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Date:         Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:58:16 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.225 events: textual studies & publishing; language processing; European research -- and more!
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               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 225.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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   [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <>    51)
         Subject: Text comparison and digital creativity

   [2]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           47)
         Subject: 2nd International PKP Scholarly Publishing  Conference

   [3]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           38)
         Subject: European Researchers' Night tonight

   [4]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           61)
         Subject: HUMlab seminars in the Fall Semester of 2008

   [5]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           15)
         Subject: LATA 2009: final call for papers

   [6]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                            9)
         Subject: Textual Studies Conference at Loyola

         Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 22:12:52 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <>
         Subject: Text comparison and digital creativity

Text comparison and digital creativity

30-31 October 2008
Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JC Amsterdam

an international colloquium hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of
Arts & Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, organised by the Virtual Knowledge
Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences
( and the Peshitta Institute (Leiden).

Keynote speakers: David Crystal and Bella Hass Weinberg

> The spread of digital technology across philology, linguistics and=20
> literary studies suggests that text scholarship itself is taking on a
>  more laboratory-like image. The ability to sort, quantify, reproduce
> and report text through computation would seem to facilitate the
> exploration of text as another type of quantitative data (akin to
> protein structures or geographic features of the seabed). However,
> developing this potential also highlights text analysis and text
> interpretation as two increasingly separated sub-tasks in the study
> of texts. The implied dual nature of interpretation as the
> traditional, valued mode of scholarly text comparison, combined with
> an increasingly widespread reliance on digital text analysis as
> scientific mode of inquiry raises the question as to whether the
> reflexive concepts that are central to interpretation =C2=96
> individualism, subjectivity =C2=96 are affected by the anonymised,=20
> normative assumptions implied by formal categorisations of text as=20
> digital data. This calls for a reconsideration of the=20
> scholarly/scientific and intellectual/computational =C2=91co-production=C2=92
> of presence and meaning of text in philology. In this context
> =C2=91presence=C2=92 refers to the spatial relationship to the world and its
> objects. As Hans Gumbrecht has noted in his Production of Presence:
> What Meaning Cannot Convey, some of the =C2=91special effects=C2=92 of new
> technology may turn out to re-awaken a desire for material presence.
> A number of additional questions arise from that assessment. What are
>  the effects of digital transformations in text culture on text=20
> scholarship? What rules and guidelines are appropriate for the
> digital interpretation of text? What =C2=91virtual=C2=92 values do we turn to
> as the object of digital humanities scholarship? What is the role of
> viewpoint, language, tradition and creativity in quantitative text
> comparison? What connections exist between text scholarship,
> interpretation, and e-infrastructures for research?
> The Colloquium aims to face these challenges and will be hosted by
> the KNAW as part of their 200-year celebrations in the historical=20
> Trippenhuis in the old centre of Amsterdam. A select company of 15=20
> speakers will present papers on the materiality, authenticity and=20
> meaning of text in contemporary digital text scholarship. Following
> each cluster of presentations there will be time for lively debate. A
> limited number of 20 places are available to take part in this
> colloquium.


Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing, King's College
London,; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews,

         Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:14:18 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: 2nd International PKP Scholarly Publishing  Conference


The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce that the second
international PKP conference will be held from July 8 =C2=96 10, 2009 in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The first PKP conference was an
overwhelming success with presentations and participants from around
the world.  A selected set of conference papers was subsequently
published in the October 2007 issue of First Monday.

The conference will appeal not just to members of the PKP community, but
to anyone interested in trends and developments for scholarly
publishing and communication.   There will be a wide range of topical
sessions on new reading and publishing technologies; open access
initiatives; alternative publishing and funding models; national and
international collaborative projects;  new roles and partnerships for
libraries, scholarly publishers and others; and sustainability for  open
access publishing and open source software.   Prospective and  first
time users of OJS and other PKP software will be able to learn  more
about the systems and establish contacts with the PKP community.
Experienced implementers, developers, and system administrators will
have an opportunity to participate in technical sessions and exchange

The conference will commence with an opening keynote session on the
evening of July 8 convened by John Willinsky, the founder of the  Public
Knowledge Project.   There will be several pre-conference  workshops on
July 8, and the main conference program will present a  combination of
concurrent and single track sessions during on July 9  and 10.  The
conference will conclude with three special symposia on  community and
network building intended for each of the core PKP  constituents:
journal editors and publishers; librarians; and  software developers.

The conference will be hosted at Simon Fraser University=C2=92s downtown
campus and will be adjacent to a wide range of accommodations,
restaurants, and other popular tourist destinations.  Please mark the
July 8 =C2=96 10 dates on your 2009 calendars. The PKP partners look  forward
to welcoming you to the second PKP conference.  Session proposals will
be accepted until January 15, 2009 and  conference registration opens
October 15, 2008. For more information,  please visit the conference web

The Public Knowledge Project is a federally funded research  initiative
at Simon Fraser University, Stanford University, and the  University of
British Columbia.  It seeks to improve the scholarly  and public quality
of academic research through the development of  innovative online
environments. PKP has developed free, open source  software for the
management, publishing, and indexing of journals and  current
conferences. The PKP software suite is comprised of three
modules in production: Open Archives Harvester, Open Journal Systems,
and Open Conference Systems, and two in development: Lemon8-XML and
Open Monograph Press.


         Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:16:39 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: European Researchers' Night tonight

European Researchers' Night
Digital Humanities

  University of Debrecen, Hungary

September 26, 2008 from 5 to 10 pm (GMT + 2 hours)


Az =C3=B3kori R=C3=B3ma =C3=A9letm=C3=B3dja =C3=A9s m=C5=B1v=C3=A9szete k=C3=A9pekben =C3=A9s sz=C3=B6vegekben
[The way of life and art of ancient Rome in pictures and texts]
	Gesztelyi Tam=C3=A1s, Forisek P=C3=A9ter (Debreceni Egyetem, University of Debrecen)

R=C3=A9gi magyar irodalmi =C3=A9s bibliai sz=C3=B6vegek: sz=C3=B6vegkiad=C3=A1sok =C3=A9s ford=C3=ADt=C3=A1sok
[Old Hungarian biblical and literary texts: textual editions and=20
	Debreczeni Attila, Matics=C3=A1k S=C3=A1ndor (Debreceni Egyetem, University of=20

Digital Humanities in Research and Education
	Harold Short (King's College London), Susan Schreibman (Irish Academy,=20
Dublin), Lisa-Lena Opas H=C3=A4nninen (University of Oulu), Tam=C3=A1s V=C3=A1radi=20
(Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest), L=C3=A1szl=C3=B3 Hunyadi (University of=20

Modern technologies in text-based linguistics and language instruction
	Lisa-Lena Opas H=C3=A4nninen (University of Oulu), Tam=C3=A1s V=C3=A1radi (Hungarian=20
Academy of Sciences, Budapest), L=C3=A1szl=C3=B3 Hunyadi (University of Debrecen)

	PhD-students: presentations and discussions

Beyond traditions: new thinking and methodologies in humanities: the=20
role of natural sciences, cognitive sciences and artificial intelligence
	Andr=C3=A1s Ludm=C3=A1ny (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Debrecen), Istv=C3=A1n Boda=20
(University of Debrecen)

Cultural aspects of humanities: communities, multiculturalism
	Istv=C3=A1n Mur=C3=A1nyi (University of Debrecen),Val=C3=A9r Veres (University of=20

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         Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:17:33 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: HUMlab seminars in the Fall Semester of 2008

Here follows some information about upcoming seminars in HUMlab.

All seminars are broadcast live ( and our
archive tool (still under development) provides easy access to previous
seminars (both as films and as downloadable mp3 audio files) at We currently have 38 seminars available in
English (and another 28 in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish).

The tool also makes it possible to select a segment of a talk (through
cue points) and refer to that segment (through a link). So for instance,
here is Willard McCarty on the methodological commons:


This week there will be two seminars:

[September 25, 1:15 CET]

Mixed Realities: Information Spaces Then and Now
Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine
In collaboration with the Department of Informatics

Abstract: I discuss the evolution of information spaces based on my
ethnographic research in North America and China on a popular video
game, World of Warcraft. I describe certain aspects of a trend to go
"back to the future" in the evolution of such spaces.

[September 26, 1.15 CET]
Desires at Play: Queering World of Warcraft
Jenny Sund=C3=A9n, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
In collaboration with Ume=C3=A5 Pride 2008

Abstract (first paragraph): Part reading, part lecture, this is an
exploration in the intersections of queer theory, queer lives and the
study of online games. How do corporeal desires and belongings map onto
games? Could certain game spaces or moments of play be termed =C2=91queer=C2=92?
The feminist critique of representations of femininity in games often
engages with how female avatars tend to be designed along the lines of a
hyped-up, =C2=91stereotypical=C2=92 sexuality. This argument presumes that
excessive female sexuality is a problem, since it turns women=C2=92s bodies
into objects of a (straight) male gaze. It also presumes an
understanding of play primarily passed on identification. How would an
analysis with queer sensibilities make the picture shift?

Other upcoming seminars:

[October 7, 1.15 pm CET]
Interactive Architecture and Interaction Landscaping
Mikael Wiberg, Department of Informatics

[October 21, 1.15 pm CET]
The big bang: A case study of mobile media and gaming as new media in
South Korea
Larissa Hjorth, RMIT University

The full seminar schedule can be found at (partly in Swedish).

Patrik Svensson
HUMlab, Ume=C3=A5 University

         Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:18:41 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: LATA 2009: final call for papers

Final 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.).


         Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:28:07 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Textual Studies Conference at Loyola

Announcing a one-day conference =C2=93Medieval Texts and Textual Meaning=C2=94
Loyola University Chicago
Saturday, November 8, 2008

Speakers: Peter Robinson (Birmingham); oyt N. Duggan (Virginia); Martin
Foys (Drew); Stephanie Lundeen (Loyola).

Please contact Adrianne Hyler +1 773-508-2240 or

Peter Shillingsburg
English Department
Loyola University
Chicago, IL

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