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June 2020

Lecture Series: Ari Bergman

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
online Belgium

The Collective Editing of the Talmud

The Babylonian Talmud, known simply as the Bavli, is the collaborative effort of generations of sages. It is also the foundational legal and ethical document of rabbinic Judaism. Rather than being authored by any individual authors, it instead represents the collective work of the Jewish scholarly community in Babylonia over five centuries. From its inception, in the beginning of the third century, until the end of the eighth century it was transmitted orally, and it continuously evolved and developed collectively throughout the period. This presentation will analyze the unique process of its formation and early transmission and how it came to represent the first oral wiki editing process.

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March 2020

Lecture Series: Paul Aron

March 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
S.ABC.301, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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Relire la littérature des années 30 grâce aux humanités numériques: le cas des hebdomadaires d’information et de reportage.

Les années 1930 voient l’émergence des hebdomadaires illustrés par la photographie ou le montage photographique, comme Détective, Vu, ou Regards. Ces organes de presse contribuent à transformer le regard que les contemporains jettent sur le monde. Mais on ne peut toutefois les analyser du seul point de vue de l’actualité journalistique. Ces revues sont aussi animées par des écrivains et elles sont liées aux grandes maisons d’édition. L’exposé tentera donc de lier ce phénomène éditorial avec l’histoire de la littérature française, dans la perspective d’une approche transmédiatique.

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February 2020

Lecture Series: Julie Blake

February 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
S.R.213, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Popular taste and public understanding of literature are shaped by many different life experiences and influences, including what happens in schooling. Dr. Julie Blake's work is part of a body of research that seeks to understand the history of English literary education through its material artefacts and traces of classroom practice (eg Michael 1987, Rubin 2007 and Robson 2015). This history connects in interesting interdisciplinary ways with the history of literature, the reception history of different authors, the history of mass education, Britain’s colonial past and its postcolonial present. In her talk, Blake will share some of the practicalities and possibilities of building a digital “difference engine” for this research, and will discuss how this kind of approach might be developed and applied in other areas of literary history.

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October 2019

Lecture Series: Mattia Di Gangi

October 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.R.218, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Neural Machine Translation for Text and Speech

In his talk, Mattia Di Gangi will introduce Neural machine translation (NMT). This is an exciting research area that is experiencing fast growth and attracting more and more groups from academia and industry, and some of its fundamental problems are still unsolved. Neural machine translation (NMT) reached such impressive results in the last few years that some industrial players, imprudently, claimed to have reached human parity.

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July 2019

Lecture Series: Magdalena Turska

July 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.E.207, Grote Kauwenberg 2
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium

What does it take to publish an edition?

What this talk is not, is a lesson in textual scholarship. What it aims to be instead, is a rough guide to the complicated interweave of standards, technologies and logistical issues behind the publishing process, and some advice on how to navigate this maze. We’ll then try to follow a chain of serendipitous events which eventually led to a proposal for an editors-first, standards-always and community-foremost tool that was brought to life in the new version 5 of the TEI Publisher. I will talk about some projects that were our inspirations, guinea pigs, challenges and benefactors (usually all at once) and hope to discuss the future of editions with you!

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Lecture Series: Huw Jones

July 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.E.207, Grote Kauwenberg 2
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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Cambridge Digital Library has been supporting content-driven Digital Humanities projects since the online launch of the Isaac Newton papers in 2011, covering everything from 3,000 year-old Oracle Bones to aerial photography from the 1940s. This talk will explore some of the developments during this period – imaging as an investigative research activity, digital resources as datasets, the formalisation of digital humanities in Cambridge, and the growing emphasis on collaboration in the field as a whole. In this context, the speaker will focus on IIIF as an open and collaborative technology which is having a huge impact not just on the technical possibilities for the sharing and analysis of image data, but also on the culture of digital humanities.

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April 2019

About automatic writing and autocomplete: the poetics of technology

April 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Passa Porta, Antoine Dansaertstraat 46
Brussels, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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Writing and reading are no longer the exclusive right of the paper. For most authors, their practice is intimately intertwined with software and a networked infrastructure. What does it mean to consciously include this technological context in the literary creation process? How does the use of code - active or passive - change the notion of literature? What happens to the status of the author? And the role of the reader? On Thursday 25 April, Passa Porta organises an evening of debates on these topics, starting with a lecture by Allison Parrish, and continuing with a debate by Zaineb Hamdi and Cecilia Verheyden. The event was sponsored by DHu.F.

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Lecture Series: Mats Dahlström

April 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.R.218, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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What We See on the Screen

However you define digital humanities (DH), it often revolves around digitized objects at libraries and archives. In particular, such digital reproductions are used within digital scholarly editions. There, the digital facsimiles are not only illustrations supporting a scholarly text transcription, but can also serve as research tools and instruments for accountability and accessibility. Nevertheless, the “critical gaze” of scholarly editors and DH is directed at text transcriptions, whereas digital facsimiles are often uncritically taken at face value. In this talk, I will address some of the critical considerations libraries face when digitizing their holdings, with significant bearing on the value and (re)usability of the digital reproductions when placed within a scholarly context.

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December 2018

Lecture Series: Franc Schuerewegen

December 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.R.218, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Franco Moretti vs Michel Charles ou les paradoxes de la distance

Je m’intéresserai au procédé baptisé ’opérationnalisation’ que Franco Moretti décrit dans sa contribution à La Littérature au laboratoire (trad. fr. Ithaque Editions, 2016). Les ordinateurs tournent à plein régime. Graphes, cartes et arbres sont soigneusement produits. On est en pleine distant reading. Rien à voir, dira-t-on, avec ce qui occupe un Michel Charles, champion de la microlecture ‘à la française’, close reader compulsif et fier de l’être. Et pourtant, et comme on va voir, il s’agit là peut-être d’un faux antagonisme. Intéressons-nous, pour parler comme Proust, au ‘côté Moretti’ de Michel Charles, démarche qui revient à apercevoir symétriquement un ‘côté Michel Charles’ chez Franco Moretti. Bref, nous allons, au pays des humanités numériques, mettre les choses sens dessus dessous, pour une meilleure hygiène intellectuelle.

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November 2018

Lecture Series: Corina Koolen

November 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
S.A.107, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, België 2000 Belgium
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Gender and the Riddle of Literary Quality

We as readers like to think that we don’t have bias, that we can judge books quite objectively. However, when The Riddle of Literary Quality project did a large survey in the world of people who read Dutch-language books, some subtle (and less subtle) gender biases came to light. In this talk, Koolen explains what the team found and the dozen ways she tried to tease out the cause of this bias.

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