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Humanist Archives: May 6, 2021, 6:46 a.m. Humanist 34.367 - events: historiography; seeing in VR; Digital Classicist Seminar

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 367.
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    [1]    From:  Willard McCarty <>
           Subject: CCS Thursday May 20th - Doron Swade on Historiography of the History of Computing (71)

    [2]    From: Erica Zimmer <>
           Subject: TOMORROW, May 6th @ 4:30pm EST | Digital Humanities Speaker Series Presents “The Art of Seeing” and Envisioning Cultures in VR (60)

    [3]    From: Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard@SAS.AC.UK>
           Subject: Digital Classicist London seminar 2021 (76)

        Date: 2021-05-06 05:07:50+00:00
        From:  Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: CCS Thursday May 20th - Doron Swade on Historiography of the History of Computing

[Forwarded from Brian E Carpenter (,
Computer Conservation Society -- WM]

The May meeting of the Computer Conservation Society is on Thursday 20th May
via Zoom. This is the final meeting of the 2020/21 programme. The lecture will
begin at 2.30PM with the Zoom session opening at 2.15PM.

Our speaker is the CCS Chairman Dr Doron Swade is our speaker and his title is
Historiography of the History of Computing.

Doron has written: A task of history is to provide a coherent account for the
profusion of past events — contingent occurrences, breakthroughs, markets,
users, human motivations, agency, change and consequence. Histories use
narratives that allow us to marshal otherwise unmanageable levels of detail. I
describe the three major narratives that have emerged so far and show how at
least one was constructed in a way that is now misleading. A solution is
offered. I also look to artefactual history — the history of products and
artefacts of technology, and a crisis in material culture — the “collapse of
categories” that occurred in the wake of revolutions in solid-state physics. 
This all sounds rather abstract and conceptual. Not so. The material is
rooted in the specific episodes, machines and devices of computing of
which history seeks to make sense. Historiography is concerned with how
history is written. This is my excuse for the pretentious title.

About the speaker - Doron Swade is an engineer, historian and museum
professional. He was Curator of Computing for many years at the Science Museum,
London and later Assistant Director & Head of Collections. He has studied
physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, control engineering, philosophy of
science, man-machine studies, and history at various universities. He has
published four books (one co-authored) and many scholarly and popular articles
on history of computing, curatorship, and museology.
He was responsible for founding the Computer Conservation Society in
1989 and is its current chairman. He is an Honorary Fellow of the
British Computer Society and of Royal Holloway University of London. He
was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to the history of computing.

Please pre-register for the event.  To do so, follow this link and
click on the “Book” symbol. All registrants will be notified of the URL for
the Zoom link in advance of the meeting.

Details of the 2021/22 season will soon be available. We are currently
planning that our future meetings starting in September will be hybrid –
offering both attendance in the BCS London meeting rooms and also remote
participation in real time as well as providing the usual recorded
version on the CCS YouTube channel. This is proving ambitious and will
depend on the BCS meeting room having the necessary equipment and
internet connections.

Our meetings are free to attend and open to all. Please tell anyone who
may be interested about this event.

We have recently been asked to draw to your attention the UK based Archives of

Good wishes

Roger Johnson
CCS London Programme Secretary


Brian Randell


School of Computing, Newcastle University, 1 Science Square, Newcastle upon
Tyne, NE4 5TG
EMAIL =   PHONE = +44 191 208 7923

        Date: 2021-05-06 05:07:30+00:00
        From: Erica Zimmer <>
        Subject: TOMORROW, May 6th @ 4:30pm EST | Digital Humanities Speaker Series Presents “The Art of Seeing” and Envisioning Cultures in VR

"The Art of Seeing” and Envisioning Cultures in VR
Presented by: Nicole Mills

Director of Language Programs in the Department of Romance Languages &
Literatures at Harvard University

When: Thursday, May 6th @ 4:30pm EST

Register for Zoom

Abstract: The concept of /vision /is described as “the sensory
experience of a future goal state” (Dörnyei & Chan, p. 455). When
foreign language students envision their future goals, they create vivid
mental representations of “what success looks like and feels like”
(Levin, 2000, p. 95). Vision has been described by language learning
psychologists as one of the strongest predictors of long-term
commitment, effort, and motivation in foreign language learning
(Dörnyei, Henry, & Muir, 2016). The experiential and multisensory
dimensions of virtual reality can immerse students in distant cultures
and allow them to “see impossible things” (Bailenson, 2018) which may
“enact profound and lasting changes.” As Marguerite Duras has long
posited, however, “the art of seeing has to be learned,” for students to
“see the world through the eyes of other cultures” (MLA report, 2007).
This presentation will showcase the VR experiences designed for the
beginning French course /Paris in Virtual Reality/. The VR experiences
and their accompanying teaching materials, designed to encourage both
peripheral vision and narrow focus, allowed students to observe diverse
facets of Parisian culture and more vividly/ envision/ their future role
as participants in Parisian communities. Amateur and professional VR
films showcasing Parisian life were also mediated by one-on-one
30-minute discussions between Parisians and students. These
conversations were designed to help students train their untrained eyes,
uncover cultural phenomena, and bring into focus what they may not see.

Bio: Nicole Mills is the interim Director of Language Programs in the
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures at Harvard University
where she teaches courses in French, language pedagogy, and second
language research and practice. She has publications on various topics
associated with virtual and simulated environments in language learning,
curriculum development, psychology of language learning and teaching,
and language program evaluation. Her current book project /Perspectives
on Teaching Language and Content/ (with Stacey Katz Bourns and Cheryl
Krueger), in press with Yale University Press, aims to create links
between foreign language pedagogy and meaningful content through the
intersection of innovative technologies, theories, and approaches.


Topic: Digital Humanities Speaker Series: “The Art of Seeing” and
Envisioning Cultures in VR (Nicole Mills, Harvard)

When: May 6, 2021 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.

        Date: 2021-05-05 14:48:45+00:00
        From: Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard@SAS.AC.UK>
        Subject: Digital Classicist London seminar 2021

The 2021 season of the Digital Classicist London seminar is on the theme
of world classics: we have put together a programme of speakers who are
working with digital humanities and digital classics methods to the
study of antiquity—whether language, corpora, archaeology—from across
the world. All sessions are streamed live on Youtube, and will also be
available to watch there afterwards.

All seminars at 17:00 UK time.

      Fri, Apr 16  Christian Prager (Bonn) & Cristina Vertan
     (Hamburg),/Machines Reading and Deciphering Maya Hieroglyphs:
     Towards a Digital Epigraphy of Maya Hieroglyphic Writing/(Youtube
      Fri, May 28 Andreas Fuls (TU Berlin),/Mathematical epigraphy and
     the Interactive Corpus of Indus Texts (ICIT) /(Youtube
      Fri, Jun 11 Arlo Griffiths (EFEO Paris) & Dániel Balogh
     (HU-Berlin),/Project DHARMA: Pushing South and Southeast Asian
     Textual Sources into the Digital World/(Youtube
      Fri, Jun 25 Chiara Palladino (Furman) & Tariq Yousef (Leipzig),/We
     want to learn all languages! Applications of translation alignment
     in digital environments/(Youtube (
      Fri, Jul 9 Heidi Jauhiainen (Helsinki),/Machine-Readable Texts for
     Egyptologists/(Youtube (
      Fri, Jul 23 Daria Elagina (Hamburg),/Modelling Vocabulary of
     Digital Competencies for the Project ENCODE/(Youtube
      Fri, Aug 6 Kylie Thomsen (UCLA), /The utilization of SfM and RTI to
     study ancient Egyptian statuary reuse/(Youtube

In addition to the summer seminars listed above, occasional seminars on
this theme will run throughout the 2020-2021 year.

      Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Amir Zeldes (Georgetown), Caroline Schroeder
     (Oklahoma), Lance Martin (CUA),/Leveraging non-named entities in
     Coptic antiquity/(Youtube (
      Fri, Nov 12, 2021 Mariarosaria Zinzi (Florence),/Languages and
     Cultures of Ancient Italy. Historical Linguistics and Digital
     Models/(Youtube (
      January 2022 (date tbd)  James E. Walters (Hill Museum and
     Manuscript Library),/Ad fontes: The Digital Syriac Corpus as a
     Resource for Teaching and Learning Syriac (link tba)/   
      Fri, Mar 18, 2022 Ortal-Paz Saar & Berit Janssen (Utr
     The Portal on Jewish Funerary Culture/(link tba)
      Fri, May 27, 2022 Matei Tichindelean (UCLA),/Digital Reconstruction
     of the Akhenaten Torso in the Brooklyn Museum/(link tba)


Dr Gabriel BODARD (he/him)
Reader in Digital Classics

Institute of Classical Studies / Digital Humanities Research Hub
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

T: +44 (0)20 78628752

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