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


Tuesday, May 15, 2018


The MoC org is sponsoring a number of sessions and 2 workshops at the IONA Conference in Vancouver next year (April 11-13th, 2019) at Simon Fraser University. Reps from the group (Dr. Nahir Otano-Gracia, Dr. Valerie Wilhite and I) are seeking proposals for the sessions and workshops and would love to have contributors from various disciplines across different fields.
I’ve included the cfps for both the seminar and workshop below:

Seminar: Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA

Representatives of the Medievalists of Color have organized a three-panel seminar entitled ‘Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA.’ When we think of the medieval North Atlantic we tend to think within Anglo- or Euro-centric parameters, much to the detriment of our understanding of the entire region, its history and development. So much is lost in our discussions of the medieval past by excluding regions within or beyond the north. This session seeks 15-20 minute papers on medieval subjects that expand our understanding of the early medieval North Atlantic. Discussions may include papers on topics dealing with medieval Iberia, Africa, and as far north as the Canadian archipelagos to the far reaches of the Canary Islands. Further to this, themes might range from the inclusion of Iberian and African material in North Atlantic Studies to racism and Digital Humanities/academia, and ‘others’ in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Welsh studies, history, archaeology, art history and other fields. These sessions will challenge our understanding of the medieval North Atlantic and encourage thinking beyond the norm.

Please send approx. 250 word proposals to maryrr@btinternet.com by July 15, 2018.

Workshop: Decentering Whiteness in Medieval Texts, in the Field and the Classroom

We are seeking papers for a 2-part workshop entitled “Decentering Whiteness in Medieval Texts, in the Field and the Classroom.” The purpose of this workshop is to encourage participants to seek out texts, themes and branches of medieval studies beyond white, Christian, Anglo-centric methodologies in research, the classroom and within our understanding of the field. We encourage scholars from various fields and disciplines to participate in this workshop. The major feature of the workshop is ‘how to be a better ally’ which will allow participants to engage in discussion on what ally-ship means and how one can strengthen ally-ship in the workplace and classroom.

250-word proposals can be sent to: maryrr@btinternet.com by July 15th, 2018.

The official conference website is up with all of the cfps, so I’m including that in this message. Please do consider our cfps or any of the others.
Hope to see some of you next year!
Best wishes,
Mary, Nahir and Valerie
The Argentine Association of Digital Humanities / Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales (AAHD) and the School of Humanities from the University of Rosario (UNR) invites researchers, professors and students to participate in its International Conference: Digital Humanities. The Culture of Data, to be held at the Espacio Cultural Universitario (ECU) and the School of Humanities / Facultad de Humanidades (UNR) in Rosario, Province of Santa Fe, 7-9 November, 2018.
The languages of the Conference are Spanish, English and Portuguese. For more information about dates, requirements and abstract submission see: https://www.aacademica.org/congreso.aahd2018
Dra. Gimena del Rio Riande
Investigadora Adjunta. IIBICRIT, CONICET (Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual) http://www.iibicrit-conicet.gov.ar/ 
Twitter: @gimenadelr
Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales: http://aahd.net.ar
Coordinadora Humanidades Digitales CAICYT Lab: http://www.caicyt-conicet.gov.ar/micrositios/hd/