Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 468.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 16:24:18 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Colloquium on formal methods, experimental practice
Humanities computing: formal methods, experimental practice
King's College London
Blackwell Room (Department of Music)
13 May 1999
This one-day colloquium centres on the question of how we might best
conceptualise the application of computing to the humanities. Because, as
in the sciences, computing humanists use equipment to study data, the
colloquium asks where among the sciences we might look for the most helpful
models. Is humanities computing more like a theoretical or an experimental
If its end is articulation of stable formal methods, through algorithms and
structures in metadata, then perhaps humanities computing is potentially
akin to computer science at its theoretical end, offering us eventually
what we might call a 'calculus for the arts and letters'. If, however, it
is a pragmatic, heuristic practice, sometimes working with but not
necessarily dependent on theory, then it would seem more like an
experimental science as this has come to be undestood in recent years. The
colloquium brings together a philosopher of science, a sociologist of
science, a literary critic, a theoretician and philologist and a director
of a humanities computing research institute to discuss the habits of mind
and work that we might use to form a coherent picture of the emerging field.
Participants and titles
HASOK CHANG, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science, Department of Science
and Technology Studies, University College London. "What philosophy tells
us about experimental science"
HARRY COLLINS, Distinguished Research Professor and Director, Centre for
the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science, University of Cardiff.
"Formalising humanities or unformalising science?"
JEROME MCGANN, John Stewart Bryan University Professor, University of
Virginia. "Dialogue and Interpretation at the Interface of Man and Machine.
Reflections on Textuality and a Proposal for an Experiment in Machine Reading"
TITO ORLANDI, Professore Ordinario di Lingua e Letteratura Copta, Direttore
del Centro Interdipartimentale di Servizio per l'Automazione nelle
Discipline Umanistiche dell'Universit degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza.
"Ideas for a Theoretical Foundation of Humanities Computing"
JOHN UNSWORTH, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Institute
for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia.
"Scholarly Primitives: what methods do humanities researchers have in
common, and how might our tools reflect this?"
For schedule and additional information see:
To register contact:
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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
voice: +44 (0)171 848 2784 fax: +44 (0)171 848 5081
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