[Humanist] 28.193 events: info society; Theban witness networks

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 193.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Stuart Dunn <stuart.dunn at kcl.ac.uk>                       (61)
        Subject: Seminar: Retracing Theban Witness Networks in Demotic

  [2]   From:    Mark Newman <m.newman at i-society.eu>                      (149)
        Subject: Call for Submissions: International Conference on
                Information Society (i-Society 2014)!

        Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:06:34 +0100
        From: Stuart Dunn <stuart.dunn at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Seminar: Retracing Theban Witness Networks in Demotic Contracts

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014
Friday July 11th at 16:30, in Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, 
London WC1E 7HU

*Silke Vanbeselaere (Leuven)*
Retracing Theban Witness Networks in Demotic Contracts


This paper focuses on the presence of witnesses in Demotic contracts 
during the Ptolemaic reign in Egypt. It will investigate the 
interpersonal links between the three main actor groups of these 
contracts: the scribes, the two contracting parties and the witnesses. 
The first actors, i.e. the scribes, have been studied before and we saw 
them connected through family ties, revealing the profession of a 
contract scribe as a hereditary office associated with the Egyptian 
temples. In the second century BC two operational notaries were attested 
in Thebes: the notary of Amunrasonther and that of the prophets of 
Djeme. But what about the period before that? Can we retrace these 
notaries through network analysis or are we confronted with an 
organisation entirely different from the one in the following century? 
The contracting parties have always received a lot of attention from 
papyrologists as well, as they were often the protagonists of important 
archives. However, the third group of actors, the witnesses, have more 
or less been neglected so far. I will try to provide an answer to the 
crucial question of how these witnesses were chosen. Were they connected 
to the notarial and scribal offices, or can they be linked to one or 
both parties as family and/or acquaintances perhaps? Or were they chosen 
randomly, passers-by simply picked from the streets when needed? The 
online platform Trismegistos, which includes almost half a million 
attestations of individuals in Greek and Egyptian texts between 800 BC 
and AD 800, serves as a starting point for this research. Thanks to the 
interlock structure of the text and reference databases, a two-mode 
people-in-texts network can easily be extracted and converted into 
one-mode people-to-people networks of the contracting parties, the 
scribes and the witnesses.

Firstly, before we can start interpreting these networks, we need to 
make sure that we have correctly identified the various actors appearing 
in our network. The visualisation of the data has proven to be a very 
useful new step in this process. Where before we were looking at the 
actors' fathers and the characteristics of the relevant texts, we now 
take the position of an actor in the – albeit preliminary – network into 
account as an extra factor to obtain a faster and more advanced 

Secondly, subjecting these networks to social network analysis will 
contribute to our understanding of the relationships and interactions 
between witnesses, scribes and contracting parties as well as the 
functioning of the ancient notaries, not only in Thebes but in the whole 
of Ptolemaic Egypt.

*The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.*

For more information please see the seminar website at 

Dr. Stuart Dunn
Centre for e-Research, Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5RL

Email: stuart.dunn at kcl.ac.uk
Tel. +44 (0)20 7848 2709
Fax. +44 (0)20 7848 2980

Blog: http://stuartdunn.wordpress.com

        Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:14:51 +0100 (BST)
        From: Mark Newman <m.newman at i-society.eu>
        Subject: Call for Submissions: International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2014)!


International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2014)
Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter
10-12 November, 2014
Venue: London Heathrow Marriott Hotel
London, UK
The i-Society 2014 is Technical Co-Sponsored by UK/RI Computer
Chapter. The i-Society is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative
effort that has its roots from both academia and industry.
The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to
information society, which includes technical and non-technical
research areas.

The mission of i-Society 2014 conference is to provide opportunities
for collaboration of professionals and researchers to share existing
and generate new knowledge in the field of information society.
The conference encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science
that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge
evolution in digital society. The i-Society bridges the gap between
academia and industry with regards to research collaboration
and awareness of current development in secure information
management in the digital society.

The topics in i-Society 2014 include but are not confined to the
following areas:

*New enabling technologies
- Internet technologies
- Wireless applications
- Mobile Applications
- Multimedia Applications
- Protocols and Standards
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Virtual Reality
- Human Computer Interaction
- Geographic information systems
- e-Manufacturing

*Intelligent data management
- Intelligent Agents
- Intelligent Systems
- Intelligent Organisations
- Content Development
- Data Mining
- e-Publishing and Digital Libraries
- Information Search and Retrieval
- Knowledge Management
- e-Intelligence
- Knowledge networks

*Secure Technologies
- Internet security
- Web services and performance
- Secure transactions
- Cryptography
- Payment systems
- Secure Protocols
- e-Privacy
- e-Trust
- e-Risk
- Cyber law
- Forensics
- Information assurance
- Mobile social networks
- Peer-to-peer social networks
- Sensor networks and social sensing

- Collaborative Learning
- Curriculum Content Design and Development
- Delivery Systems and Environments
- Educational Systems Design
- e-Learning Organisational Issues
- Evaluation and Assessment
- Virtual Learning Environments and Issues
- Web-based Learning Communities
- e-Learning Tools
- e-Education

- Global Trends
- Social Inclusion
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Social Infonomics
- Computer-Mediated Communication
- Social and Organisational Aspects
- Globalisation and developmental IT
- Social Software

- Data Security Issues
- e-Health Policy and Practice
- e-Healthcare Strategies and Provision
- Medical Research Ethics
- Patient Privacy and Confidentiality
- e-Medicine

- Democracy and the Citizen
- e-Administration
- Policy Issues
- Virtual Communities

- Digital Economies
- Knowledge economy
- eProcurement
- National and International Economies
- e-Business Ontologies and Models
- Digital Goods and Services
- e-Commerce Application Fields
- e-Commerce Economics
- e-Commerce Services
- Electronic Service Delivery
- e-Marketing
- Online Auctions and Technologies
- Virtual Organisations
- Teleworking
- Applied e-Business
- Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

- Legal Issues
- Patents
- Enabling technologies and tools

- Natural sciences in digital society
- Biometrics
- Bioinformatics
- Collaborative research

*Industrial developments
- Trends in learning
- Applied research
- Cutting-edge technologies

* Research in progress
- Ongoing research from undergraduates, graduates/postgraduates and

Important Dates:

*Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: August 20, 2014
*Notification of Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection:
August 31, 2014
*Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date: August 31,
*Notification of Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report
Acceptance/Rejection: September 15, 2014
*Camera Ready Paper Due: October 10, 20124
*Proposal for Workshops: September 01, 2014
*Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection: September 10, 2014
*Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: August 31, 2014
*Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: September 10, 2014
*Participant(s) Registration (Open): May 01, 2014
*Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors only): October 01 to October 15, 2014
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Participants only): October 01 to November 03,
*Conference Dates: November 10-12, 2014

For more details, please visit www.i-society.eu

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