Archive for November, 2008

Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Posted on the Digital Classicist list by Melissa Terras.

Call for Papers: Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture

Editors Brent Nelson (University of Saskatchewan) and Melissa Terras
(University College London) invite submissions for a collection of
essays on “Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture” to
be published in the New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance
Studies Series edited by Ray Siemens and William Bowen.

This collection of essays will build on the accomplishments of recent
scholarship on materiality by bringing together innovative research
on the theory and praxis of digitizing material cultures from roughly
500 A.D. to 1700 A.D. Scholars of the medieval and early modern
periods have begun to pay more attention to the material world not
only as a means of cultural experience, but also as a shaping
influence upon culture and society, looking at the world of material
objects as both an area of study and a rich source of evidence for
interpreting the past. Digital media enable new ways of evoking,
representing, recovering, and simulating these materials in
non-traditional, non-textual (or para-textual) ways and present new
possibilities for recuperating and accumulating material from across
vast distances and time, enabling both preservation and comparative
analysis that is otherwise impossible or impractical. Digital
mediation also poses practical and theoretical challenges, both
logistical (such as gaining access to materials) and intellectual
(for example, the relationship between text and object). This volume
of essays will promote the deployment of digital technologies to the
study of material culture by bringing together expertise garnered
from complete and current digital projects, while looking forward to
new possibilities for digital applications; it will both take stock
of the current state of theory and practice and advance new
developments in digitization of material culture. The editors welcome
submissions from all disciplines on any research that addresses the
use of digital means for representing and investigating material
culture as expressed in such diverse areas as:

• travelers’ accounts, navigational charts and cartography
• collections and inventories
• numismatics, antiquarianism and early archaeology
• theatre and staging (props, costumes, stages, theatres)
• the visual arts of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, and
• model making
• paper making and book printing, production, and binding
• manuscripts, emblems, and illustrations
• palimpsests and three-dimensional writing
• instruments (magic, alchemical, and scientific)
• arts and crafts
• the anatomical and cultural body

We welcome approaches that are practical and/or theoretical, general
in application or particular and project-based. Submissions should
present fresh advances in methodologies and applications of digital
technologies, including but not limited to:

• XML and databases and computational interpretation
• three-dimensional computer modeling, Second Life and virtual worlds
• virtual research environments
• mapping technology
• image capture, processing, and interpretation
• 3-D laser scanning, synchrotron, or X-ray imaging and analysis
• artificial intelligence, process modeling, and knowledge representation

Papers might address such topics and issues as:

• the value of inter-disciplinarity (as between technical and
humanist experts)
• relationships between image and object; object and text; text and image
• the metadata of material culture
• curatorial and archival practice
• mediating the material object and its textual representations
• imaging and data gathering (databases and textbases)
• the relationship between the abstract and the material text
• haptic, visual, and auditory simulation
• tools and techniques for paleographic analysis

Enquiries and proposals should be sent to brent.nelson[at] by
10 January 2009. Complete essays of 5,000-6,000 words in length will
be due on 1 May 2009.

CFP: Natural Language Processing for Ancient Language

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Chuck Jones has just posted a call for papers for a special issue of the TAL journal (Revue TAL) on the topic “Natual Language Processing for Ancient Language” over at AWBG.

Les historiens et l’informatique, Roma, December 4-6, 2008

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

From an announement circulated by Marjorie Burghart:

Les historiens et l’informatique : un métier à réinventer

Jeudi 4 décembre – 14 h 30
Marilyn Nicoud (École française de Rome)
Accueil des participants

Jean-Philippe Genet (Université de Paris I)
Peut-on prévoir l’impact des transformations de l’informatique sur le travail scientifique de l’historien ?

L’historien et ses sources : archives et bibliothèques – 15 h 00
Anna Maria Tammaro (Università di Parma)
La biblioteca digitale verso la realizzazione dell’infrastruttura globale per gli studi umanistici

Roberto Delle Donne (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Storia e Open Archive

Christophe Dessaux (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication)
De la numérisation des collections à Europeana : des contenus culturels pour la recherche

Gino Roncaglia (Università della Tuscia)
Libri elettronici : un panorama in evoluzione

Stefano Vitali (Archivio di Stato di Firenze)
I mutamenti nel mondo degli archivi

17 h 45-18 h 45 : Discussion

Vendredi 5 décembre – 9 h 00
Michele Ansani (Università di Pavia) et Antonella Ghignoli (Università di Firenze)
Testi digitali : nuovi media e documenti medievali

Pierre Bauduin (Université de Caen) et Catherine Jacquemard (Université de Caen)
La pratique de l’édition en ligne : expériences et questionnements

Paul Bertrand (IRHT, CNRS)
Autour de l’édition électronique et des digital humanities : nouvelle érudition, nouvelle critique ?

10 h 30-11 h 00 : Discussion

Rolando Minuti (Università di Firenze)
Insegnare storia al tempo del web 2.0 : considerazioni su esperienze e problemi aperti

Giulio Romero (Atelhis)
Métier d’historiens, métiers d’historien : les impératifs d’une formation ouverte

12 h 45-13 h 15 : Discussion

Communiquer – 15 h 00
Pietro Corrao (Università di Palermo)
L’esperienza di Reti Medievali

Christine Ducourtieux (Université de Paris I) et Marc Smith (École nationale des Chartes),
L’expérience de Ménestrel

16 h 00 – 16 h. 30 Discussion

Les nouveaux horizons du métier d’historien
Aude Mairey (CESCM, CNRS-Université de Poitiers)
Quelles perspectives pour la textométrie ?

Julien Alerini (Université de Paris I) et Stéphane Lamassé (Université de Paris I)
Données et statistiques : l’avenir du travail en ligne pour l’historien

17 h 45-18 h 15 : Discussion

Samedi 6 décembre – 9 h 00
François Giligny (Université de Paris I)
L’informatique en archéologie : une révolution tranquille ?

Jean-Luc Arnaud (Telemme, CNRS-Université de Provence)
Nouvelles méthodes, nouveaux usages de la cartographie et de l’analyse spatiale en histoire

Margherita Azzari (Università di Firenze)
Geographic Information Systems and Science. Stato dell’arte, sfide future

10 h-30-11 h 00 : Discussion

L’historien et l’outil informatique
Serge Noiret (European University Institute)
Fare storia a più mani con il web 2.0 : cosa cambia nelle pratiche degli storici ?

Philippe Rygiel (Université de Paris I)
De quoi le web est-il l’archive ? Lectures historiennes de l’activité réseau

Jean-Michel Dalle (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI)
Peut-on penser le futur d’une communauté scientifique sans tenir compte de l’économie de l’innovation et de la créativité ?

12 h 45-13 h 30 : Discussion

Conclusions d’Andrea Zorzi (Università di Firenze)

If you want to attend, please contact Marilyn Nicoud or Grazia Parrino,

Digital Classicist Occasional Seminars: Lamé on digital epigraphy

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

For those who are not subscribed to the Digital Classicist podcast RSS, I’d like to call attention to the latest “occasional seminar” audio and slides online: Marion Lamé spoke about “Epigraphical encoding: from the Stone to Digital Edition” in the internation video-conference series European Culture and Technology. Marion talked about her PhD project which is to use an XML-encoded edition of the Res Gestae Diui Augusti as an exercise in digital recording and presentation of an extremely important and rich historical text and encoding historical features in the markup.

We shall occasionally record and upload (with permission) presentations of interest to digital classicists that are presented in other venues and series. If you would be interested in contributing a presentation to this series, please contact me or someone else at the Digital Classicist.