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Upcoming talks in the UCLDH Seminar Series

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:30:15 +0000

We have some great talks coming up this term as part of our seminar series.  Please do join us, all welcome! Registration is required. Wednesday 28th January 2015 5.30pm, G31 Foster Court Professor Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research: Big data for humanities research: from digging into the parliamentary record to exploring the UK Web […]

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Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information initial report open to public comment

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:54:59 +0000

For the last year I’ve been co-chairing an ICANN working group on Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information, an issue which will arise once the current ASCII-based Whois directory of domain name contacts is replaced by a system allowing domain name holders to input data in their own languages and scripts. Yesterday was the big […]

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Geographia, Chorographia, and the Prehistory of Modern Geography: Unravelling the Geographike Hyphegesis of Claudius Ptolemy 

Publication date: Mar 13, 2013 04:22 PM

Start: May 20, 2013 05:30 PM

Location: G31, Foster Court

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Dr Leif Isaksen, University of Southampton

This paper will argue that Ptolemy’s Geographike Hyphegesis ('Manual for world-drawing') is a unique fusion of pre-Ptolemaic sources that far surpasses its precursors. It makes the case that the work’s purpose is to provide a terrestrial counterpart to the data compiled in his earlier and equally significant astronomical treatise, the Mathematical Syntaxis. This is expressly to derive local celestial phenomena for a given time in order to draw a wide range of astrological, meteorological, environmental and anthropological conclusions.

A variety of digital methods, including toponymic comparisons, and linear interpolation, will be used to expose the ways in which this combination of fragmentary source material has left traces within the structure of the enormous place catalogue that indicate the nature of both geographic and chorographic sources. Exploring these spatial and categorical ‘fractures’ opens up new possibilities for appraising a crucial stage in the development of geographic thought.

Leif Isaksen is Deputy Director of the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton. He is researching the impact that rapidly changing social and technical connectivity is having on heritage discourse, both within and beyond academia, and has a strong interest in the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity, and especially in the work of Claudius Ptolemy and the Roman itinerary tradition.

A drinks reception will follow, all welcome.

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