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Humanist Archives: Jan. 27, 2020, 6:17 a.m. Humanist 33.570 - events: small & radical; Arabic book history; historical networks

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    [1]    From: Johnston, Carrie 
           Subject: CFP: ASA 2020: DH, Small and Radical (70)

    [2]    From: Paul Spence 
           Subject: Digital Humanities for Arabic Book History: First Work on Models by the KITAB Project (Next Digital Modern Languages seminar) (63)

    [3]    From: Vugt, I. van (Ingeborg) 
           Subject: CfP Historical Network Research Conference (32)

        Date: 2020-01-25 10:23:11+00:00
        From: Johnston, Carrie 
        Subject: CFP: ASA 2020: DH, Small and Radical

DH, Small and Radical:

A guaranteed session sponsored by the Digital Humanities Caucus
American Studies Association Annual Meeting
November 12-15, 2020
Baltimore, Maryland

The Digital Humanities Caucus of the American Studies Association
invites proposals for papers that consider the topic “Small DH” under
the ASA 2020 conference theme, “Creativity Within Revolt.”

Small DH can include individual scholars working on DH projects, DH
programs at small and/or underfunded institutions, DH programs at Small
Liberal Arts Colleges (SLACs) that have received significant grant
funding for DH, and/or DH initiatives or projects that are not
affiliated with an institution.

With large institutions producing big DH projects (big data, big project
teams, big grants), is doing DH at small institutions a form of revolt?
Can Small DH be radical, or offer the promise or potential of radical,
long-lasting change?

Additionally, DH has been viewed as a potential avenue of revolt within
the academy, and alternately as a symptom of the neoliberalization of
the academy (and therefore 'revolting' to many). How does Small DH
inform this debate, or change our understanding of DH's potential to
inspire revolt?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

   * Expectations of starting DH programs at small schools, with limited
     or no funding

   * Grant-funded DH programs at SLACs

   * Labor issues and Small DH

   * Outsized expectations and Small DH

   * Minimal computing

   * Well-funded DH projects with small research teams

   * Choosing to do DH outside of the academy

   * Ways professional organizations can/should support Small DH

Please send a 300-word proposal and a brief bio to ASAdhCaucus@gmail.com
by Wednesday, January 29 at 10:00 pm ET. Decision notifications will be 
sent the following day.

Please note that all panel participants must be current ASA members by
February 1, 2020. Visit the ASA Membership Page
(https://www.theasa.net/membership/join-now) to
view annual membership rates.

Kind regards,
Carrie Johnston
on behalf of the American Studies Association Digital Humanities Caucus

Carrie Johnston, Ph.D.
she | her | hers
johnstc@wfu.edu  | 336-758-5134
Digital Humanities Research Designer, ZSR Library
Part-time Assistant Professor of English
Wake Forest University

ASA 20 DH Caucus CFP.pdf: https://dhhumanist.org/att/86825/att00/ 

        Date: 2020-01-22 14:56:42+00:00
        From: Paul Spence 
        Subject: Digital Humanities for Arabic Book History: First Work on Models by the KITAB Project (Next Digital Modern Languages seminar)

It gives us great pleasure to announce our next Digital Modern Languages seminar
on 'Digital Humanities for Arabic Book History: First Work on Models by the
KITAB Project' by Sarah Bowen Savant (Aga Khan University):


6-8pm, Wednesday 5 February, Room 1.01, Bush House South East Wing, King's
College London

How can computer scientists and historians work together to better understand
the history of complex written traditions? The Arabic tradition provides an
important case at the forefront of this type of research. At present, the KITAB
project - a collaboration between historians and computer scientists - has
assembled a corpus of 1.5 billion words of Arabic texts and is seeking to
understand how transmission practices resulted in a tradition that is both
enormous and also hugely intertextual. In this lecture, I will discuss, first,
our work to model "text reuse" (meaning, the reuse, in whole or in part, of
substantial chunks of texts by later authors). The extensive recycling of texts
in new ones explains partly the large size of the Arabic tradition; it is
important also for understanding transmission of ideas and the workings of
cultural memory broadly. Secondly, I will focus on our work to identify
automatically across our texts the isnads, or chains of previous authorities,
frequently cited by authors to explain their sources. These chains are important
for both interpreting the diffusion of texts and how complex texts came into
existence. Oftentimes, our authors tell us precisely how they reused earlier
texts, but their explanations are so many, and so complex, that interpreting
them without digital methods is nearly impossible. Models help us to capture
this information. Through this lecture, therefore, I hope to show the frontiers
of what we might learn about one of the world's richest and most complex written

Speaker: Sarah Bowen Savant is a Professor at the Institute for the Study of
Muslim Civilizations at the Aga Khan University. She is a cultural historian
specialising in the Middle East and Iran ca. 600-1500, and is Principal
Investigator for the Arabic Digital Humanities project 'Knowledge, Information
Technology and the Arabic Book (KITAB)' (funded by the European Research Council
and the Aga Khan University.

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception. Attendance is free of charge
but as space is limited, please register in advance at:

This series is part of the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative, and is
supported by OWRI projects Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community and
Language Acts and Worldmaking projects, and by the AHRC Leadership Fellow for
Modern Languages (Janice Carruthers). The series is convened by Paul Spence
(King's College London) and Naomi Wells (Institute of Modern Languages

Paul Spence and Naomi Wells

Paul Spence
Senior Lecturer, Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London | Strand | London | WC2R 2LS
Twitter: @dhpaulspence

        Date: 2020-01-22 12:39:55+00:00
        From: Vugt, I. van (Ingeborg) 
        Subject: CfP Historical Network Research Conference

Dear Colleagues,

The Historical Network Research community is very pleased to announce
the Call for Papers for the next Historical Network Research conference
which will take place at the University of Luxembourg, from Wednesday 17
until Friday 19 June 2020. The conference will run over three days
opening with a workshop day and two conference days.

Social network analysis theories and methods have emerged as a
persuasive extension of purely metaphorical uses of network concepts in
historical research. The HNR conference series explores the challenges
and possibilities of network research in historical scholarship and
serves as a platform for researchers from various disciplines to meet,
present and discuss their latest research findings and to demonstrate
tools and projects.

The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2020. For more information:

We would appreciate it if you would share this CfP with any interested

Best wishes,


Ingeborg van Vugt | Postdoc | SKILLNET: Sharing Knowledge in Learned
and Literary Networks. The Republic of Letters as a pan-European
Knowledge Society | Universiteit Utrecht | Drift 6, 3512 BS Utrecht.
Room 2.06 |_i.vanvugt@uu.nl_| www.uu.nl/medewerkers/IvanVugt | Aanwezig
op ma-vrij

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