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Humanist Archives: March 11, 2020, 8:23 a.m. Humanist 33.665 - events: Fellowship lectures; archaeology & history; Jewish studies; Arabic NLP

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 665.
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    [1]    From: Salciute-Civiliene, Gabriele 
           Subject: Prof Willard McCarty Fellowship Lectures in Digital Humanities (90)

    [2]    From: Tom Brughmans 
           Subject: The Connected Past, call for papers deadline 15 March (70)

    [3]    From: Gerben Zaagsma 
           Subject: CFP: International Conference #DHJewish - Jewish Studies in the Digital Age (123)

    [4]    From: Wajdi Zaghouani 
           Subject: 3rd CFP: The Fifth Arabic NLP Workshop / Shared Task Collocated With COLING 2020 (83)

        Date: 2020-03-10 21:22:16+00:00
        From: Salciute-Civiliene, Gabriele 
        Subject: Prof Willard McCarty Fellowship Lectures in Digital Humanities

Dear All,

The Department of Digital Humanities are pleased to invite you to the
lectures in textual scholarship by two Willard McCarty Fellows of this year.

Prof Willard McCarty Fellowship Lectures in Digital Humanities 
5pm - 8.00pm, Thursday 2nd April 2020
DDH Digital Lab, Embankment Room, Macadam bldg -1.1.4, Strand
Campus, King's College London

Register : please register for free at the following link, though
places are limited:



Welcome  (20 min) 

(1) Rabea Kleymann, Leibniz Centre for Literary and Cultural Research,
Berlin, Germany

"Permanent Beta? Epistemics and sociological impacts of software
prototypes in the Digital Humanities"  (45 min) 

In the research landscape of Digital Humanities, the software prototype
as a technical term from the computer sciences has found its way into
the vocabulary of digitally working humanities scholars as well as into
research projects in which it appears to be an inherent part of software
development. Understood as digital artefacts, arguments, provocations or
surrogates of a model, the software prototype takes on a strange
intermediate position. It seems to move somewhere between data models,
ontologies and a perpetually finished tool or infrastructure. A critical
inquiry and reflection of software prototypes in the humanities does not
yet seem to have been established. This is the starting point of the
talk, which is an attempt to describe the software prototype as an
epistemologically and sociologically relevant artefact to humanistic
computing in the DH. For this purpose, three different perspectives on
software prototypes and prototyping will be presented. The first
approach explores the network of software prototypes in DH. A second
perspective investigates the theoretical maturity of software prototypes
in contrast to modelling and other forms of theoretical enquiries. Under
a third perspective prototyping is highlighted as a collaborative form
of work from a sociological and pragmatical point of view. The talk is
an invitation to discuss not only the theoretical foundation of
concepts. Rather, it is also about the software prototypes, exploring
possible scopes of humanities computing.


(2) Erik Ketzan , Birkbeck University, London, UK
"Quantifying Vagueness: Ambiguity in Texts"  (45 min) 

Vagueness/ambiguity in texts may be accomplished by a wide variety of
lexical and syntactic features, but so far, efforts to quantify
vagueness/ambiguity in texts have been limited and open to much
improvement. There are many reasons why DH researchers may wish to
measure vagueness in texts. First, 'literary' texts may employ vagueness
more than 'popular fiction' texts, allowing stylistic, genre, and
'literariness' analysis. The amount of vagueness in political discourse
such as speeches and debates may shed light on directness or obfuscation
in politics. Vague language in social media, meanwhile, may serve as
markers of such issues as political alignment, discrimination and
harassment. This lecture presents results on querying
vagueness/ambiguity in a variety of literary texts, challenges an
existing DH method for vagueness/ambiguity quantification, and suggests
ways in which distant reading of vague/ambiguous text may advance in the


Best wishes,

Dr Gabriele Salciute Civiliene
Lecturer in Digital Humanities Education
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
Room C0.08, Chesham Bldg,
Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS
Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7848 7145
Email: gabriele.salciute-civiliene@kcl.ac.uk

DRaL (Distant Reading across Languages) Projec t:
Live Dataset: https://dral.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/

        Date: 2020-03-10 17:46:58+00:00
        From: Tom Brughmans 
        Subject: The Connected Past, call for papers deadline 15 March

We are delighted to announce the next Connected Past conference
(networks and complexity in archaeology and history), which will take
place in Aarhus Denmark on 24-25 September. The call for papers is open
now until 15 March.


The Connected Past 2020: Artefactual Intelligence
September 24-25, Aarhus University

Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be sent to connectedpast2020@gmail.com

Deadline: March, 15th 2020*
Please include your name, affiliation, and your choice of session format
(20 minute thematic presentation or 10 minute work-in-progress presentation)

The scientific committee will seek to communicate its decision before
mid-April 2020

Our keynote speakers are Marcia-Anne Dobres on agency in archaeology and
Juan Barceló on Artificial Intelligence in archaeology.

Computational models used by archaeologists are becoming increasingly
complex. We create and tackle ever larger datasets, include more
parameters and make machines learn by themselves. Recent approaches to
network theory in archaeology, and the historical sciences more
generally, have embraced agents, agency and practice theory. But where
does this leave objects? Since the earliest days of the discipline,
objects have been at the core of the archaeologist’s enquiry. However,
until recently, objects were left heavily undertheorised. With the
advance of object-related theories, such as ANT or the New Materialism
approaches, agency is extended not just to humans but to the objects and
materials they handle as well. Does this mean that digital
archaeologists and historians are to move from Artificial Intelligence
to Artifactual Intelligence? And if so, how?

Being a community of scholars interested in recent theoretical and
methodological innovations in archaeology and the historical sciences,
the Connected Past Conference provides a forum for presenting and
discussing ongoing work on the intersection between archaeology,
history, digital approaches and theory. The conference will be
preceded by a two-day practical workshop (limited capacity, open call
for participants to follow soon).

This year’s conference focuses specifically on the topic of artefacts,
human and material agency, artificial and artefactual intelligence and
their place within archaeological and historical network studies. In
addition, we also welcome presentations on any topic related to
archaeological or historical network research and complexity science.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations on these and related
topics for consideration to the scientific committee. In addition, there
will be a session on general topics related to network science in
archaeology and the historical sciences. We equally welcome abstracts
for 10-minute presentations on work-in-progress.

Conference organisers:

Lieve Donnellan
Rubina Raja
Søren Sindbæk
Tom Brughmans

Get in touch!

Email: connectedpast2020@gmail.com 
Website: https://connectedpast.net 
Twitter: #TCPAarhus

        Date: 2020-03-10 15:23:12+00:00
        From: Gerben Zaagsma 
        Subject: CFP: International Conference #DHJewish - Jewish Studies in the Digital Age

CFP: International Conference #DHJewish - Jewish Studies in the Digital Age,
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
(https://www.c2dh.uni.lu/), University of Luxembourg, 12-13 January 2021.

In all humanities disciplines, scholars find themselves confronted with the
rapidly increasing availability of digital resources (data), new technologies to
interrogate and analyze them (tools), and the question of how to engage with
these developments. The field of Jewish Studies is no exception.

Even if applications of computing in the humanities go back at least 60 years,
the digitisation boom of the last ten to fifteen years, and the rapid
advancement of digital tools to analyse data in myriad ways, have opened up new
avenues for humanities research, including Jewish Studies. How can these digital
developments be harnessed to address specific questions and problems in our
field? And what is the current state of the art?

To probe these, and other, questions, the international conference #DHJewish -
Jewish Studies in the Digital Age will bring together scholars and heritage
practitioners to discuss how the digital turn affects the field of Jewish

We welcome submissions that discuss and demonstrate specific projects and
approaches, as well as those that address broader methodological and
epistemological issues pertaining to the intersection of Jewish Studies and
Digital Humanities, in any of the following formats:

  *   Long papers (abstracts of 1000 words maximum, paper presentation 20 mins +
10 mins for discussion) are suitable for presenting empirical work,
methodological and epistemological reflections. The research presented in a long
paper should be completed or in the final stages of development.
  *   Short papers (abstracts of 500 words, paper presentation 10 mins + 5 mins
for discussion) are suited for project presentations, and reporting on early
stage and ongoing research.
  *   Round tables (abstracts of 1000 words) which bring together a group of
practitioners/ researchers (ideally both) to discuss particular methodological
and/or epistemological challenges.
  *   Posters (abstracts of 500 words) are particularly suited for detailed
technical explanations and clarifications, and for the show and tell of projects
and research alike.
  *   Demonstrations (abstracts of 500 words) of projects, tools, datasets,
digital publications and so forth.

Abstracts should clearly state the title and name and affiliation of the
author(s) and indicate for which format the proposal is submitted. You can
upload your abstract through the Easychair conference management system 
(see instructions here: https://easychair.org/help/how_to_submit).

The conference is organised on occasion of the launch of the #DHJewish website,
which is currently being developed at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and
Digital History (C2DH), and which will offer a variety of different types of
information on the intersection of Jewish Studies & Digital Humanities,
including a news and events section, a registry of projects, blogs & forums, as
well as a Zotero bibliography.

A limited number of travel grants is available for PhD students and early career
scholars, especially those from outside Europe, North America or Israel (please
contact the organisers if you wish to be considered).

Following the conference, we plan to publish an edited volume with selected
papers with DeGruyter in the C2DH Digital History and Hermeneutics book series.

The conference and website are made possible thanks to a Digital Humanities
Resource Development and Enhancement grant from the Rothschild Foundation 
Hanadiv Europe (https://rothschildfoundation.eu/).

Confirmed keynote speaker:

Prof. dr. Jeffrey Shandler (Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers
University): Digitizing Holocaust Memories.

Important dates:

  *   15 May 2020: Deadline for abstracts
  *   10 July: Notification of acceptance
  *   11 December 2020: Deadline for full papers (if interested in possible
      publication in the edited volume)
  *   12-13 January 2021: Conference

Program committee:

  *   Dr. Gerben Zaagsma (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
      - C²DH)
  *   Prof. Dr. Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)
  *   Prof. Dr. Daniel Stoekl Ben Ezra (École Pratique des Hautes Études,
      Paris; Digital Forum, European Association for Jewish Studies)
  *   Prof. Dr. Miriam Rürup (Institut für die Geschichte der Deutschen Juden,
  *   Michelle Chesner (Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies,
      Columbia University; Association of Jewish Libraries)
  *   Dr. Gabor Kadar (Yerusha Project; Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe)
  *   Dr. Avi Shmidman (Bar-Ilan University)
  *   Dov Winer (Judaica Europeana)
  *   Prof. Dr. Karin Hofmeester (International Institute for Social History)
  *   Dr. Sinai Rusinek (Haifa University)
  *   Dr. Amalia S. Levi (HeritEdge Connection)
  *   Dr. Rachel Deblinger (Modern Endangered Archives Program, University of
      California Los Angeles Library)


For any questions, please contact the organisers at:

Dr. Gerben Zaagsma
Assistant Professor | Head of Research Area Digital History & Historiography
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)

Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L - 4366 Esch-Belval

M: gerben.zaagsma@uni.lu
T: +352 466644 6208
W: www.c2dh.uni.lu
W: http://gerbenzaagsma.org

        Date: 2020-03-10 11:12:29+00:00
        From: Wajdi Zaghouani 
        Subject: 3rd CFP: The Fifth Arabic NLP Workshop / Shared Task Collocated With COLING 2020

The 5th Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop/Shared Task (WANLP-5
2020 (https://sites.google.com/view/wanlp-2020)) will be a full day event
taking place on September 13, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The workshop is
collocated with COLING 2020 (https://coling2020.org/).

Workshop URL:  https://sites.google.com/view/wanlp-2020

We invite submissions on topics that include, but are not limited to, the

-    Basic core technologies: morphological analysis, disambiguation,
tokenization, POS tagging, named entity detection, chunking, parsing,
semantic role labeling, sentiment analysis, Arabic dialect modeling, etc.

-   Applications: machine translation, speech recognition, speech
synthesis, optical character recognition, pedagogy, assistive technologies,
social media, etc.

-   Resources: dictionaries, annotated data, corpus, etc.

Submissions may include work in progress as well as finished work.
Submissions must have a clear focus on specific issues pertaining to the
Arabic language whether it is standard Arabic, dialectal, or mixed. Papers
on other languages sharing problems faced by Arabic NLP researchers such as
Semitic languages or languages using Arabic script are welcome.
Additionally, papers on efforts using Arabic resources but targeting other
languages are also welcome. Descriptions of commercial systems are welcome,
but authors should be willing to discuss the details of their work.

Shared Task 

Associated with the workshop will be a shared task on Arabic dialect
identification (https://sites.google.com/view/nadi-shared-task). This
shared task targets province-level dialects, and as such will be the first
to focus on naturally-occurring fine-grained dialect at the sub-country

Shared Task URL: https://sites.google.com/view/nadi-shared-task

 Important Dates 

   - May 20, 2020: Workshop Paper Due Date
   - Jun 24, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
   - Jul 11, 2020: Camera-ready Papers Due
   - Sep 13: Workshop Date

 Submission Details 

Submissions are expected to be up to 8 pages long plus any number of pages
for references. Final versions of long papers will be given one additional
page of content (up to 9 pages) so that reviewers’ comments can be taken
into account. Submissions will be done via softconf.

 Submission Link : https://www.softconf.com/coling2020/WANLP2020/

 WANLP 2019 Organizing Committee 
 General Chair:  Imed Zitouni
 Ex-General Chair Advisor:  Wassim El Hajj
 Program Chairs:  Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Houda Bouamor, Fethi Bougares,
Mahmoud El-Haj
 Publication Chair:   Nadi Tomeh
 Publicity Chair:  Wajdi Zaghouani
 Shared Tasks:  Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Chiyu Zhang, Nizar Habash and Houda

Advisory Committee:  Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Ahmed Ali, Hend Alkhalifa,
Houda Bouamor, Fethi Bougares, Khalid Choukri, Kareem Darwish, Mona Diab,
Mahmoud El-Haj, Samhaa El-Beltagy, Wassim El Hajj, Nizar Habash, Lamia
Hadrich Belguith, Hazem Hajj, Walid Magdy, Khaled Shaalan, Kamel Smaili,
Nadi Tomeh, Wajdi Zaghouani, Imed Zitouni

For questions or comments regarding  WANLP-5 you may contact Wajdi
Zaghouani: wzaghouani@hbku.edu.qa


Wajdi Zaghouani, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor 
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
P.O. Box 34110 | Education City | Doha, Qatar
tel: +974 4454 5601 | mob: +974 33454992
wzaghouani@hbku.edu.qa| Office A141, LAS Building

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