18 March 2010

Remote and Ineffectual Don



Remote and ineffectual Don,
Where have you gone, where have you gone?
Don in scarlet, Don in tails,
Don in advertising Daily Mails,
Don in Office, Don in power,
Don talking on the Woman's Hour,
Don knocking up a constitution,
Don with ideas on prostitution,
Don who is permanently plussed,
Don floating an Investment Trust,
Don judging jive at barbecue,
Don dressing down the E.T.U.,
Don architecturally brash,
Don not afraid to have a bash,
Don with Bentley, Don with Rolls,
Don organising Gallop Polls,
Don back from Russia, off to Rome,
Don on the Third, the Light, the Home,
Don recently ennobled Peer,
Don Minister, Don Brigadier,
Don brassy, Don belligerent,
Don tipping off for ten per cent,
Don christian-naming with the Stars,
Don talking loud in public bars,
Remote and ineffectual Don,
Where have you gone, where have you gone?

Thoughts on re-reading Hilaire Belloc's famous Lines to a Don. by A. N. L. Munby.

quoted in Rose, J. and Ziman, J. (1964) Camford Observed. Gollancz.




07 March 2010

Workshop: The Computational Turn

Workshop: The Computational Turn

9TH MARCH 2010

Keynote: N. Katherine Hayles (Professor of Literature at Duke University).
Keynote: Lev Manovich (Professor, Visual Arts Department, UCSD).

The application of new computational techniques and visualisation technologies in the Arts & Humanities are resulting in new approaches and methodologies for the study of traditional and new corpora of Arts and Humanities materials, sometimes called the Digital Humanities. This new 'computational turn' takes the methods and techniques from computer science to create new ways of distant and close readings of texts (e.g. Moretti). This one-day workshop aims to discuss the implications and applications of what Lev Manovich has called 'Cultural Analytics' and the question of finding patterns using algorthmic techniques. Some of the most startling approaches transform understandings of texts by use of network analysis (e.g. graph theory), database/XML encodings (which flatten structures), or merely provide new quantitative techniques for looking at various media forms, such as media and film, and (re)presenting them visually, aurally or haptically. Within this field there are important debates about the contrast between narrative against database techniques, pattern-matching versus hermeneutic reading, and the statistical paradigm (using a sample) versus the data mining paradigm. Additionally, new forms of collaboration within the Arts and Humanities are emerging which use team-based approaches as opposed to the traditional lone-scholar. This requires the ability to create and manage modular Arts and Humanities research teams through the organisational structures provided by technology and digital communications (e.g. Big Humanities), together with techniques for collaborating in an interdisciplinary way with other disciplines such as computer science (e.g. hard interdisciplinarity versus soft interdisciplinarity).

Papers are encouraged in the following areas:

- Distant versus Close Reading
- Database Structure versus Argument
- Data mining/Text mining/Patterns
- Pattern as a new epistemological object
- Hermeneutics and the Data Stream
- Geospatial techniques
- Big Humanities
- Digital Humanities versus Traditional Humanities
- Tool Building
- Free Culture/Open Source Arts and Humanities
- Collaboration, Assemblages and Alliances
- Language and Code (software studies)
- Information visualization in the Humanities
- Philosophical and theoretical reflections on the computational turn

Department of Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University.

Conference Coordinator: Sian Rees

Assistance on the day is being supplied by students on the MA Digital Media.

Funded by:

Disqus for Stunlaw: A critical review of politics, arts and technology