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Friday Feature

Posted in DH Blog, and Friday Feature

By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman

Welcome back to the blog! We have two event announcements before we move into the Friday Feature. First, DH@UO is hosting two-part series on Excel Basics for Humanists. The second workshop is Friday, May 11, from 3:00-4:30 in Knight Library 267b. We still have spots available! If you are interested in attending, please head over to this website for links to the two programs you will need to download in advance of the workshop. 

A grey and blue flyer stating time and date of the Excel Basics for Humanists workshop

Second, University of Oregon Libraries is holding a series of workshops on R, during which attendees will learn the basics of RStudio and master the tidyverse. Head over to this website to read more about the workshops and to RSVP.


Now, let’s jump into the Friday Feature:

  1. 30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

Deadline: May 31, 2018 for early registration
Institution: Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria

About: “The 30th edition of ESSLLI (European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information) will take place from 6 August to 17 August 2018 at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an event organized every year in a different European country under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI). Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS), will jointly host ESSLLI 2018. ESSLLI 2018 will be held under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Capital Municipality.”

  1. CFP: Digital Hermeneutics in History: Theory and Practice

Deadline: June 15, 2018
Institution: The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)

About:  “The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is organising a two day conference and workshop on occasion of the official launch of the Ranke.2 project, its teaching platform for Digital Source Criticism. The conference and workshop will revolve around the concept of “digital hermeneutics”, defined as the critical and self-reflexive use of digital tools and technologies for the development of new research questions, the testing of analytical assumptions and the production of sophisticated scientific interpretations.

This two-day event will address both the theory and practice of digital hermeneutics,

  *Day 1 will have the format of a ‘traditional’ conference with sessions dedicated to  the four key aspects of the concept of digital hermeneutics: source criticism, tool criticism, algorithmic criticism and interface criticism.
  *Day 2 will consist of workshops where participants will discuss the challenges of introducing digital history training in the history curriculum and will demonstrate best practices in an interactive setting.

For the conference day we invite abstracts for individual papers of 30 minutes or complete sessions of 90 minutes. The maximum amount of words for individual papers is 500; in case of a session please submit a 500 word introduction with abstracts of the session’s papers of 300 words.

Possible topics include:

  *reflections on hermeneutics in the digital age
  *source criticism versus digital source criticism
  *tool criticism
  *algorithmic criticism
  *interface criticism
  *pedagogical approaches to teaching digital history from an educational science perspective

For the workshop day we invite proposals for sessions that can last from 90 to 120 minutes, and that should contain a clear objective of what the workshop aims to accomplish. The proposal should describe the envisaged interaction with and take away for participants, which could be in the form of practical guidelines or example case studies that can be emulated.

Possible topics include:

  *The role of Learning Management Systems (Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas) in digital skills teaching
  *Digital storytelling through the use of tools
  *Teaching source criticism; tool criticism; algorithmic criticism; interface criticism

Proposals can be sent to: For any further questions please email Dr. Gerben Zaagsma:

  *15 June 2018: deadline for proposals
  *30 June 2018: notification of results
  *30 July 2018: programme online
  *18-19 October 2018: conference + workshops.”


  1. Museum Curator (History of Computers & Information Sciences)

Deadline: June 8, 2018
Institution: Smithsonian Institution

About: “This position is located in the Division of Medicine and Science within the National Museum of American History (NMAH).

The employee is responsible for carrying out research and publications, developing and managing collections, developing exhibitions, furthering education and outreach and providing public service by responding to inquiries about the history of computing, computer gaming, and information sciences.

Researches the history of computers, computer gaming, and information sciences and technology through objects and collections as well as traditional sources of documentation in areas that stretch from the mid twentieth century to the present.

Assists the Division to collect, manage, and interpret large and diverse collections that provide the basis for interpreting the history of computers, computer gaming, and information sciences and technology in the context of the American experience.

Plays a role in helping to curate the Museum’s exhibitions on the history of computers, computer gaming, and information sciences and technology from an American perspective.

Assists with the development of public programs on the history of computers, computer gaming, and information sciences and technology.”


  1. CFP: Special issue: “Archaeology and information research”

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Institution: Information Research: an international electronic journal

About:  “Archaeology is a domain that has intersections with information research
both as an empirical domain of investigation and as a perspective to
inquire into how people interact with information. The relevance of
discussing the links between the disciplines of information and archaeology
relates to the increasing societal significance of cultural heritage around
the globe. In archaeology, improved understanding of archaeological
information work, knowledge creation and management processes has been
acknowledged as being critical in managing and exploiting the escalating
amounts of archaeological data from archaeological excavations conducted
prior to land-use around the world. From a theoretical and practical
perspective, archaeology brings together methodological perspectives
ranging from the humanities to the natural sciences, and serves as an
interesting showcase of the problems, challenges and opportunities related
to inter- and multi-disciplinary domains of information practices. Finally,
similar to multiple areas of humanities and social science research,
archaeology has provided inspiration and functioned as a powerful metaphor
in critical research in the information field.”


  1. Lecturer in the undergraduate Computer Science program on social, historical and philosophical perspectives on computers

Deadline: May 22, 2018
Institution: The Department of Philosophy and Department of History at Dalhousie University

About: “The Department of Philosophy and Department of History at Dalhousie University invite applications for a 3 year 100% full time limited term position at the Lecturer/Assistant Professor level, effective July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. This position is subject to budgetary approval. The successful candidate will teach in one of these two departments. In addition to other teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate will teach two required, introductory, half-year Writing Courses in the undergraduate Computer Science program on social, historical and philosophical perspectives on computers. A record of, or demonstrated potential for, excellence in teaching and research is required. Applicants must have in hand, by the start date of the appointment, a Ph.D. in Philosophy OR History OR History and Philosophy of Science OR related discipline. Salary will depend upon qualifications and experience. The home department will be determined based on academic fit with the successful applicant’s background. Course load is expected to be the equivalent of 3 and 3 with one half course teaching release in each term of the first year. Candidates from a History background should be a North Americanist with an open specialization, but be prepared to teach a survey in United States or Canadian history and some half-year specialized courses. Candidates from a Philosophy background may have an open specialization, but be prepared to teach some of the following half-year courses: computer ethics, introduction to cognitive science, introduction to logic, and introduction to philosophy. The successful applicant will teach courses at introductory, intermediate and advanced undergraduate/graduate levels, with some limited graduate student supervision and committee work.”


  1. CFP: VISART IV “Where Computer Vision Meets Art”

Deadline: July 9, 2018
Institution: 4th Workshop on Computer VISion for ART Analysis in conjunction with the 2018 European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), Cultural Center (Kulturzentrum Gasteig), Munich, Germany

About:  “Following the success of the previous editions of the Workshop on Computer VISion for ART Analysis held in 2012, 2014 and 2016, we present the VISART IV workshop, in conjunction with the 2018 European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2018). VISART will continue its role as a forum for the presentation, discussion and publication of computer vision techniques for the analysis of art. In contrast with prior editions, VISART IV will expand its remit, offering two tracks for submission:
  1.  Computer Vision for Art – technical work (standard ECCV
submission, 14 page excluding references)
  2.  Uses and Reflection of Computer Vision for Art (Extended
abstract, 4 page, excluding references)

The recent explosion in the digitisation of artworks highlights the concrete importance of application in the overlap between computer vision and art; such as the automatic indexing of databases of paintings and drawings, or automatic tools for the analysis of cultural heritage. Such an encounter, however, also opens the door both to a wider computational understanding of the image beyond photo-geometry, and to a deeper critical engagement with how images are mediated, understood or produced by computer vision techniques in the ‘Age of Image-Machines’ (T. J. Clark). Whereas submissions to our first track should primarily consist of technical papers, our second track therefore encourages critical essays or extended abstracts from art historians, artists, cultural historians, media theorists and computer scientists.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together leading researchers in the fields of computer vision and the digital humanities with art and cultural historians and artists, to promote interdisciplinary collaborations, and to expose the hybrid community to cutting-edge
techniques and open problems on both sides of this fascinating area of study.

This one-day workshop in conjunction with ECCV 2018, calls for high-quality, previously unpublished, works related to Computer Vision and Cultural History. Submissions for both tracks should conform to the ECCV 2018 proceedings style. Papers must be submitted online through the CMT submission system at: and will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least three reviewers.”


  1. CFP: ACRL 2019 Conference – “Recasting the Narrative”

 Deadline: ASAP May 4, 2018
Institution: The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

About: “ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2019.Today’s academic and research libraries are vibrant and fast moving, responding quickly to changes in the higher education landscape. Just as our host city of Cleveland has undergone a revitalization in recent years, library professionals must continually reinvent themselves to stay on the cutting edge. Join your colleagues in Recasting the Narrative of what it means to be an academic library professional in the 21st century, adapting and leading the transition to new roles.”






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