[Humanist] 32.3 events: comics annotation; spatiotemporal archaeological & historical research

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 3.
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  [1]   From:    Tom Brughmans <tom.brughmans at yahoo.com>                   (22)
        Subject: The Connected Past Oxford: CFP deadline 14 May

  [2]   From:    alexanderdunst <alexander.dunst at gmail.com>                (45)
        Subject: Comics Annotation Workshop (Potsdam, 18-19 June)

        Date: Mon, 7 May 2018 11:05:51 +0000 (UTC)
        From: Tom Brughmans <tom.brughmans at yahoo.com>
        Subject: The Connected Past Oxford: CFP deadline 14 May

The Connected Past Oxford 2018

What? An international conference on spatiotemporal archaeological and historical network research

When? 6-7 December 2018

Where? University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Keynotes? Dr. Nathalie Riche (Microsoft Research) and Dr. Matthew Peeples (Arizona State University)

Deadline call for papers? 14 May 2018

More information? http://connectedpast.net

Organisers? PastNet https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/themes/pastnet-network

How do social networks evolve over very long time-scales? How did geography constrain or enhance the development of past social networks? These are fundamental questions in both the study of the human past and network research, yet our ability to answer them is severely hampered by the limited development of spatiotemporal network methods. PastNet is an inter-disciplinary network that aims to stimulate the development and application of such methods through networking meetings, a conference and a workshop.

Formal network methods are increasingly commonly applied in a wide range of disciplines to study phenomena as diverse as the connectivity of neurons in the human brain, terrorist networks, a billion interlinked Facebook profiles, and power grids. Despite this diversity and the decades-long tradition of using network methods in the social sciences, physics and computer science, the development of techniques for the study of spatial networks and long-term network change has so far been largely neglected. Network research is also becoming more common in disciplines concerned with the study of past human behaviour: archaeology, classics and history. These disciplines have a strong tradition in exploring long-term human behavioural change and spatial phenomena, despite being forced to use fragmentary textual and material sources as indirect evidence of such phenomena.

By bringing together network researchers from a diverse range of fields such as archaeology, computer science, history and physics, The Connected Past 2018 conference in Oxford aims to foster cross-disciplinary exchange to push network research further. The historical disciplines will contribute new spatiotemporal approaches and datasets to network research, whereas the traditional network research disciplines will further stimulate the critical application of network approaches to the study of the human past.

This event is part of The Connected Past series of conferences (http://connectedpast.net). It is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk) and is organised by the TORCH research network PastNet (https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/themes/pastnet-network).

We welcome submissions of abstracts on the topic of spatial and temporal network approaches. We particularly welcome abstracts that address the challenges posed by the use of or apply network approaches in historical/archaeological research contexts, welcoming case studies drawn from all periods and places. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

- Spatial networks
- Temporal networks
- Archaeological network research
- Historical network research
- Missing and incomplete data in archaeological and historical networks
- What kinds of data can archaeologists and historians use to reconstruct past networks and what kinds of issues ensue?
- Formal network analysis vs qualitative network approaches: pros, cons, potential, limitations

Please submit your abstract limited to 250 words before midnight (GMT) of May 14th 2018 to  pastnet.contact at torch.ox.ac.uk

        Date: Mon, 7 May 2018 14:45:20 +0200
        From: alexanderdunst <alexander.dunst at gmail.com>
        Subject: Comics Annotation Workshop (Potsdam, 18-19 June)

Dear All,

We at the "Hybrid Narrativity" research group are organizing a workshop
titled "Comics Annotation: Designing Common Frameworks for Empirical
Research" that will be taking place on 18-19 June at the University of
Potsdam (Germany). Please get in touch if you're interested in joining us.
We have a few places left. Below is a short description of what we'll be
doing and a list of participants so far.

Workshop on Comics Annotation: Designing Common Frameworks for Empirical
18-19 June 2018 (Potsdam, Germany)

This workshop will bring together scholars in the field of empirical comics
research to define common standards and ensure interoperability between
disciplines. Researchers interested in comics are increasingly discovering
annotation as a necessary and highly beneficial way of digitally enriching
their object of study and moving towards data-driven scholarship. For this
purpose, a number of tools and data formats have been adopted in areas as
diverse as literary and media studies, art history and linguistics,
cognitive and computer science. While this diversity represents the outcome
of different requirements and backgrounds, a lack of coordination may also
make it difficult or even impossible to share data and compare results. The
workshop aims to establish common frameworks for future research and answer
the following questions:

• What standards do we need to define to ensure interoperability between
different researchers and approaches?
• How can annotation schemes be developed and adapted for the visual
aspects of artefacts such as comics?
• How can integration be achieved between text-oriented standards, such as
TEI and CBML, and further non-text-oriented schemes?
• Where, and to what extent, do we need to move beyond, or in parallel to,
XML to support empirical studies more broadly, taking in data on
eyetracking, EEG, reading order, physiological responses, etc.?

Participants: John Bateman, Neil Cohn, Jeremy Douglass, Alexander Dunst,
Jochen Laubrock, Frederik Schlupkothen, John Walsh...

Dr. Alexander Dunst
Assistant Professor of American Studies
Dept. of English and American Studies, University of Paderborn

Director of the BMBF Early-Career Research Group
Hybrid Narrativity: Digital a
<https://groups.uni-paderborn.de/graphic-literature/wp/>nd Cognitive
Approaches to Graphic Literature  http://graphic-literature.upb.de

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