[Humanist] 29.69 events: distant & quantitative reading; infrastructures

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jun 2 08:31:46 CEST 2015

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 69.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "centrostudicomparati at libero.it"                           (5)
                <centrostudicomparati at libero.it>
        Subject: The Mechanic Reader - Siena, June 12-13

  [2]   From:    James Sumner <james.sumner at MANCHESTER.AC.UK>              (69)
        Subject: SIGCIS workshop: history of IT infrastructures at SHOT 2015

        Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:27:58 +0200 (CEST)
        From: "centrostudicomparati at libero.it" <centrostudicomparati at libero.it>
        Subject: The Mechanic Reader - Siena, June 12-13

Here you can find the program and the materials  of a seminar about distant reading and "quantitative" literary criticism:

Informations: centrostudicomparati at libero.it.
Best wishes
Francesco Stella

        Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:14:21 +0100
        From: James Sumner <james.sumner at MANCHESTER.AC.UK>
        Subject: SIGCIS workshop: history of IT infrastructures at SHOT 2015

SIGCIS Workshop 2015: Infrastructures
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2015

The Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society 
(SIGCIS  http://www.sigcis.org ) welcomes submissions for our annual 
one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in 
Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is immediately after the end of the 
regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the 
History of Technology, details of which are available from 

Questions about the SIGCIS 2015 workshop should be addressed to Andrew 
Russell (Stevens Institute of Technology), who is serving as chair of 
the workshop organizing committee (e-mail: arussell at stevens.edu 
<mailto:arussell at stevens.edu>).

Workshop Theme: Infrastructures

Across academic, artistic, and popular domains, curiosity and concern 
over the information and computing /infrastructures/ that sustain 
economic, cultural, and social interaction has never been more salient. 

  In contrast to the hype generated by the gadgetry of innovation 
prophets and venture capitalists, an emphasis on infrastructure 
highlights networks of labor and focuses on the human, material, and 
ecological cost and scale of information and computing technologies.
For the SIGCIS 2015 Workshop, we invite papers that engage historical 
dimensions of the prosaic work of building networks, cultivating 
workforces, and maintaining computing and information infrastructures. 
  Related themes necessarily include maintenance, labor, and ordinary 
experiences with information and computing technologies.  Proposals for 
individual papers or complete sessions might include the following topics:

  -- the maintenance of legacy hardware and software
  -- the training and treatment of labor and workforces
  -- the lived realities of computers and IT
  -- digital archives and their sustainability
  -- cyberinfrastructures for bureaucratic and scientific collaboration
  -- materiality of computing, media, and information technologies
  -- specific infrastructural technologies such as cables, fiber-optics,
    switching, and wireless
  -- political and economic aspects of infrastructure maintenance and
  -- tensions between local or national legal regimes and global
    information infrastructures

As always, SIGCIS welcomes all types of contributions related to the 
history of computing and information, whether or not there is an 
explicit connection with the annual theme.  Our membership is 
international and interdisciplinary, and our members examine the history 
of information technologies and their place within society from a 
variety of scholarly perspectives including the history of technology, 
labor history, social history, business history, the history of science, 
science & technologies studies, communications, media studies, gender 
and sexuality studies, and museum studies.

Suggested Formats for Submissions

Proposals for entire sessions and individual presenters are both 
welcome. We hope to run special sessions featuring dissertations in 
progress and other works in progress. The workshop is a great 
opportunity to get helpful feedback on your projects in a relaxed and 
supportive environment. All proposals will be subject to a peer review 
process based on abstracts.  As we attract submissions from a variety of 
disciplinary backgrounds, it is best to be explicit: SIGCIS follows 
traditional practices for the submission of papers for professional 
historical conferences. These include selection based on abstracts 
rather than full papers; no dissemination of full papers (with the 
exception of works in progress and dissertations in progress, as noted 
in the CFP); and the requirement that presenters share their full papers 
with the session commentators at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015; the program committee 
will send notifications no later than July 15, 2015.

For complete details about the workshop, the submissions procedure, 
travel grants, and previous workshops, please visit 

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