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              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 533.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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    [1]    From: Dubnicek, Ryan C <>
           Subject: HTRC Spring 2022 Workshops (44)

    [2]    From: Ulrike Henny <>
           Subject: Call for Papers: Machine Learning and Data Mining for Digital Scholarly Editions (50)

    [3]    From: Marinella Testori <>
           Subject: Call for extended abstracts - Workshop Discourse studies and linguistic data science - DiSLiDaS 2022 (143)

    [4]    From: Marinella Testori <>
           Subject: Free online event: Lancaster Talks on Language I: 11 March 2-3pm UK time (54)

    [5]    From: Alan Liu <>
           Subject: "Transformations of Attention" event, March 4, 2022 (111)

        Date: 2022-02-16 21:21:12+00:00
        From: Dubnicek, Ryan C <>
        Subject: HTRC Spring 2022 Workshops

HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is pleased to announce three virtual workshops
taking place this spring. Each event will be a standalone workshop and no prior
experience or attendance at other events is required. Similarly, though a
familiarity with text and data mining and Python programming will be useful, no
prior HTRC or programming experience is needed. HTRC workshops are open to
all—no need to be affiliated with a HathiTrust member institution. The three
workshops will be delivered over the course of the spring, each focused on
individual services from HTRC:

  *   March 17, 1:00 Central / 2:00 Eastern - Intro to HathiTrust and HTRC:
Attendees of this workshop will be introduced to the HathiTrust and HathiTrust
Digital Library as well as the HTRC and its data and analytical tools, including
hands-on practice with HTRC Analytics.
     *   Register:
  *   March 31, 1:00 Central / 2:00 Eastern - Introduction to the HTRC Extracted
Features Dataset: We’ll cover the motivation for its creation, the data model,
and the kinds of research it enables, including a hands-on activity using the
dataset, Google Colaboratory notebooks and Python code.
     *   Register:
  *   April 15, 11:00 am Central / 12:00 pm Eastern – Introduction to HTRC Data
Capsules: An introduction to the HTRC Data Capsules environment and how it can
be used by intermediate and advanced researchers. This session will include a
hands-on activity using an HTRC Data Capsule, Jupyter notebooks and Python code.
     *   Register:

Each workshop has a duration of 2 hours, will be held live on Zoom, and workshop
materials will be shared with registrants as the workshops approach. If you have
any questions, feel free to get in touch with us via htrc-<> or with me directly.

We hope to see you virtually this spring!



Ryan Dubnicek (he/him)
Digital Humanities Specialist
HathiTrust Research Center
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Room 5027, 614 E. Daniel Street | Champaign, IL 61820<>

        Date: 2022-02-16 19:49:17+00:00
        From: Ulrike Henny <>
        Subject: Call for Papers: Machine Learning and Data Mining for Digital Scholarly Editions

Dear Humanists,

the Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing, DH Rostock, the
Know Center and the Centre for Information Modelling at the University
of Graz are calling for papers for the conference "Machine Learning and
Data Mining for Digital Scholarly Editions", which will take place at
the University of Rostock in Northern Germany on 9 and 10 June 2022.

In several areas of the Digital Humanities, Data Mining and Machine
Learning techniques are increasingly applied and discussed and Digital
Scholarly Editing is no exception to this. Such methods have for example
been used to prepare the transcription and scholarly description of
texts by recognizing and classifying text from image data, to
automatically compare text witnesses and reconstruct their history, or
to enrich edited texts with information about mentioned entities,
topics, or other content- and discourse-related phenomena.

The main purpose of this conference is to foster the discussion on
Machine Learning and Data Mining techniques in the area of Digital
Scholarly Editing, by addressing the following questions:

  * Where can Machine Learning and Data Mining be usefully and
    meaningfully applied in a Digital Scholarly Editing workflow?
  * How are Machine Learning and Data Mining already used for the
    creation of Digital Scholarly Editions and what are potential use
    cases for the future?
  * What are challenges in Digital Scholarly Editing that can be
    successfully addressed by using Machine Learning and Data Mining?
  * Do editions pose special challenges to the application of Machine
    Learning and Data Mining that need to be overcome?
  * What are biases or side effects when applying Machine Learning and
    Data Mining methods to historical data/texts?
  * How does the use of Machine Learning and Data Mining change the way
    editors work and the way editions are created? Does it change the
    role of the editor? How does it change the methods of editing?
  * How does Digital Scholarly Editing relate to other Digital
    Humanities subfields regarding the application of Machine Learning
    and Data Mining?
  * How can a critical engagement with Machine Learning and Data Mining
    techniques in Digital Scholarly Editing be developed and encouraged?

Papers of 4,000 to 6,000 words (not counting the bibliographic
references) can be submitted to as .odt or .docx until 1
March 2022. For more information, see the full call for papers at

We look forward to welcoming you in Rostock!

On behalf of the organizing team
Ulrike Henny-Krahmer

        Date: 2022-02-16 18:16:51+00:00
        From: Marinella Testori <>
        Subject: Call for extended abstracts - Workshop Discourse studies and linguistic data science - DiSLiDaS 2022

[Da: Maria da Purificação Moura Silvano <>]

Call for extended abstracts

Workshop Discourse studies and linguistic data science: Addressing
challenges in interoperability, multilinguality and linguistic data
processing - DiSLiDaS 2022

Jerusalem, Jerusalem College of Technology
24 May 2022

The Cost Action CA18209 NexusLinguarum ( is glad
to announce the Workshop Discourse studies and linguistic data science:
Addressing challenges in interoperability, multilinguality and linguistic
data processing - DiSLiDaS. Due to restrictions from Covid-19, the workshop
will be held in a hybrid mode, so speakers and attendees can choose to
participate on site or online.

Conference aims and topics
The purpose of the workshop is to gather current research advances in
discourse analysis and representation, in the context of multilinguality,
from a linguistic and computational perspective. We invite submissions
addressing challenges such as interoperability, linguistic linked open data
(LLOD), and language processing and analysis.
The workshop topics are the following (but not limited to):


●      Discourse and dialog annotation: Parsing and representation across
languages and frameworks
●      Discourse markers and discourse relations (RST, PDTB, SDRT):
Identification, prediction and extraction
●      Attitudes discovery and interpretation in Discourse: Appraisal and
●      Effects of multimodality on discourse interpretation: Intonation,
gesture and text
●      Interoperability for Multilingual language data: Challenges of rich
and distributed data
●      Discourse data and machine learning: Methods and tools

Discourse comprises a wide variety of linguistic phenomena, such as
discourse markers, discourse relations, speaker attitude, that have been
largely studied by different communities of practice from Linguistics and
Computation, rendering several theoretical frameworks (for instance, RST,
SDRT, PDTB, for discourse relations; appraisal theory for sentiment
analysis,...), and technological approaches, such as transformer models,
embeddings and alike. Nonetheless, there are open issues with regards to
interoperability, multilinguality, and language processing, in particular,
the existence of different annotation schemas, disambiguation, lack of
training data for machine learning, scarcity of effective language
phenomena detection and interpretation methods, diverse vocabularies,
insufficient multilingual parallel corpora of non-dialog and dialog,
initial stages of exploration of multimodality.

Discourse research is one of  the central research areas of natural
language processing (NLP) too. NLP research focuses on formalization,
identification and discovery of semantic phenomena, dialogue exchange
structure, and coherence of text. Some of the technological approaches of
NLP include the use of transformer models, word embeddings, linguistic
linked open data, constitution of aligned multilingual corpora,
vocabularies of language phenomena and alike. Computational discourse
explores the evidence that language consists not only in placing words in
the right order but also in detection and interpretation of the meaning and
deeper textual relations as well as organizing ideas into a logical textual
flow. The linguistic approaches study language phenomena referring to
coherence and cohesiveness of discourse, lexical, phrasal, syntactic,
semantic and pragmatic means to express discourse relations, represent
their roles and build language resources for them.

Despite all the advances, there are still plenty of unresolved problems
related to interoperability, multilinguality, and language processing. With
the growth of the Semantic Web and Linguistic Linked Data, interoperability
is key to read, to interpret and to adopt language resources. The existence
of different annotation schemas to encode discourse relations constitutes a
problem to allow data exchange and re-use on the one hand and to provide
theoretical consistency when producing annotated corpora. Ideally, the
model is custom designed to deal with all the specificities of a particular
dataset, but also broad enough so that it can be applied to other datasets.
Many proposals try to achieve this balance, one of them being ISO 24617.
The treatment of multilinguality is also complicated because of the
insufficiency of multilingual parallel corpora of collections of non-dialog
and dialog texts, that would allow systematic contrastive studies. As to
language processing, the lack of training data for machine learning,
coupled with the scarcity of effective language phenomena detection and
interpretation methods, the coexistence of diverse vocabularies, and the
minimal attention to the contribution of the tone of voice, intonation,
gestures to the meaning and the informative value of discourse elements
makes the task of discourse processing still very challenging.

The workshop intends to be a forum of discussion for researchers interested
in addressing the aforementioned challenges and in advancing
the-state-of-art in discourse studies and linguistic data science.

The Scientific Program will include one invited talk and oral presentations.

Invited Speaker: Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh

Submissions and dates
Authors are invited to submit and extended abstract up to 4 pages in pdf
using the template of Springer LNSC proceedings to be accessed here:

Submissions must be anonymous and should be submitted electronically via

At least one author of each accepted extended abstract is required to
register for, and present the work at the workshop.

Important dates:
Time Zone: Anywhere on Earth
Extended abstracts due: March, 20, 2022
Extended abstract acceptance notifications: April, 20, 2022
Full papers due: July, 20, 2022
Full papers notifications: October, 15, 2022

Accepted papers are expected to be published in a volume by John Benjamins.

Program committee
Amir Zeldes, The Georgetown University, USA
Harry Bunt, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Johan Bos, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
John McCrae, NUI Galway, Ireland
Jorge Garcia, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Ludivine Crible, Ghent University
Manfred Stede, University Potsdam, Germany
Maria Josep Cuenca, Universitat de València
Merel Scholman, University of Saarland, Germany
Mikel Iruskieta, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Nicolas Asher, CNRS/IRIT, Toulouse, France
Paul Buitelaer, NUI Galway, Ireland
Philip Cimiano, University Bielefeld, Germany
Radoslava Trnavac, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Ted Sanders, Utrecht University
Vera Demberg, University of Saarland, Germany



        Date: 2022-02-16 16:23:26+00:00
        From: Marinella Testori <>
        Subject: Free online event: Lancaster Talks on Language I: 11 March 2-3pm UK time

[Da: *Brezina, Vaclav* <>]

Three interesting talks (15 min each) on key aspects of language and
linguistic research. Also, includes a talk on Corpora in Applied
linguistics. The event is free.

You will also learn more about different options of further study at
Lancaster University, including funding possibilities.

Lancaster Talks on Language I
11 March 2022 2-3pm

Join us online for three inspirational talks on language a linguistics.
Also, learn more about PG programmes offered at Lancaster University.

Register for free:

Professor Panos Athanasopoulos: Language and cognition (title tbc)

He works in the areas of experimental psycholinguistics, experimental
cognitive linguistics, bilingual cognition, linguistic and cultural
relativity, first, second and additional language learning.

Professor Christopher Hart: In the Hands of our Leaders: Gesture in
Political Communication

His research draws on insights and methods from cognitive science and
critical discourse analysis to investigate the links between language,
cognition and social/political action. He is the author of Discourse,
Grammar and Ideology
(Bloomsbury, 2014).

Dr Vaclav Brezina: Corpora in Applied linguistics

He is interested in corpus design and methodology, applied linguistics and
statistics. He is the author of Statistics in Corpus Linguistics
(CUP, 2018).

Dr Vaclav Brezina
Senior Lecturer in Corpus Linguistics
Department of Linguistics and English Language
ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YD

        Date: 2022-02-16 08:58:46+00:00
        From: Alan Liu <>
        Subject: "Transformations of Attention" event, March 4, 2022


March 4, 2022, 9.50 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. (U.S. Pacific time)
(Open to all, in person or through Zoom)

Organized by Inge van de Ven (Marie Curie Fellow) & the Transcriptions
Center (UC Santa Barbara)

Location: Digital Arts & Humanities Commons (DAHC), Music Building
1410, UCSB

(or attend through Zoom)

 Registration and location details below. Event web page:

William James famously defined attention in terms of focused
concentration: an act of zooming in on one out of many possible objects.
In our current hypermediated moment, such acts of focused attention have
become more difficult, to the point where we have come to rely on
multiple sources of input to be able to concentrate. In such a context,
how to decide what to attend to and what to disregard becomes a pressing
aesthetic, ethical, and even political issue (if it had not always been).

As a principle that originated in marketing, the attention economy
describes how attention becomes currency. Attention is quantified and
commodified in a world saturated with media, where we express the value
of things in views, clicks, likes, and shares. This makes the modulation
and allocation of attention a daily-faced issue. This situation leads to
new modes of reading, viewing, experiencing, consuming.

The event brings together experts from diverse fields to reflect on the
interrelations between attention economies and the transformation of
human capacities for, and modes of, attention. We will think through the
implications of attention economies for the manners in which we attend
to others, to media, and to the world around us. How do media
environments mobilize attentional resources to organize and create new
audiences and new forms of emotional and affective labor? Can we
identify a potential for resisting these economies and their structuring
of subjectivities?

The event is open to all. It and can be attended in person or through
Zoom (see below).


9.50 - Welcome

10.00-11.00 - Opening keynote (remote speaker) Susanna Paasonen
<> (University of Turku,
Finland) “/Shifting Rhythms, Ambiguous Distractions/.”

11.00-11.30 - Lucie Chateau
<> & Inge van de
Ven <> (in person
speakers) (Tilburg University, Netherlands), “/Hijacking the Attention
Economy: Alternating and Sustained Attention in ContraPoints’ Longform
YouTube Videos/.”

11.45-12.45 - Second Keynote: N. Katherine Hayles
<> (in person speaker)
(Duke University, NC), “/Hacking Attention: From Passive Gadget to
Empowering Catalyst/.”

12.45-1.45 - Lunch

1.45-2.15 - Joe Walther <>
(in person speaker) (UCSB, CA), “/The Things We Do for Love’: Lies and
Hate in Social Media/.”

2.15-2.45 - Alice Marwick
(remote speaker) (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “/The
Pitfalls of Publicity: Privacy, Harassment, and Online Attention.”/

3.00-3.30 - Kiene Brillenburg Wurth
<> (remote speaker)
(Utrecht University, Netherlands), “/From Attention Economy to
Being-With Attention. How to Learn from Buddhist Philosophies for
Literary Studies.”/

3.30-4.30 - Closing keynote (remote speaker), Maryanne Wolf
<> (UCLA, CA), “/The Changing Reading Brain
in a Digital Culture: From Attention and Empathy to Critical Analysis
and Reflection.”/

4.30-5.30 - Closing remarks, reception, drinks


In-person attendance: If you wish to participate in the event in person,
send an email indicating that to *
(Please also state if you would like to join us for lunch and the closing 
reception. You can also inform us of
dietary restrictions.)

Remote attendance: If you wish to attend over Zoom, please register at
the following link:
(Once approved by the event organizers, you will receive an email with
 instructions for joining the Zoom and also a passcode (look for the 
passcode at the bottom of the email).


Event organized on behalf of UCSB’s Transcriptions Center as part of the
Marie Skłodowska-Curie project “TL; DR: Close and Hyperreading of
Literary Texts and the Modulation of Attention
<>” (PI: Inge van de Ven), funded by
the European Commission.

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