Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 598. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  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)  From: Kim Martin Subject: Registration is live! DH@Guelph Summer Workshops 2020 (61)  From: Mia Ridge Subject: IHR Digital History seminar: Maps and Machines: Using Computer Vision to Analyse the Geography of Industrialisation (1780-1920) (135)  From: Kristen Mapes Subject: Registration reminder - Global DH Symposium (March 26-27) (89)  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 goals: https://blogs.bl.uk/digital-scholarship/2020/02/new-project-from-crowdsourcing- to-digitally-enabled-participation-the-state-of-the-art-in-collaborat.html and more importantly, another post on how you can get involved: https://blogs.bl.uk/digital-scholarship/2020/02/call-for-participants- april-2020-book-sprint-on-the-state-of-the-art-in-crowdsourcing-in-cultural- he.html 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 email@example.com! How to apply 1. Read Call for participants: April 2020 book sprint on the state of the art in crowdsourcing in cultural heritage (https://blogs.bl.uk/digital-scholarship/2020/02/call-for-participants- april-2020-book-sprint-on-the-state-of-the-art-in-crowdsourcing-in-cultural- he.html) 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 (https://us11.campaign- archive.com/home/?u=08e409d3d85876a17ac4c1d09&id=e52e46328f) for updates, or join our Crowdsourcing group on Humanities Commons (https://hcommons.org/groups/crowdsourcing/forum/topic/collective-wisdom-from- crowdsourcing-to-digitally-enabled-participation/) set up to share progress and engage in discussion with the wider community. Cheers, Mia -------------------------------------------- http://openobjects.org.uk/ http://twitter.com/mia_out 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 (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/materialization) (Milena Radzikowska, Dr. Shana MacDonald) 2. Computational Digital Humanities: Command Line Fundamentals (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/command) (David J. Birnbaum, Emma Schwarz) 3. Reading the Humanities from a Distance: A Survey of Text Analysis Tools (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/analysis) (Jennifer Marvin) 4. Semantic Text Analysis with Word Embeddings (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/word) (Lisa Baer) 5. Equity in Digital Publishing (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/digital) (Ela Przybylo, Amy Verhaeghe, Sharifa Patel, Krista Benson, Jae Basiliere) 6. Spatial Humanities: Exploring GIS in the Humanities (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/gis) (Quin Shirk-Luckett, Teresa Lewitsky) 7. Machine Learning and Digital Humanities (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/machine) (Dr. Rachel Starry, Paul Barrett, Nathan Taback) 8. Linked Data and Ontologies for the Humanities (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/data) (Susan Brown, Kim Martin, Deb Stacey) 9. Getting Going with Scholarship Online: An Introduction to CWRC (https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/dhguelph/summer2020/workshops/cwrc) (Mihaela Illovan, Susan Brown) You can register at this link (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dhguelph-summer- workshops-2020-registration-84197032591), and don't hesitate to email dhguelph[@]uoguelph.ca with any questions or concerns. Warmly, Kim Martin (Associate Director) Susan Brown (Director) DH@Guelph -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 maps. 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 âground truth dataâ 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 âtranslatedâ 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 data. 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 âTechnology & Democracyâ 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 (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/print/foster-court). 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 (https://twitter.com/hashtag/dhist?src=hash). 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 (https://ihrdighist.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2019/09/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 online. 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 msuglobaldh.org #msuglobaldh 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 McBride * "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 Ostermeier * "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", NGUE UM EMMANUEL * "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 PÃ©rez * "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 517-884-1712 firstname.lastname@example.org | @kmapesy she/her/hers -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 few. 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, databending • Aleatory composition in music, _event scores_, performance and psychogeography • 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 - - - - - - - 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: email@example.com. - - - - - - - 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 _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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