Prof. Ferraris will present his work on Postmodernism and Realism this tuesday.
The talk will examine four theses:
The first (relativism) is a critique of post-modern assumption that reality as a whole is socially constructed, this thesis has given a distorted view of the media as omnipotent manufacturers of reality;
The second (new realism) is the thesis that a fundamental layer of reality exists independently of media, but also our minds;
Marin Dacos (Aix-Marseille): Can we reach Open Access in the Humanities and the Social Sciences?
All are welcome
who: Montreal Researchers
what: Projects using or considering digital technologies & Methods, resources, or tools in humanistic research
how: Prepare a 5 minute snappy short on your work for an interdisciplinary audience
when: May 22, 1-4
where: Leacock 232, McGill University
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - DUE MAY 12 to Digital [dot] Humanities [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Montreal Digital Humanities Showcase 2013
Are you using digital research methodologies and resources in your humanities research and scholarship? Or are you making new tools or applications? We want to hear about it! The Showcase is an informal occasion to bring together Montreal’s faculty and student researchers to discuss current work-in-progress.
Track Changes: The Literary History of Word Processing - McGill 2013 Digital Humanities Lecture - Matt Kirschenbaum (Maryland)
Mark Twain famously prepared the manuscript for Life on the Mississippi (1883) with his new Remington typewriter, the first literary text ever submitted to a publisher in typewritten form. Today we recognize that the typewriter changed the history and material culture of authorship. But when did writers begin using word processors? Who were the early adopters? How did the technology change their relationship to their craft? Was the computer just a better typewriter—faster, easier to use—or was it something more?
The imaging of the visual appearance of manuscripts for wide dissemination via the internet is now widely practiced and has dramatically changed the lives of manuscript scholars.
Dirk Wintergruen, Robert Casties, Jamil Ragep (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / McGill) "The Open Mind database of the Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative (ISMI)"
Traditional databases work well with structured data that can be organized into tables. But humanist scholars often deal with very unstructured information that is fluid and in need of flexible structures. The Open Mind database of the Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative (ISMI) was developed by humanist scholars and technical experts working jointly through a partnership between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin and McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies.
Jon Voss (HistoryPin) "Q & A with Historypin, Crowdsourcing History on a Massive Collaborative Scale"
Jon Voss is the Strategic Partnerships Director of Historypin. He recently organized the first International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit, hosted by the Internet Archive and funded by the Sloan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He's also the project manager of Civil War Data 150, a collaborative project utilizing Linked Open Data to connect and discover information about the American Civil War during the 150th anniversary. Jon is a native Michigander and long time resident of San Francisco.
For more information please see http://digihum.mcgill.ca/event/greg-crane-the-humanities-in-a-digital-age/
This lecture draws on the wealth of marginalia – names, dates, marks, signatures, comments, and drawings – which nineteenth century readers marked in their books. Prof Stauffer uses this evidence to reconstruct the history of how Victorian readers interacted with their books, and how they interacted with each other through their books. Projects such as Google Books make digital versions of these volumes more accessible to modern readers.