Conference: A Digital Humanities Day at Sheffield Hallam University

Announcing ‘Beyond the Facsimile: Rich Models of Late Medieval and Early Modern Texts’
A Digital Humanities Day on Monday 13 December 2010 at Sheffield Hallam University

On 13 December 2010 Sheffield Hallam University, in association with the University of Victoria, will host a one-day symposium entitled “Beyond the Facsimile: Rich Models of Late Medieval and Early Modern Texts”.

It’s concerned with doing more, and doing things better, with our digital surrogates of books and pictures from the 15th to the 17th centuries. We’ve gotten very good at taking pictures of impressed papers, inscribed parchments, and painted canvases, but computer models do not have to be merely pictures.

The symposium will present eight talks from international scholars working in this area, each offering their own perspectives on the future of computerized representations of important documents. Speakers and their titles can be found at http://gabrielegan.com/BTF.

The meeting is open to anyone who wants to hear the papers and coffee and a free lunch will be provided to all who email the organizer, Gabriel Egan mail@gabrielegan.com, by 13 November. (It is quite acceptable to simply turn up on the day without giving advance notice, but then you can’t have the free lunch.) Exact details of the venue, with maps and transportation advice, will appear on the symposium web-page at the above address.

This Digital Humanities Day at Sheffield Hallam University is an opportunity for those concerned with the use of advanced digital surrogates (whether as creators or as readers) to discuss the following:

  • The state of the art in the creation of electronic versions of texts used by scholars in the humanities
  • The advantages and disadvantages of particular technologies for going beyond the facsimile, for example 3D modelling of paper/parchment versus advanced textual encoding
  • The kinds of questions that cannot currently be answered by the digital surrogates we have, and how best to produce surrogates that suit our needs
  • Case studies of particular projects, their achievements and the lessons learnt