research, the same methodology can potentially yield important insights when applied to other cultural forms.

The second of these methodologies focuses on the propagation of value, and thus provides a possible approach to the study of the impact of the arts on wider society, as well as a bridge between the two major strands of research in the sociology of culture, i.e. study of cultural producers and study of cultural consumers. It builds on the first methodology but presents arguably greater difficulties with regard to data collection and the interpretation of findings. However, these difficulties are instructive because they raise deep questions about the use of social network analysis in cultural research, both in the humanities and in the social sciences.

Speaker's Bio:

Daniel Allington is a lecturer in the Open University Centre for Language and Communication. His first book, Communicating in English: Talk, Text, Technology (co-edited by Barbara Mayor) was published by Routledge in 2012. His first monograph, Literature in the Digital Economy, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. He researches the production, circulation, and recognition of value in a range of cultural practices, from literature and visual art to computer programming, focusing in particular on the construction and maintenance of hierarchies and inequalities, and on the quest for autonomy among cultural producers of all kinds. Daniel's website is at http:// http://www.danielallington.net

        Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:53:10 +0200
        From: Charles Ess <charles.ess at gmail.com>
        Subject: CFP - CEPE 2014 Well-Being, Flourishing, and ICTs

Dear Humanists,

On behalf of the Joint Organizing Committee, I'm very pleased to pass along
the first CFP for CEPE (Computer Ethics: Professional Enquiry) 2014, on the
theme of: Well-Being, Flourishing, and ICTs.
Please distribute to appropriate lists and potentially interested

Joint Organizing Committee
  Elizabeth Buchanan (University of Wisconsin-Stout, US), Executive
Director, INSEIT (International Society for Ethics in Technology)
  Charles Ess (University of Oslo), Conference Chair; President, INSEIT
  Shalini Kesar (Southern Utah University, US), Program Chair
  Bernd Carsten Stahl (De Montfort University), Chair, ETHICOMP Steering
  Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (University Pierre et Marie Curie - Sorbonne
  Max Dauchet (LIFL - Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Lille)

Ethicomp and CEPE are major conferences in the field of computer/information
ethics. Previous CEPE conferences themes include intercultural ethics,
roboethics, social impacts of social computing, socio-technical and ethical
change in ICTs, and social responsibility and ICTs. ETHICOMP, the conference
series initiated in 1995 by Simon Rogerson and Terry Bynum, has likewise
focused on the ethical dimensions of computing technologies. To support the
missions of each entity, while providing a robust opportunity for innovative
collaborative research and scholarship, Ethicomp and CEPE will partner in

Our joint conferences will be hosted by CERNA (Commission de réflexion sur
l¹Ethique de la Recherche en sciences et technologies du Numérique

As well, the overlap day between the two conferences (Wednesday, July 25) is
co-sponsored by ACM SIGCAS (Special Interest Group, Computers and Society),
and will focus on gender and technology.


Norbert Wiener¹s _The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society_
(1950) is a primary source for contemporary Information and Computing
Ethics. Wiener framed his reflections on the possible uses and benefits of
then newly emerging computational devices and networks within the key
ethical norms of human well-being and flourishing ­ the defining norms of
virtue ethics. Contemporary computers and computer networks increasingly
pervade and shape our lives, dramatically enhancing our communication
capacities: they thereby foreground and amplify ³the networked self,² i.e.,
our sense of selfhood, identity, and agency (including moral agency) as
increasingly relational and interwoven with one another.  Such relational
senses of identity, selfhood and agency are in fact the beginning point of
virtue ethics in its diverse expressions and traditions globally.  Wiener¹s
foundational framework has thus proven to be profoundly prescient.

But certainly, there are multiple ethical frameworks within which questions
of 'the good life' ­ as focusing on our well-being and flourishing as human
beings ­ may be couched. At the same time, alongside the undeniable boons of
ICTs ­ recent developments such as the NSA surveillance scandals make
critical reflection on the ethical, social, and political dimensions of
contemporary ICTs and their array of uses all the more urgent.

Accordingly, for CEPE14 we invite submissions - including panels - that
address these core concerns with well-being and flourishing in an age of
ICTs. We encourage research and reflection that approach these thematics
from a wide array of viewpoints and with attention to specific foci

  ICTs and development
  technosecurity and cyber-warfare
  robots and robot ethics for humans and humane lives;
  social computing
  global / cultural perspectives on ICTs and the good life

Important Dates 
30 November 2013: Latest date to submit abstracts to Easychair
25 January 2014:  Authors informed of programme committee decisions by this
5 April 2014: Last date for receipt of full papers from authors (electronic

Submission due: December 15th, 2013
Selection: February 15th, 2014

Submissions will be accepted via Easychair:

Conference website:  http://cepe2014.org

- charles ess

Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication

Director, Centre for Research on Media Innovations

University of Oslo 
P.O. Box 1093 Blindern
Oslo Norway
email: charles.ess at media.uio.no

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