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Humanist Archives: April 28, 2023, 7:24 a.m. Humanist 36.556 - events: terminology & ontology (Savoie Mont-Blanc); medieval & Renaissance social networks (Vienna); language in history (Amsterdam)

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    [1]    From: Christophe Roche <>
           Subject: Call for Participation - TOTh 2023 Conference & Training - Registration is open (26)

    [2]    From: Marius Deierl <>
           Subject: International Workshop "Networks and History" (17)

    [3]    From: marijn Koolen <>
           Subject: Call for Papers - Formulaic Language in Historical Research and Data Extraction: An International Conference, 7-9 February 2024, Amsterdam, Netherlands (95)

        Date: 2023-04-27 15:42:15+00:00
        From: Christophe Roche <>
        Subject: Call for Participation - TOTh 2023 Conference & Training - Registration is open

TOTh 2023 - Terminology & Ontology: Theories and applications
University Savoie Mont Blanc (France)

Conference: 1 & 2 June 2023 / Training session: 30 & 31 May 2023

Conference Program:

Opening Talk: "Naissance et renaissance de la terminologie botanique
au XVIe siècle". Philippe Selosse, Université Lyon II -

Training session: "Terminology & Digital Humanities":


Conference Fees: Student: 25 € - Academic: 75 € - Other/Industrial : 150 €

Training Fees: Student: 50 € - Academic: 100 € - Other/Industrial : 150 €

Prof Christophe Roche
University of Crete (Greece) - ERA Chair Holder
University Savoie Mont Blanc (France)

        Date: 2023-04-27 09:42:56+00:00
        From: Marius Deierl <>
        Subject: International Workshop "Networks and History"

Dear colleagues,

Please, find attached the programme to Kati Prajda's workshop "Social
Networks in Medieval and Renaissance Studies - Thirty Years after Robust
Action", which was sponsored by the RELEVEN project and the Faculty of
History at the University of Vienna.

On June 22 we will all start with a light breakfast to get started and
for everyone to have the chance for a quick chat.

Please contact Marius Deierl ( for
registering and state, whether you will attend online or on-site.

If you have any further questions, please, do not hesitate to contact

We are looking forward to seeing you!

        Date: 2023-04-27 08:49:06+00:00
        From: marijn Koolen <>
        Subject: Call for Papers - Formulaic Language in Historical Research and Data Extraction: An International Conference, 7-9 February 2024, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Formulaic Language in Historical Research and Data Extraction: An
International Conference


Huygens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Amsterdam, 7-9 February 2024

Formulaic language is a phenomenon familiar to scholars working with a
great variety of historical sources. In official documents such as
charters, acts, laws, ordinances, proceedings, but also in ‘private’ texts
such as letters, petitions, egodocuments, and literary texts, we find
(sequences of) words that appear over and over again, often in the same
position in the text, over a long period of time. Such formulaic elements
seem to fulfill many different functions: they may help the reader
understand the type or genre of a text, structure the text, indicate its
performative character, strengthen the relationship between author and
reader, or help memorizing a text, to name but a few.

Given the highly formulaic character of many written sources, especially
(but not only) of the premodern period, the phenomenon of formulaic
language has received surprisingly little attention in historical research.
It has been studied in (socio)linguistics and historical pragmatics, but
few historians have engaged with this scholarship. Until recently,
moreover, the potential of formulaic language for (automated) data
extraction of large digitized source corpora has remained virtually

The twofold aim of this international conference is:

1. to place formulaic language on the agenda as an object of historical
study (in the broadest, interdisciplinary sense of this term)

2. to explore the potential of formulaic language for the digitization and
data extraction of historical sources of different types and periods.

Possible questions that we would like to address in this conference include:

• What is formulaic language? In which societal domains and historical
sources can it be found? When and why has language been considered
formulaic, and by whom? How is formulaic language defined and studied in
different academic fields? How does the use of formulaic language vary
across (national) linguistic traditions and across space and time?

• How has formulaic language historically been understood? Which purposes
has it served? How, when and where has formulaic language emerged,
transferred or disappeared? How has formulaic language evolved over time,
and how can change be explained? How does formulaic language in written
texts relate to speech acts and ritual performances? How does it relate to
text genres and genre conventions?

• What are the social and political connotations and consequences of
formulaic language? Who produces it, who engages with it, who knows how to
use it, and who is excluded by it? How do (political, religious, legal)
authorities, intermediaries, and ordinary language users employ, exploit,
and interpret formulaic language? Does formulaic language facilitate or
hinder the participation of subaltern groups in society? What is the
relationship between formulaic language and the subsequent transitions from
oral to written culture to the age of print and the digital age, or with
processes of standardization, professionalization, and bureaucratization?

• How can formulas be used to extract information from texts? What
information do formulaic expressions convey about the subject or meaning of
a text? Can they play a role in recognizing and contextualizing named
entities? Can they help to link texts with other texts?

• How can formulaic language be identified in text corpora and archives,
including long serial publications and heterogeneous archives of diverse
documents? How can formulaic expressions be categorized and how can
relationships between formulas be identified?

We welcome proposals for papers (c. 250 words) on these and related topics
from scholars working in different fields. Proposals should be sent,
together with a short bio- bibliographical statement including indication
of institutional affiliation, by 15 June, to Please give your email the title
‘Formulaic Language conference’.

We will prioritize proposals that go beyond singular case studies and
address questions that help us understand the phenomenon of formulaic
language through comparisons across time, space, language, genre or corpus.

This conference is organized in the framework of the project REPUBLIC:
Resolutions Published in a Computational Environment. In this
infrastructural project, (digital) historians, computer scientists, data
experts and developers collaborate with the aim of providing digital access
to the resolutions (decisions) of the Dutch States General (1576-1796).


Rik Hoekstra
Marijn Koolen
Joris Oddens

Huygens Institute for the History and Culture of the Netherlands

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