Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 497.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002 07:58:08 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Colloquium on visualisation 8 March 2002
"Visualisation in the humanities"
A Colloquium in the Seminar in Humanities Computing,
King's College London,
8 March 2002
MICHAEL BARLOW, Linguistics, Rice (Texas, USA), on the visualisation of
text for linguistic and literary analysis. See
RICHARD BEACHAM, Theatre Studies (Warwick, UK), on the application of
virtual reality techniques in the visualisation and exploration of ancient
theatres. See <http://www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/richard_beacham.htm>.
MATTHEW KIRSCHENBAUM, English (Maryland, US), on the theory and practice of
new media. See <http://www.glue.umd.edu/~mgk/>.
PETER ROBINSON, Director, Centre for Technology and the Arts (De Montfort,
UK), on visualisation in textual editions. See
This one-day colloquium brings together scholars who are creating new kinds
of visual representations in disciplines across the humanities. Their work
goes well beyond the now commonplace use of digital imaging for literal
depictions; their more ambitious objective is explanatory power. By drawing
on our abilities to comprehend and analyze visual phenomena, their methods
give us new ways to understand our cultural artifacts, including those that
are not primarily visual. Some principal themes include the importance of
highlighting certain features or phenomena and filtering out others; the
ability to deal with amounts of information not otherwise manageable; to
create dynamic and interactive visualizations that aid experimentation with
our objects of study. Visualization involves a combination of the
algorithmic and the intuitive; it requires underlying computation but then
results in a product that our minds can engage with closely.
Further details, including titles, abstracts and a schedule of the day's
events, will be available shortly. A modest fee will be charged for attendance.
Dr Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer,
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London,
Strand, London WC2R 2LS, U.K.,
+44 (0)20 7848-2784, ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/,
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