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Humanist Archives: June 4, 2021, 7:41 a.m. Humanist 35.65 - events: visualisation; infrastructure; images & metadata;

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 65.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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    [1]    From: Elton.Barker <00004750280cb9da-dmarc-request@JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
           Subject: Johanna Drucker on "Local Time: A Challenge for Visualization", brought to you by the Pelagios Network - 8 June 17.00 BST / 09.00 PT (66)

    [2]    From: Alan Liu <>
           Subject: “Infrastructural Interventions” workshop (21 and 22 June 2021) (57)

    [3]    From: Tobias Hodel <>
           Subject: DH-CHEvent 7.- 9. June 2021, Rome (30)

        Date: 2021-06-04 06:02:37+00:00
        From: Elton.Barker <00004750280cb9da-dmarc-request@JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
        Subject: Johanna Drucker on "Local Time: A Challenge for Visualization", brought to you by the Pelagios Network - 8 June 17.00 BST / 09.00 PT

Last call for a talk and discussion happening next week that maybe of
interest to those with an interest in visualization and/or spatial and
temporal modelling.

We already have 120 folks signed up, but apparently we have a zoom limit
of 300, so do feel free sign yourselves up and forward the invitation on
to interested parties. The more the merrier.

Elton Barker and Gethin Rees


Prof. Johanna Drucker on "Local Time: A Challenge for Visualization",
brought to you by the Pelagios Network
8 June 17.00 BST / 09.00 PT via Zoom (link to be supplied after signup)

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies
and Distinguished Professor of Information Studies at UCLA. She has been
a driving force in the Digital Humanities for the past decade, with a
particular focus on visualization, as evidenced by publications such as
SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing
(Chicago, 2009) and Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production
(Harvard 2014). Her most recent book, Visualization and Interpretation,
was published by MIT Press in Fall 2020.

In this talk, she aims to explore the topic of local time. The term
“local” usually suggests a specific geographical spot, but it also has
applications to temporal systems—and to data visualization. Yanni
Loukissas developed the idea “local data,” to insist on connection to
situated conditions of production. The notion of “local time” conflicts
with the use of uniform graphic standards such as clock time and
calendar dates presented in a rational grid with x-y axes and discrete
coordinates. It also considers specific attitudes towards temporal
metrics that are culturally located and spatially bound. The challenge
is whether conventional timelines and chronologies could be modified
through additional approaches to visualization—as well as to structured
data formats. Using three areas of focus—historical chronologies,
experiential timelines, and narrative theory — this discussion suggests
some approaches for visualizing “local” time.

Johanna's talk will be preceded by a short introduction to the
Visualization Activity of the Pelagios Network and how to get involved.
The Visualization Activity of the Pelagios Network supports the
development of tools and methods for visualizing geospatial information.
If you would like more information, go to
or simply reply to this email.

The Zoom meeting room has limited capacity. If you would like to attend,
please sign up in advance here:

We’ll then email you the Zoom link in the week before the talk. A big
thank you to Sally Chambers and DARIAH-EU for hosting.


Elton Barker, General Secretary, @PelagiosNetwork
Professor of Greek Literature and Culture
School of Arts & Cultures
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA <>|

        Date: 2021-06-03 19:01:07+00:00
        From: Alan Liu <>
        Subject: “Infrastructural Interventions” workshop (21 and 22 June 2021)

Dear all,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the “Infrastructural Interventions”
workshop (21 and 22 June 2021) organised by King’s Digital Lab, King’s
Department of Digital Humanities, and the Critical Infrastructures Studies
Collective ( 


The first event in the Digital Humanities & Critical Infrastructure Studies 
Workshop Series brings together leading thinkers in Digital Humanities and 
Social Sciences to critically interrogate the nature and fragility of infrastructure 
at individual, social, and planetary scales and reconfigure their nature from 
social justice, feminist and decolonial perspectives. The following questions 
will guide us through the discussion: How, precisely, did our contemporary
digital infrastructure evolve? How are different actors challenging,
contesting and creating alternatives to official data infrastructures? How
can DH infrastructure be informed by an analysis of power—and even actively
challenge existing power imbalances? How might DH infrastructure reject the
hierarchical and other divisions that currently structure DH work? How can
digital humanists reimagine and rebuild the world differently through

Registration for this event is open through the Eventbrite here

The workshop will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform. (How to join
a Teams meeting:
If you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact
the CIS collective:

Please see the program and abstracts on the Critical Infrastructures website:

Check out also a new YouTube channel of Initiative

In the coming weeks, we will be publishing videos of infrastructure-focused
Digital Humanities projects.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the event!

Best wishes,
Urszula Pawlicka-Deger

Dr Urszula Pawlicka-Deger
Marie Curie Research Fellow, King’s Digital Lab
Virginia Woolf Building, King’s College London |

        Date: 2021-06-03 18:38:51+00:00
        From: Tobias Hodel <>
        Subject: DH-CHEvent 7.- 9. June 2021, Rome

Event: Digital Humanities Workshop @ the Istituto Svizzero and the
Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome next Monday, 7. - 9. June 2021

Digital Images, Metadata and Cultural Heritage Objects

Metadata and semantic information are crucial for most operations with data.
Enriching images with words and words with images is more important than ever.
That's why the focus of a starting event is on image-based research. This can be
demonstrated particularly well by the research on cultural heritage, as sources
of great importance for our social and cultural identity. The change towards
digital methods and tools is essential in this context in several ways since the
form of capturing technology as well as the visualization of content changed
greatly with the advent of the digital.

We are very honored and pleased to have the following keynote speakers at dh-

Dr. Heidi Amrein, Chefkuratorin, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum
Prof. Dr. Tobias Wildi, Fachochschule Graubünden
Prof. Dr. Geoff Cox and Nicolas Malevé,  London South Bank University
Prof. Dr. Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Université de Genève
Paola Manoni, Vatican Library
Dr. Elena Chestnova, Università della Svizzera Italiana
Prof. Dr. Sarah Kenderdine, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

You can register here to follow the keynote presentations of our workshop:

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