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Humanist Archives: July 11, 2021, 8:24 a.m. Humanist 35.132 - pubs: Technology and Language; magazén

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 132.
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    [1]    From: Nordmann, Alfred <alfred.nordmann@TU-DARMSTADT.DE>
           Subject: Technology and Language 3 and Call for Contributions (72)

    [2]    From: Franz FISCHER <>
           Subject: magazén - new issues and CfP (170)

        Date: 2021-07-10 08:09:33+00:00
        From: Nordmann, Alfred <alfred.nordmann@TU-DARMSTADT.DE>
        Subject: Technology and Language 3 and Call for Contributions

The third issue of Technology and Language has just appeared, and with
it a new call for contributions. Individual papers and the whole issue
are freely available:

"Forensic Examinations: Terms and Techniques" – not from the point of
view of semiotics and a theory of traces but by way of forensics
scientists who consider the dimensions of “technology and language” in
their empirical research. (Also, four contributed papers with topics
ranging from the philosophical reflection of language as technology and
molecular writing to a psychological theory of the regulation of human
behavior in a digital environment, and finally the didactic value of
plurilingual courses in University curricula).

New Call for Contributions: Instructions. Do technical processes unfold
as instructed in that they execute a program or in that their parts
perform prescribed motions? But what is a program anyhow, be it a
computer program or the program of a musical concert or wedding - or is
the notion of ‚instruction‘ too narrow here? Can the blueprint for a
device be compared to the notation of a choreography? Inversely, do
technologies instruct the behavior of users in that they establish a
script which users need to follow? - And what is instruction in the
first place: Does the case, for example, of language instruction follow
a technical paradigm as well? The June 2022 special issue of „Technology
and Language“ will be dedicated to thesequestions. Inquiries are welcome
now, the final deadline for submissions is February 15, 2022. (Guest
editors: Jens Geisse and Marcel Siegler)

Technology and Language invites interdisciplinary explorations at the
interface of technology and language - contributed papers in English or
Russian are welcome at any time. Other calls:

Technology and the Media Environment of the Information Society
(expressions of interest until July 23, 2021): Social networks and
communication systems, new modes of reading and writing stand for the
disruptive effects of digital and cyber-technologies on practices of
communication and expression not only in the internet but also in
traditional media. Possible topics include 1) nudging, disinformation,
and technologies for the manipulation of behavior and consciousness, 2)
the digital language of intelligent environments, 3) information
technologies in social engineering environments and technocracies, 4)
cognitive technology and sociolinguistic practice. (Guest editor: Olga

Technology as Language - Understanding Action in a Technical Condition
(Deadline: September 21, 2021): The philosophy of technology and
language meets theories of action. Actions are understood in reference
to reasons and causes which are formed in a social setting. The
hermeneutics of action takes on a further dimension, however, when
technical agency and technological activity are brought into play. Of
particular interest are the symbols and tools of labor as knowledge is
translated into action. Another focus is on technology and semiosis or
the technical generation of the signs and sign systems that structure
and constrain action – especially interesting and problematic in the age
of self-learning technical systems. (Guest editor: Alexander Nesterow)

Robot Constructions (Deadline January 10, 2022: The word) "robot" is a
Czech invention. As the word traveled to English speaking areas and from
there to other languages and cultures, did the robot on this journey
become something else? For robots and AI, more generally, we want to
explore how they are imagined, defined, described, comprehended,
constructed or even misunderstoodbefore and after they become a
technological reality – how they are constituted in language, how
cosmopolitan or intercultural they are. We are hoping for contributions
from linguistics, philosophy, cultural and gender studies, history of
technology, STS, and literature. (Guest editor: CHENG Lin)

Queries, suggestions, and submissions can be addressed to or to Daria Bylieva ( Alfred
Nordmann (

        Date: 2021-07-09 08:38:36+00:00
        From: Franz FISCHER <>
        Subject: magazén - new issues and CfP

Dear digital humanists,

Two announcements about magazén, International Journal for Digital and
Public Humanities (new issue on 'consolidation' and CfP on

1) magazén - new issues out on 'consolidation'

The Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) gladly
announces the publication of the first issue of the second volume of
*magazén*, International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities,
available freely online at:
The articles are devoted to the topic of “consolidation” in the field of
digital and public humanities. For your convenience here is the table of

   - Franz Fischer, Diego Mantoan, Barbara Tramelli
   "Of Consolidation and Canons in a Unitary Field Called  Digital and
   Public Humanities"
   - Thomas Cauvin
   "New Field, Old Practices: Promises and Challenges  of Public History"
   - James H. Brusuelas
   "Scholarly Editing and AI: Machine Predicted Text  and Herculaneum
   - Pavol Hnila, Julia Elicker
   "Quality Assessment of Digital Elevation Models in a Treeless
   High-Mountainous Landscape. A Case Study from Mount Aragats, Armenia"
   - Christian Wachter
   "Publishing Complexity in the Digital Humanities"
   - Samanta Mariotti
   "The Use of Serious Games as an Educational and Dissemination Tool for
   Archaeological Heritage Potential and Challenges for the Future"
   - Milena Corbellini, Paola Italia, Valentina Pasqual, Roberta Priore
   "VaSto: un’edizione digitale interdisciplinare"

Enjoy reading!

2) magazén - call for abstracts on '[re]constructions'

*magazén, *the interdisciplinary journal of the Venice Centre for Digital
and Public Humanities (VeDPH) at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, launched
an international Call for Papers for its next volume entitled
“[re]constructions”. The 2022 volume shall devote two semestral issues of
the journal to to the theories and practice of [re]configuring lost
realities, [re]creating long gone dimensions, [re]building likely
scenarios, [re]considering exhibition settings and [re]covering disappeared
traces of historical and cultural value.

Abstract submission: September 15, 2021
Abstract acceptance: October 15, 2021
Articles submission: February 15, 2022 (issue 1) or July 15, 2022 (issue 2)
Prospective publication: June 2022 (issue 1) and December 2022 (issue 2)

See the full CfP below and soon at:
For questions please get in contact with the editors:

On behalf of the editorial board
Franz Fischer


Call for Papers – Volume 2022 – “[re]constructions”

magazén | International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities
Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (
Department of Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

magazén is the interdisciplinary journal of the Venice Centre for Digital
and Public Humanities (VeDPH) based at the Department of Humanities at Ca’
Foscari University of Venice undergoing double blind peer review and
published twice per year in digital copy and html version in open
access by Edizioni Ca’ Foscari

The VeDPH is founded upon an initiative of excellence that aims at 
stimulating an interdisciplinary methodological discourse to serve as 
the basis for the collaborative development of durable, reusable, 
shared resources for research and learning in the field of digital and 
public humanities. Its disciplinary domains include Digital Textual 
Scholarship, Digital and Public Art History, Digital and Public History, 
Digital Cultural Heritage and Digital and Public Archaeology.

Call for Papers | Volume 2022: [re]constructions

magazén is accepting proposals to its 2022 volume entitled
“[re]constructions”, which shall devote two semestral issues of the journal
(June and December) to the theory and practice of [re]configuring lost
realities, [re]creating long gone dimensions, [re]building likely
scenarios, [re]considering exhibition settings and [re]covering disappeared
traces of historical and cultural value. Indeed, over the last decade the
principle of [re]construction by means of scholarly expertise set the pace
of many recent research projects in the prosperous field of digital and
public humanities. Particularly digital tools and interdisciplinary
collaborations provided the opportunity to [re]compose varied sources and
[re]visualise research data, such as to offer unprecedented insights in
historical, societal, cultural, artistic, archaeological, and political
events. Evolving research technologies and consolidated methodological
approaches in the digital and public humanities allowed scholars to test
their analytical abilities against a set of novel possibilities to make
their results public, immersive, and virtually appreciated. In this regard,
digital and public humanities lay at the crossroads of the kind of
speculation, intuition, and invention that comes with every act of
scholarly [re]construction, seen as a creative task steered by scientific

A true symbol of this attitude are the square brackets, which stand as a
visual sign and signifier of the “gap-filling” and “meaning-making” tasks
humanists always aim to accomplish in their research work. In a sense,
digital and public humanists have the privilege of [re]framing their
disciplines in various ways, such as: filling the gap of missing text
fragments and traditions, retracing the dynamics of historical processes
and events, retrieving dispersed artworks and collections, reconstructing
lost archaeological sites and artefacts. Eventually, magazén’s volume 2022
will draw particular attention to the public aspects of such endeavours,
given that successful [re]constructions hold firm to the principle of
research dissemination and audience involvement from their very inception,
rather than having public access just as a late side-effect of scholarly

Hence, for its 2022 volume magazén is set to examine in two semestral
issues the concept of “[re]constructions” as a procedural and
constitutional peculiarity of digital and public humanities. Scholars are
particularly invited to submit contributions that span from theoretical
debates to methodological reflections, also comprising the examination of
particular case studies from the heterogeneous domains of Digital Textual
Scholarship, Digital and Public History, Digital and Public Archaeology,
Digital and Public Art History, GLAM studies.

Submissions | Abstracts and guidelines

For scholars interested in submitting a proposal, please send the
provisional title,  the abstract of no more than 200 words together with a
short biographical note. All materials should be sent by September 15, 2022
via email (subject: “magazen 2022 – Call for Papers”) to the editorial
board at the following address: Notice of selection will
be given to authors within four weeks from the submission deadline.

Finalised contributions are expected to be 6.000–9.000 words long (notes
and bibliography included) and will undergo double blind peer review.
Accepted languages are Italian and English, though all texts must have an
English abstract and stick to the editorial guidelines of Edizioni Ca’ Foscari

Texts that should not comply with editorial guidelines or that the editors
should deem linguistically inappropriate won’t be accepted. Please note
that the journal does not offer language proof-reading services to the
authors, who must also secure all copyright permissions (reproduction costs
included) for images and other media.

The deadline for all accepted articles is February 15, 2022, for issue 1
and July 15, 2022, for issue 2. Final publication of the first issue is
planned by June 2022, while the second issue will be due in December 2022.
For further details please contact the editorial board via email at


Franz Fischer
Direttore, Venice Centre for Digital & Public Humanities (VeDPH)
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Università Ca' Foscari
Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà
Dorsoduro 3484/D - 30123 Venezia

Tel.: +39 041 234 6266 (ufficio), +39 041 234 9863 (segreteria del centro)

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