[Humanist] 30.763 events: science of information; literary text-mining

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 21 07:26:26 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 763.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Andrew Piper, Prof." <andrew.piper at mcgill.ca>            (11)
        Subject: Re-Boot Camp June 12-16 Montreal 2017

  [2]   From:    "Ransom, Lynn" <lransom at upenn.edu>                        (26)
        Subject: Conference Reminder_The Science of Information, 1870-
                1945_This week!

        Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:53:59 +0000
        From: "Andrew Piper, Prof." <andrew.piper at mcgill.ca>
        Subject: Re-Boot Camp June 12-16 Montreal 2017

Announcing Re-Boot Camp 2017! Montreal, June 12-16, 2017

.txtLAB @McGill is pleased to announce a new week-long summer workshop: “Introduction to literary text mining using R” that will be taught by Andrew Piper.

During five full-day sessions, participants will gain hands-on experience in the computational study of literature. Research techniques from the world of natural language processing and text analysis will be introduced, including machine learning, topic modeling, sentiment analysis and social network analysis. Participants will be guided through best practices for conducting computationally driven literary critical research using the R programming language. The camp is geared towards faculty and graduate students, with no prior programming experience required.

For more information, please see https://txtlab.org/2017/02/re-boot-camp-2017/

Andrew Piper
Professor and William Dawson Scholar
Director, .txtLAB @ McGill http://txtlab.org/
Editor, CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics http://culturalanalytics.org
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
McGill University
andrew.piper at mcgill.ca<mailto:andrew.piper at mcgill.ca>

        Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:49:22 +0000
        From: "Ransom, Lynn" <lransom at upenn.edu>
        Subject: Conference Reminder_The Science of Information, 1870-1945_This week!

In partnership with the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce:
The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age
February 23-25, 2017

Registration is free and open to the public but required. For more information and to register, go to http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/science_of_information.html

The conference will take place at the Beckman Center at the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy (Fisher Fine Arts Library, 4th Floor)


Between about 1870 and 1945, for visionaries and planners around the world, projects for assembling universal knowledge and projects for effecting a universal political order went hand-in-hand. This symposium will investigate the development of intertwining utopianisms in internationalist politics and in the science of information during this period. This span of years stretches from the onset of modern war, in America and Western Europe, to its most horrific climax in World War II. It is also the period during which global transportation and communications systems were constructed, the modern global economy was knit together, and both scientific and humanistic scholarship became a professional and global enterprise. Such developments made the collection and sharing of information and the establishment of accord among nation-states especially urgent, the stuff of utopian speculation, pacifist dreams, and, sometimes, pragmatic nightmares. A striking measure of this urgency was the formation in 1922 of the League of Nations' International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation, the primary aim of which was to address and resolve issues at the intersection of information and diplomacy.

This period is also approximately the lifespan of one of the foremost of these dreamers: the pioneering information scientist Paul Otlet. Otlet, along with his partner, the Belgian statesman and the 1913 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Henri La Fontaine, championed internationalist ideals in their campaign to promote democratic access to universal knowledge. In light of the emergence of contemporary forms of information utopianism centered on the internet, big data, and the political possibilities of social media and other information technologies, Otlet in particular has become a figure of much interest among both historians of science and historians of libraries and information management. A principal goal of this conference is to bring these communities together to work towards a collective understanding of the hodgepodge of familiar and strange utopian projects that characterized this eventful seventy-five years. How did internationalist thought shape how information was processed and disseminated? Why did some political and information-sharing projects succeed and others founder? Did political and information universalism always go hand-in-hand? Could political universalism instead be paired with skepticism about information-gathering, or information universalism with nationalism? In answering these questions, this conference will shed new light on a pivotal aspect of the making of the modern world and generate valuable perspectives to inform conversations about political and information universalism today.

Speakers include:

·        Alistair Black, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
·        Rachel Sagner Buurma, Swarthmore College
·        Alex Csiszar, Harvard University
·        Teresa Davis, Princeton University
·        Robert Fox, University of Oxford
·        Eva Hemmungs Wirten, Linköping University
·        Evan Hepler-Smith, Harvard University
·        Robert Kargon, The Johns Hopkins University
·        Peter Lor, University of Pretoria
·        Kathy Peiss, University of Pennsylvania
·        Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
·        W. Boyd Rayward, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
·        Geert Somsen, Maastricht University
·        Steven Witt, Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
·        Nader Vosougghian, New York Institute of Technology

This conference is supported by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' Thomas Sovereign Gates Library Lecture Fund, the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign http://cgs.illinois.edu/  with the support of the US Department of Education Title VI grant, and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation http://www.delmas.org .

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