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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 372.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
       [1]   From:    Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel@mcmaster.ca>            (25)
             Subject: Symposium
       [2]   From:    Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-        (93)
                     University of California, Santa Cruz..seems..important
       [3]   From:    Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-        (46)
             Subject: [event by Joseph Nechvatal]Opening of "ec-satyricOn
                     2000 (enhanced)+ bodies in the bit-stream (compliant)"
       [4]   From:    NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>                   (292)
             Subject: National Academies Research on Intellectual Property
       [5]   From:    NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>                    (55)
             Subject: WORLD WIDE WEB CONFERENCE 2001
       [6]   From:    jason.mann@vanderbilt.edu                           (48)
             Subject: Asynchronous Learning Networks Conference and ALN Talk
                     On-Line Discussions
             Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 09:43:45 +0100
             From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel@mcmaster.ca>
             Subject: Symposium
    Dear Humanists,
    The School of Art, Drama and Music at McMaster University is pleased to
    announce a one day symposium entitled 'Theatre and New Media: the meeting of
    two communications worlds'. The symposium is being held on November 17, 2000
    in Room 201 of Togo Salmon Hall at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
    This event has been planned to coincide with a preview of a production by
    the Drama program of Shakespeare's Pericles, which will involve multimedia
    and with the visit to the University of the eminent London theatre designer,
    Chris Dyer.  The aim of the symposium is to draw attention to the increasing
    influence of new media on theatre and theatre on new media. In particular
    the impact of new media on theatrical research and on the teaching of
    theatre practice will be examined. A range of concrete examples in these two
    areas will be demonstrated.
    This event is open to anyone who would like to attend but space is limited
    so please return the registration form which is available on the web page as
    soon as possible.
    The program for the afternoon and the registration form are available at
    For further information please contact
              Dr. Christie Carson:
              School of Art, Drama & Music
              1280 Main St. West
              McMaster University
              Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
              Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext.27954
              Email: carsonc@mcmaster.ca.
             Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 10:01:46 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: CONFERENCE on "NEW TECHNOLOGIES OF GENDER" at University 
    of California, Santa Cruz..seems..important
    Greetings Humanist Groups,
    [On behalf of Townsend Listserv of UCB and Institute for Humanities
    Research & The Center for Cultural Studies, Oakes College, UC Santa Cruz,
    California..I would like to invite you to participate in the interesting
    conference..which would be studded by keynote speaker, "Donna Haraway" who
    has taught feminist theory in the History of Consciousness and Women's
    Studies departments at UCSC since 1980. Professor Haraway's books include
    _Crystals, Fabrics and Fields: Metaphors of Organicism in Twentieth-Century
    Developmental Biology_ (Yale University Press, 1976); _Primate Visions:
    Gender, Race, and Nature in (Routledge, 1997).  With homage to her ancestors,
    her current book project is called _Birth of the Kennel_. Many more
    works are done. Other scholars/philosophers will also be presenting their
    works..such as, Judith Halberstam, a Professor of Literature at the University
    of California, San Diego, where she teaches queer studies, gender studies,
    film and literature. She is the author of _Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and
    the Technology of Monsters_ (Duke University Press,1995); and Prof. James
    Higginbotham (University of Oxford, University of Southern California) will be
    speaking on "Language and Reason". Professor Higginbotham is a philosopher
    who has worked in the border areas between philosophy and linguistics
    for many years..thank you..Best Wishes.--Arun Tripathi]
    Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 16:27:05 -0700
    From: tmesbah@earthlink.net
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    A CONFERENCE sponsored by the Feminist Research Unit of the Institute for
    Humanities Research and the Center for Cultural Studies
    October 20-21, 2000
    All events will be held at the University of California, Santa Cruz Oakes
    Learning Center
    PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to park on campus before 5:00PM M-F, you must
    have a permit.   They can be purchased at the Main Entrance kiosk for
    $4.00. Parking is free after 5PM M-F, and all day Saturday-Sunday.
    short note:
    Challenging any assumed opposition between the technological and the
    organic, the mechanistic and the corporeal, the technical and the social,
    "New Technologies of Gender" explores feminist scholarship and critique
    that address technology and the social construction of gender. The
    conference pays homage to two UCSC scholars whose work has been formative
    in defining feminist analyses of the gendered implications and
    applications of technology: Donna Haraway and Teresa de Lauretis. It also
    features the work of other innovative feminist thinkers from a range of
    disciplines whose approaches to technology and identity break new ground
    in feminist studies.  What does it mean to ask about the relation between
    technology and gender?  How do technologies of gender interact with other
    technologies, especially technologies of identity such as race, species,
    sexuality and subjectivity? How do new technologies reinscribe or
    challenge old constructions of identity? This conference questions
    dichotomous understandings of what constitutes the technological and, by
    rearticulating the conceptual boundaries of technology, gender, and
    identity, seeks to redefine the place of technology in feminist
    Conference organizers:  Jody Greene, Literature, UCSC; Tina Campt,
    Women's Studies, UCSC; Julie Bettie, Sociology, UCSC
    [material deleted]
    James Higginbotham
    (University of Oxford, University of Southern California)
    "Language and Reason"
    Friday, October 20
    Social Sciences 2, Room 75
    3:30 pm
    Higginbotham  is a  philosopher who  has  worked in  the border  areas
    between philosophy and linguistics for many years---first at MIT, then
    at  the University  of  Oxford, and  now  at USC.   Some  of his  most
    celebrated work has  been on the logic of  perceptual reports, and his
    work  on the  logical form  of natural  languages has  also  been very
    The theme of this talk will be the tension between seeing the study of
    language as the study of a rational achievement, and the view that the
    study of language should be a kind of abstract brain science.
    Higginbotham's lecture is a part of The Mind and Meaning Project of the
    For more information please visit the web site
    For more information about events sponsored by the Center for Cultural
    Studies, or to be removed from this mailing list, contact Katy Elliott,
    Program Coordinator, at (831) 459-4899 or cult@hum.ucsc.edu.
    Katy Elliott
    Institute for Humanities Research
    & The Center for Cultural Studies
    Oakes College
    UC Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, CA   95064
    Phone: 831-459-4899
    FAX: 831-459-4979
             Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 10:04:10 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: [event by Joseph Nechvatal]Opening of "ec-satyricOn 2000 
    (enhanced)+ bodies in the bit-stream (compliant)"
    greetings humanists,
    [An invitation is forwarded with courtesy to Dr. Joseph Nechvatal..to
    participate in the opening of "ec-satyricOn 2000 (enhanced)+ bodies in the
    bit-stream (compliant)" -a digital-based exhibition of recent work by
    Joseph Nechvatal with The "ec-satyricOn 2000" viral computer code, (please
    read inside)..thank you..Best Regards.--Arun Tripathi]
    From: Joseph Nechvatal <jnech@hotmail.com>
    For Immediate Release
    Joseph Nechvatal
    ec-satyricOn 2000
    October 26 - December 02
    Universal Concepts Unlimited announces the opening of "ec-satyricOn 2000
    (enhanced)+ bodies in the bit-stream (compliant)"  a digital-based
    exhibition of recent work by Joseph Nechvatal, on Thursday, October 26 from
    6-8 PM.
    Since 1985, Joseph Nechvatal has been exploring what he calls the
    viractual image; a complex numeric image which consists of a mixture of
    drawing, digital-photography, painting, written language, and externalized
    computer code - all of which is submitted to computational manipulations
    (including viral attacks). Based loosely around passages from a cyber-sex
    farce novella he wrote in Paris called "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~venus-~~vibrator,
    even" - and from certain passages from Gaius Petronius Arbiters (~27-66 AD)
    book Satyricon, this exhibition puts forth a mingling of the virtual, the
    aesthetic, and the sexual.
    The exhibition consists of six large computer-robotic assisted paintings
    which, together, create a sweeping, immersive environment. Also, a specially
    rubber-bound example of "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~venus-~~vibrator, even" will be
    on display, as well as a suite of unique digital prints from the "code x"
    series, and a dvd animated puppet show.
    [material deleted]
    Joseph Nechvatal has exhibited his work widely in Europe and the United
    States, both in private and public venues. He is in the permanent collection
    of the Los Angeles County Museum, the Moderna Musset in Stockholm and the
    Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His web-site, with full CV and collected
    writings, can be found at: <http://www.dom.de/arts/artists/jnech/>
    [material deleted]
    For further information contact UCU @ 212.727.7575 and/or see artist
    statement at: <http://www.intelligentagent.com/satyricon.html>
    Universal Concepts Unlimited
    507 West 24th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 212.727.7575 Fax: 212.727.7676 Email: ucu1@rcn.com
             Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 10:07:50 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: National Academies Research on Intellectual Property Issues
    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    October 17, 2000
                 National Academies Research on Intellectual Property Issues
    Although much of the following applies more to patents than to copyright,
    readers might be interested in these research areas commissioned by the
    Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) of the National
    Academies. The results of this research will be presented in a conference
    organized by the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the
    Knowledge-based Economy in early Fall 2001.
    The broad areas of research are as follows:
                            SOFTWARE AND BUSINESS METHOD PATENTS
                                RELATED RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
    David Green
     >Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 07:48:54 -0700
     >From: Clifford Lynch <cliff@cni.org>
     >To: Multiple recipients of list <cni-announce@cni.org>
     >The following announcement describes some of the work that the National
     >Academies is sponsoring on intellectual property issues.
     >Clifford Lynch
     >Director, CNI
    The National Academies
    Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP)
    As part of its examination of intellectual property rights, the National
    Academies STEP Board is pleased to announce the results of its March 23, 2000
    request for proposals.  It is expected that this research will help inform the
    deliberations of the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the
    Knowledge-based Economy over the coming months, and that final reports of this
    research will be presented and discussed at a public conference in early Fall
    2001.  The following activities were chosen to receive full or partial support
    by the STEP Board.  In addition to the commissioned work, the Committee will
    have access to results of work being supported by other sponsors or
    provided on
    a primarily pro bono basis. The researchers and project descriptions are both
    pasted below this message and attached as a .pdf file.  We are grateful for
    support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Aeronautics and
    Space Administration, who are helping support this initial research endeavor.
    For further information on this research activity, please visit
    www.nationalacademies.org/ipr, or contact:
    Craig Schultz
    Research Associate
    STEP Board
    1.   Patent Examiner Productivity and Quality
    In  the  absence  of  a  solid  understanding of the process of assigning
    rights,  it  is  difficult  to assess the likely effect of changes to the
    PTO in
    terms   of   management   and  personnel  practices,  financial
    resources,  and
    information  sources,  etc.   Through a series of structured interviews
    with PTO
    managers,  current  and  former  patent examiners, private patent
    attorneys, and
    inventors,  followed  by  an analysis of a sample of recent granted
    patents, the
    research   team   will   analyze   the   relationship  between patent examiner
    characteristics   (such   as   tenure,  educational  background  and
    degree  of
    specialization)  to  patent  productivity and quality (such as time to
    citation rate, litigation outcomes, etc.).  The interviews and the analysis
    take  into  account the fact that examination is conditioned not only by
    law and
    factors within the PTO but also by the structure of applications and
    with attorneys.
    Scott Stern, MIT Sloan School
    Sam Kortum, Boston University
    Iain Cockburn, Boston University
    2.   Effects of Patent Oppositions: A Comparison of U.S. and European Patent
    An  important  institutional  difference  between  the  U.S. and European
    systems  is  the  European  opposition  process  whereby  interested
    parties can
    contest  the  validity of an issued patent for a period after its
    issuance.  The
    U.S.  reexamination  procedure  is  more  circumscribed and much less
    used.   Opportunity  for opposition has been cited as an efficient and
    means to improve patent quality, especially in novel technological areas,
    and to
    reduce costly litigation; but the effects of the procedure have not been
    empirically.   The  research team will assemble experimental and control
    of  identical  USPTO and EPO patents and determine what conclusions can be
    about the parties to and effects of opposition on patent examination and
    and subsequent litigation.
    Dietmar Harhoff, University of Munich
    Bronwyn Hall, U.C. Berkeley
    David Mowery, U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business
    3.   Enforcing IPRs: the Incidence and Outcomes of Patent Suits
    Patent  litigation  is  on  the  rise  and  the  costs  of  patent suits
    can be
    substantial, but we do not know the extent to which those costs reduce the
    of  patents  vis-
    -vis other means of protecting IP and the incentives for firms
    of  different  types to invest in research and development.  Using a
    database on
    patent suits, a research team will investigate how the frequency and
    of  suits  and their outcomes (settlement rates and win or loss rates in
    vary  across  patents,  technology  fields,  and  patent  owners with
    Jean Lanjouw, Yale University and the Brookings Institution
    Mark Schankerman, London School of Economics
    4.   Cooperation and Conflict Over Patent Rights in Cumulative Technologies
    This  study investigates the breakdown of  private bargaining over patent
    in  one  industrial  context, semiconductors, involving cumulative
    development.  Previous  research  has  shown  that semiconductor firms
    ramped up
    their  patent  portfolios during the 1980s in part to improve their
    abilities to
    negotiate with external owners of IP and to deter patent-related suits. Yet
    number  of  semiconductor-related  patent suits filed in U.S. federal
    courts has
    risen  steadily  over  this  period.   This  study  tracks the patent
    histories  of  a  sample of 97 U.S. semiconductor firms between 1995 and
    1998 to
    address  two  main questions:   1)  what types of technologies (e.g.,
    process or
    product)  and  entities  are  involved in these disputes? and 2) how, if at
    have  the characteristics of these disputes changed during the period
    with stronger U.S. patent rights?
    Rosemarie Ham Ziedonis, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
                            SOFTWARE AND BUSINESS METHOD PATENTS
    1.   Software Copyrights and Patent Rights: The Causes and Consequences of
    Regime Change in IP Protection
    Although  software  patenting  has  accelerated,  it is not clear which
    types of
    firms  with  respect  to what types of products have shifted from one form
    of IP
    protection  to  the other or supplemented one with the other and why. Nor
    is it
    known  whether  the  greater  propensity  to patent is associated with
    licensing  of  computer  program  components  or is largely defensive in
    Whatever  the trends, what are their implications for the future of the
    software  industry?   The investigator will relate data on software patents
    copyright registrations identifiable by firm to shed light on these questions.
    D. Mowery, U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business
    2.   Internet-Related Business Method Patents
    Although  the  USPTO  has  been  issuing  patents  relating  to business
    embodied  in  software  for  several  years,  the  numbers  were small and
    significance  largely  unnoticed  until  the growth of the Internet and the
    Federal  Circuit  Court  of  Appeals decision in the State Street Bank
    case.  To
    assess  the  causes  of  the  acceleration of patenting and its
    implications for
    financial services, electronic commerce, and other services, there is a
    need for
    baseline  data on patent holders, examination characteristics, patent
    and  scope,  and litigation trends.  The research team will develop a
    profile of
    Internet-related  business  method  patents  that will be useful to a
    variety of
    further  research  projects  as well as policy discussions.  A careful
    effort to
    develop  intelligible  definitions  of  related terms (i.e., software,
    business  methods,  e-commerce,  etc.)  and relate them to USPTO
    will accompany this analysis.
    John R. Allison, Graduate School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.
    Emerson H. Tiller, University of Texas at Austin
    1.   Intellectual Property Licensing in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
    As  a  result  of  changes in policy (the Bayh-Dole Act allowing publicly
    research institutions to acquire and dispose patent rights on their
    technology (molecular biology and DNA sequencing), and participants (the
    rise of
    university   participation   in   commercial   activity   and  growth
    of  small
    biotechnology companies, including ones marketing genomic information),
    there is
    concern  how  the  acquisition  and  use of patents is affecting the
    conduct and
    communication  of  fundamental research and innovation.  In particular,
    there is
    concern  that  the  strengthening and proliferation if patent rights to
    products  and  processes are making it more difficult for 1) research
    to  communicate  methods  and results, collaborate, and share research
    and  2)  downstream product developers to commercialize new products.
    Through a
    series  of  structured  interviews  with  representatives  of  all parties,
    research  team  will  ascertain  what the trends and patterns are and
    whether reasonable arrangements for licensing IP are evolving.
    Wesley Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University
    Ashish Arora, Carnegie Mellon University
    John Walsh, University of Illinois at Chicago.
                                RELATED RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
    In  addition  to  the above commissioned work the STEP Committee on
    Property  in  the  Knowledge-Based  Economy  will have access to results of
    being supported by other sponsors or provided on a primarily pro bono basis:
    1.   Patent Examination,  Patentability, and Patent Reform
    Analytical papers addressing three inter-related topics: 1)  How should "prior
    art" be defined given the development and future predominance of "information
    age" sources for memorializing and accessing prior art technology and the
    and capabilities of patent offices to access prior art  examining
    inventions for
    patentability.  A case study will consider the issues related to the
    of and access to prior art in computer software and so-called "business
    technology. 2)  How should the patent system be limited or bounded in areas
    where public policy issues or concerns become manifest.  A case study will
    consider the issue of limits on patent eligibility for genomics and business
    method inventions. 3)  How should the patent system operate in the 21st
    focusing on proposed reforms for increasing the efficiency and quality of
    examination and reducing the incidence and cost of disputes over patents.
    Fellows of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
    Robert Armitage, Lilly Research Laboratories
    Michael Kirk, American Intellectual Property Law Association
    2.   The Role of Intellectual Property in Financial Services
    An  analytical  paper  on  how  intellectual  property  rights have
    affected the
    development of financial services and what role they may play in the future.
    Robert Hunt, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
    3.   Patent Examination Procedures
    An  empirical  analysis of the relationship between the administration of
    examination at the PTO unit level and litigation of patent validity.
    John L. King, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    4.   Opportunity Costs of Litigation
    A  survey  component  to  ascertain the costs other than attorney fees and
    costs  entailed in litigation.  These include costs associated with the
    time and
    attention  that firms' high-level managerial and technical personnel must
    to avoiding, defending against, and supporting the prosecution of patent
    W. Cohen and A. Arora, Carnegie Mellon University
    J. Walsh, University of Illinois at Chicago
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             Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 10:09:07 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: WORLD WIDE WEB CONFERENCE 2001
    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    October 17, 2000
                      WORLD WIDE WEB CONFERENCE 2001: Hong Kong
                         Call for Cultural Track Proposals
                             DEADLINE: November 10, 2000
    This notice from Liddy Nevile, chair of the Culture Track of the 10th World
    Wide Web conference, is a challenge for us all to do what we can to make
    this a substantial component of WWW10.
      >From the website: "Culture Track topics include but are not limited to
    the following:
    * Digital arts, installations and exhibitions
    * Digitising collections - tools and techniques
    * Describing resources and collections
    * Indigenous cultures online
    * Models for creative and scholarly self-publishing
    * Multi-culturalism and multi-linguality
    * Virtual institutions including economic models
    * Cultural communities including technical and minority
    * Government policies and standards
    Proposals should address important, topical issues in the cultural sector
    and promote active participation in lively debate among respondents and
    participants. Of particular interest will be presentations that contribute
    to increasing participation in and the value of the online world for those
    in the Asia-Pacific Region.
    See the guidelines for papers, panels and posters. Proposals for other
    forms of presentation should be made directly to the Culture Track Chair at
    Members of the selection committee include: David Bearman, Judy Gradwohl,
    Rachel Heery, Liddy Nevile, Eric Miller, John Perkins, Andy Powell, Alfredo
    Ronchi, Shigeo Sugimoto, Jennifer Trant, Stuart Weibel.
    David Green ===========
    [material deleted]
    The following Calls for Participation are now available on the WWW10
    Website (<http://www10.org/>http://www10.org/):
    Call for Refereed
    Call for Panel
    Call for Poster
    Call for Vendors Track Proposals
    Note in particular the Call for Cultural Track Proposals
    See and join the WWW10-Announce mail list  -  WWW10-Announce@www10.org
    Contact me directly if you wish.
    Liddy Nevile, Chair of Culture Track, WWW10, culture@www10.org
             Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 10:10:02 +0100
             From: jason.mann@vanderbilt.edu
             Subject: Asynchronous Learning Networks Conference and ALN Talk 
    On-Line Discussions
    November 3-5, 2000
    The 6th International Conference on ALN will be held at:
    University of Maryland University College
    Inn and Conference Center
    Adelphi, MD.
    The Sixth International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks
    is the premier conference devoted exclusively to online learning. It
    brings together an international group of innovative educators,
    trainers, and technologists who are developing the art and practice
    of online learning.
    The conference, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
    <<http://www.sloan.org/>> in conjunction with
    University of Maryland University College
    <<http://www.umuc.edu/>>, the
    University System of Maryland
    The Sloan Center for Online Education at Olin and Babson Colleges
    <<http://www.aln.org/>> The Sloan Center for Online Education at Olin and
    Babson Colleges, and the Goethe-Institut Washington
    provides an opportunity for you to study key issues, learn new
    approaches, see new technologies, share best practices, hear research
    results, and become part of an international community that is shaping
    education for a knowledge society of lifelong learners.
    The Center for Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) announces free online
    discussions and articles about online learning.
    The new online discussions include,
    "Which Requirements Will Shape Future ALNs,"
    as well as
    Conversations With Authors of Articles in The New ALN Magazine.
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