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June 2018

Lecture Series: Hans Walter Gabler

June 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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“James Joyce's Ulysses into the Digital Age: Forty Years of Steering an Edition through Turbulences of Scholarship and Reception”

Work over seven years with a team of dedicated collaborators produced the three-volume Critical and Synoptic Edition published in 1984. It was received with enthusiasm, yet soon also severely attacked. Meanwhile, its reading text has become the standard Ulysses reference text. Its display of the growth of the text, by contrast, is still to be searched in-depth for its critical potential. The medium to explore that potential is the digital medium. Today’s updating of our digital archive of the 1984 edition is enabling a generation renewal of the Critical and Synoptic Edition of 1984 in book form into a dynamic online Digital Critical and Synoptic Edition in-the-making for James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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May 2018

Lecture Series: Christof Schöch

May 24 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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Towards a Resarch Agenda for Data-driven Approches to Literary Periods

Abstract will follow.

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April 2018

Lecture Series: Roxanne Wyns

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.R.231, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). Sharing high resolution images across institutional boundaries

This lecture introduces IIIF and its concepts, highlight projects and viewers, and give an in-depth view of its current and future application options for DH research.

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March 2018

Lecture Series: Gerrit Brüning

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.R.231, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Genetic Editing and Textual History. The Case of Goethe's Faust.

In his lecture, Gerrit Brüning introduces the key concepts and features of the Faust edition, which is published in an advanced beta stage (beta.faustedition.net), and nearing completion. The genesis of Goethe’s Faust tragedy spans a period of about 60 years. Individual stages of its conceptual and textual history have survived in hundreds of manuscripts with more than 2000 written pages. The Faust edition gives access to this material, enabling the user to find all witnesses for every single passage of the work and to explore images and transcriptions in an intuitive way.

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Lecture Series: Thorsten Ries

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.R.231, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Digital Forensics in the Humanities: Beyond Philology

This lecture endeavors to shed light on the impact of digital forensics on the historical humanities, discussing sample cases and arguments about born-digital historical primary sources. It will make the case that digital forensic literacy and historical computing knowledge will have to be key components in historical humanities education and political discourse.

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December 2017

Lecture Series: Sofia Ares Oliveira

December 4, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
S.R.218, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Machine Vision Algorithms on Cadaster Plans

Cadaster plans are cornerstones for reconstructing dense representations of the history of the city. However, as some of these handwritten documents are more than 200 years old, the establishment of processing pipeline for interpreting them remains extremely challenging. The talk will present the implementation of an automated process capable of segmenting and interpreting Napoleonic Cadaster Maps of the Veneto Region dating from the beginning of the 19th century. The system extracts the geometry of each of the drawn parcels, classifies, reads and interprets the handwritten labels. This efficient and automated process opens new perspectives to reconstitute the past.

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July 2017

Lecture Series: Ray Siemens

July 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
S.C.001, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Open Social Scholarship and the Scholarly Edition

This talk considers the nature of editorial methodological experimentation, in particular exploring the scholarly edition in the context of open social scholarship. Open social scholarship involves creating and disseminating research and research technologies to a broad audience of specialists and active non-specialists in ways that are accessible and significant. As a concept, it has grown from roots in open access and open scholarship movements, the digital humanities’ methodological commons and community of practice, contemporary online practices, and public facing “citizen scholarship” to include i) developing, sharing, and implementing research in ways that consider the needs and interests of both academic specialists and communities beyond academia; ii) providing opportunities to co-create, interact with, and experience openly-available cultural data; iii) exploring, developing, and making public tools and technologies under open licenses to promote wide access, education, use, and repurposing; and iv) enabling productive dialogue between academics and non-academics. Our example will be the social edition of the Devonshire MS (BL Add MS 17492), the first sustained example of men and women writing together in the English literary tradition, by a research team using crowd-sourcing technologies and operating in conjunction with an advisory group representing key methodological and area expertise.

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June 2017

Lecture Series: Suzanne Mpouli

June 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
S.R.218, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Computing Similes in French and English Literary Texts

Similes such as "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" abound in everyday language and are generally said to be particularly creative as well as stylistically relevant in literary texts.  In her talk, Suzanne will discuss the specificities and challenges related to the automatic detection of similes for literary purposes. To illustrate the interest of this task, she will present as case study the use of colour similes in a corpus of French and British novels published between 1810 and 1950.

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May 2017

Lecture Series: Tom Deneire

May 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
S.R.218, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Digital Special Collections: a Rare Book Librarian’s Perspective on Digital Research

Special collections libraries have by no means missed the digital turn. On the contrary, curating materials that are mostly copyright free and dealing with reproduction reqeusts on an almost daily basis, special collections libraries are excellent partners for digitization projects and digital research. Conversely, this implies that digital scholarship on rare books, manuscripts, maps and prints has a lot to gain from the librarian’s perspective. Understanding how physical objects are digitized, how different items are catalogued, and how to extract data and metadata from library systems offers clear heuristic and methodological gains for digital research. This presentation will discuss such a librarian’s perspective starting from the Special Collections of the University of Antwerp Library. It will explain the library’s digitization process and digital platform, analyze its metadata structure and export formats, and finally offer some research suggestions for data mining and other digital scholarship.

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April 2017

Lecture Series: Peter Robinson

April 24, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
S.B.004, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, België 2000 Belgium
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How to Make Digital Editions of Chaucer and Everyone Else

The explosion of interest in the use of digital tools for making scholarly editions, combined with enthusiasm for crowd-sourcing, has led to a proliferation of on-line tools for the making of scholarly editions. Transcribe Bentham and similar enterprises promise a scholarly heaven. We can imagine a massive cohort of enthusiastic and skilled amateurs transcribing manuscripts which we, the scholarly leaders, can use to make editions after our own dreams. This talk will question this vision: is this practical? do we have, can we have, tools to realize this dream of scholarly editions made by all? Is this even desirable? And what might we have to change in our own practice to make this vision real?

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