Textual Heritage and Information Technologies – El’Manuscript 2018

International conference
Textual Heritage and Information Technologies – El’Manuscript 2018
Vienna and Krems, Austria
14-18 September 2018

http://textualheritage.org/elmanuscript2018

The Textual Heritage community and Vienna University are pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for the El’Manuscript-2018 international conference on the creation and development of information systems for storage, description, processing, analysis, and publication of medieval and early modern handwritten and printed texts and documentary records. Any person involved in the creation or application of these resources—including researchers; instructors; staff of libraries, museums, and archives; programmers, and undergraduate and graduate students—is welcome to participate.

El’Manuscript-2018 is the seventh in a series of biennial international conferences entitled “Textual Heritage and Information Technologies” that brings together linguists, specialists in historical source criticism, IT specialists, and others involved in studying and publishing our textual heritage. Along with the lectures, a summer school will be part of the conference, which will allow practitioners to become familiar with various systems and methods for working with manuscripts and texts.
The working language of the 2018 conference is English. In the philological sections talks in Russian are welcome, but should be accompanied by Powerpoint slides in English. Papers presented at the conference will be published in a volume of proceedings and on the textualheritage.org website.

Conference topics
1. The physical document – Material and technology

  • Codicology
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Visual observation of documents
  • Recognition of relevant features of historic book binding techniques
  • Water mark data base
  • DNA analysis
  • Isotope analysis

2. The script and writing system

  • Photographing
  • Visualization
  • Digitisation
  • Handwritten Text Recognition, Optical Character Recognition
  • Digital Palaeography
  • Digital Graphemics

3. The text, Its processing and presentation

  • Textology and textual criticism
  • Digital editions
  • Digital publishing
  • Text mark-up formats
  • Lemmatisation and morphological mark-up

4. Beyond document, script, and text – Analytics and interpretation

  • Digital libraries and databases
  • Corpora
  • Storage formats
  • Long term storage
  • Lexicography
  • Data mining
  • Quantitative and statistical analysis
  • Navigation and access
  • Web technologies
  • Open science

General Information
Conference dates: 14-18 September 2018
Venue: Department of Slavonic Studies, Vienna University; European Research
Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration, Centre for Cultural Property

Protection, Department for Building and Environment, University for Continuing Education, Krems

Postal Address: Institut für Slawistik der Universität Wien, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3, A-
1090 Vienna; Dr. Karl Dorrekstrasse 30, A-3500 Krems

Organization Committee Chair: Prof. Dr. Viktor A. Baranov, Prof. Dr. Heinz Miklas, Dr. Patricia Engel, Dr. Juergen Fuchsbauer
Contact person: Dr. Juergen Fuchsbauer, phone +43 664 39 13 812
E-mail (Organization Committee): elmanuscript2018.slawistik@univie.ac.at
Conference Website: http://textualheritage.org/elmanuscript2018

Abstract submission
Abstracts are limited to 200 words and should be sent in both .DOC/.DOCX/.ODT and PDF formats to elmanuscript2018.slawistik@univie.ac.at. The following information has to be included:

– Paper title;
– 5-10 keywords;
– Author’s (authors’) first and last names;
– Affiliation (institution);

Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2018.
Reviewing: The abstracts submitted to the conference will be peer-reviewed. The Programme Committee will reject papers not meeting the conference themes or quality requirements. The reviewers’ comments will be transmitted to the authors.

Notifications of acceptance by the Program Committee will be sent by email before 15 March 2018. The accepted abstracts will be published before the conference.

Registration opens 15 May and ends 31 August 2018.

The Itinerary of King John & the Rotuli Litterarum Patentium

The Itinerary of King John project was originally designed to be simply a more convenient way to access the scanned pages and indexes of the Rotuli Litterarum Patentium on the internet. The project soon incorporated a dynamic timeline using software from the “Simile” project at MIT. This chronological visualization drew its data from Thomas D. Hardy’s “Itinerary of John” which appeared along with his “Introduction to the Patent Rolls” in the 1835 edition of the Rot. Lit. Pat. The timeline links each stop on John’s itinerary with the relevant pages of the Patent Rolls.

The original geographical component for this online resource was crude because the itinerary locations were automatically geocoded using Google’s API which knew nothing of medieval British place names or sources. As a result, only about 60% of the sites listed in Hardy’s itinerary were plotted on the map, and a goodly proportion of them were wildly inaccurate. This resource has now been updated. Thanks to Janet Gillespie’s generous gift of data, geographical coordinates and reference data for all of the sites appearing in Hardy’s “Itinerary” are now accessible from the dynamic timeline and map.

The project is available at: http://neolography.com/timelines/JohnItinerary.html

CfP: Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 18-20, 2018
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: http://smrs.slu.edu

Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies – CfP

The Center for Hellenic Studies (Podgorica, Montenegro) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual publication, Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies.

Akropolis is an international peer-reviewed annual scholarly journal, devoted to the study of Hellenic culture and civilization from antiquity to the present, featuring high-quality research in all areas of Hellenic studies: philosophy, religion, archaeology, history, law, literature, philology, art.

To be considered for publication in the first volume of Akropolis, manuscripts should be submitted to akropolis@helenskestudije.me by December 5th 2017.

Prospective authors should consult the Instructions for Authors, as well as the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

More information can be found at journal’s homepage http://helenskestudije.me/publications/journal/.

Assistant Professor of French, Medieval Studies

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of French

Medieval Studies | University of British Columbia

The Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track position in French with specialization in Medieval Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2018. We seek a medievalist with bridging interests who will be able to participate in collaborative projects with other faculty members, who will enhance our course offerings, propose new perspectives on European French culture, and contribute to the Faculty of Arts commitment to foster international engagement and cultivate intercultural understanding among our students.

A completed PhD in French Studies or relevant field is required at the start date of the appointment. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in French, as well as an excellent command of English, and must be able to demonstrate strong evidence of an ongoing commitment to academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of research leading to peer reviewed publications and the securing of external research funding, and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate as well as graduate students.

Additional information about the UBC Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies may be found at http://fhis.ubc.ca.

Applications are to be submitted by November 30, 2017 through the UBC Faculty careers website (www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/28002). Applicants should be prepared to upload (in the following order, and not exceeding 12 megabytes per attachment): a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a description of current and future research and teaching interests, one writing sample (20-30 pages), and evidence of teaching effectiveness (sample course syllabi, student evaluations, peer assessments, etc.).

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by their referees, by the above deadline, via email to fhis.search@ubc.ca with the subject line “Assistant Professor of French position”. Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department of FHIS, Dr. Joël Castonguay-Bélanger, at fhis.search@ubc.ca. Review of applications will begin soon after November 30 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.