Altissia Chair @ Digital Humanities Virtual Discussion Group (KBR, UGhent, KUL Libraries)

We are looking forward to continuing these discussions in our upcoming session on Thursday 22 April from 15-16h30h on Zoom. You will receive a separate email the day of the session with the link to the session.

For this April session, we will discuss text analysis with two “Under the Hood” sessions by Margherita Fantoli and Chris Tanasescu. Please note it is not required that you do any of the readings, these are just recommendations that will structure and stimulate the discussion on the day. 

Should you want to do even further reading there is a review of born digital archives and quantitative text analysis from the perspective of history in the following article: Romein, C. A., Kemman, M., Birkholz, J. M., Baker, J., De Gruijter, M., Meroño Peñuela, A., Ries, T. & Scagliola, S. (2020). State of the field: digital history. History, 105(365), 291-312.

This session will include a coffee break component in smaller breakout groups, followed by the two presentations of 15 minutes in length and two separate breakout rooms to discuss the two presentations in greater depth. The coffee break is a great opportunity to meet some other researchers working in and around DH, as well as to share your own work. Come prepared by getting some links to your social media details and any projects you think the group might be interested in exploring (or that you would like some feedback on!)

If you know of other colleagues who would benefit from participating in our discussions, please ask them to register here  as soon as possible

Please let us know by responding to this email (julie.birkholz@ugent.be) if you have any further questions. 

We are looking forward to seeing you online on Thursday 22 April at 15h!

Best wishes,

Julie & Merisa

Assistant Professor Julie M. Birkholz, Ghent University and KBR

Merisa Martinez, KU Leuven Libraries

Dr Demmy Verbeke, KU Leuven Libraries

TNT 2020-21 (IV) Soon!

Soon / Prochainement !





Our next lecturer is none other than / Notre prochain conférencier n’est autre que

Michael Eberle-Sinatra!!!!





Michael E. Sinatra is Professor of English at the Université de Montréal. Sinatra is the founding director of the DH Center CRIHN, and the founding editor of Romanticism on the Net. He is an associated fellow of Marcello Vitali-Rosati’s CRC in Digital Textualities, the director of Nines, and the co-general editor of the series Parcours numériques.

Micheal E. Sinatra est professeur titulaire d’anglais au Département de littératures et de langues du monde de l’Université de Montréal. Il est aussi le directeur du groupe de recherche GREN et le co-éditeur général de la série Parcours numériques.





The event will take place on / L’événement aura lieu

April 27th, from 5 PM Brussels time (CEST) / 11 AM Montreal time (EDT)

le 27 avril, à partir de 17h, heure de Bruxelles (CEST) / 11h, heure de Montréal (EDT)

on / sur TEAMS :

https://bit.ly/31X05uB





Stay tuned for further details! / Restez à l’écoute pour plus de détails !

Altissia Chair @ KBR-ULB-UGent Digital Heritage Series

Digital Humanities Research 2020-2021

Part II. DH Scholars in BE

KBR invites you to attend a new scholarly series on digital cultural heritage, the KBR-ULB-UGent Digital Heritage Seminar.

In the second part of this series from May to June in 2021 we will virtually host three academic scholars in presenting their work on cultural heritage materials, digital methods and digital humanities. Dealing with a variety of topics, periods and methods, these talks will be held in English, with questions in French, Dutch or English. The target audience is scholars, but the general public is warmly welcome. 

This series is co-organised by KBR’s two labs: Camille (Center for Archives on the Media and Information) and the Digital Research Lab, in cooperation with Université libre de Bruxelles and Ghent University.

Programme

  • Tuesday 25  May 15:00 – 16:30: Computationally Assembled Collections, Live Archiving, Hybridizing Corpora: Poetry as/of Data | Chris Tanasescu, Professor & Altissia Chair in Digital Cultures and Ethics, UCLouvain.

The talk will analyze the opportunities and challenges of data for/as computational approaches to poetry, with specific references to the #GraphPoem project. The latter deploys natural language processing and graph theory applications in representing, analyzing, and expanding poetry corpora as networks. But where do we find the data for the corpora, and how do we collect and assemble them?

In poetry the question becomes even more critical as we deal with both traditional/‘page based’ and digital (or electronic literature) forms and genres. Combining these genres and form(at)s begs for artificial intelligence-informed approaches that treat them specifically, at times on a poem-to-poem basis, while also establishing a foundation for making them cohere into intermedially assembled collections and computationally assembled anthologies.

In an alternative scenario, databases are put together collectively as part of interactive coding events such as the ones presented over the past few years as “institute performances” at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). Participants contribute data and run coding scripts assembling, analyzing, and sampling them automatically and feeding them into live streamed archives with a community performing function. A third relevant data-intensive approach involves corpora that are hybridized by, or submerged into, other corpora both enriching and subverting the ‘original.’ The resulting consolidated data is fed to algorithms that comb the processed neighborhoods of words, lines of verse, stanzas, passages or entire works for probabilistically close replacements and thus output conglomerates of alternative readings and reconfigurations.

The conclusion will consider poetry in digital space and media as a possible experimental gateway to tackling the present-day more general challenges related to cataloging, managing, analyzing, and expanding multi and inter-medial data within an analytical-creative framework.

Duration: 1,5 hours

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free but mandatory. The morning of the event you will be sent the link to the virtual series and the etiquette to follow.

Should have any further questions please email julie.birkholz@kbr.be or antoine.jacquet@kbr.be.

MORE INFO & REGISTRATION

Bourse de recherche doctorale : projet BELTRANS. INTRA-BELGIAN TRANSLATIONS 1970-2020, 1 temps plein CDD de quatre ans

Université catholique de Louvain,
Institut des Civilisations, Arts et Lettres
Institut d’Analyse du Changement dans l’Histoire et les Sociétés contemporaines
Centre de recherche en Ecriture, Création et Représentation : Littératures et Arts de la scène (ECR)
Laboratoire de recherches historiques (LaRHis)

Titre requis

Diplôme de Master (avec Distinction au moins) donnant accès au doctorat en :

  • Histoire ;
  • Langues et littératures modernes (néerlandais, français et/ou une autre langue moderne) ;
  • Littérature comparée ;
  • Traduction;
  • ou équivalent.

Compétences requises

  • très bonne connaissance du néerlandais et français, bonne connaissance de l’anglais
  • Autonomie dans le travail tout comme capacité à travailler en équipe
  • motivation et curiosité intellectuelle
  • capacité d’intégration au sein d’un environnement de recherche multilingue et interdisciplinaire.
  • Excellentes capacités organisationnelles et aptitudes à communiquer

Atouts

Un minimum de compétences dans un maximum de domaines suivants constitue un atout :

  • Histoire culturelle (littéraire) ou transferts culturels
  • Histoire de la Belgique (spécialité contemporaine), histoire du Temps présent

  • Expérience en traduction, expertise en traductologie
  • Expérience en édition, expertise en sciences du livre

Description du projet

Le ou la candidat.e retenu.e mènera une recherche doctorale financée par le programme-cadre BRAIN.be (Belgian Research Action Through Interdisciplinary Networks) de BELSPO dans le cadre du projet BELTRANS – Intra-Belgian literary translations 1970-2020.

Le projet Traductions littéraires intra-belges depuis 1970 (BELTRANS) vise à étudier la circulation et la réception de textes littéraires publiés par des auteurs belges et traduits en néerlandais et en français, afin d’étudier la connaissance mutuelle que chaque communauté linguistique a de l’autre par le biais de ses échanges culturels, et par quelles stratégies, cadres et normes celle-ci s’effectue. L’objectif sera de s’interroger sur le rôle des  traductions dans la perception d’un répertoire culturel commun et la constitution d’un sentiment d’identité partagée au niveau belge. En particulier, on se demandera si les différentes réformes de l’état ont eu des incidences sur les politiques culturelles, et si les changements dans le paysage politique ont affecté la dynamique de traduction, et dès lors la perception culturelle réciproque entre la Flandre et la Belgique francophone.

Environnement de travail

Ce mandat de recherche, comme partie intégrante du projet BELTRANS, sera conduit à l’UCLouvain, sur le campus de Louvain-la-Neuve, durant une durée maximale de 4 ans (date d’entrée en fonction : 1er juillet 2021) sous la direction des Prof. Stéphanie Vanasten (UCLouvain) et Emmanuel Debruyne (UCLouvain), et mené en étroite collaboration avec le consortium de recherche BELTRANS (KBR, KULeuven, UCLouvain) et leurs groupes et réseaux de recherche respectifs. Le poste correspond à une bourse de doctorat selon les barèmes en vigueur à l’UCLouvain. Le ou la candidat.e retenu.e participera, au sein de l’équipe de recherche BELTRANS, aux ateliers, séminaires, congrès internationaux, publications et projets culturels prévus dans le projet. Ses travaux devront mener à l’obtention d’un doctorat.

Comment postuler

Les candidat.e.s sont invité.e.s à soumettre leur candidature via la plateforme en ligne / sous format électronique aux Prof. Stéphanie Vanasten et Prof. Emmanuel Debruyne pour le 3 mai 2021.

Le dossier de candidature contiendra les documents suivants :

  • Un CV avec bibliographie (comprenant un aperçu des résultats obtenus, une copie du titre de master et les coordonnées de deux personnalités académiques de référence)
  • Une lettre de motivation (max 2 p.) dans laquelle le/la candidat.e développera notamment de manière succincte sa vision du projet de recherche
  • Une copie pdf du mémoire de master ou d’une publication pouvant attester de l’adéquation du candidat/ de la candidate au profil recherché pour le projet.

Sur base de ces documents, les candidat.e.s seront sélectionné.e.s pour un entretien.

L’UCLouvain, via son plan d’action en matière de politique de genre, entend promouvoir l’égalité des genres en veillant à l’égalité des chances.

Des renseignements complémentaires peuvent être obtenus auprès de Stéphanie Vanasten et Emmanuel Debruyne.

[Le titulaire de la Chaire Altissia est actif dans le projet en tant que membre du comité de suivi impliqué dans la recherche.]

Intéressé.e par cette vacance de poste ? Consultez également la vacance de poste pour une bourse de doctorat à la KULeuven liée au même projet ‘België-Belgique : vijftig jaar intra-Belgische literaire vertalingen (1970-2020) et financée par le FWO (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen)

Plus d’infos : https://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/incal/actualites/bourse-de-recherche-doctorale-projet-beltrans-intra-belgian-translations-1970-2020-1-temps-plein-cdd-de-quatre-ans.html

TNT 2020-21 (III)–March 9 2021

Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à un nouvel événement de la

Série de conférences TNT 2020-21

organisée par
La Chaire Altissia en Cultures et Éthique du Numérique, UCLouvain





Prof. Diana Inkpen

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa





Première étape / Step 1
Natural Language Processing for Book Recommender Systems
Conférence enregistrée, disponible à l’adresse suivante / Recorded talk at





Deuxième étape / Step 2

Q&R avec / Q&A with Prof. Diana Inkpen
Le 9 mars à partir de 16h / March 9th from 4 pm 

sur / on TEAMS: https://bit.ly/3pYQn4E





Troisième étape / Step 3

Les questions peuvent également être envoyées par courriel à l’adresse chris.tanasescu@uclouvain.be pour le 8 mars au plus tard.

Questions can also be sent in by email to chris.tanasescu@uclouvain.be  by March 8th. 





Profitez de l’enregistrement ! Et au plaisir de vous retrouver nombreuses et nombreux à la séance de questions et réponses du 9 mars !

Cordialement,

L’équipe de la Chaire Altissia

« Digital Studies of Digital Science » Conference

DS² 2021

[from the Pence Lab website]

Digital Studies of Digital Science

Welcome to DS² 2021! We are in the process of constructing the conference site and program, so please bear with us, as things will be changing quite a bit in short order!

Our aim in hosting this meeting is to bring together scholars working on two separate trends. First, the products of science themselves have increasingly become digital – from big data produced in laboratory contexts to the increasingly dominant roles of social media and preprints in the dissemination of results. Second, the methods that we use to study those products have also become digitized – scholars including philosophers, historians, linguists, and sociologists have turned to tools like network and citation analysis, textual analysis (and other tools of the digital humanities), and modeling and simulation, in our attempts to understand science and its changes over time. Both of these shifts have made a substantial impact on the epistemic landscape of science, and are in the process of reshaping the philosophy of science in particular and science studies more generally.

What has been lacking, we think, is the opportunity for dialogue between these two groups of researchers. On the one hand, meta-level claims about digital methods in science should equally well apply to cases where these methods are used in the humanities. And conversely, those interested in the epistemic characteristics of these digital methods in general should be able to learn from instances of their application in the humanities as well. We thus hope to put these two groups in dialogue, looking for new insights and modes of research enabled by our digital study of digital scientific products.

Registration

There is no registration, and attendance is free! The meeting will take place entirely online, from March 15–18, 2021. Talks will begin at 14h Central European time, 13h UK time, 9h Eastern Time, or 6h Pacific time, and run for around five or six hours each day.

Links to the meeting, which will be hosted on Crowdcast will appear here in due course. You’ll only need your web browser! Crowdcast has put together a helpful guide for attendees to a conference.

Videos of the talks (if the presenter agrees) will be posted each day after the conference on the YouTube channel for the CEFISES center at UCLouvain. If you subscribe now, YouTube will automatically keep you up to date.

Posting to social media about the meeting? Please use the hashtag #DS2conf!

If you would like to receive an e-mail reminder of the meeting with the link to the online streaming platform a few days before the conference starts, send us your e-mail address and we’ll send you a reminder!

Accessibility

While we don’t have access to a live closed-captioning service for the streaming platform we’re using, we will be processing all talk videos through the Otter transcription service, and the videos that we post on YouTube will include these captions. We will encourage any speakers who choose to pre-record their video to supply us with transcriptions for that content as well.


Program

DRAFT: Final time slots still being confirmed.

All times are listed by default in Brussels time (CET). Note that, for those of you used to making conversions between European and North American time, the time zones will be different from usual, as this is the period between the daylight saving time switch on the two continents (Europe will have changed over, but North America will not yet have switched).

Check out the program times in other timezones by choosing your timezone from the list below:   Central European Time (Brussels, Paris, Berlin)   Greenwich Mean Time (UK)   US Eastern Time   US Pacific Time   Moscow Time   Australian Eastern Time 

March 15

  • 14h00–14h30: Conference introduction and logistical information. Charles Pence and Luca Rivelli (Université catholique de Louvain) @pencelab @pencechp
  • 14h30–16h00: “Envisioning digital science” Keynote: Katy Börner (Indiana University) @katycnsIn the information age, the ability to read and make data visualizations is as important as the ability to read and write. This talk explains and exemplifies the power of data visualizations not only to help locate us in physical space but also to help us understand the extent and structure of our collective scientific knowledge, to identify bursts of activity, pathways of ideas and products, or emerging areas of research and innovation. It introduces a theoretical visualization framework meant to empower anyone to systematically render data into insights together with tools that support temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analyses and visualizations. Materials from the Visual Analytics course (https://visanalytics.cns.iu.edu) and science maps from the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit (http://scimaps.org) will be used to illustrate key concepts and to inspire participants to visualize their very own data. Prof. Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science and the Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.
  • 16h05–16h50: “Thematic evolution of human genome research” Cody O’Toole, Ken Aiello, Michael Simeone, and Manfred Laubichler (Arizona State University) @kenaiello@michael_simeone
  • 17h00–17h45: “The rise of epigenetics and the neglect of transposon dynamics across disciplines” Stefan Linquist and Brady M. Fullerton (University of Guelph)
  • 17h50–18h35: “Understanding masking in scholarly data publishing and reuse: An exploratory study of practices relating to obscurities in archaeological data” Olle Sköld, Lisa Börjesson, and Isto Huvila (Uppsala University) @CAPTURE_ERC
  • 18h45–19h30: “Machine learning and the scientific method: the case of the Free Energy Principle” Mel Andrews (University of Cincinnati) @bayesianboy
  • 19h35–20h20: “Digital humanities and the philosophy of mathematical practice” Henrik Kragh Sørensen (University of Copenhagen)

March 16

  • 14h00–15h30: “Topic-modeling of multilingual non-parallel corpora: Applying machine-translation to a philosophy of science corpus” Keynote: Christophe Malaterre (Université du Québec à Montréal) @ChMalaterreTopic modelling is a well-proven tool to investigate the semantic content of textual corpora. Yet corpora sometimes include texts in several languages, making it impossible to apply language-specific computational approaches over their entire content. This is the problem we encountered when setting to analyze a philosophy of science corpus spanning over 8 decades and including original articles in Dutch, German and French, on top of a large majority of articles in English. To circumvent this multilingual problem, we propose to use machine-translation tools to bulk translate non-English documents into English. Though largely imperfect, especially syntactically, these translations should nevertheless provide correctly translated terms and preserve the semantic proximity of documents with respect to one another. To assess the reliability of this translation step, we develop a “semantic topology preservation test” that relies on estimating the extent to which document-to-document distances have been preserved during translation. We then conduct an LDA topic-model analysis over the entire corpus of translated and English original texts, and compare it to a topic-model done over the English original texts only. We thereby identify the specific contribution of the translated texts. These studies reveal a more complete picture of main topics that can found in the philosophy of science literature, especially during the earlier periods of the discipline during which numerous articles were published in languages other than English. Prof. Malaterre is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of the Life Sciences and Professeur in the Département de philosophie at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
  • 15h35–16h20: “Acknowledgments Co-Mention Networks: A new method for mapping the social structure of scholarly fields” Eugenio Petrovich (Università degli Studi di Siena) @EugenioPetrovi1
  • 16h30–17h15: “A computational analysis of interdisciplinary model template transfer” Maximilian A. Noichl and Andrea Loettgers (University of Vienna) @MaxNoichl @AndreaLoettgers
  • 17h20–18h05: “From the archive to a computational, conceptual map: a distant reading of Biometrika” Nicola Bertoldi (Université du Québec à Montréal / Université Paris 1-Sorbonne)
  • 18h15–19h00: “Super-vision: Celebrating the 50th EPFL Anniversary Through the History of 8,000 Doctoral Theses” Dario Rodighiero (Harvard University) @dariorodighiero
  • 19h15–: Virtual Exhibit Tour and Social Hour (Zoom) Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Project (Indiana University) @mappingscience Join us for a virtual Zoom hangout to explore the Places & Spaces project at Indiana University. We’ll start with a thirty minute “guided tour” of the exhibition, then you’ll have a link available to browse through at your own pace and some members of the project team will be available to answer your questions. Stick around (and grab a timezone-appropriate beverage) to chat with other conference attendees and presenters in Zoom breakout rooms.

March 17

  • 14h–15h30: “Language and the Construction of Knowledge in the Scientific Community”Keynote: Susan Hunston (University of Birmingham)The distinctive language of scientific discourse has been shown to underpin the processes of knowledge construction and transmission. This paper focuses on two concepts that are key to the investigation of scientific discourse: that of grammatical metaphor (developed by Halliday); and that of epistemic status (developed by Hunston). These concepts not only contribute to accounts of what might be called the scientific style, but also elucidate how knowledge is constructed communally. The early qualitative research behind these concepts has been corroborated by more recent quantitative studies such as those by Biber and Hyland. The paper also examines contexts where the language of science is placed under pressure by the need to address and intersect with other communities. The particular cases discussed are the popularisation of science for lay audiences and the challenge to science presented by interdisciplinary research involving both natural science and social science. Prof. Hunston is Professor of English Language in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham.
  • 15h35–16h20: “Academic status in a digital age: invisible barriers to Open Science” Hugh Desmond (CNRS / Université Paris 1-Sorbonne)
  • 16h30–17h15: “Explaining ambiguity in scientific language: towards a computational approach” Beckett Sterner and Ankush Tale (Arizona State University) @beckettws
  • 17h20–18h05: “Academic Twitter, social media practices, and the enactment of contemporary academic work” Sarah R. Davies (University of Vienna)
  • 18h15–19h00: “Digital interdisciplinarity: metadata as a source for the historiography of scholarship in the Holy Roman Empire” Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter (HSE University) and Jörg Walter (Independent Scholar) @FrueheNeuzeit
  • 19h05–19h50: “Philosophical reasoning about science: a quantitative, digital study” Moti Mizrahi (Florida Institute of Technology) and Michael Dickinson (University of Illinois) @motimizra

March 18

  • 14h–15h30: “Rethinking HPS through digital studies” Keynote: Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter) @SabinaLeonelliThis talk will start with a reflection on lessons learnt from studying the impact of digital technologies and related methods on the natural sciences, and particularly data-intensive biology, biomedicine, crop and environmental science, as well as recent research on the pandemic crisis. It will then consider what implications such lessons have for the history and philosophy of science (HPS). Such lessons range from HPS conceptions of accountability to the choice of methods and instruments, the ways in which evidence is produced and displayed, the means chosen to communicate and validate research, and who is engaged as prospective collaborator or public for HPS work. Prof. Leonelli is Professor of Philosophy and History of Science, and the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis) at the University of Exeter.
  • 15h35–16h20: “Big data in behavioural biology” Rose Trappes (Bielefeld University) @RoseTrappes
  • 16h30–17h15: “Crises, causes, and cures: a digital analysis of psychology’s recent crises and the allure of Open Science” Tabea Cornel and Brandon Heil (New College of Florida)
  • 17h20–18h05: “What empirical network analysis could offer to research in Integrated HPS” Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich) @cherfeld
  • 18h15–19h00: “Closeness and betweenness centralities for multiplexes and their #GraphPoem applications” Chris Tanasescu, Nicolas Burny, Jean Vanderdonckt (Université catholique de Louvain), Diana Inkpen, and Vaibhav Kesarwani (University of Ottawa) @MARGENTO_ @jeanvdd
  • 19h05–19h50: “Open science can’t solve the replication crisis” Daniel Hicks (University of California, Merced) @danieljhicks
  • 19h50–20h00: Conference closing Pence & Rivelli

Thanks

FNRS Logo

Thanks to our presenters, our extremely gracious keynote speakers, our technical support team, and above all, to the FNRS (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique) for financing the conference (under grant no. F.4526.19). A special note of appreciation as well to the group from the BSHS which recently ran an extremely successful online conference and shared their best practices, particularly Sam Robinson and Emma-Louise Hill, as well as the other authors on their extremely illuminating BJHS article, from which we’ve drawn several important notes. (It’s very much worth a read, if you get the chance!)

Other Information

More info at https://pencelab.be/events/ds2-2021/

TNT 2020-21 (III) Soon!

Soon / Prochainement !





Celebrated academic and author Diana Inkpen (University of Ottawa) will give a talk on her cutting edge work on / La célèbre universitaire et auteur Diana Inkpen (Université d’Ottawa) donnera une conférence sur son travail de pointe sur





Natural Language Processing for Book Recommender Systems





Stay tuned! / Restez connecté.e.s !!!

TNT 2020-21 (II) — R&Q

R&Q pour la conférence donnée par / Q&A following up on the lecture given by

Prof. Øyvind Eide (University of Cologne)

sur / on

Text-based Maps. Between Production and Reflection

Deux questions envoyées par courriel par Ferran Suner Munoz ont également été abordées par le conférencier dans le cadre des R&Q enregistrées. 

Two questions sent in by email by Ferran Suner Munoz  were also addressed by our guest lecturer as part of the recorded Q&A.