22-28 August 2016
Call for papers (closed): https://digitalmedievalist.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/elmanuscript-2016-conference-vilnius-lithuania/
Even if you did not submit a proposal to present at this conference in August, there are still other ways to participate!
There is a list of papers accepted to the conference linked from the word “Reports” at http://textualheritage.org/content/view/664/288/lang,english/ . If you would like to attend the conference without presenting, please fill out the form linked from that page. (Those who are presenting have already submitted information for registration.)
You’ll see that the form also includes a list of possible workshops to be held in Vilnius in conjunction with the conference. If you are interested in attending workshops — even if you have already submitted information as a speaker during the conference — please fill out the form to help gauge interest in the various possible topics.
Digital editions: representation, interoperability, text analysis and infrastructures
Fifth Annual Conference of the AIUCD (Italian Association of Digital Humanities)
CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS
Date: 7-9 September 2016
Location: Aula Magna S. Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin, Dorsoduro 3825/e – 30123 Venezia
The AIUCD 2016 conference is devoted to the representation and study of text under different points of view (resources, analysis, infrastructures) in order to bring together philologists, historians, digital humanists, computational linguists, logicians, computer scientists and software engineers and discuss about text.
On the one hand, the Digital Humanities, in addition to the creation and maintenance of resources (digitization, annotation, etc.), must take into account how these will be used. On the other, Computational Linguistics, in addition to the development of computational tools (parsers, named entity extractors, etc.), must take into account the quality of the resources on which the same tools are applied.
These aspects, i.e. formal (models), digital (resources), computational (tools), infrastructural (platforms) and social (communities) involve different skills that the conference aims to make interact with each other.
The creation of resources and the development of tools should advance hand in hand, and should be based on solid models that meet the requirements established by the experts of the field. It is necessary that resources and tools be developed in parallel: only if you know how to use the text, what can be extracted from it and how to do it, can you adequately represent it.
Now that the major digitization initiatives provide multiple editions of the same works, abundant secondary literature, as well as numerous reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.), the philologist who works in the digital age should be able to seamlessly switch from handling purely philological phenomena (variant studies) to text analysis performed according to different methods (computational linguistics). The analysis tools and statistical methods developed to be used on an entire corpus of literary texts or extensive secondary literature collections must be integrated with the tools for comparing textual variants and evaluating possible interpretations.
It is time for research infrastructures to be able to guarantee interoperability and integration between the instruments for philological studies and the instruments for the analysis of large textual corpora, breaking down the rigid barriers between digital and computational philology on the one hand, and corpus linguistics on the other.
For more information about topics and submissions, and for an Italian version of the Call for Papers please visit: http://www.himeros.eu/aiucd2016/
Date: Tuesday 7th October 2014
Time: 5.45pm until the wine runs out
Venue: Council Room, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS
Co-sponsor: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval studies, KCL
Register your place at http://digipallaunch.eventbrite.co.uk
After four years, the DigiPal project is finally coming to an end. To celebrate this, we are having a launch party at King’s College London on Tuesday, 7 October. The programme is as follows:
- Welcome: Stewart Brookes and Peter Stokes
- Giancarlo Buomprisco: “Shedding Some Light(box) on Medieval Manuscripts”
- Elaine Treharne (via Skype)
- Donald Scragg: “Beyond DigiPal”
- Q & A with the DigiPal team
If you’re in the area then do register and come along for the talks and a free drink (or two) in celebration. Registration is free but is required to manage numbers and ensure that we have enough drink and nibbles to go around.
If you’re not familiar with DigiPal already, we have been been developing new methods for the analysis of medieval handwriting. There’s much more detail about the project on our website, including one post of the DigiPal project blog which summarises the website and its functionality. Quoting from that, you can:
- Search for manuscripts and charters, scribes, scribal hands, and graphs (images of letter-forms).
- Explore a faceted search of manuscripts and charters, images, scribes hands and graphs (this is still in ‘beta’).
- Browse images of over 800 manuscript pages and charters.
- Read descriptions of manuscripts, charters, and scribal hands.
- See images of manuscript and charter pages marked up with palaeographical annotations.
- Form collections of images, whether of complete pages or of individual images, saving them to your browser or desktop, or sharing them via Twitter, e-mail, or whatever else you prefer. See, for instance, my collection of the letter b written by the famous scribe Eadwig Basan.
- Once you have a collection then you can send it to the Lightbox, which allows you to manipulate your images in various ways (resizing, rotating, overlaying, comparing and so on), where you can again share, download and so on. See, for instance, the collection of Eadwig’s bs.
- Download our framework from our open-source repository on GitHub.
- Connect your software directly to the DigiPal data using our API (preliminary documentation is available on GitHub) which in turn allows custom searches like this display of images associated with a particular hand. (Remember, this is not designed for human consumption!)
- We don’t use these in DigiPal, but the framework also has a component for generating maps and timelines of your data which some associated projects are using.
Do have a look at the site and let us know what you think. And – just as importantly – do come and have a drink on us if you are in London on Tuesday!
The DigiPal Team
Call for Papers – Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 15–17, 2015
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2015) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars 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 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 also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.
The plenary speakers for this year will be Kenneth Pennington, of Catholic University of America, and Ingrid Rowland, of the University of Notre Dame.
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 Third 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
The John Doran Prize – $500
Dr. John Doran (1966-2012) was senior lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Chester, UK, and an expert in the history of the papacy and the city of Rome. In honor of his commitment to scholarly excellence, the annual John Doran Prize recognizes outstanding work by a graduate student in the fields of Medieval and Early Modern History or Art History each year. The author of the winning paper will receive $500 and the option to have their paper published in the journal Allegorica. The prize is endowed by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. Submissions are due by April 31, the winner will be announced at the Symposium.
Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014
Friday June 6 at 16:30 in room 103 (Holden Room), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Ségolène Tarte (Oxford)
On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts
Scholars studying Ancient Textual Artefacts endeavour to create knowledge through the decipherment, transcription, transliteration, edition, commentary, and contextualization of textual artefacts, thereby transforming data and information into knowledge and meaning. Their task is hence intrinsically interpretative, and relies heavily on the mobilization of both perceptual and conceptual cognitive processes. This talk will present a number of conceptual and perceptual processes that were identified through ethnographic studies of scholars at work and linked to the cognitive sciences literature. Some show embodied cognition at work, others show the role of unconscious knowledge in the act of interpretation of Ancient Textual Artefacts.
The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.
See the full programme for this summer’s seminars at <http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2014.html>