[Humanist] 27.1010 events: Chicago Colloquium; digital fiction

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Wed Apr 30 08:01:09 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 1010.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                             (12)
        Subject: Tuition Scholarships, Pathways: Creating Digital Fiction
                with Kate Pullinger -- June 9-13 2014 @ SFU

  [2]   From:    Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>           (60)
        Subject: Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanites and Computer Science
                Call for Papers

        Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:43:11 +0000
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Tuition Scholarships, Pathways: Creating Digital Fiction with Kate Pullinger -- June 9-13 2014 @ SFU

ETCL and DHSI are pleased to sponsor tuition scholarships to Publishing at SFU’s Pathways: Creating Digital Fiction with Kate Pullinger, taking place the week after DHSI, June 9–13 2014, and Simon Fraser U in Vancouver.

This is a week-long immersive writing/authoring workshop with award-winning author and digital fiction pioneer Kate Pullinger, offering a unique learning opportunity aimed at writers who wish to explore digital fiction, developers who want to explore literary works, and publishers interested in new models for writing, reading, and collaborating in fiction.

Over the five days, participants will work together to collaboratively author a work of interactive, multimedia literature, which will subsequently be available online inviting further participation from a wider public.  Participants will work collaboratively with faculty to plan, compose, design, assemble, and promote the work over the course of the week. A series of short morning seminars with faculty will elaborate the dynamics, opportunities, and challenges of composing and producing for networked digital media. Afternoons will be devoted to collaborative work on writing, design and graphic production, audio and video production, and technical development. The goal for the week is the production of a prototype work which forms the basis for an ongoing, collaborative work which gathers an online audience.

Further information about this workshop is available here: http://digitalpathways.net/about/

Details about how to apply for tuition scholarships is here: http://digitalpathways.net/2014/announcements/sponsors-and-scholarships/



Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms. Her new novel, Landing Gear, published in the spring of 2014, takes the story told in Pullinger’s collaborative multimedia digital work, co-created with Chris Joseph, Flight Paths: A Networked Novel, and develops it further. Her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world. Pullinger’s other books include A Little Stranger, Weird Sister, The Last Time I Saw Jane, Where Does Kissing End?, which are all being published in new ebook editions in the spring of 2014.

John Maxwell is Associate Professor in the Publishing Program at SFU <http://www.ccsp.sfu.ca/>. His research & teaching focus is on the impact of digital technologies in the cultural sector (and particularly books and magazines), the history of digital media, and the emergence of digital genres and mythologies.

Haig Armen is one of Canada’s most respected and innovative digital designers. He is a faculty member in Design & Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University.

Ryan Nadel, with his company 8 Leaf Digital Productions, <http://www.8leafdigital.com/> produces and designs digital media experiences in a broad range of sectors including education, graphic novels, and TV franchises, including the interactive companion to Art Spiegelman’s recent book MetaMaus and the transmedia campaign for the TV show Continuum <http://www.showcase.ca/CONTINUUM>.

Kate Armstrong is a Vancouver-based writer, artist and independent curator. Her interdisciplinary practice merges networked media, written forms and urban experiences and engages with open forms of experimental narrative that bring poetics and computational function together in physical or network space. She is the Director of the Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Board President and past acting Executive Director of Western Front, and is an Artistic Director for the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) to be held in Vancouver in August 2015.

        Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:42:38 +0000
        From: Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>
        Subject: Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanites and Computer Science Call for Papers

Dear Colleague,

The ninth annual meeting of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities
and Computer Science (DHCS) will be hosted by Northwestern University on
October 23-24, 2014. A skeletal website is up at
http://dhcs.northwestern.edu. There will be more flesh on it as time goes

This is a call for papers on just about anything that plausibly stays
within the intersection of DH and CS. A submission for a paper or poster
should include an abstract of ~750 words and a minimal bio. Send it to
martinmueller at northwestern.edu by June 30, 2014. We expect to notify you
of accepted submissions by July 25.

The DHCS Colloquium has been a lively regional conference (with
non-trivial bi-coastal and overseas sprinkling), rotating since 2006 among
the University of Chicago (where it began), DePaul, IIT, Loyola, and
Northwestern.  At the first Colloquium Greg Crane asked his memorable
question "What to do with a million books?" Here are some highlights that
I remember across the years:

* An NLP programmer at Los Alamos talking about the ways security
clearances prevented CIA analysts and technical folks from talking to each
* A demonstration that if you replaced all content words in Arabic texts
and focused just on stop words you could determine with a high degree of
certainty the geographical origin of a given piece of writing.
* A visualization of phrases like "the king's daughter" in a sizable
corpus, telling you much about who owned what.
* A social network analysis of Alexander the Great and his entourage.
* An amazingly successful extraction of verbal parallels from very noisy
* Did you know that Jane Austen was a game theorist before her time and
that her characters were either skillful or clueless practitioners of this

And so forth. Given my own interests, I tend to remember  "Text as Data"
stuff, but there was much else about archaeology, art, music, history, and
social or political life.

Looking back over the almost ten years of the DHCS Colloquium, I also
remember that some of the most interesting papers have come from graduate
students. While the DHCS Colloquium is not a graduate student conference
per se, we will look with particular interest at paper and poster
submissions by  graduate students.

This year's colloquium will partly overlap and share some programming with
the annual members meeting and conference of the Text Encoding Initiative,
which will be hosted by Northwestern University, October 22-24. The
details of shared programming remain to be worked out, but there will be a
shared plenary session on Thursday afternoon, October 23.  "Text as Data"
will look at its topic  from various technical perspectives and range
across the humanities and social sciences. The session will be  moderated
by Daniel Diermeier, the IBM Professor for Regulation and Competitive at
Northwestern¹s Kellogg School Management and the Director of the Ford
Motor Company Institute for Global Citizenship.

We look forward to receiving many and interesting submissions. As in
previous years, the program committee will consist of members from past
and current host institutions.

With best wishes for a good summer from myself and the program committee

Martin Mueller
Chair, Program Committee DHCS 2014
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University

Martin Mueller
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University

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