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Humanist Archives: April 16, 2023, 7:46 a.m. Humanist 36.526 - events: language in AI systems; networks & complexity

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 526.
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    [1]    From: Linguistic Anthropology Discussion Group (
           Subject: Technolinguistics Conference Final Program May 24-26 - please circulate (116)

    [2]    From: Tambs, Lena <lena.tambs@HELSINKI.FI>
           Subject: Call for Papers extended: The Connected Past (Helsinki, 12-15 Sept. 2023) (87)

        Date: 2023-04-16 06:35:52+00:00
        From: Linguistic Anthropology Discussion Group (
        Subject: Technolinguistics Conference Final Program May 24-26 - please circulate

Dear interested persons,
We are delighted to invite you to the international
workshop:Technolinguistics in Practice: Socially Situating Language in
AI Systems 

May 24–26, 2023, University of Siegen, Germany
Keynotes: Paul Kockelman, Michael Castelle and Ilana Gershon

Conference hosted by the Collaborative Research Center “Media of

Day 1: Wednesday, 24.05.2023 | Machinic Agents and Interactions 

14:00–14:30 Conference Opening

14:30–15:45 Keynote Paul Kockelman
Who Do We Talk to When We Talk to Machines? Linguistic Anthropology in
the Age of Artificial Intelligence

16:00–17:30 Session 1
Becoming a Conversational Agent User: Interaction with an “Automated
Operator” in Phone Information Service
Alisa Maksimova

What Was the Smart Speaker?
David Waldecker, Axel Volmar, Tim Hector and Christine Hrncal

17:45–19:15 Session 2
How Human Interaction Can Inspire Convivial Language Technology
Andreas Liesenfeld and Mark Dingemanse

Frameworks as Infrastructures of Conversational AI
Marcus Burkhardt and Susanne Förster

Day 2: Thursday, 25.05.2023 | NLP Structures and Ideologies

10:00–11:15 Keynote Michael Castelle
Text as Task: A Guide to the Transformer Architecture and its Language

11:30–13:00 Session 3
  From “Natural” to “Culturally Grounded” and “Socially Anchored“:
Examining the Notion of Language in NLP
Christoph Purschke, Alistair Plum and Catherine Tebaldi

What Python Can’t Do: Language Ideologies in Programming Courses for
Natural Language Processing
Joseph Wilson

14:15–15:45 Session 4
Pragmatics in the History of NLP
Evan Donahue

Understanding the Limitations of Large Language Models
Ole Pütz and Steffen Eger

16:15–17:45 Session 5
Indexing Semantic Association
Tyler Shoemaker

Machine Learning as Semiotic Mediation
Yarden Skop and Siri Lamoureaux

Day 3: Friday, 26.05.2023 | Sociocultural Contexts

10:00–11:15 Keynote Ilana Gershon
ChatGPT: Genre, Scale, Animacy

11:30–13:00 Session 6
Reconfiguring the Regimentation of Multilingualism: From National
Epistemology to Global Surveillance
Britta Schneider

Voice Diagnostics and Stress Monitoring: Infrastructuring and Automation
of Health Data
Tanja Knaus and Susanne Bauer

14:15–15:45 Session 7
ConMan: Stories from a Cooperative Anthro-computational Approach to the
Study of Conspiracy Theories
Alistair Plum, Catherine Tebaldi and Christoph Purschke

Abstracting Away: ‘Speakers’ and Minoritised Communication Ideologies
Alicia Fuentes-Calle

16:15–17:00 Session 8
It Is a Match: Language, AI-Powered Matchmaking and the Politics of
Alfonso Del Percio

17:00–18:00 Wrap-Up & Discussion on Follow-Up Publication and Project

Attending the conference is free. We kindly ask guests to register via

Conference Website

Campus Unteres Schloss
Building C, Room 109
Unteres Schloss 3
57072 Siegen

The conference is funded by the DFG – German Research Foundation.

        Date: 2023-04-15 09:06:20+00:00
        From: Tambs, Lena <lena.tambs@HELSINKI.FI>
        Subject: Call for Papers extended: The Connected Past (Helsinki, 12-15 Sept. 2023)

Call for Papers EXTENDED --> new deadline 30 April 2023


Theme: /Digital Methods for Studying Networks and Complexity in the

Organizers: Paula Gheorghiade, Lena Tambs and Jason Silverman

Hosted by: The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE)

The last decade has seen an explosion in the application of digital
methods in the humanities from LiDAR scanning of archaeological
features, 3D models for visualizing artefacts, to network science
applications for exploring interaction and mobility, and even textual
data. Despite many cross-disciplinary successes, the reality remains
that many of these new tools of analysis are borrowed from other
disciplines - computer science, sociology, physics, and/or ecology –
highlighting the need for building cross-disciplinary bridges. This is
especially true for historians and archaeologists working diachronically
across large geographic areas and time periods, with incomplete and
fragmentary data requiring thinking outside the box. This conference
aims to do just that, with a focus on recent and current work conducted
on the east Mediterranean and the ancient Near East.

By bringing together scholars from a wide range of fields and academic
disciplines, our goal is to engage in friendly and informal dialogue on
the application of digital methods for studying networks and complexity
in past societies. In addition to the two days of talks, we also offer a
series of hands-on workshops in the two days leading up to the
conference, through which you can further develop your skills and
broaden your digital horizons.

Although our focus is on the eastern Mediterranean and the ancient Near
East, we welcome any contribution that discuss, address, and/or explore
historical and archaeological networks from a wide range of digital
perspectives. What new approaches or tools have you been using to
explore your data and what collaborations (if any) did you find most
fruitful in this goal?

Contributions can include, but are not limited to:

- New digital methods or tools for studying historical, archaeological,
or lexical datasets

- Modelling - spatial, statistical, material datasets

- Geospatial analysis, methods, and applications

- Exploring trade routes, mobility, interaction, migration of people,
things and ideas

- Integration of spatial and material datasets

- Diachronic, multi-scalar analyses using digital methods

- Traditional SNA applied to historical datasets

- Agent Based Modelling (ABM)

- Digital materiality

- Text mining and analysis

- Novel visualization methods and analysis of datasets

- Digital methods and community archaeology/heritage management in the
Middle East

- ANE imperial dynamics and social networks

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words)
to___ConnectedPastHelsinki@gmail.com_by 30 April 2023 (extended!).

Unsure if your paper topic would be a good fit? Send us an email, and we
will be happy to clarify.

The Connected Past 2023will take place in Helsinki from September
12-15, hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern
Empires (ANEE)at the University of Helsinki. Conference registration
will open in May, with more detailed information on offered workshops.
We endeavour to provide fair and accessible registration fees.
Registration costs will range from 25-50 euros (concessionary, regular).

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