Winners of the 2014-15 Praxis Award

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Nov 282015

The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and the Maker Lab in the Humanities would like to congratulate Elizabeth Bassett and Nadia Timperio, who received the 2014-15 Digital Humanities Praxis Innovation Award at the University of Victoria (UVic).

For the 2014-15 award, students from across the UVic were invited to submit projects (of all types, in a variety of formats) that demonstrate scholarly innovation through digital humanities research, teaching, learning, and communication. This year’s two successful projects met or exceeded the following criteria: 1) they were completed within the course of study for an 2014-15 undergraduate or graduate class in any department at UVic; 2) they met the course’s stated learning outcomes or expectations; 3) they demonstrated an innovative use of digital technologies for research, teaching, learning, or communication; and, 4) they blended computational methods with a critical approach to a humanities question or problem.

Elizabeth Bassett’s essay for English 507 (Spring 2015), “‘But no matter what I thought’: The Governess’ Untold Bildungsroman in Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey,” challenges scholarly claims of Agnes Grey’s simplistic narrative form. Using deformance as her method, Bassett created two alternate versions of Brontë’s novel: one which omits Agnes’ references to the details she withholds, and one that is made up solely of these references. By analyzing the two “deformed” versions alongside the original to argue that Agnes’ personal story—her bildungsroman—is deliberately withheld from readers, Bassett explores how the subtly complex narrative form of Agnes Grey is constructed to reflect on the stifling impacts of the Victorian governess occupation.

Nadia Timperio’s project for English 507 (Spring 2015), ‘Conveying more’: A Narrative Critique of Richard Wright’s Native Son,” takes up previously established parallels between antihero Bigger Thomas’ psychological disorientation and social conditions responsible for his predicament to inform an algorithmic reading of the novel. Using Python for text analysis, it illustrates how failed attempts to access Bigger’s interior monologue reveal the narrator’s inability to relay Bigger’s authentic story. This failure to narrate responsibly reflects Wright’s growing frustration with the Communist Party’s inability to solve “the Negro problem.”

For the Award, both of these students will receive a certificate of recognition, together with a 2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) scholarship.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s two award winners for their innovative and inspiring research!

Post by Jentery Sayers, attached to the Makerspace project, with the news tag, and cross-posted at Featured image for this post care of Nadia Timperio.



Walking Valparaiso, Chile, the graffiti capital of the world!

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Nov 282015

A few years ago I recall a well-known architect from the suburb of Fitzroy in Melbourne, Australia being interviewed on an radio station in Venice, Italy from the Australian pavilion at the Venice Bianalle (Fitzroy is where I started this journey and soon I will end at Fitz Roy Mountain in Argentina). In certain circles, this particular architect isn’t held in high esteem and is often referred to as the ‘Butcher of Fitzroy’ because of his ugly, incongruous, Modernist apartment buildings (perhaps Melbourne should slap World Heritage status on its inner-cities as many forward-thinking Bolivian, Peruvian, Chilain and Ecuadorian cities have).


Valparaiso street art

I was curious to hear what someone with the estemious title of the Butcher of Fitzroy would have to say about Melbourne and Australia from Venice in Italy, one of the birth places of Modern western civilisation. The Butcher was struggling with the questions from the interviewer and didn’t seem to understand the geographical context of the interview, namely Venice, a city perhaps a little too remote and strange to him to be worthy of referencing (and in need of a good renovation!). The Butcher somehow came to the subject of graffiti as Melbourne had an active graffiti scene about a decade ago which got hijacked by the City’s promoters and thus became part of narrow global-trash-narratives. Thus the Butcher repeated the hackneyed statement that “Melbourne is the graffiti capital of the world!”.


Valparaíso, Chile

This cring-worthy statement grated out of my little radio in my room in Melbourne from Venice, perhaps the most elegant city in Europe (and ‘graffiti’ is an Italian word describing a practice invented in Italy, or at least Rome). Graffiti isn’t a State so how can it have a capital? And it seems incongruous for graffiti, an autonomous and rebellious art-form usually in opposition to the State to be conflated with cities that are central to its institutional control. What a Bogan I thought to myself (a Bogan is an unsophisticated Australian prevent in all classes of society, not unique to Australia but common in many countries where economic development and cultural development are often at odds with one another). And even if graffiti had a capital, how could it possible be Melbourne, a comfortable and complacent city; a capital of Banality perhaps but certainly not graffiti.


Valparaiso, Chile

In Valparaíso I reflected upon the Butcher of Fitzroy whilst wandering the steep streets with walls and houses covered with spectacular, confronting and uplifting street-art. The Butcher had obviously never been here and even if he had, he possibly wouldn’t have noticed it (and Valparaíso is protected by a UNESCO World Heritage overlay, so what some call progress isn’t so destructive).


Valparaiso, Chile

I stayed in Valparaíso for two-weeks , walking, eating, drinking, reading and thinking. As a port-city it reminded me of Fassbinders Querelle, a noir city with dodgey bars with lonely seamen. It is surrounded by fourty-two hills, each hill forming a neighbourhood with dozens of funiculars carting women with there shopping and backpackers with their perspectives to the top. The funiculars are old and rickety and each quite different to one another, with at least one going under the ground.


Valparaiso, Chile

I am now in Santiago, a large, modern developed city that looks like any other large, modern develop city. In fact half the Chilian population lives here, but more on that next…


Funicular, Valparaíso

Global Warming Solutions Currently On the Table

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Nov 272015

The latest climate talks start in Paris on 30th Nov. Here’s a little visual primer interpreting the feasibility of the various geo-engineering “solutions” to “mitigate” or “ease” global warming over the next century.

» See the data (includes bonus data on alternative energy sources)
» See the Royal Society study
» This is an updated image from my book, Knowledge is Beautiful.
» See all our climate-related visualizatons & graphics

SunoikisisDC 2016 Planning Seminar

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Nov 262015

SunoikisisDC is an international consortium of Digital Classics programs developed by the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with the Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and Perseids.

SunoikisisDC offers a teaching program focused on the application of digital technologies to the study of Greek and Latin. Master students of both the humanities and computer science are welcome to join the courses online and work together by contributing to digital classics projects in a collaborative environment. Planning seminars and courses are organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with the Center for Hellenic Studies and Perseids.

On December 16-17, 2015 Faculty members of SunoikisisDC will meet at the University of Leipzig for the SunoikisisDC 2016 Planning Seminar. On this occasion they will present their teaching activities and work together on the syllabus for the new SunoikisisDC course that will be offered in the Spring 2016:

Wednesday, December 16

09:00-09:15: Introduction (Monica Berti, University of Leipzig)
09:15-10:00: Presentation (Gregory R. Crane, Tufts University & University of Leipzig)
10:00-10:45: Sunoikisis at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Kenny Morrell, Center for Hellenic Studies)
10:45-11:00: Coffee Break
11:00-11:30: Sunoikisis Digital Classics (Monica Berti, University of Leipzig)
11:30-12:00: The Digital Hill (Marcel Mernitz, University of Leipzig)
12:00-12:30: The Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (Tariq Yousef, University of Leipzig)
12:30-13:00: Discussion

13:00-14:30: Break for lunch and informal meetings

14:30-15:00: Treebanking (Giuseppe G.A. Celano and Anastasia Mellano, University of Leipzig)
15:00-15:30: Database of Mycenaean at the University of Oslo (Federico Aurora, University of Olso)
15:30-16:00: Digital Classics in Croatia (Neven Jovanović, University of Zagreb)
16:00-16:15: Coffee break
16:15-16:45: Digital Classics in Lyon (Michèle Brunet, Laboratoire HISOMA, Lyon)
16:45-17:15: Digital Classics in Paris (Aurélien Berra, Université Paris Ouest)
17:15-17:45: Digital Classics in Brazil (Anise D’Orange Ferreira, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Câmpus de Araraquara)
17:45-18:15: Digital Classics in Freiburg (Stylianos Chronopoulos, University of Freiburg)
18:15-18:45: Discussion

Thursday, December 17

09:00-09:30: Student training and interdisciplinary approaches at the ICS London (Gabriel Bodard, Institute of Classical Studies, London)
09:30-10:00: Digital Classics in Florida (Eleni Bozia, University of Florida)
10:00-10:30: Digital Classics in Finland (Marja Vierros, University of Helsinki)
10:30-10:45: Coffee break
10:45-11:15: Digital Classics in Bulgaria (Dimitar Illiev, University of Sofia)
11:15-11:45: Reading Thucydides in Persian (Maryam Foradi, University of Leipzig)
11:45-12:15: Aristotle in Arabic (Mohammad J. Esmaeili, University of Teheran)
12:15-12:45: Digital Classics in Egypt (Usama A. Gad, Ain Shams University, Cairo)
12:45-13:15: Discussion

13:15-15:00: Break for lunch and informal meetings

15:00-15:30: Digital Classics at Tufts University (Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University)
15:30-16:30: Perseids (Tim Buckingham, Tufts University)
16:30-16:45: Coffee break
16:45-19:00: SunoikisisDC Syllabus

Discovering Visigothic Manuscripts at the British Library

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Nov 262015
How to introduce something that should not require an introduction? It was the year 1878 when the then British Museum acquired a collection of fourteen manuscripts and incunabula from the Spanish Benedictine monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. The addition of these manuscripts to the already well-populated treasuries of the...

Thanksgiving flight patterns

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Nov 252015

Thanksgiving Flight Patterns by New York Times

Millions of Americans will fly home this Thanksgiving weekend. (Based on my morning commute, the holiday already started a couple of days early.) Josh Katz and Quoctrung Bui for the New York Times mapped the difference in flight volume for this weekend against the norm, based on Google Flights search data.

Color from red to turquoise provides direction from origin to destination, respectively, and the thickness of the lines represent the change in volume. Then to double up on the representation, dots move along the paths to also show direction and volume. Mouse over airports to focus.

Good stuff.

By the way, the dots on the national view were kind of choppy for me in Safari but moved smoother when there were fewer dots on the screen and in Chrome.

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CFP due Dec 1: FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Conference

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Nov 252015
December 1 2015
Call for Papers
Feminist > Pedagogy, Technology, Transdisciplinarity April 8-10, 2016 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Conference Description Wikistorming Feminist Mapping Exquisite Engendering Feminist Hacker/Maker Space FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Conference (FTN DOCC) coordinators invite...

Vote for your Favourite Dataviz of the Year

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Nov 252015

Here’s the shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards. Some of the most striking, innovative and beautiful dataviz work of 2015.

Browse the categories, choose your favourite entry in each, and hit the Vote button.

The visitor vote represents 5 virtual jurors on our 30+ judging panel. Plus a special Community award. So your truly vote counts.

Voting closes Fri 27 Nov 23:59 PST. Winners announced 2nd Dec. More instructions here.