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October 2019

Lecture Series: Mattia Di Gangi

October 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

Lecture Series: Mats Dahlström

April 1 @ 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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Lecture Series: Sarah Fierens

November 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.R.218, Rodestraat 14 (via ingang Lange Winkelstraat)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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Lof der Digitale Letteren

De Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren (DBNL) is een digitale collectie van teksten die beho­ren tot de Nederlandse letterkunde, taalkunde en cultuurgeschiedenis van de vroegste tijd tot heden. Deze infosessie bespreekt de recente geschiedenis en de toekomst van de DBNL. Er zal worden ingegaan op de selectie van de teksten, het productieproces, en de mogelijkheden van hergebruik van data.

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October 2018

Lecture Series: Fotis Jannidis

October 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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Literature as a Commodity - Distant Reading Pulp Fiction

There is a field of popular fiction which doesn't attract the attention of literary scholars very often: dime novels, sometimes also called pulp fiction because of the bad quality of the paper. Millions of them are printed every year but they don't appear in any bestseller list, because they don't belong to the usual system of literary communication. Research on dime novels perceived them quite long as part of the cheap escapist entertainment industry, targeting especially the lower classes, while in recent years the complexity of some of the series and of the communication of fans about their dime novels has been highlighted in contrast. The talk will look at 14.000 dime novels published in recent years and explore genres, topics and the complexity of the texts in an attempt to reevaluate some of these research positions.

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September 2018

Lecture Series: Verónica Romero Gómez

September 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.K102, Kleine Kauwenberg 14
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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Human-Computer Interaction for Image Processing in DH.

This talk will discuss the topic of human-computer interaction in Digital Humanities, with a focus on image processing, using CATTI (Computer Assisted Transcriptions of Texts Images) as a case study.

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Lecture Series: Dries Moreels

September 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
S.K102, Kleine Kauwenberg 14
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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Exploring IIIF for Digital Humanities

In this lecture, the basics of IIIF – International Image Interoperability Framework – are presented through the lens of its key benefits for research in Digital Humanities. As an open data API, IIIF allows for clear and well documented research data management practices, for projects ranging from teaching over scholarly annotation or editing up to data mining.

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