[Humanist] 30.434 events: histories of measurement cfp; whispers of the forest

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Oct 25 07:53:49 CEST 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 434.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Dawn Scarfe <dawn.scarfe at GMAIL.COM>                       (35)
        Subject: Seminar: Listening to the End of the World

  [2]   From:    Fenneke Sysling <f.h.sysling at UU.NL>                       (30)
        Subject: Call for Papers Workshop: Histories of Measurement and Self-

        Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:51:46 +0100
        From: Dawn Scarfe <dawn.scarfe at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Seminar: Listening to the End of the World

Listening to the End of the World: Live streaming the University of Tokyo
Cyberforests and other remote objects

Sat 29 October 2016
13:00 – 17:00

Goldsmiths University of London
Room 274, 1st floor Richard Hoggart Building
New Cross
SE14 6NW

A team from the University of Tokyo will present the work of Cyberforest, a
unique trans-disciplinary research programme which has been streaming and
archiving live sounds, video and other data from the University of Tokyo
Forests since 1995.

London-based artist collective SoundCamp will curate two panels bringing
together artists, academics and naturalists to place this pioneering work
in the context of related practices in the UK and beyond. This sharing of
ideas and experiences will be the basis for further exchanges and

Cyberforest http://www.cyberforest.jp/
SoundCamp http://www.soundtent.org/
John Levack Drever (SPR, Goldsmiths) http://www.gold.ac.uk/spr/
Hill Hiroki Kobayashi (University of Tokyo) http://hhkobayashi.com/
Rachel Jacobs (Active Ingredient and MRL, Nottingham) http://www.i-am-
Glenn Boulter (Octopus Collective, Cumbria) http://glennboulter.net/
Sarah Dalrymple (Cumbria Wildlife Trust) https://goo.gl/qNPuew
Japan Bird Research Association http://www.bird-research.jp/index-e.html

Organised by:

Hosted by:
Unit for Sound Practice Research, Goldsmiths

£ Donation
Available from eventbrite http://tinyurl.com/cyberforest

        Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:42 +0100
        From: Fenneke Sysling <f.h.sysling at UU.NL>
        Subject: Call for Papers Workshop: Histories of Measurement and Self-making

Call for Papers

Workshop: Histories of Measurement and Self-making

Date:                Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June 2017
Venue:              University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Speakers:         Hilary Marland & Roberta Bivins (University of Warwick)
                        Harro Maas (University of Lausanne) 

Today, people increasingly use digital technologies to collect data on their health, habits and wellbeing and sociologists of science and technology have started to discuss how these developments change our notions of identity, autonomy and privacy. This workshop explores the histories of these practices, looking at different forms of measurement and self-management in the 19th and 20th century. So far, historians have paid more attention to the role of scientists and the state in producing data about people than they have to individual practices. The aim of this workshop is to trace the genealogies of today’s culture of quantification and to investigate the role of (personalized) quantification in the making of the modern self.  
We seek to address the following questions: How were scientific techniques such as quantification applied to the individual body and household? How were sciences such as phrenology, medicine, statistics and anthropometry made personal? How did quantification change people’s understanding of themselves? How did numbers become an incentive to self-improvement? Do today’s metric practices represent change or continuity?
We invite submissions on topics related (but not limited) to histories of:

•	Personal quantification
•	Self-monitoring, self-tracking and self-management
•	Private numbers and public numbers
•	Popular science and personal uses of quantification
•	How individuals related to statistics and averages
•	Measurements in the household
•	Numeracy/quantitative literacy
•	Accounting tools in the home
•	Measureing as entertainment
•	Self-surveillance
Deadline and contact information: abstracts (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute paper and a short biographical note should be sent by 6 January 2017 to: f.h.sysling at uu.nl 
Organizers: Fenneke Sysling and Hieke Huistra (University of Utrecht)
This workshop is organized as part of the project The Quantified Self: a history – funded through the Veni Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and with support of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities in Utrecht.

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