[B900] International Colloquium: "Scholarly Networks and the Emerging Platforms for Humanities Research & Publication
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BOLLETTINO '900 - Notizie / B, aprile 2015
- Brown University Department of Italian Studies
Virtual Humanities Lab
International Colloquium: "Scholarly Networks and
the Emerging Platforms for Humanities Research & Publication"
April 16-18, 2015
The Virtual Humanities Lab in the Department of
Italian Studies at Brown University, in collaboration
with the Center for Digital Scholarship in the Brown
University Library, will host an international colloquium
entitled, "Scholarly Networks and the Emerging Platforms
for Humanities Research & Publication" in the Patrick Ma
Digital Scholarship Lab at the John D.Rockefeller, Jr.
Library from Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18, 2015.
The three-day colloquium will explore the new types of scholarly
output produced when scholars use digital methods to collaborate
on, annotate and visualize traditional materials.
Stephen Downie, Professor and Associate Dean for Research,
Library, and Information Science at the University of Illinois
and Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center, will deliver the
keynote address. His talk, “The HathiTrust Research Center:
Bringing you 4.7 billion pages of analytic opportunities!” will
take place on April 16 at 5:30 p.m, and is open to the public.
The colloquium proper is open to interested members of the public;
please register by emailing italian_studies a brown.edu by April 13.
In the age of data mining, distant reading, topic modeling and
cultural analytics, scholars and researchers increasingly rely
upon automated, algorithm-based procedures in order to parse their
exponentially growing databases of digitized textual and visual
resources. Yet, within this deeply networked and massively
interactive environment, it is crucial to preserve the expert logic
of primary and secondary sources, textual stability, citations,
and other apparatus, which form the heritage and legacy of humanities
scholarship. A pure conservation of the documents of the past in
their integrity is not sufficient to preserve an active memory of
our humanistic heritage.
Digital humanists have to re-think the very notion of humanism from
the point of view of the new technology and the questions we are
facing in our time. This process must begin with the
primary sources of the humanist tradition.
Digital editions, for example, must now live in the networked
environment built within digital library repositories: emerging
curatorial and editorial practices and the semantic act
of interpretation are increasingly embedded together into the
primary sources and such practices are also the conduit for
training the next generation of digital humanists. In
short, scholarly collaboration must problematize methodology,
tools and interpretation at the same time. Humanities researchers
increasingly collaborate, in a laboratory mode, on shared
platforms and in shared virtual environments, experimenting with
open source tools often developed elsewhere, in the annotation
and visualization of select corpora of primary sources.
In the process, they produce new and yet unidentified typologies
of scholarly objects (thoroughly embedded in library repositories)
that incorporate curatorial and interpretive practices along
with a new, and fully documented, technical instrumentation.
This hybrid form of collaborative curation/publication is at the
foundation of humanities scholarship in the digital age. Scholars
from the U.S., Mexico, the U.K., and Italy are invited to share
their ideas, experience, and work-in-progress in an informal
setting as we explore these interconnected themes.
Schedule of Events
(Schedule is subject to change)
All meetings will take place in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship
Lab in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Thursday, April 16
5:30 p.m. – Keynote Address
Stephen Downie: "The HathiTrust Research Center: Bringing you
4.7 billion pages of analytic opportunities!"
7 p.m. – Welcome reception and dinner
Brown Faculty Club, One Magee Street, Providence
9 a.m. – Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Welcome remarks
Friday, April 17
Harriette Hemmasi, Brown University Librarian, and Massimo Riva,
Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor and Chair
of Italian Studies
10 – 11:15 a.m. – Presentation and Response on Digital Editions / Data
Curation / Interpretation
Fabio Ciotti presentation:
“The hermeneutic machine: ontology driven annotation and
Fabio Ciotti is an Assistant Professor at the University of Roma
Tor Vergata, where he teaches Digital Literary Studies and Theory
of Literature. He is a member of the board of DARIAH-Italy and is
part of the EU Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and
Julia Flanders response
Julia Flanders is the Digital Scholarship Group Director at the
Northeastern University Library and Professor of the Practice of
English at Northeastern University
11:15 a.m. – Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Presentations and Discussion on Virtual
Humanities Lab (VHL) Projects
Dino Buzzetti and Ernesto Priani:
"The Pico della Mirandola Project and Topic Modeling"
Dino Buzzetti is an historian of philosophy and until 2013 has
taught medieval philosophy at the University of Bologna. He is
a member of the VHL Worldwide Advisory Board.
Ernesto Priani Saiso writes and teaches at the National Autonomous
University of Mexico (UNAM). He is a member of the VHL Worldwide
Evelyn Lincoln: "Annotating The Theatre that Was Rome"
Evelyn Lincoln is Professor of History of Art and Architecture
and Professor of Italian Studies at Brown University. She is on
the Brown VHL Advisory Board.
Elli Mylonas: Moderator
Elli Mylonas is Senior Digitial Humanities Librarian and Associate
Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at the Brown University
Library. She is on the Brown VHL Advisory Board.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentations and Discussion on Virtual Humanities
Lab (VHL) Projects
Michael Papio: "Proposals for Geospatial Visualizations of
Michael Papio is Professor of Italian Studies at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. He is a member of the VHL Worldwide Advisory
Susanna Allès Torrent: “Visualizing tools for the Censorship of
Boccaccio's Decameron during the Cinquecento”
Susanna Allès Torrent is a Lecturer in Spanish in the Department
of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University.
Evelyn Lincoln: Moderator
Evelyn Lincoln is Professor of History of Art and Architecture and
Professor of Italian Studies at Brown University. She is on the
Brown VHL Advisory Board.
3:30p.m. – Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. – Open Discussion
“Where do we go next?”
5p.m. – Visit to the Cave
John Cayley, Professor of Literary Arts, Brown University
7 p.m. – Dinner
Offsite (location TBD)
Saturday, April 18
9 a.m. – Breakfast
Louis Family Restaurant Breakfast, 286 Brook Street, Providence
10 – 11 a.m. – Presentation and Response on Scholarly Networks /
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, "Humanities and the Digital: Collaboration,
Curation, and Knowledge Production.”
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon is a professor of English and co-director
of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University.
Massimo Riva response
Massimo Riva, Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and
Professor and Chair of Italian Studies
11 a.m. – Break
11:15 – 12:30 p.m. – Presentations and Discussion on Repositories and
Andy Land: "Building a technical infrastructure to support the discovery
and use of The University of Manchester Library’s digital collections”
Andy Land is Digital Systems Manager at The University of Manchester
Andy Ashton and Elli Mylonas: Presentation title TBD
Andy Ashton is Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies
at Brown University.
Vika Zafrin: Moderator
Vika Zafrin is the Institutional Repository Librarian at Boston
12:30 – 2 p.m. – Lunch
2 – 3 p.m. – Presentation and Discussion on Unidentified Scholarly
Guyda Armstrong and Marilyn Deegan (via Skype): "The AHRC Academic
Book of the Future Project"
Guyda Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in Italian, Academic lead for
Digital Humanities at The University of Manchester.
Marilyn Deegan is Professor of Digital Humanities and an Honorary
Research Fellow at King's College London.
3 p.m. – Break
3:15 – 4 p.m.: Presentations and Discussion
John Cayley: “Toward a Distributed Gallery”
John Cayley is Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.
Rosemary Simpson: “NuSys: Supporting the scholarly research process
from hunch through validation and presentation”
Rosemary Simpson is an Information Architect for the Department
of Computer Science at Brown University.
4 – 5:30 p.m. - Plenary Round Table Discussion on Libraries,
Repositories and The Future of Scholarly R&P
Stephen Downie, Harriette Hemmasi, and John Unsworth: Panel
Massimo Riva: Moderator
John Unsworth is Vice Provost, University Librarian, and Chief
Information Officer at Brandeis University
The colloquium is free and open to interested members of the public.
Registration for all events is required and can be made by emailing
italian_studies a brown.edu. Please respond by April 13.
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