[Humanist] 27.794 events: knowledge production; minimal computing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Feb 13 10:05:42 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 794.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    John Simpson <john.simpson at ualberta.ca>                   (20)
        Subject: Kickstarting GO:DH Minimal Computing Working Group with
                DH2014 Workshop

  [2]   From:    "E. Natalie Rothman" <rothman at utsc.utoronto.ca>          (129)
        Subject: Call for Participants: Roots & Routes Summer Institute

        Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:51:22 -0800 (PST)
        From: John Simpson <john.simpson at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: Kickstarting GO:DH Minimal Computing Working Group with DH2014 Workshop

Dear Humanist Subscribers,

Part of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH) initiative was the creation of a working group focused on minimal computing.  This group is meant to ask questions about computer use that is decidedly *not* high-performance and to explore answers to these questions.  Both the maintenance and refurbishing of machines out of necessity and the use of new streamlined computing hardware like the Raspberry Pi belong squarely in the target area of this working group.  A short summary may be found at http://www.globaloutlookdh.org/working-groups/minimal-computing/ .

Haven’t heard of the Minimal Computing Working Group?  This shouldn’t be a surprise, we haven’t done anything yet!  That changes now.

We’d like to kickstart the working group into action by offering a workshop at DH2014 that will allow us an opportunity to get a survey of the state of minimal computing within the DH community and to set tasks for ongoing research and support in the area.  The tentative format for this half-day workshop is as follows:

1. A series of lightning talks (2-5 minutes) about current research or work being done with or in a minimal computing environment.  These would be drawn in advance with a CFP.  Those unable to attend the workshop but wishing to present would be invited to share videos.

2. A focused brainstorming session directed at collecting ideas and projects that the Minimal Computing Working Group or its members should consider pursuing.  It is hoped that some form of participation will be open to those not on site, but this will depend or the infrastructure that is available.  This goes for the third stage as well.

3. The selection of a set of tasks, directives, and/or projects that the minimal computing working group will coordinate and support.  These will follow directly from the previous stages but these might look something like programs to:
* provide training to the DH community to use minimal computing tools
* share/ship computing resources with/to areas that might better use them
* track hardware and software use in the humanities on a global scale
* provide or recommend packages of hardware and software that are effective and proven

What I am hoping to glean from the Humanist mailing list is what you think of this approach and whether or not you would be interested in this workshop and/or willing to participate (either in person or by sending a video or by participating in the discussion or in some other way).

I’d like to get the workshop application drafted this week so any responses to this in advance of Saturday, February 15, would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you so that we can put this working group on track to provide great service to the GO::DH community and DH more broadly as well.


John Simpson
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta
INKE and Text Mining & Visualization for Literary History

        Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:53:51 -0500
        From: "E. Natalie Rothman" <rothman at utsc.utoronto.ca>
        Subject: Call for Participants: Roots & Routes Summer Institute

Dear colleagues and students,
We are delighted to announce the third of three annual Roots & Routes
Summer Institutes on knowledge production in the premodern Mediterranean and in
the Digital Age. The Institute, which will take place at the University of
Toronto Scarborough  from May 26th to June 3rd, 2014, is generously supported
by the University of Toronto's Connaught Fund and is completely free of charge
to all participants. We hope you can join us! Please read on for details on the
Institute's format, theme, and application procedure (or go directly to http://
ocs.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/utsc/RRSI3/ to apply).
Unlike traditional academic conferences, the Roots & Routes Summer
Institute features a combination of informal presentations, seminar-style
discussions of shared materials, hands-on workshops on a variety of digital
tools, and small-group project development sessions. Hosted by the University
of Toronto Scarborough, the institute welcomes participants from a range of
disciplines interested in engaging with digital scholarship; technical
experience is not a requirement. Graduate students (MA and PhD), postdoctoral
fellows and faculty are all encouraged to apply.
Through its exciting roster of activities the Institute encourages participants
to develop a more coherent and explicitly transdisciplinary analytical
framework for their scholarship using digital tools and methodologies.
Participants will explore new formats for conducting research and communicating
their findings. By teaming up with information technology specialists and
digital scholarship experts working outside the Mediterranean, participants
will have a chance to build long-term collaborative projects to enhance their
ongoing individual research agendas. In order to maximize the potential for
future collaboration and broad, thematic conversations, groups will be composed
of participants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and at different
stages of their scholarly careers, from senior scholars to advanced
undergraduates. Participants are encouraged to engage each other's materials,
bring insights from their own fields of expertise to a broader methodological
and conceptual discussion, and begin to draw out connections between what are
often seen as disparate fields of knowledge.
Annual Theme:
This year's theme, "Sociability and Materiality," aims to capture a range of
historical problems and their attendant methodological and epistemological
challenges. Participants are invited to define and approach this theme from the
position of their individual disciplines and research interests. For example,
what place does "the Mediterranean" have in discussions about manuscript,
print, and digital cultures and their interpretation? What can historians, art
historians, archaeologists, and other scholars learn from one another when
tackling these problems? (How) are themes such as sociability and materiality
useful in the study of the premodern Mediterranean? How does the recent
resurgence in the history of material culture speak to longer-term interest
among historians of the book in the materiality of textual artifacts?How can
attention to materiality and sociability make salient the various practices of
knowledge production of different disciplinary traditions, and what do such
practices entail? What new ways of envisioning archives (as processes as well
as products) are being facilitated by digital technologies? How do digital
media and methodologies change the ways in which we identify, access, and
interpret historical records? What might "collaborative research" in digital
environments have to learn from (and teach) the history of earlier forms of
scholarly sociability?
Bottom of Form
Application Guidelines:
To apply, please go to our online registration site, http://
ocs.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/utsc/RRSI3/. Applicants should submit
by March 6, 2014 a CV and a brief proposal (up to 600 words) that includes a
discussion of their current research and a specific object they would like to
present and further develop digitally. This object may be a text, an artifact,
a dataset, or a cluster of any of the above. Once accepted, participants will
be asked to compile a bibliography of relevant readings to share with others in
advance, as well as to install and become familiar with a few digital tools
(e.g. Zotero), to allow us to explore more advanced features and digital skills
at the institute itself. Participants are not expected to have prior
programming knowledge or other advanced digital skills, but should be genuinely
interested in the potential of digital tools to challenge and transform current
research practices. 
Selection announcements will be made by March 20, 2014.
**Participation in the Institute is free of charge. Travel and accommodation
bursaries may be available for out-of-town graduate students. ** 
For more information about the Institute, check out our website: http://
Please contact the organizers at rrsi2014[at]utsc.utoronto.ca for further
information or to get involved in the organizing process.
Concurrent Local Events:
We encourage and aim to facilitate interaction between the Roots and Routes
Summer Institute attendees and the following concurrent local events. Details
to follow.
"Histories on the Edge / Histoires sur la br?che"
May 22-25, 2014 
Toronto, Canada
In addition to an exciting roster of sessions on all aspects of the history of
women, gender, and sexuality, this year's Berks will feature a Digital Lab
where attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the people behind a
range of international digital history projects. Detailed program coming soon.
"Borders without Boundaries"
May 24-30, 2014   
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
In addition to over seventy scholarly associations meeting at Congress, this
year's Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI at Congress) will convene
Wednesday, May 28 to Friday, May 30 2014. For more details go to: http://

E. Natalie Rothman
Associate Professor of History
University of Toronto
rothman at utsc.utoronto.ca

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