CFP: [20th] eResearch and Australian Literary Culture Symposium

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Katherine Bode

Call for Papers: eResearch and Australian Literary Culture Symposium

Sponsored by Australian literature @ the University of Sydney and AustLit.

4-5 December 2008
The University of Sydney
On 4-5 December 2008, Australian Literature @ the University of Sydney will
host a symposium on eResearch and Australian Literary Culture. Plenary
speakers include digital humanities specialist Professor Hugh Craig,
University of Newcastle, NSW.

Limited funding to assist early career researchers may be available on
application to the convenors.

Digital archives and eResearch more generally have become increasingly
important in humanities research internationally. Influential examples
include Franco Moretti’s method of ‘distant reading’ and William St.
Clair’s ‘political economy of reading’. In Australian research, the ARC
call for network funding in 2002-3 saw the formation of an eHumanities
Network and the Cultural Research Network (CRN). A central premise of the
successfully-funded CRN is that since the 1960s and ‘70s,
theoretically-driven research in the humanities has somehow come adrift
from the empirical research techniques of the social sciences and
humanities, and that there is scope for a reconnection of these approaches
that is at once ‘post-theoretical’ and ‘new-empirical’.

A series of papers given at the 2007 conference of the Association for the
Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) at the University of Queensland, the
coming to maturity of data bases like AustLit, and the rise of new on-line
projects such as the Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library (APRIL)
indicate that the techniques of eResearch and the use of digital archives
have also reached a critical moment in research into Australian literary
culture. This is evident not only in fields such as the history of the book
and the history of publishing, but also in the ARC-funded ‘Resourceful
Reading’ project, which seeks to use eResearch methods and digital archives
to revise the legacy of theoretically-driven literary history and
criticism, and to generate new ways of writing literary history and reading
texts. Such projects often bring together researchers from more than one
discipline, and from different kinds of institution, creating fruitful
partnerships between academics, librarians, writers and publishing

Proposals for papers on the following topics applied to Australian literary
culture are particularly welcome:

• Synoptic papers or case studies involving exemplary eResearch
• History of the book
• History of publishing
• History of reading
• Representations of reading
• Distant reading, close reading, resourceful reading
• Bibliographic research and digital editing
• Text and data mining
• Geo-spatial mapping
• Digital archives
• Data sets and quantitative analysis

Proposals of approximately 250 words should reach the convenors by 29
February 2008.

Dr Katherine Bode
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow
English Department
University of Sydney
Sydney 2006
Tel: +61 2 9351 7448

Professor Robert Dixon, FAHA
Professor of Australian Literature
Department of English
University of Sydney
Sydney 2006
Tel: +61 2 9036 7231

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