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

LA CHAIRE ALTISSIA @ DHSI 2020

DHSI 2020 — Online Edition

Table of Contents

1) Welcome
2) DHSI Conference and Colloquium (2-6, 9-10 June 2020) & ADHO Pedagogy SIG Mini-Conference (6 June 2020)
3) Project Management in the Humanities (6 June 2020)
4) RTL (7 June 2020)
5) #GraphPoem
6) Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH)
7) DHSI 2020 at a glance

#GraphPoem (5 June 2020)

All those connected to DHSI and its 2020 events are invited to be part of the EPoetry event #GraphPoem by MARGENTO at 2:00 PM Pacific Time [11:00 PM Brussels Time] by contributing text files or weblinks to a collectively assembled dataset and/or run a script plotting the latter into a real-time evolving network. Certain significant text-nodes will be selected by the code and fed into the live performance. All those interested need to register with MARGENTO at chris.tanasescu@uclouvain.be by June 5 and will receive an account giving them access to the data and the code. The web-based performance will be viewable to anybody accessing @GraphPoem on Twitter at the time of the event and will also be broadcast on other channels advertised on the same profile page.

More info at https://dhsi.org/dhsi-2020/