CfP: Fifth AIUCD Annual Conference

Digital editions: representation, interoperability, text analysis and infrastructures

Fifth Annual Conference of the AIUCD (Italian Association of Digital Humanities)


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:

Seminar: On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts

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 <>