Working with different kinds of ‘text’ in the Digital Humanities

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
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Date:  March 18–19, 2019

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) invites submissions of papers for a two-day colloquium and workshop, Working with different kinds of ‘text’ in the Digital Humanities, to explore different approaches in the Digital Humanities to the analysis and interpretation of literary texts. The goal of the workshop is to put into conversation with each other scholarly practices relating to the computational analysis and interpretation of different aspects of texts in the humanities. We use “text” in an extended sense of the term for the purpose of this colloquium, encompassing both traditional, “born written”, literary texts as well texts of other kinds, such as, visual/sonic texts and materials, single-language or multi-lingual corpora, or transliterations of oral texts or performances.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) was founded in 2009 in collaboration with MIT to offer a unique, design-centred and interdisciplinary curriculum in computer science, engineering and architecture. The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences are a fundamental, integrated part of SUTD’s curriculum and play a key role in our goal to transcend disciplinary boundaries in teaching and research.

It is in the same spirit that the Digital Humanities colloquium is being organized, where we hope to explore the computational analysis of texts from a variety of theoretical perspectives. We particularly encourage submissions from doctoral students and early career researchers who might benefit from an environment in which they are able to test ideas and get feedback about innovative and potentially boundary-crossing work.  In addition to topic-focused panels, two workshop sessions are being held in association with the colloquium, on the topics of corpus-building and text analysis, which will be free for presenters to participate in. There will be two keynote speeches at the colloquium, given by Donald Sturgeon, College Fellow in the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at  Harvard University, and by Amlan Dasgupta, Professor of English and Director of the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur University.

We invite paper proposals of no more than 250 words that should be sent by email by Thursday 1 November 2018. The workshop organisers will notify contributors of acceptance by Wednesday 7 November 2018. Those selected for inclusion in the workshop will be required to submit an initial draft of their paper to be circulated to other participants by Friday 1 March 2019. Each presenter at the workshop will be allotted 20 minutes to present their paper followed by 20 minutes of discussion during which panel respondents and other participants will provide their feedback on the submitted manuscript. Please submit abstracts and a CV to Rhema Hokama (rhema_hokama@sutd.edu.sg).