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UCL Digital Humanities Month Programme

April 2013 is Digital Humanities Month at UCL.  As well as the Project Workshop that is taking place on 25th-26th April and the Undergraduate  workshop, Getting into Digital Humanities, on 24th April, the Centre for Digital Humanities has organised a series of talks.  All are welcome and there will be a drinks reception following each talk.  Please note that registration is required as places are limited.   Digital Humanities Month has been convened by Melissa Terras, Co-Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and supported by the Grand Challenge of Cultural Interaction.

Friday 12th April, 5.30pm, G31 Foster Court“Contexts, Toward Building the Social Edition”, Ray Siemens, University of Victoria (Canada)

This talk explores, via narrative and example, research contexts toward the social scholarly edition, among them notions of Big Humanities and Humanities 2.0, the nature of impact in and beyond academic environments, and engaging extended community through work anchored in an academic research agenda.  A prime example will be the social edition of the Devonshire Manuscript (BL Add 17492)

Register: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5947849177

Tuesday 16th April, 5.30pm, G31 Foster Court

“The Gates of Hell: History and Definition of Digital | Humanities | Computing”, Edward Vanhoutte, Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies, Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature

Register: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5948154089

Thursday 18th April, 5.30pm, G31 Foster Court

"Exploring Enlightenment: Text Mining the 18th-Century Republic of Letters", Glenn Roe, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

The challenge of ‘Big Data’ in the Humanities has led in recent years to a host of innovative technological and algorithmic approaches to the growing digital human record. These techniques—from data mining to distant reading—can offer students and scholars new perspectives on the exploration and visualisation of increasingly intractable data sets in the human and social sciences; perspectives that would have previously been unimaginable. The danger, however, in these kinds of ‘macro-analyses’, is that scholars find themselves increasingly disconnected from the raw materials of their research, engaging with massive collections of texts in ways that are neither intuitive nor transparent, and that provide few opportunities to apply traditional modes of close reading to these new resources. In this talk, I will outline some of my previous work using data mining and machine learning techniques to explore large data sets drawn primarily from the French Enlightenment period. Building upon these past experiences, I will then present my current research project at Oxford, which uses sequence alignment algorithms to identify intertextual relationships between authors and texts in the 18th-century “Republic of Letters.” By reintroducing the notion of (inter)textuality into algorithmic and data-driven methods of macro-anlalysis we can perhaps bridge the gap between distant and close readings, by way of an intermediary mode of scholarship I term ‘directed’ or ‘scalable’ reading. 

Register: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5948268431

Wednesday 24th April, 5.30pm, G31 Foster Court

“Public support for the UK Digital Humanities: looking back and forwards”, David Robey, Oxford e-Research Centre

The UK has swung in a few years from leading the world in its infrastructure for the Digital Humanities to providing almost nothing in this respect. This talk, by the former Director of the AHRC ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme, will discuss some of the reasons for this change, and the issues, needs and prospects for a Digital Humanities infrastructure in the future.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5948356695

Sarah Davenport, Centre Co-ordinator,Centre for Digital Humanities

Department of Information Studies

University College London

Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

email: s.davenport@ucl.ac.uk

tel: 020 7679 7204

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