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               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 172.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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   [1]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                         (193)
         Subject: Last Call for Papers: 2008 Chicago Colloquium on
                 Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS)

   [2]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                         (104)
         Subject: Call for Papers: Marco Manuscript Workshop, U of
                 Tennessee, February 6-7, 2009

   [3]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                         (100)
         Subject: Free Computational Power for Digital Humanities

   [4]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                          (79)
         Subject: LATA 2009: 2nd call for papers

         Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 22:31:32 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Last Call for Papers: 2008 Chicago Colloquium on=20
Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS)

Dear colleagues,

Appended below is the final Call for Papers for the 2008 Chicago
Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science
( This year's event is taking place at the=20
University of Chicago,
November 1=C2=963. Please note the August 31 deadline for the Call for

In response to feedback from the last two colloquia at Northwestern
and the University of Chicago (and inspired in part by the success of
THATCamp, we've added time before the colloquium
proper for participant organized workshops, seminars and birds-of-a-
feather meetings. We also have plans in place to produce an annual
online publication through the University of Chicago of the
colloquium's proceedings.

More details on this and other efforts to encourage DHCS participants
and presenters network and exchange ideas in advance of the event may
be found on the colloquium's website,

with best regards,

Arno Bosse
Senior Director for Technology
Division of the Humanities
University of Chicago
1115 E. 58th St., Walker Room 213F
Chicago, IL  60637
Phone: 773-702-6177
Fax: 773-834-5867


Call for Papers: 2008 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and
Computer Science

DHCS Colloquium, November 1 - 3, 2008
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2008

The goal of the annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and
Computer Science (DHCS) is to bring together researchers and scholars
in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of
digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify
and explore new directions and perspectives for future research. The
first DHCS Colloquium in 2006 ( examined
the challenges and opportunities posed by the "million books"
digitization projects.  The second DHCS Colloquium in 2007
) focused on searching and querying as both tools and methodologies.

The theme of the third Chicago DHCS Colloquium is "Making Sense" - an
exploration of how meaning is created and apprehended at the
transition from the digital to the analog.

We invite submissions from scholars and researchers on all topics that
intersect current theory and practice in the humanities and computer

Sponsored by the Humanities Division, the Computation Institute, NSIT
Academic Technologies and the University Library at the University of
Chicago, Northwestern University and the College of Science and
Letters at the Illinois Institute of Technology.



The University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Keynote Speakers:

* Oren Etzioni is director of the Turing Center and professor of
computer science at the University of Washington where his current
research interests (
) include fundamental problems in the study of artificial
intelligence, web search, machine reading, and machine learning.
Etzioni was the founder of Farecast, a company that utilizes data
mining techniques to anticipate airfare fluctuations, and the
KnowItAll project, which is is building domain-independent systems to
extract information from the Web in an autonomous, scalable manner.
Etzioni has published extensively in his field and served as an
associate editor of the ACM Transactions on the Web and on the
editorial board of the Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery,
amongst others.

* Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and new media artist whose
work focuses on the visual explorations of culturally significant data
( He is the founding manager of IBM's
Visual Communication Lab, which researches new forms of visualization
and how they can enable better collaboration. The lab's latest project
is Many Eyes (, an experiment in open public
data visualization and analysis. Wattenberg is also known for his
visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited at the London
Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art,
and the New York Museum of Modern Art.

* Stephen Downie is associate professor in the Graduate School of
Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. His research interests
) include the design and evaluation of IR systems, including
multimedia music information retrieval, the political economy of inter-
networked communication systems, database design and web-based
technologies. Downie is the principal investigator of the
International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation
Laboratory (IMIRSEL) which is working on producing a large, secure
corpus of audio and symbolic music data accessible to the music
information retrieval (MIR) community.

Program Committee:

* Shlomo Argamon, Computer Science department, Illinois Institute of
* Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
* John Goldsmith, Department of Linguistics, Computer Science,
Computation Institute, University of Chicago
* Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near
East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago Library
* Robert Morrissey, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures,
Director of the ARTFL Project, University of Chicago
* Martin Mueller, Department of English and Classics, Northwestern
* Mark Olsen, Associate Director of the ARTFL Project, University of
* Anne Rogers, Department of Computer Science, University of Chicago
* Jason Salavon, Department of Visual Arts, Computation Institute,
University of Chicago
* Kotoka Suzuki, Department of Music, Visual Arts, University of Chicago
* Gary Tubb, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations,
University of Chicago

Call for Participation:

Participation in the colloquium is open to all. We welcome submissions

* Paper presentations (20 minute maximum)
* Poster sessions
* Software demonstrations
* Performances
* Pre-conference tutorials/workshops
* Pre-conference 'birds of a feather' meetings

Preliminary Colloquium Schedule:

DHCS will begin with a half-day, pre-conference on Saturday, November
1 offering introductory tutorials on topics such as text analysis/data-
mining and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications for the
humanities. We also encourage colloquium attendees to use the pre-
conference period for informal "birds of a feather" meetings on topics
of common interest (e.g. "digital archaeology").

The formal DHCS colloquium program runs from Sunday, November 2 to
Monday, November 3 and will consist of four, 1-1/2 hour paper panels
and two, two-hour poster sessions as well as three keynotes. Generous
time has been set aside for questions and follow-up discussions after
each panel and in the schedule breaks. There are no parallel sessions.

For further details, please see the preliminary colloquium schedule

Suggested Submission Topics:

* Computing Cinematic Syntax
* Statistical Analyses and Literary Meaning
* Visualizing Humanist Data: Lessons from Industry & Big Science
* Sound, Video & Image based Information Retrieval
* Genetic Algorithms and Computational Intelligence
* Web Services for Humanist Scholarship
* Serious Gaming / Meaningful Play
* Cartography and the Digital Traveler / GIS Applications for the
* Representing Reading Time
* Computer-mediated Interaction
* Gestural & Haptic Control for Music Composition
* Deconstructing Machine Learning
* Recognizing and Modeling Objects, Scenes & Events in 2D, 3D and Video
* Contemporary Art / Creative Technologies
* Historicizing Machine Learning Ontologies
* Cyberinfrastructure and High-Performance Computing for the Humanities
* Programming Algorithmic Art
* Virtual Acoustic Space and Aural Architecture
* Eye Tracking & Scene Perception in the Cinema
* Future Interactive Fictions
* Semantic Search / Semantic Web
* Automatic Extraction and Analysis of Natural Language Style Elements
* Music Perception and Cognition
* Social Scholarship / Socialized Search
* Multi-agent Systems for Modeling Language Change
* Empirical Philosophy / Affective Computing / Augmented Vision

Submission Format:

Please submit a (2 page maximum) abstract in Adobe PDF (preferred) or
MS Word format to

Graduate Student Travel Fund:

A limited number of bursaries are available to assist graduate
students who are presenting at the colloquium with their travel and
accommodation expenses. No separate application form is required.
Current graduate students whose proposals have been accepted will be
contacted by the organizers with more details.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, August 31
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, September 15
Full Program Announcement: Monday, September 22
Registration: Monday, September 22 - Friday, October 24
Colloquium: Saturday, November 1 - Monday, November 3

Contact Info:

Please email or tweet dhcs2008

Organizing Committee:

* Arno Bosse, Senior Director for Technology, Humanities Division,
University of Chicago.
* Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
* Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near
East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago Library.
* Mark Olsen, Associate Director, ARTFL Project, University of Chicago

         Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 22:42:28 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Call for Papers: Marco Manuscript Workshop, U of=20
Tennessee, February 6-7, 2009

Marco Manuscript Workshop: "Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts"
February 6-7, 2009
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

A two-day workshop on manuscript studies will be held at the
University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the workshop is organized by
Professors Roy M. Liuzza (English) and Maura K. Lafferty (Classics).
The workshop is intended to be more a class than a conference;
participants will be invited to share both their successes and
frustrations, and to work together towards developing better
professional skills for textual and paleographical work in Medieval

Last year's workshop focused on the problems of editing texts
characterized by constant change in pre-print culture; this year's
workshop will explore the theme of violence, deliberate or otherwise,
against texts. Texts are inextricably bound to their material context,
and material damage can have significant implications both for the
reading of a text and for our understanding of its reception and use.
Erasures and other deletions call attention to themselves, often
dramatically, insisting on the presence of their absence, constantly
reminding the reader to remember to forget what has been altered or
removed. Damage and defacement can convey a powerful message; they may
tell us just as much about reading practices, ownership (of individual
books and of the meaning of the text itself), claims of authority,
assertions of power, the circulation of texts, and the interactions of
textual communities as more positive marks like glosses, annotations,
and colophons. Apart from damage through accident or neglect, which
may leave incomplete or illegible fragments whose original status must
be reconstructed, many manuscripts have erasures or corrections by
contemporary or later scribes; words are deleted, names erased, text
excised or cancelled. Violence can be done in damnatio memoriae;
equally severe damage can result from a modern curator's efforts to
preserve or recover faded readings. Some books fall apart from
overuse; others are dismembered as being worthless. Texts can also be
violated in ways that are less damaging to their physical material,
but equally shattering: rewritings can fundamentally alter the text's
meaning, sections can be extracted and placed in new contexts,
contradictory texts can be bound together, commentary that attacks or
distorts the text can be copied alongside it, and so on. Arguably,
even modern printed critical editions imposes this sort of violence on
the texts they hope to preserve.

How should we regard these many forms of violent engagement with
texts? Is an act of textual violence always a violation, the
destruction of a privileged original, a gap that must be repaired? Or
can editors and readers learn to regard the violence itself as an
element of the text's identity as a cultural and social construct? How
can we read such violence to understand the later use, appropriation,
or abuse of the text, and its new role(s) in a changing world? We
invite papers from scholars in all fields concerned with textual
editing, manuscript studies, and epigraphy, especially those who are
working on damaged, distorted, or otherwise traumatized texts; we hope
to include both scholars working on the recovery of damaged or decayed
readings and those who are examining the cultural implications of
these acts of textual trauma.

The workshop is open to scholars and students at any rank who are
engaged in manuscript research. Individual 90-minute sessions will be
devoted to each project; participants will introduce their text and
its context, discuss their approach to working with this material, and
exchange ideas and information with other participants. We
particularly invite works in progress, unusual manuscript problems,
practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or
representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a stipend of
$500 for their participation.

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2008. Applicants are asked
to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their project
to Roy M. Liuzza, Department of English, U of Tennessee, 301 McClung
Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430, or via email to <>.

The workshop is also open to scholars and students who do not wish to
present their work but may be interested in learning more about
manuscript studies. Non-presenters will not receive a stipend, but are
encouraged to participate fully in discussions and other activities.
Those wishing to attend should visit
<> or contact Roy
Liuzza for more information.

[The Marco Manuscript Workshop is sponsored by the Marco Institute for
Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and supported by the Humanities
Initiative Committee and the Office of Research at the University of

Dot Porter, University of Kentucky
Program Coordinator
Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities
Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments 859-257-1257 x.82115

         Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 22:51:05 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Free Computational Power for Digital Humanities Research

IBM Presents: A Workshop on Humanities Applications for the World
Community Grid

On October 6, 2008, IBM will be sponsoring a free one-day workshop in
Washington, DC on high performance computing for humanities and social
science research.

This workshop is aimed at digital humanities scholars, computer
scientists working on humanities applications, library information
professionals, and others who are involved in humanities and social
science research using large digital datasets. The session will be
hosted by IBM computer scientists who will conduct a hands-on session
describing how high performance computing systems like IBM=C2=92s World
Community Grid can be used for humanities research.

The workshop is intended to be much more than just a high-level
introduction. There will be numerous technical demonstrations and
opportunities for participants to discuss potential HPC projects. Topics
will include: how to parallelize your code; useful tools and utilities;
data storage and access; and a technical overview of the World Community
Grid architecture.

Brett Bobley and Peter Losin from the Office of Digital Humanities at
the National Endowment for the Humanities have been invited to discuss
some of the NEH's grant opportunities for humanities projects involving
high performance computing.

If attendees are already involved in projects that involve heavy
computation, they are encouraged to bring sample code, data, and outputs
so that they can speak with IBM scientists about potential next steps
for taking advantage of high performance computing. While the
demonstrations will be using the World Community Grid, our hope is that
attendees will learn valuable information that could also be applied to
other HPC platforms.

The workshop will be held from 10 AM =C2=96 3 PM on October 6, 2008 at the
IBM Institute for Electronic Government at 1301 K Street, NW,
Washington, DC. To register, please contact Sherry Swick, Available spaces will be filled on a first-come,
first served basis.

*/More about the World Community Grid/*

World Community Grid, a philanthropic initiative developed by the IBM
Corporation, offers researchers a unique opportunity to accelerate the
pace of their work while also mobilizing people worldwide around
critical social issues.

Launched by IBM in November 2004, World Community Grid uses grid
technology to harness the plentiful, underutilized resource of PCs and
laptops to support humanitarian research. Today, volunteers around the
globe have donated the computational power of close to 1 million PCs;
World Community Grid is harnessing their power when the computers are on
but not in use to help advance promising research. Results on critical
health issues have already been achieved, demonstrating World Community
Grid=C2=92s potential to make significant inroads on a great range of future
projects that can benefit the world.

World Community Grid is available free-of-charge only to public and
not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research that might
otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer
infrastructure required in the absence of a public grid. As part of
IBM=C2=92s commitment to advancing human welfare, all results must be
published in the public domain and made public to the global research
community. Current research partners include The Scripps Research
Institute, The University of Texas Medical Branch, New York University,
University of Washingon, French Muscular Dystrophy Association, the
University of Cape Town and The Ontario Cancer Institute.

If you are interested in having your project considered for World
Community Grid, please go to:

Robin Willner
Vice President, Global Community Initiatives
IBM Corporation, New Orchard Road, Armonk, NY 10504
914-499-5619 (t/l: 8/641) Fax: 914-499-7684 <>

Check out our website:
Join _www.worldcommunitygrid.org_ today!

         Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 22:54:19 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: LATA 2009: 2nd call for papers


Second Call for Papers


Tarragona, Spain, April 2-8, 2009



LATA is a yearly conference in theoretical computer science and its
applications. As linked to the International PhD School in Formal
Languages and Applications that was developed at the host institute in
the period 2002-2006, LATA 2009 will reserve significant room for young
scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting
contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas
(bioinformatics, systems biology, language technology, artificial
intelligence, etc.).


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not
limited to:

- algebraic language theory
- algorithms on automata and words
- automata and logic
- automata for system analysis and programme verification
- automata, concurrency and Petri nets
- biomolecular nanotechnology
- cellular automata
- circuits and networks
- combinatorics on words
- computability
- computational, descriptional, communication and parameterized complexity
- data and image compression
- decidability questions on words and languages
- digital libraries
- DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing
- document engineering
- extended automata
- foundations of finite state technology
- fuzzy and rough languages
- grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, multidimensional,
unification, categorial, etc.)
- grammars and automata architectures
- grammatical inference and algorithmic learning
- graphs and graph transformation
- language varieties and semigroups
- language-based cryptography
- language-theoretic foundations of natural language processing,
artificial intelligence and artificial life
- mathematical evolutionary genomics
- parsing
- patterns and codes
- power series
- quantum, chemical and optical computing
- regulated rewriting
- string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and
- symbolic dynamics
- symbolic neural networks
- term rewriting
- text algorithms
- text retrieval, pattern matching and pattern recognition
- transducers
- trees, tree languages and tree machines
- weighted machines


LATA 2009 will consist of:

- 3 invited talks
- 2 invited tutorials
- refereed contributions
- open sessions for discussion in specific subfields or on professional
issues (if requested by the participants)

Invited speakers will be:

Bruno Courcelle (Bordeaux): Graph Structure and Monadic Second-order
Logic (tutorial)
Markus Holzer (Muenchen): Nondeterministic Finite Automata: Recent
Developments (tutorial)
Sanjay Jain (Singapore): Role of Hypothesis Spaces in Inductive Inference
Kai Salomaa (Kingston, Canada): State Complexity of Nested Word Automata
Thomas Zeugmann (Sapporo): Recent Developments in Algorithmic Teaching


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