Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Last-Minute Call for Papers: Leeds IMC sessions ‘Early English Life Cycles’ (IMC Leeds, 2-5 July 2018)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have a vacant slot in our session on ‘Early English Life Cycles’ at the upcoming IMC in Leeds and we now welcome last-minute abstracts for papers. Since the IMC registration deadline is 22 June, the deadline for this last-minute CFP is 18 June, 2018.
Following three successful sessions on ‘Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles’ at Leeds IMC 2017, we welcome abstracts for papers on the theme of ‘Early English Life Cycles’ at Leeds IMC 2018. This session is intended to build upon the insights of the 2017 sessions, expanding the temporal focus, while also bringing to bear the general congress theme 'Memory', possibly understood in such ways as: individual remembrance of early life, inherited cultural patterns for structuring experience, constructions of narratives and expectations for past, present and future life.
We hope to bring together papers that deal with the human life cycle in Early English language and literature [c.500-c.1350] and show how this complex concept (with all of its biological, social and cultural aspects) influenced the lives, writings and artwork of the inhabitants of medieval England.
Possible topics/themes include but are not limited to:
-              Definitions, concepts, and constructions of the life cycle
-              The life course in literature and language
-              Individual remembrance of early life
-              Inherited cultural patterns for structuring experience
-              Constructions of narratives and expectations for past, present and future life.
-              Age and alterity
-              Age and gender
-              Intergenerational relations and/or conflicts
-              The life cycle and the Church
-              Saints in various stages of life
-              Care for the young, care for the elderly
-              Semantic field studies of (the various stages of) the human life course
Subsequent to the sessions we hope to publish the contributions as a volume of essays, with the goal of furthering interest in the topic.
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Thijs Porck (Leiden University; m.h.porck@hum.leidenuniv.nl ) or Hattie Soper (Cambridge University; hcs56@cam.ac.uk).

Dr. M.H. (Thijs) Porck
Assistant Professor Medieval English
Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)
Department of English
P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 101a
PO Box 9515, 2300 RA  Leiden, The Netherlands
E-mail m.h.porck@hum.leidenuniv.nl


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Open call: Modeling Travels in History: an ORBIS-esque Hackathon @ Uni
Vienna (July 18-20, 2018)

Everyone is familiar with Google Maps—all of us are using it on a daily
basis. In 2012 a group of researchers at Stanford (led by Walter
Scheidel), developed Orbis (http://orbis.stanford.edu/)[1], which, one
may put, applied the same geographical principles to a particular
historical context. Dubbed “a Google Maps for the Roman Empire”[2], this
model became a popular historical online resource and an object of envy
for scholars working in other historical contexts.

Inspired by Orbis, the Uni-Wien DH Team is organizing a three-day
hackathon at the University of Vienna on the theme of map visualisations
for historical data. One specific objective of the hackathon will be to
build a sort of “Orbis-in-a-Box”—an open-source platform that would
allow others to model movements of people and objects in different
historical and cultural contexts. (For more details on this particular
idea, see: http://kgeographer.com/orbis-in-a-box/).

We are inviting interested digital humanists with an inclination for
coding to partake in this 3-day event in Vienna. We are able to offer
small bursaries to offset traveling costs.

If you would like to attend, please send a message to
maxim.romanov@univie.ac.at with “ORBIS-esque Hackathon” in the subject
by 30 June 2018, stating your current institutional affiliation (if any)
and your motivation for participating in the hackathon. Please also
specify whether you are applying for a bursary.

Yours truly,
Uni-Wien DH Team
Tara Andrews, Mária Vargha, and Maxim Romanov

Links & Notes

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Glossing cultural change: Comparative perspectives on manuscript annotation, c. 600–1200 CE
National University of Ireland, Galway, 21–22 June 2018

We will have 24 speakers from 15 countries discussing various aspects of glossing from a comparative perspective. A particular focus will be on how glosses engage with and reflect the dynamics of contemporary cultural change, rather than acting merely as passive repositories of inherited tradition. 

The conference programme, abstracts, and other details are all available here:
Everyone is welcome to attend. (Twitter users can keep an eye on the hashtag #glossinggalway.)

Monday, May 28, 2018

                       CALL  FOR  PARTICIPATION

       Workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities 2018
                            (COMHUM 2018)
         June 4–5, 2018 · University of Lausanne, Switzerland

                 Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018

INVITATION AND SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP: https://wp.unil.ch/llist/en/event/comhum2018/

You are cordially invited to attend the Workshop on Computational
Methods in the Humanities 2018 (COMHUM 2018), listen to the talks
(including invited talks by Bruno Cornelis, Maristella Agosti, and
Manfred Thaller), and participate in the discussions.

It is often said that the digital humanities are “situated at the
intersection of computer science and the humanities,” but what does
this mean?  We believe that the point of using computers in the
humanities is not just to automatically analyze larger amounts of data
or to accelerate research.  We therefore prefer to understand digital
humanities as (1) the study of means and methods of constructing
formal models in the humanities and (2) as the application of these
means and methods for the construction of concrete models in
particular humanities disciplines.  The central research questions are
thus correspondingly (1) which computational methods are most
appropriate for dealing with the particular challenges posed by
humanities research, e.g., uncertainty, vagueness, incompleteness, but
also with different positions (points of view, values, criteria,
perspectives, approaches, readings, etc.)?  And (2) how can such
computational methods be applied to concrete research questions in the

PROGRAM: https://wp.unil.ch/llist/en/programme/

Monday, June 4, 2018

11:00–11:30 Welcome
11:30–12:30 Invited talk: Bruno Cornelis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
12:30–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:00 Invited talk: Maristella Agosti (Università di Padova)
15:00–15:30 Coffee
        • Mats Dahllöf: Clustering Writing Components from Medieval Manuscripts
        • Elli Bleeker, Ronald Haentjens Dekker, and Bram Buitendijk:
          Understanding Texts as Graphs: An Inclusive Approach to Text
        • Jean-Baptiste Camps and Julien Randon-Furling: A Dynamic
          Model of Manuscript Transmission;         Elena Spadini: Exercises in
          Modelling: Textual Variants

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

        • Christelle Cocco, Raphaël Ceré, and Pierre-Yves Brandt:
          Quantification of Drawing Colours in Human Sciences
        • Mattia Egloff and François Bavaud: Taking Into Account
          Semantic Similarities in Correspondence Analysis
10:00–10:30 Coffee
10:30–11:30 Invited talk: Manfred Thaller (emeritus, Universität zu Köln):
          Decoding What the Sender Did Not Want to Transmit.  Information
          Technology and Historical Data
        • Barbara McGillivray, Giovanni Colavizza, and Tobias Blanke:
          Towards a Quantitative Research Framework for Historical
        • Franziska Diehr, Maximilian Brodhun, Sven Gronemeyer,
          Christian Prager, Elisabeth Wagner, Katja Diederichs, and
          Nikolai Grube: Modelling Vagueness – A Criteria-Based System
          for the Qualitative Assessment of Reading Proposals for the
          Deciphering of Classic Mayan Hieroglyphs
        • Gary Munnelly and Seamus Lawless: Linking Historical Sources
          to Established Knowledge Bases in Order to Inform Entity
          Linkers in Cultural Heritage
        • Cristina Vertan: Supporting Hermeneutic Interpretation of
          Historical Documents by Computational Methods
13:00–14:30 Lunch
        • Susan Leavy, Karen Wade, Gerardine Meaney, and Derek Greene:
          Navigating Literary Text Using Word Embeddings and Semantic
        • Jose Luis Losada: Map Visualization and Quantification of
          Literary Places in a Spanish Corpus
        • Thomas Schmidt and Manuel Burghardt: Toward a Tool for
          Sentiment Analysis for German Historic Plays
        • Kyoko Sugisaki: Modeling Thematic Structure in Holiday Postcards

REGISTRATION (deadline June 1, 2018):

Please register at https://wp.unil.ch/llist/en/registration/
Registration standard fees: 50 CHF or 40€, payable directly on site.
The fee covers lunch and coffee breaks on both workshop days.


Questions and inquiries should be sent to COMHUM2018 Conference
Secretariat: <secretariat-sli@unil.ch> or to Prof. Michael Piotrowski,
Program Committee Chair: <michael.piotrowski@unil.ch>

CONFERENCE WEB SITE: https://wp.unil.ch/llist/en/event/comhum2018/

Friday, May 25, 2018

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 5th Forum Medieval Art

by Brandie Ratliff
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 5th Forum Medieval Art, Bern, September 18–21, 2019. The biannual colloquium is organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.
The theme for the 5th Forum Medieval Art is Peaks, Ponti & Passages. Bern—looking out to peaks Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, situated at the border to the Romandy, and having a long-standing tradition in bridge-building—embodies certain notions of translations, entanglements, and interactions. The conference will highlight such themes, focusing on forms and means of exchange, infrastructure, political and religious relationships, and the concrete reflections of these connections through objects. Methodological challenges will also be paramount, such as questioning how to write a history of encounters between artists, artworks, materials, and traditions.
Many mountain regions, and especially the Alps, have a long history as sites of transfers and interferences. Today, mountains and glaciers are the locations revealing most rapidly the consequences of climate change. They raise our awareness of similar changes in the past. Mountain regions were and are traversed by several ecological networks, connecting cities, regions, and countries, as well as different cultures, languages, and artistic traditions. Mountains, with their difficult passages and bridges, structured the ways through which materials and people were in touch. Bridges were strategic targets in conduct of war, evidence of applied knowledge, expression of civic representation, and custom points—both blockades and gates to the world.
Peaks in the historiography of Art History mark moments of radical change within artistic developments, the pinnacles of artistic careers, and high moments in the encounters of different traditions. Since the unfinished project of Walter Benjamin, who obtained his PhD in Bern, the passage has also been introduced as a figure of thought in historiography. The passage describes historical layers as spatial constellations, in which works of art, everyday culture, religious ideas, definitions of periods and theories of history encounter.
We invite session proposals that fit within the Peaks, Ponti & Passages theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies. Additional information about the Forum Medieval Art is available at mittelalterkongress.de.
Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/5th-forum-medieval-art). The deadline for submission is May 30, 2018. Proposals should include:
  • Title
  • Session abstract (500 words)
  • Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session chair)
  • CV
Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by June 1, 2018. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 8, 2018.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse will reimburse a maximum of 5 session participants (presenters and session chair) up to $300 maximum for residents of Switzerland, up to $600 maximum for EU residents, and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. In order to receive funding, session organizers and co-organizers must participate in the panel as either a participant or the session chair. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Image: Spectral Imaging reveals the hidden text on the medieval palimpsests.
Copyright St Catherine’s monastery of the Sinai
Please see below information about the R-CHIVE (Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization and Education) conference held June 7 & 82018 atRIT and UR.
Please join us to learn more about applying different imaging modalities to uncover faded, damaged or erased text from manuscripts, globes, maps etc.
Speakers from all over (UK, Canada, Germany, Ethiopia, Austria, US) will be presenting their work ranging from:
1)      Raman Spectroscopy
2)      Spectral Imaging
3)      RTI
4)      Material analysis through X-ray & particle based Molecular spectroscopy, etc.  
This two day conference will include workshops such as “how to make a palimpsest”, “Timeline of materials and Inks used in old documents” (breakfast and lunch will also be included).
Please see below information re the conference and registration.
Register here: www.r-chive.com/2018-2/
Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The PIREH (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) is organizing an international conference on History and Text analysis, at the Sorbonne in Paris on January 17-19 2019.

We are looking for papers, in English or in French, showing how historians can use different methods of text analysis (computational linguistics, text mining, distant reading…) with a quantitative or qualitative approach (see the call for papers below and https://histlangtexto.sciencesconf.org/).

The deadline for the CFP is June the 22nd 2018 (see below).

Stéphane Lamassé, Léo Dumont, Octave Julien