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Humanist Archives: May 8, 2022, 8:41 a.m. Humanist 36.1 - events: Arabic Big Data; hermeneutics of zoomable mapping

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 1.
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    [1]    From: Wajdi Zaghouani <>
           Subject: CFP - The first International Workshop on Arabic Big Data and AI (67)

    [2]    From: Alan Liu <>
           Subject: Event on "Matters of Scale in Zooming and Mapping" in relation to DH and hermeneutics, May 16, 2022 (93)

        Date: 2022-05-06 10:48:00+00:00
        From: Wajdi Zaghouani <>
        Subject: CFP - The first International Workshop on Arabic Big Data and AI

Dear NLP community, you are invited to attend *in person* the first
International Workshop on Arabic Big Data and AI in Doha, Qatar on May 11
and May 12 (Very Soon!) at the Qatar National Library
<> Auditorium 
(9 am-7 pm). The registration is free and open to all.  The workshop is 
organized by the HBKU College of Humanities and Social Sciences and 
sponsored by QNRF.

Registration Link:

Keynote Invited Talks

Prof. Tim Baldwin: Fairness in Natural Language Processing

Prof. Eduard Hovy: Explanation for AI

Prof. Iryna Gurevych:  Detect – Verify – Communicate: Combating
Misinformation with More Realistic NLP

Prof. Nizar Habash: Gender Bias in Arabic Machine Translation

Dr. Hassan Sawaf: Benchmarking as a Driver for Innovation

Dr. Sanjay Chawla: Big Data: Going Beyond Predictions


Data Collection and Annotation for AI (1 Hour) by  Eng. Hamdy Mubarak (QCRI)
NLP Text Visualization (1 Hour) by Dr. Mahmoud El-Haj (Lancaster University)


Panel 1: Arabic AI and Toxic Online Content Detection
Panel 2: Establishing an AI ecosystem in the MENA region: Challenges and
Panel 3: Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Heritage
Panel 4: Data Collection and Annotation Strategy for AI
Panel 5: Big Models and their Impact on Arabic NLP
Panel 6: AI-Driven Predictive Language Models
Panel 7: Creating Human-Centric, Fair and Responsible AI in the Arab World

Poster Sessions

Researchers will be invited to showcase their research projects during the
two poster sessions.  The posters format is vertical (Portrait). The Poster
Boards cannot accommodate Landscape posters. You can print your poster in
Portrait A0 (84,1 x 118,9cm).


SIGARAB is the Special Interest Group of the Association for Computational
Linguistics for researchers concerned with all aspects of Arabic NLP. There
will be SIGARAB meetings co-located with the event.


Wajdi Zaghouani, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
P.O. Box 34110 | Education City | Doha, Qatar
tel: +974 4454 5601 | mob: +974 33454992| Office A141, LAS Building

        Date: 2022-05-06 07:33:39+00:00
        From: Alan Liu <>
        Subject: Event on "Matters of Scale in Zooming and Mapping" in relation to DH and hermeneutics, May 16, 2022

The UC Santa Barbara Transcriptions Center
<> and Center for Spatial Studies
<> present a hybrid in-person and Zoom talk on
Monday May 16th by Francis Harvey (Professor for Visual Communication in
Geography at University of Leipzig) on the relation between the
hermeneutics of zoomable digital mapping and the digital humanities. Prof.
Harvey will give his talk in person, though the event can also be attended
by Zoom. The talk is followed by a response by Zachary Horton (Assistant
Professor in U. Pittsburgh’s English and Film & Media Studies departments),
who is author of the recently published book *The Cosmic Zoom: Scale,
Knowledge, and Mediation*
<> (U.
Chicago Press (2021). His response will be by remote conferencing.

The event is on May 16, 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm U.S. Pacific Daylight Time
(23:00 GMT time), in South Hall 2509 or by Zoom.

Event website:

Zoom registration

Matters of Scale in Zooming and Mapping: A Contribution Towards a
Hermeneutics for the Spatial Humanities, Monday, May 16, 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm
U.S. Pacific Daylight Time (23:00 GMT time) Location: Transcriptions
Center, South Hall 2509, UCSB, or attend through Zoom


Francis Harvey – “Zooming Is (Not Just) Scaling: Hermeneutic
Considerations of Scale in Old Maps from Cartographic Perspectives (see
abstract on event website):

Francis Harvey
<> is
Professor for Visual Communication in Geography at the University of
Leipzig, Germany where he leads the research group on data practices at the
independent Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL). He is also
visiting professor at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of History working
on 3 1/2 year spatial humanities research project . Previously he has
worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography,
Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota, USA, at the
University of Kentucky, USA, University of Leicester, UK, and École
Polytechnique Fèderal de Lausanne, Switzerland. He also has held visiting
faculty positions in Poland and Germany. His research addresses a range of
central issues for Geographic Information Science and cognate fields
including visualization, semantics, interoperability, and overlay
algorithms. His research also takes up issues from the spatial humanities.
His book A Primer of GIS (Guilford Press, 2nd Edition 2016) covers the use
of evolving geographic information technologies (GIS) and is widely used
for undergraduate and graduate level courses in the USA and
internationally. He is currently working on three large projects related to
analysis of migration data, comparisons of gazetteer data and hermeneutic
interpretation in the spatial humanities.

Zachary Horton – *Response: “Not to Scale: The Non-Contiguous Map and the
Hidden Event

Zachary Horton <> is
a media, literary, and game studies scholar, as well as a filmmaker, camera
designer, and game designer. Zach’s academic research primarily focuses on
the relationship between scale, ecology, and technological mediation. His
first book is The Cosmic Zoom: Scale, Knowledge, and Mediation
<> from
the University of Chicago Press (2021). His current research focuses on the
early history of video games, tabletop games, and climate mediation.

He has a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara,
an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory,
studied Philosophy and Creative Writing at Oxford University, and earned
his BA in both Media Arts and Philosophy at the University of California,
San Diego. He was the 2002 recipient of the national Cary Grant Film Award
for his film work.  In 2009 he completed his “Disaster Trilogy,” three
feature-length films that examine middle-class American culture during the
first years of the new millennium.  From 2010 to 2014 he directed *Swerve*,
a ten-chapter, serialized science fiction epic that explores the nature of
embodiment, virtuality, contamination and/of the natural, nanotechnology,
and posthuman identity.  The film, which runs over three and a half hours,
was a collaboration between professional filmmakers and actors, graduate
students, undergraduate students, and faculty at UCSB. Zach invented and
continues to develop the Mercury Camera System <>,
the world’s first completely modular, universal photography system. He also
runs Pandora Games <>, focusing on exploring
new forms of interaction through the development of innovative tabletop
games. At Pitt, Zach directs the Vibrant Media Lab <>
and teaches courses in Critical Making, Game Studies, virtual reality,
media and environment, and media theory.

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