[Humanist] 29.381 events: topic models; Egyptology & papyrology; opacity; narrative; museums

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Tue Oct 13 09:46:13 CEST 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 381.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    TDA WG <dariahtdawg at gmail.com>                            (25)
        Subject: Reminder: CfP for DARIAH Expert Workshop on Topic Models and
                Corpus Analysis - Dublin, 14th-15th of December

  [2]   From:    David Berry <D.M.Berry at sussex.ac.uk>                      (19)
        Subject: Information Opacity

  [3]   From:    Mia <mia.ridge at gmail.com>                                 (44)
        Subject: 'Museums on the Web' UKMW15 keynote announced - book soon!

  [4]   From:    Monica Berti <monica.berti at uni-leipzig.de>               (112)
        Subject: Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egyptology,
                Papyrology and Beyond

  [5]   From:    Ben Miller <bjmiller at mit.edu>                             (99)
        Subject: CFP: CMN'16, Seventh Workshop on Computational Models of

        Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:51:08 +0000
        From: TDA WG <dariahtdawg at gmail.com>
        Subject: Reminder: CfP for DARIAH Expert Workshop on Topic Models and Corpus Analysis - Dublin, 14th-15th of December

Call for Participation
Expert Workshop on Topic Models and Corpus Analysis

Organised by
DARIAH Text and Data Analytics Working Group (TDA-WG, formerly: NLP-WG)

December 14th (full-day) and 15th (half-day) 2015

ADAPT Centre
Dublin City University,
Glasnevin, Dublin 9

With the increasing availability of large digital text resources, quantitative methods of analysis have found their way into a wide range of humanities disciplines and increasingly allow supplementing, and framing qualitative approaches in quantitative terms, leveraging the properties of large-scale data resources. Special relevance in this respect belongs to Natural Language Processing as a core sub-discipline of computer science. Recent advances in statistical approaches to recognising word embeddings and topic models have been leveraged successfully by scholars in diverse areas such as history, literary studies and linguistics.

The DARIAH TDA-WG invite participation from practitioners, researchers, scholars and experts in areas including topic modelling, word embedding, literary scholarship, history and the digital humanities. A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to organising and planning future WG activities, both Virtual and Physical.

This expert workshop agenda will include position papers and experience reports on the use of corpus analysis and topic modelling tools, their implications in different domains.

Two main categories of submission which we invite are:

Position Papers, describing opinion and analysis on the most important current and future trends in the theme of the workshop. In particular, there is value in papers which highlight methodological or analytical questions

Experience Reports describing projects, studies or experiments involving technologies and topics relevant to the workshop themes. In particular, submissions which describe reusable techniques or data, as well as practical insights are encouraged.

For either category of submission, the Working Group invites a 500 word abstract from participants who wish to speak. Please send your abstract to: dariahtdawg at gmail.com<mailto:dariahtdawg at gmail.com>

Important Dates
Deadline for applications for participation and papers: October 23rd, 2015
Notification of successful applicants: November 1st, 2015

The full programme will be published after November 1st.
More information on the Workshop: http://dariah-tda.github.io/meeting/activity/workshop/2015/09/23/First-CfP.html

The Organising Committee
Alexander O'Connor (DARIAH-IE)
Fotis Jannidis (DARIAH-DE)
Stefan Pernes (DARIAH-DE)

        Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:38:06 +0000
        From: David Berry <D.M.Berry at sussex.ac.uk>
        Subject: Information Opacity

***Apologies, date was incorrect in original email***

Informatic Opacity
Dr. Zach Blas (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Fri 16 October, Arts A103, 4pm-6pm, Falmer Campus, University of Sussex

This talk will focus on a developing concept, ‘informatic opacity’, and masked protest as means of defeating surveillance technologies. ‘Informatic opacity’ is an aesthetico-political practice that resists emerging modes of digital capture (such as biometric recognition) and insists on an embodied dimension of life that cannot be fully abstracted by technical processes of calculation and visualisation. Through engaging with Eduoard Glissant’s writings on opacity and transparency, Blas uses his own artwork Facial Weaponisation Suite, a community-based mask-making project that creates ‘collective masks’ for public intervention. These masks elude recognition by facial detection technologies, responding to the pressures of surveillance and resistance.

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages with technology, queerness and politics, and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; e-flux, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; and the 2014 Dakar Biennale. Books: Escaping the Face (Rhizome at the New Museum and Sternberg Press, 2016) and Informatic Opacity: The Art of Defacement in Biometric Times(forthcoming). His work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze, Art Papers, Mousse Magaxine, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, Wired, and Art Review, in which Hito Steyerl selected him as a 2014 FutureGreat. During Autumn 2015 Blas is a resident at the Delfina Foundation, London.



Dr. David M. Berry

Silverstone 316

School of Media, Film and Music
University of Sussex,
East Sussex. BN1 8PP


        Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:30:57 +0100
        From: Mia <mia.ridge at gmail.com>
        Subject: 'Museums on the Web' UKMW15 keynote announced - book soon!

Dear Humanist,

We hope that many of you will find our keynote, 'Finding space for the
experiment: digital collaborations and their influence on the museum', and
many of the other papers at UKMW15 relevant to your own work, whether it's
the pace of organisational change or the challenge of engaging the public
with the arts and heritage.

The Museums Computer Group is delighted to announce that the keynote
speaker for our annual 'Museum on the Web' UKM1W15 conference is John
Coburn, Digital Programmes Manager at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

John will share his insights on 'Finding space for the experiment: digital
collaborations and their influence on the museum'. Join him and our other
brilliant speakers at the British Museum on October 26 for a day of
actionable insights, inspiring case studies and the chance to connect with
old and new friends.

We asked John to join us because he has worked on a range of innovative
projects over the past decade, collaborates widely with museums and the
wider arts and technology world, and is an engaging and thoughtful speaker.
You may have seen his work in Museum-ID magazine
 http://museum-id.com/idea-detail.asp?id=517 , followed him on twitter
@j0hncoburn or seen him speak at events like the Nesta/Arts Council
England/Arts & Humanities Research Council Making Digital Work conference.

UKMW15 is at the British Museum on October 26. Don't delay - book today!

Our theme this year is 'Bridging Gaps, Making Connections'. Our expert
speakers will share their experience with connecting with new audiences,
and bridging gaps between digital departments and the rest of the
organisation. How is digital expertise spreading throughout the whole
organisation - and how can you help it go further? Get your tickets soon so
you can learn from your peers and share your own ideas!

Need more info? On the day you'll also hear from other great speakers from
institutions like the Royal Institute, Bristol Museums, the Heritage
Lottery Fund, Leicestershire County Council, the Institute of Historic
Research, the British Museum, Tate and more. You won't want to miss our
provocations on linked data, Instagram, digital signage and pop-up palaces!
Check out the full programme:

As always, UKMW is a valuable opportunity to reflect on your own work and
the impact of changes in the cultural sector and digital technologies.
You'll leave UKMW15 thoroughly inspired, with lots of new contacts and
practical tips to help your organisation develop successful arts and
heritage projects.

You have just a few days left to snap up your ticket to UKMW15 - don't miss
out! Book now: http://ukmw15.eventbrite.co.uk

Cheers, Mia

        Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:37:43 +0200
        From: Monica Berti <monica.berti at uni-leipzig.de>
        Subject: Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egyptology, Papyrology and Beyond

Dear Colleagues,

we are very pleased to invite you to attend the conference and workshops
Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egyptology, Papyrology and Beyond

Leipzig, November 4-6, 2015
Hashtag: #DHEgypt15
Annotated Corpora | 3D | Input of Hieroglyphics, Demotic, Greek, Coptic

Felix-Klein-Hörsaal, Paulinum (4th floor)
Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig, Germany

http://www.dh.uni-leipzig.de/wo/dhegypt15/  http://www.dh.uni-leipzig.de/wo/dhegypt15/
http://www.gko.uni-leipzig.de/aegyptisches-museum/veranstaltungen/2015.html <http://www.gko.uni-leipzig.de/aegyptisches-museum/veranstaltungen/2015.html>

Wednesday, November 4


08:30-09:30 – Registration
09:30-10:15 – Welcome (Monica Berti and Franziska Naether)
                        Keynote (Gregory R. Crane)

Research Area 1: How to Structure and Organize Data? Workflow
Chair: Felicitas Weber
10:15-10:45 – Simon Schweitzer (Berlin): The Text Encoding Software of the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae
10:45-11:15 – Frank Feder (Göttingen): Cataloguing and editing Coptic Biblical texts in an online database system
11:15-11:45 – Tom Gheldof (Leuven): Trismegistos: identifying and aggregating metadata of Ancient World texts

11:45-12:00 – Coffee Break

12:00-12:30 – Stephan Seidlmayer (Berlin/Kairo): Medienuniversum Aswan
12:30-13:00 – Monica Berti, Franziska Naether, Julia Jushaninowa, Giuseppe G.A. Celano, Polina Yordanova (Leipzig/New York): The Digital Rosetta Stone: textual alignment and linguistic annotation

13:00-15:00 – Lunch Break and time for individual appointments

15:00-15:30 – Camilla Di Biase-Dyson, Stefan Beyer, Nina Wagenknecht (Göttingen/Leipzig): Annotating figurative language: Another perspective for digital Altertumswissenschaften
15:30-16:00 – Jochen Tiepmar (Leipzig): Release of the MySQL based implementation of the CTS protocol

16:00-16:15 – Coffee Break

Chair: Holger Essler
16:15-16:45 – Simon Schweitzer (Berlin), Simone Gerhards (Mainz): Auf dem Weg zu einem TEI-Austauschformat für ägyptisch-koptische Texte
16:45-17:15 – Lajos Berkes (Heidelberg): Integrating Greek, Coptic and Arabic in the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri
17:15-17:45 – Nicola Reggiani (Heidelberg/Parma): The Corpus of Greek Medical Papyri and Digital Papyrology: new perspectives from an ongoing project
18:15-19:30 – Public Lecture introduced by Monica Berti and Franziska Naether (Hörsaal 8):
– Keynote by Gregory R. Crane
– Felix Schäfer (DAI Berlin, IANUS): Ein länges Leben für Deine Daten!

19:30 – Reception in the Egyptian Museum, Kroch-Hochhaus, Goethestraße 2
Welcome address by Dietrich Raue, Buffet, Get together, short guided tours
(by Dietrich Raue and Franziska Naether)

Thursday, November 5


Chair: Camilla Di Biase-Dyson
09:15-09:45 – Marc Brose, Josephine Hensel, Gunnar Sperveslage, (Leipzig/Berlin): Von Champollion bis Erman – Lexikographiegeschichte im Digitalen Zeitalter, Projekt “Altägyptische Wörterbücher im Verbund”
09:45-10:15 – Lucia Vannini (London): Virtual reunification of papyrus fragments
10:15-10:45 – Matthias Schulz (Leipzig): What remains behind – on the virtual reconstruction of dismembered manuscripts

10:45-11:00 – Coffee Break

Research Area 2: Which Fields of Research are Relevant? Established and Emerging Use Cases
11:00-11:30 – Anne Herzberg (Berlin): Prosopographia Memphitica. Individuelle Identitäten und Kollektive Biographien einer Residenzstadt des Neuen Reiches
11:30-12:00 – Felicitas Weber (Swansea): The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE
12:00-12:30 – Holger Essler, Vincenzo Damiani (Würzburg): Anagnosis – automatisierte Buchstabenverknüpfung von Transkript und Papyrusabbildung

12:30-14:30 – Lunch Break and time for individual appointments

Chair: Simon Schweitzer
14:30-15:00 – So Miyagawa (Göttingen/Kyoto): An Intuitive Unicode Input Method for Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing: Applying the Input Technology of the Japanese Writing System
15:00-15:30 – Mark-Jan Nederhof (St. Andrews): OCR of hand-written transcriptions of hieroglyphic text
15:30-16:00 – Claudia Maderna-Sieben, Fabian Wespi, Jannik Korte (Heidelberg): Deciphering Demotic Digitally

16:00-16:15 – Coffee Break

16:15-16:45 – Christopher Waß (München): Demotisch, Hieratisch und SQL: Ein Beispiel für die Anwendung von DH in der Ägyptologie

Research Area 3: How to Train Next Generations? Teaching
16:45-17:15 – Julia Jushaninowa (Leipzig): E-learning Kurs “Verarbeitung digitaler Daten in der Ägyptologie”

Research Area 4: How to Impact Society? Citizen Science and Public Engagement
17:15-17:45 – Usama Gad (Heidelberg/Cairo): The Digital Challenges and Chances: The Case of Papyri and Papyrology in Egypt
17:45-18:15 – Aris Legowski (Bonn): The Project is completed! What now? The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead – A Digital Textzeugenarchiv

19:00 – Dinner at “Pascucci”

Friday, November 6


10:00-10:15 – Introduction to workshops

10:15-12:15 – Workshops

Workshop 1: Disruptive Technologies: Feature on 3D in Egyptian Archaeology
(Chair: Felix Schäfer)
short 10-min-presentations by:
Hassan Aglan (Luxor): 3D tombs modeling by simple tools
Rebekka Pabst (Mainz): Neue Bilder, neue Möglichkeiten. Chancen für die Ägyptologie durch das 3D-Design
Room: Seminar Room next to Felix-Klein-Hörsaal

Workshop 2 – Annotated Corpora: Trends and Challenges
(Chair : tba)
Room: Felix-Klein-Hörsaal

12:15-13:00 – Summary and final Discussion, Outlook

13:00 – Lunch Break & Departure of Participants

Poster Presentations

Isabelle Marthot (Universität Basel):
Papyri of the University of Basel (together with Sabine Huebner and Graham Claytor)
University of Minnesota Project: Ancient Lives, a crowd-sourced Citizen Science project

Uta Siffert (Universität Wien)
Project Meketre: From Object to Icon (together with Lubica Hudakova, Peter Jánosy and Claus Jurman)

Journal “Digital Classics Online”

Organizers & Contact

Dr. Monica Berti
Alexander von Humboldt-Lehrstuhl für Digital Humanities – Institut für Informatik
Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
www.dh.uni-leipzig.de  http://www.dh.uni-leipzig.de/
monica.berti at uni-leipzig.de <mailto:monica.berti at uni-leipzig.de>

Dr. Franziska Naether
Ägyptologisches Institut/Ägyptisches Museum – Georg Steindorff
Goethestraße 2, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Telefon 0341 97-37146
Telefax 0341 97-37029
www.aegyptologisches-institut.uni-leipzig.de  http://www.aegyptologisches-institut.uni-leipzig.de/
naether at uni-leipzig.de <mailto:naether at uni-leipzig.de>
September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016
Volkswagen Visiting Research Fellow
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York

Dr. Monica Berti
Alexander von Humboldt-Lehrstuhl für Digital Humanities
Institut für Informatik
Universität Leipzig
Augustusplatz 10
04109 Leipzig
E-mail: monica.berti at uni-leipzig.de <mailto:monica.berti at uni-leipzig.de> 
Web 1: http://www.dh.uni-leipzig.de  http://www.dh.uni-leipzig.de/
Web 2: http://www.monicaberti.com  http://www.monicaberti.com/ 

        Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:30:03 -0400
        From: Ben Miller <bjmiller at mit.edu>
        Subject: CFP: CMN'16, Seventh Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative


Seventh Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'16)
Special Focus: Computational Narrative and the Humanities

a satellite workshop of:

Digital Humanities 2016 (DH2016)
11-13 July 2016
Krakow, Poland



7 March 2016.  Submission deadline.

11 April 2016.  Notification of acceptance.

16 May 2016.  Final Camera Ready Versions Due.

11-13 July 2016.  CMN'™16.

11-16 July 2016.  DH2016.


The workshop series, Computational Models of Narrative (CMN) is 
dedicated to advancing the computationally-grounded study of narrative. 

  Now in its seventh iteration, the workshop has a tradition of crossing 
academic borders and bringing together researchers from different 
disciplines on a common object of study.  Narrative provides a model for 
organizing and communicating experience, knowledge, and culture. 

  Investigations of narrative operations in textual, aural, and visual 
media have been systematically pursued in the humanities since before 
the early structural linguistics and folklorist inspired work of the 
Russian Formalists, and in the computing sciences since before the early 
cognitive science inspired work on scripts and frames.  Research 
continues on computational approaches across the humanities and 
sciences.  In order to appreciate the various domains and approaches 
connected to the computationally enabled study of narratives and 
narrative theory, it is becoming increasingly clear that research in 
this area requires engagement from many communities of interest. 

  Peer-reviewed full proceedings from CMN'13, '˜14, and '15 are each 
available in the OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs) published by 
Schloss Dagstuhl.

Special Focus: Computational Narrative and the Humanities

This inter-disciplinary workshop will be an appropriate venue for papers 
addressing fundamental topics and questions regarding narrative.  Papers 
should be relevant to the computational modeling, and scientific or 
humanistic understanding of narrative. The workshop will have a special 
focus on how the computational modeling, analysis, or generation of 
narrative has affected approaches in the humanities for studying and 
generating narrative in or across textual, aural, or visual media. 

  Possible themes could connect to the representation of narrative, 
connections between cognition and narrative or knowledge representation 
and narrative, the use of heuristics to handle complexity, incorporation 
of insights about human thinking, the use of narrative to organize 
information in the humanities, the relationship between top-down and 
bottom-up approaches for narrative understanding, or how narrative is 
seen to function differently depending upon the medium.  Regardless of 
its topic, reported work should provide some sort of insight of use to 
computational modeling of narratives. Discussing technological 
applications or motivations is not prohibited, but is not required. We 
accept both finished research and more tentative exploratory work.

We invite and encourage submissions either as full papers or position 
papers, through the workshop's EasyChair 

We also invite you to submit an abstract soon so that we can gauge the 
number of submissions we can expect. (Submitting an abstract is possible 
without submitting the full paper at the same time.)  Full papers should 
contain original research and have to fit within 16 pages in the OASIcs 
style (plus two pages of references); position papers can report on 
work-in-progress, research plans or projects and have to fit within four 
pages in the OASIcs style (plus one page of references).OASIcs webpage: 

OASICs style: http://drops.dagstuhl.de/styles/oasics/oasics-authors.tgz

Illustrative Topics and Questions

- How can computational narratives be studied from a humanities point of 

- Are generative models of narrative texts, movies or video games 
possible, desirable, and useful?

- What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs? Is there such a 
set? How many possible story lines are there?

- Is narrative structure universal, or are there systematic differences 
in narratives from different cultures?

- How are narratives affected by the media used to convey them?

- What aspects of cross-linguistic work has narrative research neglected?

- What opportunities are there for narrative analysis across languages?

- What makes narrative different from a list of events or facts?

- How do conceptions and models of spatiality or temporality influence 
narrative and narrative theory?

- What are the details of the relationship between narrative and 
language, image, or sound?

- How is narrative knowledge captured and represented?

- How are narratives indexed and retrieved? Is there a universal scheme 
for encoding episodic information?

- What shared resources are required for the computational study of 
narrative? What should a “Story Bank” contain?

- What shared resources and tools are available, or how can 
already-extant resources be adapted to the study of narrative?

- What are appropriate formal or computational representations for 

- How should we evaluate computational and formal models of narrative?

- Can narrative be subsumed by current models of higher-level cognition, 
or does it require new approaches?

- How do narratives mediate our cognitive experiences, or affect our 
cognitive abilities?

- How can narrative systems be applied to problem-solving?

- How far are we from a theory of narrative adaptation across media?


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