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Humanist Archives: Nov. 14, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Humanist 33.400 - events: textual studies & the non-human; cultural heritage venue?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 400.
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    [1]    From: luctsdh 
           Subject: Textual Studies & the Nonhuman Turn: A Symposium (49)

    [2]    From: samantha@zooniverse.org
           Subject: Workshop hosts sought (68)

        Date: 2019-11-14 07:22:52+00:00
        From: luctsdh 
        Subject: Textual Studies & the Nonhuman Turn: A Symposium

Textual Studies & the Nonhuman Turn: A Symposium
The Martin J. Svaglic Fall Lecture
with Matthew Cohen + Branka ArsiƦ

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 || 4:30-6:00pm
Information Commons, 4th Floor || Loyola University Chicago

Free and Open to the Public

This symposium, supported by the Martin J.Svaglic Chair in Textual
Studies, the Department of English, and the Center for Textual Studies
and Digital Humanities, opens a conversation about archives, the
nonhuman, archiving the nonhuman, and nonhuman archives.

While the symposium will hold special interest for scholars and students
of the archive, textual studies, the lyric, 19th-century American
literature and the environment, and the nonhuman turn, all are welcome
to attend. Formal talks will be followed by questions and conversation.
Light refreshments will be served.

In "Walt Whitman's Leaves" Matt Cohen (Professor of English, University
of Nebraska) looks not only at Leaves of Grass, the work most
insistently unfolding Whitman's poetic identity, but also at the other
leaves in Whitman's books - leaves from trees, collected and pressed,
given to Whitman by friends and would-be lovers - to wonder what they
might tell us about the metaphor of leaves in his poetry and his
purposeful linking of the world of print and the natural world. While
the pressed leaves in his books and scrapbooks are sometimes discarded
by libraries, removed by digital algorithms, and overlooked by critics,
Whitman's preservation of these leaves was at once an act of archiving
and of messaging, of connecting with nature and of decontextualizing it.
The leaves in the archive of books and documents Whitman left behind
offer an opportunity to learn from the relationships among trees, books,
people, and poems.

In "Butterfly Tropics: Dickinson, the Archive and Aerial Poetics"
Branka ArsiƦ (Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of English and Comparative
Literature, Columbia University) investigates Dickinson's obsession with
transmutation and invisible continuities among discrete bodies promised
by entomological life forms to raise the question of how such a
preoccupation governs her understanding of the poetic form, as well as
what it does for her manner of archiving poetry in fascicles, sets,
envelopes, letters or, simply, boxes and chest drawers. In her talk she
attends to the slow and porous emergence of Dickinson's poem beginning
"Two Butterflies went out at Noon -", following its variant forms to
reflect on what they tell us about Dickinson's understanding of
presence, memory and time.

nonhuman_turn_symposium.jpg: https://dhhumanist.org/att/79927/att00/ 

        Date: 2019-11-13 16:38:30+00:00
        From: samantha@zooniverse.org
        Subject: Workshop hosts sought

Dear Humanist list,

We are a group of practitioners and researchers from cultural heritage and
academic organisations putting together a bid for funding. We are seeking a
venue to host the key activity in our bid.

Would you or your staff benefit from taking part in an immersive, creative
experience designed to capture expertise on crowdsourcing in cultural
heritage with leading international experts?

Do you have a space suitable for a group of 12-15 people to collaborate to
write a book in a week?

If so, we want to hear from you! As part of the UK's Arts and Humanities
Research Council's (AHRC) / UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in
Cultural Institutions Partnership Development Grants


we are proposing a book sprint in Spring 2020, to create a resource for
practitioners and participants in crowdsourcing efforts, as well as to
support the creation of a community of practice around crowdsourcing and
digitally-enabled participation. Serving as a host might ideally suit an
organisation with experience in community building via in-person projects
who wish to explore digital public participation. Space will be reserved in
the sprint for 1-2 members of the host institution.

Book sprints are week-long, intensive writing collaborations, facilitated
by experts. The Book Sprint FAQ (https://www.booksprints.net/faqs/) says:

'Book Sprints rely on a central meeting room where everyone meets every
day. This should have natural light and a central table. Large wall space
suitable for sticky notes is essential. Break-out spaces for smaller group
discussion nearby are good to have. Ideally, a Book Sprint takes place in a
secluded, distraction-free place away from the usual work environment.'

We expect that discussion will raise lots of questions about areas for
future research or development, so we aim to follow our book sprint with a
short half-day session to capture ideas about problems that a future funded
project could help address.

We're particularly keen to hear from institutions near, but not in, major
U.S. travel hubs. This is partly for logistical reasons - some participants
will need to travel internationally - and partly a recognition that capital
cities get more opportunities than other locations.

If you are able to act as a host for the book sprint, please reach out to
Samantha Blickhan (samantha@zooniverse.org ) by 22
November, 2019. Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals to
the AHRC is December 8, 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Samantha Blickhan, Zooniverse & Adler Planetarium
Meghan Ferriter, Library of Congress
Mia Ridge, British Library

Samantha Blickhan, Ph.D.
IMLS Postdoctoral Fellow
Humanities Lead for Zooniverse
The Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
pronouns: she/her/hers

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