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Humanist Archives: July 24, 2019, 7:10 a.m. Humanist 33.147 - events: machine learning; new tech; data modelling

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 147.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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    [1]    From: James Cummings 
           Subject: Machine Learning and Digital Humanities, a roundtable panel, Newcastle University, 5 September 2019, 18:00 (59)

    [2]    From: William Bowen 
           Subject: Call for Proposals: New Technologies and Renaissance Studies, RSA 2020, 2-4 April, Philadelphia (45)

    [3]    From: Michael J Pidd 
           Subject: Data Modelling in the Humanities -- Call for Papers (42)

    [4]    From: Claire Clivaz 
           Subject: Call for papers VREs and Ancient Manuscripts (Lausanne, September 2020) (79)

        Date: 2019-07-23 15:17:02+00:00
        From: James Cummings 
        Subject: Machine Learning and Digital Humanities, a roundtable panel, Newcastle University, 5 September 2019, 18:00

Machine Learning and Digital Humanities

Newcastle University, 5 September 2019, 18:00

Registration: https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=5327613

What is the role of the humanities in the age of machine learning? How can
machine learning help humanities research? Can the humanities contribute to the
development and critical evaluation of new machine learning methods? Join us for
a roundtable discussion of these questions on the evening of 5 September 2019.
This event will bring together computer science and digital humanities experts
to discuss the challenges and opportunities created by the intersection of these

As machine learning becomes more common across a wide range of digital
solutions, and increasingly factors in our daily lives, it is also being used
more frequently in humanities research projects. The possibilities of machine
learning need to be understood by humanities researchers and the complexities of
the problems investigated in the humanities by those working with machine
learning technologies. The humanities can offer a wealth of historical data that
presents new challenges to machine learning methodologies: historical records,
pictorial representations, literary (or other) text. Recent Digital Humanities
projects already employ some machine learning technology, such as with the
development of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR), but the diversification of
the data investigated with machine learning approaches has the potential to lead
the technology in new and unexpected ways with real-world applications.

Panel members include:

  *   Beatrice Alex (University of Edinburgh),

  *   Noura Al-Moubayed  (Durham University),

  *   Mia Ridge (British Library),

  *   Melissa Terras (University of Edinburgh).

The event is supported by the Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute
(NUHRI) and Animating Text Newcastle University
(ATNU) as an open forum for discussion of
these and related issues, and is open to any who wish to attend and are
interested in the possibilities and ramifications of the intersection between
machine learning and its use in the humanities.

Join us on the 5th of September for what it promises to be an amazing evening --
the event is completely free and open to anyone, all you need to do is register
to attend:  https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=5327613.

Newcastle University, 5 September 2019, 18:00

Registration: https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=5327613


Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings@newcastle.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Late-Medieval Literature and Digital Humanities
School of English, Newcastle University

        Date: 2019-07-18 17:12:18+00:00
        From: William Bowen 
        Subject: Call for Proposals: New Technologies and Renaissance Studies, RSA 2020, 2-4 April, Philadelphia

Call for Proposals: New Technologies and Renaissance Studies
RSA 2020, 2-4 April, Philadelphia

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured
panels on the applications of new technology in scholarly research, publishing,
and teaching.  Panels at the 2020 meeting will continue to explore the
contributions made by new and emerging methodologies and the projects that
employ them.

For 2020, we welcome proposals for papers, lightning talks, panels, or poster /
demonstration / workshop presentations on new technologies and their impact on
research, teaching, publishing, and beyond, in the context of Renaissance
Studies.  Examples of the many areas considered by members of our community can
be found in the list of papers presented at the RSA since 2001 (https://goo.gl/A
zdt3p) and in those papers published thus far under the
heading of New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (https://goo.gl/S5Q5MN).

Please send proposals before 31 July 2019 to

Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph
biographical CV. We are pleased to be able to offer travel awards on a
competitive basis to graduate students and newly-emerging scholars who present
on these panels; those wishing to be considered for an award should indicate
this in their abstract submission.

We thank Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance 
(https://www.itergateway .org) for its generous sponsorship of this series
and its related travel subventions since 2001.

William R. Bowen, Associate Professor
Department of Arts, Culture and Media
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario, M1C 1A4


Director    Iter, Inc.
Editor       Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme
Co-editor  New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

        Date: 2019-07-18 15:06:59+00:00
        From: Michael J Pidd 
        Subject: Data Modelling in the Humanities -- Call for Papers


The AHRC-funded project, Beyond the Multiplex: Audiences for
Specialised Film in English Regions
(http://www.beyondthemultiplex.net/), and The Digital Humanities
Institute (http://www.dhi.ac.uk/invite papers for a methodology
workshop on the topic Data Modelling in the Humanities to be held at
the University of Sheffield on Friday 29^th November 2019.

The aim of this workshop is to explore new approaches to structuring,
organising and analysing Humanities data in order to better represent
the subject domain in question, and leverage new forms of inquiry.

A data model is an abstract representation of a knowledge domain, such
as film, nineteenth-century crime and justice, or the lineages and
networks of monastic orders. Data models can use a variety of
approaches to describing, structuring and storing data such as
ontologies, UML, relational databases, graph databases,
RDF/triplestores, XML schemas etc. Data models also determine what
types of data analysis are possible, in terms of querying,
visualisation, and natural language understanding.  They might be used
in research concerned with, for example, historical inquiry, scholarly
editing, prosopography, discourse analysis, manuscript studies, or
virtual reconstruction.

This is a fact-finding workshop, to discover what work is currently
being undertaken in the Digital Humanities, and share insights and
best practice. Practitioners working on projects or in research areas
that use approaches more complex or experimental than conventional
relational databases or TEI XML are particularly encouraged (although
the former are not to be discouraged!)

Registration is free. Domestic (UK) travel costs will be reimbursed.

Interested speakers are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 800
words) for a presentation lasting 20 minutes by 30^th September to
m.pidd@sheffield.ac.uk .

Speakers will be expected to contribute their paper to an online
edited volume called Data Modelling in the Humanities, to be published
by The Digital Humanities Institute (see

        Date: 2019-07-18 08:32:01+00:00
        From: Claire Clivaz 
        Subject: Call for papers VREs and Ancient Manuscripts (Lausanne, September 2020)

Dear colleagues,

Garrick Allen and I would be delighted to receive your proposals for the
conference organized in Lausanne in September 2020: «Virtual Research
Environments and Ancient Manuscripts». The call is open until the 1st of

Have a nice summer,

Claire Clivaz and Garrick Allen

Virtual Research Environments and Ancient Manuscripts

Claire Clivaz (SIB, Lausanne, CH) and Garrick Allen (Dublin University,

Chateau de Dorigny, 106 room, Dorigny Campus, Lausanne (CH)

10-11 September 2020, SNSF PRIMA MARK16 project


/Call for papers/

This workshop is focused on an important challenge in digital
humanities: what changes when research on ancient manuscripts occurs in
a Virtual Research Environment (VRE), especially in Early Jewish and
Christian Literature, New Testament, and Classical Studies? Because they
offer access to diverse information regardless of geographical location,
VREs continue to define the research landscape of the humanities in more
complex ways. They serve as the new 'covers' of scientific objects,
replacing the paper covers of printed books as signs of knowledge
territories. As some have suggested, VREs are likely to become the
default location for critical research and other cultural activities in
the very near future.

This workshop invites papers that explore the significance of VREs on
the study of manuscript cultures and research in the humanities,
especially papers that explore issues related to Early Jewish and
Christian Literature, New Testament and Classical Studies. If you are
involved in a VRE, work with manuscript cultures using digital tools, or
reflect critically on these emerging research spaces, you are invited to
submit to both organizersan abstract of300 wordsexploring one of
the following questions or related issues: how do VREs enlighten
particular manuscripts or manuscript cultures? How do VREs differ from
or supplement traditional research models? What critical benefits or
difficulties arise in using VREs? How can research on manuscript
cultures be further advanced using digital tools? What are the
limitations and challenges of VREs?

Deadline: 1 December 2019; answers will be provided before the end
of 2019

Please forward your abstract to claire.clivaz@sib.swiss and

Invited Papers:

- Garrick Allen (Dublin City University)
- Frédéric Amsler (University of Lausanne)
- David Bouvier and Ariane Jambé (University of Lausanne)
- Claire Clivaz and Mina Monier (SIB, Lausanne)
- Hugh Houghton and Catherine Smith (ITSEE, University of Birmingham)
- Antonio Loprieno (University of Basel)    
- Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello(University of Basel)
- Lukas Rosenthaler (DHLab, University of Basel)
- Klaus Wachtel (INTF, University of Münster)
- Martin Wallraff and Patrick Andrist (University of München)

Claire Clivaz
Head of DH+
SIB | Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Amphipole 187 - Quartier Sorge, Dorigny - CH-1015 Lausanne
t +41 21 692 40 60

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