[Humanist] 29.740 events: representing results; Visualizing Venice

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Thu Feb 25 07:01:16 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 740.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Robert Meunier <FeinRaus at GMX.DE>                         (101)
        Subject: CfP: Representing scientific results: Forms of knowledge -
                Workshop, November 18-19, 2016 - University of Kassel,

  [2]   From:    Hannah L Jacobs <hannahlj at gmail.com>                      (35)
        Subject: Call for Applications: Visualizing Venice Digital Art
                History Workshop

        Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:56:48 +0100
        From: Robert Meunier <FeinRaus at GMX.DE>
        Subject: CfP: Representing scientific results: Forms of knowledge - Workshop, November 18-19, 2016 - University of Kassel, Germany

[The following is specifically about forms & roles of representation 
in the sciences, but the same question is raised for work in digital 
humanities, particularly when the writing is for reporting on and 
discussing work done elsewhere. Some discussion here and 
elsewhere would be good to see. --WM]

Representing scientific results: Forms of knowledge
Workshop, November 18-19, 2016 - University of Kassel, Germany
Organized by Nina Kranke and Robert Meunier
Investigating the forms as well as epistemic and social roles of scientific
representations has been an important part of science studies in the last 30
years. Representations in science are as heterogeneous as science itself.
Accordingly, the literature is vast and there is no unique definition, but, at
best, some family resemblance between the things we address as representations
in science. This workshop takes a more specific look at scientific
representations, while remaining open to the variety of formats and media used.
It focusses on a specific role of representations: Representing results of
Representation in research and representing results of research
The category of a result of scientific research is at the same time the most
obvious and a somewhat underappreciated aspect of representation. After the
practical turn in science studies, results seem remote from where the action is
in science. Furthermore, the focus on results runs the risk of falling back on
time worn distinctions like the one between representation and the world
represented or the context of discovery and the context of justification.
Indeed, observation and experimentation isolate and fabricate phenomena, use
material models and generate inscriptions. They abound in representations.
These items are mainly presented as methods or as evidence. They can, however,
under some circumstances also be used to represent results, posing the question
of the difference between evidence and results. Other items such as diagrams
are predominantly used to represent results, but they often also play a role in
the reasoning processes that accompany research. The differences lie mainly in
the role representations play rather than in the formats or media. We suggest
to revisit representations of results and ask: What can we learn about
knowledge production by focusing on the form of the product?
Forms of knowledge and formats of representation
Research typically aims at knowledge of a certain type: The composition of an
object, causal relations, statistical correlations, a taxonomy, a genealogy, or
a network of agents, and possibly many other forms of knowledge. We can
identify such forms of knowledge by looking at and abstracting from the
representations of results. Representations thus indicate what counts as result
in different situations. We can also identify types of representations that are
associated with or predominantly used to represent knowledge of a given form
(maps, statistical graphs, diagrams of mechanisms, tree diagrams, or network
graphs among others, and, of course, various forms of linguistic
representation). It seems that no form of knowledge is bound to a single format
or medium of representation, but not all knowledge can be represented in every
format. Furthermore, formats differ with regard to cognitive accessibility or
the amount or dimensionality of information that can be transported.
    * What is the relation of forms of knowledge and formats and media of
    * How are formats and media chosen and how, and under what circumstances
      are results translated between formats and media?
Working towards results and starting from results
Focusing on the representations of results shall not imply to ignore research
activity. But research activity can be looked at from the perspective of the
kind of representations if produces. Additionally, the actual crafting of
representations of results is an activity that might include the translation of
some forms of representation used in the research process (working models,
inscriptions) and the use of specific tools for data visualization.
Furthermore, representations of results are no dead ends. A result might be
used in further research or in extra scientific projects and its usability
might depend on its format as well.
    * How does the form of representations of results shape research activities
      that are meant to lead to representations of that form?
    * How are measurements, traces or facts generated in the research process
      translated into representations of results?
    * How does the form of results enable and influence their use in further
Communicating results and organizing interaction
Representations of results are used to communicate results to the scientific
community or other actors. They are geared towards convincing people, i.e. they
have rhetorical side. This might influence the choice or style of formats used.
Furthermore, representations of results are shaped by and organize interaction
among individuals and groups in terms of standardization of formats and
coordinating collaborative work.
    * How do representations of results organize the exchange and interaction
      between various groups within science and between scientists and other
      parties involved?
The workshop seeks to bring together papers focusing on case studies concerned
with representations of results in various natural and social sciences from the
perspective of philosophy of science, history of science, STS, semiotics,
cultural and media studies and related fields that address, in one way or
another, one or several of the questions raised above.
Confirmed invited speakers are: Rasmus Gr?nfeldt Winther (UCSC) and Marion
Vorms (Birkbeck University, London, Universit? Paris 1). Evening lecture: Hans-
Jörg Rheinberger (MPIWG Berlin)
We invite submissions of abstracts for individual presentations of 30 minutes,
followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Abstracts should not exceed 250-300
words. Please submit titles and abstracts by 31 March 2016 to: nina.kranke at uni-
Hotel accommodations for two nights will be provided for those whose papers are

        Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:56:20 -0500
        From: Hannah L Jacobs <hannahlj at gmail.com>
        Subject: Call for Applications: Visualizing Venice Digital Art History Workshop

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Visualizing Venice
workshop: The Ghetto of Venice. The workshop will take place June 8-20,
2016, in Venice, Italy. Application deadline: March 31, 2016.


With the support of The Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History
initiative, The Wired! Lab at Duke University, Università Iuav di Venezia,
the University of Padua, and Venice International University are
collaborating on a Summer Workshop that will train Art, Architectural and
Urban Historians with the digital media that can enhance or transform their
research questions and their capacity to communicate narratives about
objects, places and spaces to the public. This fifth annual 12-day workshop
teaches a range of digital skills in mapping, 3D modeling, mobile
application & web development, and time based media authorship to enable
participants to engage historical questions with emerging digital tools. The
course will engage with the Ghetto of Venice on the 500th anniversary of
its creation as case study for training with a variety of technologies and

Instruction will be given in English by faculty and staff from Duke
University's Wired! Lab (http://dukewired.org) and Università Iuav di

The workshop is designed for Ph.D or Post doctoral participants in the
Interpretive Humanities (including Cultural Patrimony, History of Art,
Architecture and Urbanism, History, Geography, Architecture, Archaeology,
and other relevant disciplines). Preference will be given to Ph.D. students
and recent Ph.D. graduates in History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism.

The workshop is taught at Venice International University on the island of
San Servolo in the Venetian Lagoon. Participants can live in the housing
facilities of the island of San Servolo, or arrange for accommodation in
the city of Venice.

Tuition fees are euro 1,000 (+22%VAT). Scholarships are available in order
to support tuition, travel, board and accommodation expenses. Thanks to the
generosity of the Getty Foundation.

More information:
| shss at univiu.org | summerschools at univiu.org

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