[Humanist] 29.736 events: archives; the Internet; spatial humanities

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 736.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Cornelius Puschmann <cornelius.puschmann at hiig.de>        (200)
        Subject: Final CfP AoIR 2016 Berlin (submit by March 1st)

  [2]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                             (18)
        Subject: Spatial Humanities conference, Lancaster, UK

  [3]   From:    Ian Milligan <ianmilligan1 at gmail.com>                     (29)
        Subject: Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed Hackathon 2.0

        Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:22:24 +0100
        From: Cornelius Puschmann <cornelius.puschmann at hiig.de>
        Subject: Final CfP AoIR 2016 Berlin (submit by March 1st)

3rd (and final) Call for Proposals

Workshops: 5 October 2016
Main Conference: 6-8 October 2016

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

AoIR 2016 is the 17th annual conference of the Association of Internet
Researchers, a transdisciplinary gathering of scholars interested in the
place of networked technologies in social processes. This year's conference
ist jointly hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and
Society and the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research.

AoIR 2016 will emphasize the relevance of the Internet in today’s culture
and politics. The conference theme addresses the significance of the codes
and rules that frame the Internet, as well as their playful circumvention,
from technical protocols and popular platforms to the emerging,
established, and contested conventions of online communities. Who are the
actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking, what are their
motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and
communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the
proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and
infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How
do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these

The committee calls for proposals for papers, panels, workshops,
roundtables, and other events that engage with the conference theme or the
field more generally. Topics could include (but are not limited to):

- coordination and rule-making online
- media, culture and identity
- (h)activism and social justice
- critical approaches to algorithms, platform studies
- codes and practices of internet culture
- connected devices and the internet of things
- big data and predictive analytics
- techno-social interfaces
- digital labor, crowdsourcing and co-creation
- internet governance and regulation
- (global) social media
- communication, participation and polarization online
- philosophy of information and knowledge

We particularly invite submissions that engage with or challenge the
conference theme in new and exciting ways, are innovative, or present a
novel approach to the topic. We encourage “experimental sessions” that
extend research in unusual directions (via method, topic or presentation
structure). We also welcome submissions on topics that address social,
cultural, political, legal, aesthetic, economic, and/or philosophical
aspects of the internet beyond the conference theme. The committee extends
a special invitation to students, researchers, and practitioners who have
previously not participated in an Internet Research event to submit


We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions to encompass
the breadth of relevant research. We welcome proposals for traditional
academic conference PAPERS, organized PANELS, ROUNDTABLES, FISHBOWLS,
that will focus on discussion and interaction among conference delegates.
Finally, doctoral students are invited to participate in the DOCTORAL
COLLOQUIUM preceding the main conference.


15 January 2016
Submission site opens for AoIR 2016 in Berlin

1 March 2016

15 March 2016
Nominations for Nancy Baym Book award and Best Dissertation Award due

5 May 2016
Notification of acceptances for presenters

15 June 2016
Applications due for conference travel SCHOLARSHIPS and for DOCTORAL

1 August 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline for all presenters

For further information and updates, please visit the conference website at


Traditional papers: Paper submissions should articulate the issue or
research question to be discussed, the methodological or critical framework
used, and indicate the findings or conclusions to be presented and/or the
relevance to wider conference themes. Papers can present any kind of
research or analysis, but should be written so that the importance of the
work can be understood by reviewers working in different disciplines or
using different approaches. Cross- or trans-disciplinary work is especially
encouraged. Paper submissions should be approximately 1200 words long,
including references. Please note that paper submissions must adhere to
AoIR’s pre-formatted template and should give an indication as to the
consistency, rigor and relevance of the work. (More information on
submission formats and templates available here:
aoir.org/aoir2016/submissions) Presentations at the conference are
generally intended to be dynamic, and provide a broad overview of the
scholarship being engaged, with the hope of generating useful conversation.

Preconstituted panels: Panels should present a coherent group of papers on
a single theme. Panel proposals should include 1200-word abstracts as above
for each of the constituent papers, as well as a brief statement
articulating the papers’ relationship to each other. It is recommended that
panels include four papers, although submissions of three to five papers
will also be considered. The organizer is responsible for compiling the
proposal into a single document for submission.

Preconference workshops: Workshops may be either half or full-day events
that occur on the first day of the conference and focus on a particular
topic. They may be a workshop of some kind (e.g., a publishing workshop), a
methodological “bootcamp” (e.g., on ethnography or statistical analysis),
an exploration of a theoretical tradition or topical area (e.g., symbolic
interaction, political economy, or GIS) or anything else that may be of
interest to conference delegates. Proposals for workshops should explain
for a general scholarly audience the goals of the workshop, the way it will
operate, and an indication of potential audience or attendees who may be
interested in attending (such as “early career scholars” or “researchers
using statistical analysis”). Proposals for workshops should be
approximately 600-800 words in length, and should name the workshop

Roundtable Sessions: Roundtables encourage discussion and interaction among
delegates. They may involve brief introductory presentations by organizers.
Proposals should include details on the theme or topic of discussion and
its relevance, along with names of the organizers/initial participants.
Roundtables can include no more than 5 initial participants. Roundtable
submissions should be between 250-300 words long (to be included as the
“abstract” in the submissions process–no separate document need be

Open Fishbowls: Fishbowl sessions should cover broad topics of interest to
a wide segment of the AoIR community, and create a space for dialogue
across different types of research. Submitted proposals should include a
brief statement as to the core idea or theme for the fishbowl, emphasizing
its relation to conference themes or relevance to the IR community.
Fishbowls can include no more than 5 initial participants (named fish).

Experimental Sessions: Experimental sessions are those that, while of
interest to members or engaging with conference themes, meaningfully “push
the envelope” beyond more traditional forms of conference engagement and
participation and as such do not fit into any of the other proposal
formats. Examples may include Ignite or pecha-kucha presentations,
demonstrations, performances, installations, short-form workshops,
unsessions, maker or code-based projects, or interactive experiences.
Proposals for experimental sessions should describe for a general scholarly
audience the goal or idea of the session and how it will operate, and
discuss why the proposed format will be of interest to AoIR delegates.
Organizers of experimental sessions will be responsible for supplying any
necessary equipment beyond that usually provided for conference
presentations, and should be prepared to coordinate closely with the
conference committee as necessary to enable a successful presentation of
the alternative format. To encourage this kind of submission, we are again
offering the “Halavais Prize for Weirdness” this year for the most
interesting and successful submission in a non-traditional format.

Doctoral Colloquium: The Association of Internet Researchers believes that
its emerging researchers are the best in its disparate constituent fields.
In keeping with its commitment to students’ scholarship, we continue the
tradition of bringing emerging and established scholars together through
the AoIR 2016 Doctoral Colloquium. The colloquium offers PhD students
working in internet research or a related field a special, day-long forum,
to be convened on 5 October 2016. For many years, this pre-conference event
has provided students with the opportunity to a concentrated amount of time
with senior scholars to share research projects, address methodological and
theoretical challenges, and exchange informal advice on juggling the
multiple pressures associated with job searching, publishing, and finishing
the dissertation
Interested students should prepare a) a two-page summary of your research.
This should provide a context for the research, describe the methods being
used, the progress to date, and primary concerns and issues; and b) A brief
statement indicating why you want to participate in this doctoral
colloquium and what you hope to get out of it. These are due on or before
15 June 2016. For further questions, don't hesitate to contact Ben Light,
the doctoral colloquium chair, at aoir2016dc [at] aoir [dot] org.


In order to increase the diversity of participation in the AoIR
conferences, the Association of Internet Researchers makes available
conference fee waivers and partial travel stipends ($500) per year. The
number of fee waivers and travel stipends will depend first of all upon the
ability of the conference budget to sustain such waivers (a judgment to be
made by the AoIR Executive Committee upon the advice of the AoIR Treasurer
and the local organizing committee) as well as upon the quality of the
applications for fee waivers. Conference scholarships are made available
only to participants who have had papers accepted via the peer review
process, and applications are due on 15 June 2016, after acceptances have
been announced.

More information will be made available regarding the scholarship
application process at the conference website: aoir.org/aoir2016.


Please address any questions to the conference chair, Cornelius Puschmann,
Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, aoir2016 [at] aoir [dot] org.


Dr. Cornelius Puschmann
Postdoctoral Researcher (DFG)
Berlin School of Library and Information Science (BSLIS)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dorotheenstraße 26
10117 Berlin, Germany

Research Associate
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
Oberwallstraße 9
10117 Berlin, Germany

Faculty Associate
Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
23 Everett Street, Second Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

p: +49 7541 6009-1321
e: cornelius.puschmann at hiig.de
e: cpuschmann at cyber.law.harvard.edu
w: cbpuschmann.net

        Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:45:33 +0000
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Spatial Humanities conference, Lancaster, UK
        In-Reply-To: <3684C4F640915C4E8780EF8E3E0239ED0EF6E32C at EX-1-MB0.lancs.local>

> From: "Gregory, Ian" <i.gregory at lancaster.ac.uk<mailto:i.gregory at lancaster.ac.uk>>

Spatial Humanities 2016
Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
15-16th Sept 2016

This major European conference is concerned with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other spatial technologies in humanities research.  The main aim of the conference is to explore and demonstrate the contributions to knowledge that these technologies enable within and beyond the digital humanities.  We welcome submissions on all aspects of using GIS in humanities research from database development to applied research in which spatial technologies have made a contribution to understanding of the past.  We welcome contributions from all humanities disciplines including (but not limited to) history (including fields from social science history such as historical demography and environmental history), archaeology, literary studies, classics, linguistics and religious studies.  Contributions from PhD students are encouraged.  Non-speaking participants who are keen to learn what is happening in the field are also welcome.

  *   Deadline for applications:  25th March 2016.
  *   Author acceptance:  22nd April 2016.
  *   Registration opens:  3rd May 2016.
  *   Early registration closes:  1st August 2016.

Venue:  Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.  Lancaster can be easily accessed from Manchester or Liverpool Airports, the West Coast main railway line or the M6 motorway.  Direct trains from Manchester Airport take a little over an hour, the train from London takes around two and a half hours.  For more details on transport see: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/contact-and-getting-here/maps-and-travel/

Costs:  The conference is sponsored by the European Research Council enabling us to keep costs low.  Registration will open on the date above.  Full early registration including teas & coffees and lunch on both days will cost £195 with a £95 student rate.  Day rates will cost £110 (full) and £55 (student) respectively.  Late registration prices will be announced nearer the time. Accommodation is available in the university and the city and should be booked separately once papers have been accepted.

For further information and registration see:  http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/spatialhum/
For informal enquiries contact:  spatialhum at lancaster.ac.uk<mailto:spatialhum at lancaster.ac.uk>

*** Attachments:

        Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:51:22 -0500
        From: Ian Milligan <ianmilligan1 at gmail.com>
        Subject: Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed Hackathon 2.0
        In-Reply-To: <3684C4F640915C4E8780EF8E3E0239ED0EF6E32C at EX-1-MB0.lancs.local>

***Call for Participation***

Archives Unleashed 2.0: Web Archive Datathon

Library of Congress, Washington DC
14 – 15 June 2016
Travel grants available for US-based graduate students; other travel funding may be available
Applications due 15 March 2016

**This event is a follow-up to the Archives Unleashed datathon held in March at the University of Toronto Library. With generous funding from the National Science Foundation and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), we’ve been able to extend the datathon program, and are excited to bring this program to the Library of Congress.**

The World Wide Web has a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.

Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude of fields. Scholars broaching topics dating back to the mid-1990s will find their projects enhanced by web data. Moreover, scholars hoping to study the evolution of cultural and societal phenomena will find a treasure trove of data in web archives. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

While there has been considerable discussion about web archive tools and datasets, few forums or mechanisms for coordinated, mutually informing development efforts have been created. This hackathon presents an opportunity to collaboratively unleash our web collections, exploring cutting-edge research tools while fostering a broad-based consensus on future directions in web archive analysis.

This hackathon will bring together a small group of 20-30 participants to collaboratively develop new open-source tools and approaches to hackathon, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Researchers should be comfortable with command line interactions, and knowledge of a scripting language such as Python strongly desired. By bringing together a group of like-minded scholars and programmers, we hope to begin building unified analytic production effort and to continue coalescing this nascent research community.

At this event, we hope to converge on a shared vision of future directions in the use of web archives for inquiry in the humanities and social sciences in order to build a community of practice around various web archive analytics platforms and tools.

Thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Waterloo’s Department of History, the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and the University of Waterloo, and the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, we will cover all meals and refreshments for attendees. We are also providing sample datasets for people to work on during the hackathon, or they are happy to use their own. Included datasets are:

	• the .gov web archive covering the American government domain
	• Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups collection

Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of interest and a CV to Matthew Weber (matthew.weber at rutgers.edu <mailto:matthew.weber at rutgers.edu>) by 15 March 2016 with “Archives Unleashed” in the subject line. This expression of interest should address the scholarly questions that you will be bringing to the hackathon, and what datasets you might be interested in either working with or bringing to the event. Applicants will be notified by 25 March 2016.

We have a limited number of travel grants available for graduate students; preference will be given to those who have not participated in the Archives Unleashed program in the past, although we welcome returning participants. These grants can cover up to $750 in expenses. If you are in an eligible position, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant. A letter of support from your graduate supervisor will also strengthen your application.

On behalf of the organizers,

Matthew Weber (Rutgers University), Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo), Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo)

Ian Milligan
Assistant Professor
Department of History, Faculty of Arts
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1
P 519-888-4567, ext. 32775
C 519-807-7279
Skype: ian.e.milligan

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