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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 598.
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    [1]    From: Mia Ridge 
           Subject: 'Collective wisdom' needed - call for book sprint participants, April 2020, 'From crowdsourcing to digitally-enabled participation: the state of the art in collaboration, access, and inclusion for cultural heritage institutions' (82)

    [2]    From: Kim Martin 
           Subject: Registration is live! DH@Guelph Summer Workshops 2020 (61)

    [3]    From: Mia Ridge 
           Subject: IHR Digital History seminar: Maps and Machines: Using Computer Vision to Analyse the Geography of Industrialisation (1780-1920) (135)

    [4]    From: Kristen Mapes 
           Subject: Registration reminder - Global DH Symposium (March 26-27) (89)

    [5]    From: Iain Campbell 
           Subject: Indeterminate Futures / The Future of Indeterminacy, 13-15 November 2020 (127)

        Date: 2020-02-11 14:11:04+00:00
        From: Mia Ridge 
        Subject: 'Collective wisdom' needed - call for book sprint participants, April 2020, 'From crowdsourcing to digitally-enabled participation: the state of the art in collaboration, access, and inclusion for cultural heritage institutions'

Dear Humanists,

I'm excited to announce that we - Mia Ridge (http://www.miaridge.com/, British
Library), Meghan Ferriter (http://meghaninmotion.com/, Library of
Congress) and Sam Blickhan (https://twitter.com/snblickhan, Zooniverse) -
have been awarded an AHRC UK-US Partnership Development Grant. Our
overarching goals are:

   - To foster an international community of practice in crowdsourcing in
   cultural heritage (if you're reading this, that might already include you!)
   - To capture and disseminate the state of the art and promote knowledge
   exchange in crowdsourcing and digitally-enabled participation
   - To set a research agenda and generate shared understandings of
   unsolved or tricky problems that could lead to future funding applications

We've written a blog post that explains how we're planning to achieve those

and more importantly, another post on how you can get involved:

We're holding a five day collaborative 'book sprint' (or writing
workshop) at the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture
(https://www.thepealecenter.org/) from 19 - 24th April 2020. Working with
up to 12 other collaborators, we'll write a high-quality book that provides
a comprehensive, practical and authoritative guide to crowdsourcing and
digitally-enabled participation projects in the cultural heritage sector.
We want to provide an effective road map for cultural institutions hoping
to use crowdsourcing for the first time and a resource for institutions
already using crowdsourcing to benchmark their work.

Could you be one of those collaborators? We're looking for book sprint
participants who are enthusiastic, experienced and engaged, with expertise
at any point in the life cycle of crowdsourcing and digital participation.
Your expertise might have been gained through hands-on experience on
projects or by conducting research. We have a generous definition of
'digitally-enabled participation', including not-entirely-digital
volunteering projects around cultural heritage collections, and activities
that go beyond typical collection-centric 'crowdsourcing' tasks like
transcription, classification and description. Got questions? Please email
How to apply

   1. Read Call for participants: April 2020 book sprint on the state of
   the art in crowdsourcing in cultural heritage
   2. Read the Book Sprint FAQs (https://www.booksprints.net/faqs/) to make
   sure you're aware of the process and commitment required
   3. Fill in this short Google Form (https://forms.gle/zVQp9BB4L6EYnMPfA) by
   midnight GMT February 21st

We'll review applications and let people know by February 25th, 2020.

If you can't make the book sprint but would still like to contribute, we've
got you covered! We'll publish the first version of the book online for
comment and feedback. Book sprints can't accommodate remote participation,
so this is our best way of including the vast amounts of expertise not in
the room.

You can sign up to the British Library's crowdsourcing newsletters
for updates, or join our Crowdsourcing group on Humanities Commons
set up to share progress and engage in discussion with the wider community.



Check out my book! http://bit.ly/CrowdsourcingOurCulturalHeritage
P.S. I mostly use this address for list mail and don't check it daily

        Date: 2020-02-10 16:49:36+00:00
        From: Kim Martin 
        Subject: Registration is live! DH@Guelph Summer Workshops 2020

Dear DH Community,

The DH@Guelph team is excited to announce that registration is now live
for our DH@Guelph Summer Workshops 2020
(https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020).  Please save the dates
of May 4-7th 2020 and join us for what promises to be an exciting week.

Our keynote address will be delivered by the wonderful Angel David Nieves
(https://history.sdsu.edu/people/nieves), and we're thrilled to welcome the
fab folks from Feral Feminisms (https://feralfeminisms.com/) for a panel on
open, feminist publishing!

Our Courses:

1. Materializing the Collection
(Milena Radzikowska, Dr. Shana MacDonald)

2. Computational Digital Humanities: Command Line Fundamentals
(David J. Birnbaum, Emma Schwarz)

3. Reading the Humanities from a Distance: A Survey of Text Analysis Tools
(Jennifer Marvin)

4. Semantic Text Analysis with Word Embeddings
(Lisa Baer)

5. Equity in Digital Publishing
(Ela Przybylo, Amy Verhaeghe, Sharifa Patel, Krista Benson, Jae Basiliere)

6. Spatial Humanities: Exploring GIS in the Humanities
(Quin Shirk-Luckett, Teresa Lewitsky)

7. Machine Learning and Digital Humanities
(Dr. Rachel Starry, Paul Barrett, Nathan Taback)

8. Linked Data and Ontologies for the Humanities
(Susan Brown, Kim Martin, Deb Stacey)

9. Getting Going with Scholarship Online: An Introduction to CWRC
(Mihaela Illovan, Susan Brown)

You can register at this link
and don't hesitate to email dhguelph[@]uoguelph.ca with any questions or


Kim Martin (Associate Director)
Susan Brown (Director)

        Date: 2020-02-10 15:20:25+00:00
        From: Mia Ridge 
        Subject: IHR Digital History seminar: Maps and Machines: Using Computer Vision to Analyse the Geography of Industrialisation (1780-1920)

Dear Humanists,

The conveners of the IHR Digital History Seminar are delighted to announce
our next seminar on Tuesday, February 18:

Maps and Machines: Using Computer Vision to Analyse the Geography of
Industrialisation (1780-1920)

Living with Machines (https://www.livingwithmachines.ac.uk/) is a research
project that seeks to create new histories of the lived experience of
industrialisation in nineteenth-century Great Britain. Because the vast
archives of this period have been challenging to interrogate at scale, we
use computational methods to explore newspapers, maps, census records,
novels, and more. In this presentation, we will introduce our work using
computer vision to automatically identify information in Ordnance Survey

One of the origin stories of spatial history involves historians turning
tabular data into maps that could be analysed with GIS. Newer research has
turned from tabular to text data as a source of information that can be
mapped. Very recently, some scholars have approached maps as data by
manually creating datasets that organise cartographic information in
machine-readable forms, while even fewer are exploring methods for
computational analysis of historic maps. We aim to push this spatial
humanities work further in two ways: 1) building up the opportunities for
intersecting tabular, text, and visual historical data and 2) automatically
creating data from maps.

The early OS maps are a unique serial, partially digitised corpus. Our
sample includes images and metadata from nineteenth- and early
twentieth-century OS maps shared by the National Library of Scotland (8,765
sheets out of approximately 203,000 maps from seven different editions and
scales printed between ca. 1840-1900) as well as the recently released
 GB1900 (https://data.nls.uk/data/map-spatial-data/gb1900/) dataset. We
kicked off our research with a series of learning days designed around
historical research questions (How does the presence of machines impact
lives differently in different places during the Industrial Revolution?),
issues of source bias (How do cartographic sources represent rapid
industrialisation?), and methodological challenges (How well do existing
computer vision methods work on nineteenth-century maps? How can we
establish ‘ground truth data’ in a way which is sensitive to ambiguities?).

Analysing historical maps in this manner allows us to depart from older
methodologies dependent on spatial analysis of vector data. Reimagining
data extraction from maps also means adapting investigations to accommodate
only partial recall of information documented on the maps. For example,
using maps to identify where machines and machine infrastructure is located
in relation to other kinds of features (homes, schools, forests, hospitals,
etc.) is one task that enriches what we can know about the shape of
nineteenth-century communities, but will never perfectly reproduce the map
content. Working at scale, we will nevertheless be able to use information
about the presence or absence of certain features as a link to the lived
experience that we read about in newspapers. Rather than organise project
resources around vectorisation of specific map features, we are exploring
how much state-of-the-art computer vision techniques based on deep learning
can be ‘translated’ to help answer questions of historical interest. We aim
to take a holistic view of the map contents and see how these can be
cross-referenced with spatial information we identify in text or tabular

Speaker biographies

Daniel C.S. Wilson is a historian of modern Britain, with a focus on
science and technology. He has degrees in History and Philosophy, and has
held research fellowships in Cambridge and Paris. Prior to joining The Alan
Turing Institute, Daniel taught in the Department of History and Philosophy
of Science at Cambridge, where he also worked on the ‘Technology &
Democracy’ project at CRASSH: an inquiry into the politics of the digital

Daniel van Strien is a Digital Curator for Living with Machines. He is
particularly interested in the use of Natural Language Processing methods
on historic collections, the use of Deep Learning for researching and
managing digital collections, and Open Science approaches to carrying out
research and dissemination. Prior to joining the British Library, Daniel
has extensive experience working on Research Data Management and Open
Science, has contributed to the development of Library Carpentry and worked
in specialist medical and legal library services.

Kaspar Beelen is a digital historian, who explores the application of
machine learning to humanities research. After obtaining his PhD in History
(2014) at the University of Antwerp he worked as postdoctoral fellow at the
University of Toronto on the Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data
(Dilipad) project. In 2016, Kaspar moved to the University of Amsterdam
where he first worked as a postdoc for the Information and Language
Processing Systems group, and later became assistant professor in Digital
Humanities (Media Studies). Since February 2019, he works at the Turing
Institute as research associate for the Living with Machines project.

Katie McDonough is a historian of eighteenth-century France working at
the intersection of political culture and the history of science and
technology. She completed her PhD in History at Stanford in 2013. She has
taught at Bates College and was a postdoctoral researcher in digital
humanities at Western Sydney University (Australia). Before joining the
Turing Institute, Katie was the Academic Technology Specialist in the
Department of History/Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research at
Stanford University.
Session chair: TBC

Attend in-person or online

This seminar is 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, 18 February 2020
Online (live or afterwards) - see the seminar blog
(http://ihrdighist.blogs.sas.ac.uk/) or YouTube channel
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLBI7fD7EQmu652Pr_oWEYw) for links

In person- This seminar is 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, 18 February 2020, in
Foster Court Room 235, UCL. Foster Court is off Malet Place, part of UCL's
Bloomsbury Campus, London, WC1E 6BS

There's no need to register - you can just turn up on the day.

To keep in touch, follow us on Twitter (@IHRDigHist
(http://www.twitter.com/IHRDigHist)) or via the hashtag #dhist

Upcoming seminars are listed on our website
(https://ihrdighist.blogs.sas.ac.uk/category/2019-2020/). Our next seminar
is Tuesday 3 March 2020 - Jennifer Guiliano (Indiana) - Difficult Heritage,
Indigeneity, and the Complexities of Colonial-Centric Research

We look forward to seeing you at a seminar soon, whether in person or

Best regards,

The IHR Digital History seminar conveners - Mia Ridge (British Library),
Justin Colson (Essex), Matthew Shaw (IHR), Melodee Beals
(Loughborough), James Baker (Sussex), Tessa Hauswedell (UCL), Richard
Deswarte (UEA).

        Date: 2020-02-10 15:19:42+00:00
        From: Kristen Mapes 
        Subject: Registration reminder - Global DH Symposium (March 26-27)

Global Digital Humanities Symposium

March 26-27, 2020
Michigan State University (USA)
East Lansing, Michigan


Registration is open and the program is now available! Join us for a fantastic
event. Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13

Free and open to the public. Register (for in person and/or virtual attendance)
at http://msuglobaldh.org/registration/

Keynote presentations by Miguel Escobar Varela, on "Emic interfaces: UX design
for cultural specificity" and Carrie Heitman on "Narrative and Nomenclature:
Research Dialogues on Place-Based Knowledge in the Age of Digital Distance"

Additional presentations include:

  *   "Empowered Minorities: Language Rights and Differential Outcomes For
Minorities Enjoying Kremlin Support", Martha Olcott, Michael Downs, and Brigid
  *   "Regularization of Kinship Relations to Enrich the Social Networks",
Bin Li
  *   "Relational Landscapes: Teaching Chaco Canyon Ancestral Pueblo
Monumental Architecture with Immersive Technology", Laura Smith
  *   "Building an Inclusive Digital Local History in the Midwest", Benjamin
  *   "Digital Mapping of Culpability and the Culpable in African War
Texts", Richard Ajah
  *   "DH and Cultural Heritage: Digitisation of Eyo Festival in Nigeria",
Felix Bayode Oke
  *   "Between Phallus and Freedom: An Ethnography on the Embodied Experiences
of Tinder Users in Cape Town", Leah Junck
  *   "Digital Apprehensions of Indian Poetics", A. Sean Pue, Zahra Rizvi,
Asra Junaid
  *   "Using GIS in representing the significance of transnational financial
support for deaf education in China, circa 1880s-1920s", Shu Wan
  *   "Digital Humanities and the discursive complexities of colonial
'letterature"", Ayodele James Akinola
  *   "Map-Based Storytelling for Evolving Places: An experiment with Digital
Humanities pedagogy", Sayan Bhattacharyya
  *   "Digitalising political communication in West Africa: Facebook and
Twitter in election campaigns and political practices in Ghana", Akwasi
Bosompem Boateng
  *   "Can Library Metadata Stand with Hong Kong? ", Joshua Barton, Mike
Erickson, Lucas Mak, and Nicole Smeltekop
  *   "Intersection: Digital Humanities, Research Data Management and
Libraries in African Higher Education Institutions", Thembelihle Hwalima
  *   "Teaching with Data in the Academic Museum", Beth Fischer
  *   "Disrupting the Discourse: The Role of Digital Humanities in Addressing
Anthropogenic Climate Change", Work of Sarah Goldfarb
  *   "From Archival Absence to Digital Presence: (Dis)Covering the19th-
Century Black Press in Ohio", Jewon Woo
  *   "Visualizing Poetic Meter in South Asian Languages", A. Sean Pue,
Ahmad Atta, and Rajiv Ranjan
  *   "Echoes of Handicraft: The Use of Digital Technologies in Preserving and
Representing Textiles from East Asian Ethnic Minority Groups", Xiaolin Sun and
Catherine Nichols
  *   "SiRO- A Platform for Studies in Radicalism Onlin"e, Manasi Mishra
  *   "The Evolution of the Enslaved Project", Kylene Cave and Duncan Tarr
  *   "From Archive to Big Data: Workflows of the China Bibliographic
Database", Edith Enright
  *   "When Managing a digital archive becomes a be-or-not-to-be issue",
  *   "On Seeing: Surveillance and the Digital Humanities", Christina
Boyles, Andy Boyles Petersen, Arun Jacob, and Megan Wilson
  *   "Mobilizing Digital Humanities for Social Justice: A Rapid Response
Research Workshop", Roopika Risam and Alex Gil
  *   "Sites of Memory: Reflecting on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in
Rwanda", Erik Ponder
  *   "Collaborative Pedagogy: Foreign Language and Literature Courses, Data
Science, and Global Digital Humanities", Katherine Walden, Jarren Santos,
Celeste Sharpe, Palmar Alvarez-Blanco, Sarah Calhoun, and Mirzam Pérez
  *   "Students as Knowledge Producers: Understanding Arab-Americans in
central Ohio through Oral History Narratives", Hanada Al-Masri, Cheryl
Johnson, Olivia Reynolds and Alexis Grimm

Kristen Mapes
Assistant Director of Digital Humanities, College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University
479 West Circle Drive, Linton Hall 308
East Lansing MI 48824
kmapes@msu.edu | @kmapesy

        Date: 2020-02-08 15:15:47+00:00
        From: Iain Campbell 
        Subject: Indeterminate Futures / The Future of Indeterminacy, 13-15 November 2020

Indeterminate Futures / The Future of Indeterminacy

Transdisciplinary Conference
13 – 15 November 2020, University of Dundee, Scotland

Keynotes: Karen Barad, Franco Berardi, Xin Wei Sha, Vladimir Tasić

The future is no longer seen as open. It’s seen as precarious on the one
hand, and technologically over-determined on the other. Economic
uncertainty, the rise of the risk society, the culture of fear and
neoliberal necropolitics are seen as a serious threat. The risk society
attributes all hazards to human decisions; the culture of fear
cultivates the tendency to catastrophise; neoliberal necropolitics welds
technology to the exploitation of natural and social reserves in an
irreversible way. Amidst the general climate of ‘instrumentarianism’
(Zuboff 2019), paradoxes like ‘the cancelled future’ (Berardi 2014) or
‘automated deregulation’ (Steyerl 2019) are synonymous with permanent
crisis, disorder, and the 'end of free will' (Han 2017).

Indeterminacy – often associated with but not identical to unknowability
and liminality – doesn’t merely defy the ‘order-disorder’,
‘certainty-uncertainty’ binary creating a ‘both-and’ and ‘neither-nor’
space in which a cat can be both dead and alive, as in Schrödinger’s
experiment. Indeterminacy is a self-perpetuating dynamic of change with
no spatial or temporal constancy – a vibrant multiplicity of parallel
potentialities and realities. Initially derived from Bohr’s quantum
indeterminacy, Gödel's undecidability, and Stengers and Prirogine's
non-linear dynamics, indeterminacy upsets stable structures and ossified
power regimes which is why it was embraced as a liberating epistemic
force by many 20th century artists and theorists: Jarry, Boulez, Cage,
Ichinayagi, Situationists International, Xenakis, Fluxus, Knowbotic
Research, Derrida, Guattari, Hayles, Varela and Latour, to mention but a

In the digital age, in accelerated, informational capitalism, the
situation is very different. First, permanent change is the rule.
Second, art, culture, and (bio)politics are no longer separate; they are
fused in the infosphere. Consisting of datification, algorithmic
predetermination, cultural production, symbolic and affective regimes,
the infosphere has modified the language of thought and action. It has
also modified the structure of reality. The aim of this
transdisciplinary conference is to evaluate the current and future
epistemic and ontological potential of spatio-temporal,
cultural-mnemonic and socio-political forms of indeterminacy. To this
end, we ask questions such as:

• How do contemporary digital thinking-making practices articulate the
relationship between design and chance, system and impulse,
repeatability and irreversibility, rule, iteration and variability?
• How does temporal indeterminacy, as defined by quantum physics, relate
to indigenous conceptions of space-time and matter? (Barad 2018)
• How do ‘an-archives’ – heaps of disparate, perpetually multiplied
images (Hansen 2011) – pattern cultural memory?
• What are the repercussions of medial efficacy – the fact that
algorithms are _not_ mathematical ideas imposed on concrete data, as is
often thought, but diagrams that _emerge_ from repetition and the
processual organisation of space-time, objects and actions?
• What is the relationship between indeterminacy and neuroplasticity,
our embodied and extended brains/minds’ adaptability to new perceptual
milieus? (Malabou 2006)
• How do deterministic technical milieus and the growing mass of
unstructured data configure #datapolitik – a set of operations that
regulate space-time through the cybernetic feedback loop, tracking,
capture, and feelings of safety or threat? (Panagia 2017)

- - - - - - -

We invite proposals for 20 min papers, provocations, creative
contributions, re-enactments of scientific experiments and proposals for
curated panels from the fields of art, media (theory), physics,
mathematics, philosophy, cultural studies, memory studies, digital
humanities, and anthropology. Possible topics include but are not
limited to:

• Indeterminate (historical or contemporary) artistic methodologies,
e.g. convolutions, _destinerrance_, obfuscation, culture jamming,
• Aleatory composition in music, _event scores_, performance and
• Indeterminacy, observation and measurement
• Entangled (virtual or material) patternings and the collapse of
micro-macro, general-specific perspectives
• Superposition and multiple spatio-temporal histories
• The role of repetition, velocity and scale in machine learning and
algorithmic ‘promiscuity’
• Computers as inherently re-iterative, indeterminate machines
• Logical aberrations in AI classificatory systems, e.g. those used in
affective computing
• Errors/slippages in deterministic technologies (e.g. biometrics or
facial recognition software) and their relationship to judgment and
digital inscription
• Retroversion and the ambiguity of meaning in digital and legal discourse
• Big data and the indeterminacy of inference
• Glitch and the draining of cultural memory or erasure as tracing
• Indeterminacy and the technological unconscious
• Digital grammatisation of existence (Stiegler) and critical,
micro-context-responsive computing
• Posthumanist performativity (Barad)
• The indeterminacy of waste in ecology, topology and anthropology
• Indeterminacy and social identity (e.g. gender)
• The dynamics of liminality as a space-time of transformation
• The history of indeterminacy in physics, mathematics and philosophy
• Indeterminacy as ethics and aesthetics

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Panel proposal deadline: 20 April 2020 (1000 w proposal + 450 speaker bios)
Individual presentation deadline: 1 May 2020 (350 w abstract + 150 bio)
Notification of Acceptance: 10 May 2020

Please email abstracts with ‘Indeterminacy Conference’ in the subject to
Natasha Lushetich: n.lushetich@dundee.ac.uk.

- - - - - - -

This conference is hosted by the AHRC-funded project _The Future of
Indeterminacy: Datification, Memory, Biopolitics_. A limited number of
bursaries will be available for PhD researchers. If you would like to be
considered please send a 4-page CV + 500 w description of your research
together with your abstract.

- - - - - - -

Iain Campbell
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Contemporary Art Practice
University of Dundee

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