We are pleased to announce that deep into the Australian summer holiday period, FBTEE was awarded the 2017 British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Digital Resource Prize at the BSECS annual conference at St Hugh’s college, Oxford, on 5 January.
Here is how Laure Philip announced the prize at our own institution (while I was busy sunning myself down the coast – so my warmest thanks, Laure). The announcement is accompanied by a rather hastily prepared ‘Oscar style’ acceptance video-presentation speech – finished minutes before I departed on the family’s annual holiday – which also gives a brief account of our current work. Enjoy!
‘The Digital Humanities Research Group is extremely honoured to announce that the French Book Trade and Enlightenment database (FBTEE) has been nominated by the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS) for the Digital Resource Prize today in Oxford. FBTEE was launched in 2012 at the University of Leeds by Professor Simon Burrows. It involved the work of many talented researchers, designers and scholars and a second stage of FBTEE’s development is being funded by the Australian Research Council and Western Sydney University, where the project is now based. This prize not only celebrates the originality of the FBTEE database but also the outstanding ongoing work done by all team members.
Please click on link below to hear project leader Professor Simon Burrows thank everyone and explain what this state of the art database is about and how it can help revise our understanding of the eighteenth-century book trade:
We are pleased to announce that details and how to register for the Digitizing Enlightenment symposium to be held at Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus on 12-13 July are now available here.
The symposium brings together representatives of several leading Digital Humanities projects dealing with the Enlightenment in France and/or Europe to discuss the development of the field, findings, technologies and methodologies, and where our research is heading.
Projects represented will include ‘Mapping the Republic of Letters’; the Electronic Enlightenment; the Comédie Française Registers Project; ARTFL’s Encyclopédie project; MEDIATE and of course FBTEE itself.
The symposium precedes the George Rudé Seminar, which will take place at Parramatta from 13-16 July.
Digitizing Enlightenment is the name of a symposium we are holding at Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus on 12-13 July 2016. It will bring together a stellar cast of chief investigators and participants on some of the most exciting digital projects around, including our old friends Mapping the Republic of Letters, the Comédie francaise registers project, ARTFL, FBTEE, Electronic Enlightenment, as well as some newer players in the field. We will be talking about the history and development of these projects, the methods and techniques they have developed, key findings and lessons, future collaborations and how digital scholarship has and is changing eighteenth-century studies. It promises to be a great curtain-raiser for the George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization, which will be held at the same venue on 13-16 July. There will be podcasts of the discussions for those who cannot make it in person, and there will be a book, too. We are also looking for scholars and students who have made innovative use of the resources to be discussed as potential participants … much more will follow in July. Can’t wait.
A couple of years ago, I was invited to submit a piece to the Annuaire d’études françaises, for a special edition to mark the 225th anniversary of the French Revolution, to be edited by Alexandre Tchoudinov et Dmitri Bovykine. And as a free bonus they have even translated it into Russian. For those of you who missed it, the title is ‘БИБЛИОМЕТРИЯ, ПОПУЛЯРНОЕ ЧТЕНИЕ И ЛИТЕРАТУРНОЕ ПОЛЕ ИЗДАТЕЛЯ ЭПОХИ ПРОСВЕЩЕНИЯ’ and my name has been rendered in Russian as Саймон Барроуз. I think that must be right, but as my name has been mistranscribed in English in the table of contents as Sidney Burrows, I’m not quite sure. Ironically, I was indeed nearly named Sidney, as my mother is a primary teacher and felt that it would help me to write my name by the time I went to school if it was composed of the three very different letter shapes S-I-D. And for those more interested in the article, its original English title was ‘Bibliometrics, Popular Reading, and the Literary Field of an Enlightenment Publisher’. I suspect that sounds better in Russian!
We are pleased to announce that two Research Associate positions in Digital Humanities are currently available with FBTEE’s new Australian Research Council-funded Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment project at Western Sydney University.
The successful applicants will work on either:
(1) a sub-project lasting 24 months entitled: ‘The Illegal Book Trade Revisited’. The role will involve in interpreting, recording and analysing a wide range of statistical materials on the illegal book trade; editing and standardisation of digital research data; and taxonomic classification of books (Position Ref 2228/15).
(2) a sub-project lasting 18 months entitled: ‘Mapping the French Novel: An Experiment in Academic Crowd-Sourcing’. The role will include designing and leading a six-month experiment in crowd-sourcing; identification and digital curation of key sources; editing and standardisation of digital research data; taxonomic classification of books; and data entry and data analysis. (Position Ref 2227/15)
The successful applicants will also participate in the project’s programme of workshops, symposia and international conferences, both in speaking and organisational roles. They will also contribute to the publication of digital and traditional research outputs. These will include both individual and team outputs.
There is a possibility of a relocation package as per the university’s relocation policy.
Full advertisements and further particulars are available at the University’s recruitment page at http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/employment/home/current_vacancies
The positions have been advertised on various academic listservs and recruitment sites. Applications close on 30 January 2016.
NB. Anyone wishing to apply for both posts needs to complete a separate application for each position.
FBTEE and Western Sydney featured prominently in a major exhibition on the Digital Humanities put on at the CHASS (Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) 2015 National Forum in Melbourne this month, and opened by no lesser person than the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull.
Of the 24 projects from around Australia featuring on exhibition boards, no less than nine featured projects from Western Sydney University, confirming the status of Western Sydney’s Digital Humanities Research Group status as a premier national DH research cluster.
For more on our activities and feature projects, consult the DHRG website.
The website for the new Australian Research Council FBTEE project, entitled ‘Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment’ is now available here.
We will continue adding to the site over the next few weeks.
We are pleased to announce that the FBTEE project has received a major award in the Australian Research Council’s 2016 Discovery Project round, the results of which were announced today. We are grateful to the ARC and Western Sydney University for their support of this project.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be overhauling our website to reveal all that we have been doing with the project over the last three years at Western Sydney, as well as details of the new datasets we hope to publish over the next two to three years.
When we published FBTEE-1.0 in 2012, the FBTEE database contained data on around 450,000 copies of 3,600 works. The work conducted over the last three years has added data on around 3,500,000 copies of several thousand more, and by the end of 2017 we hope to have added data on at least 1,500,000 more.
So watch this space as we search for the forgotten bestsellers of pre-revolutionary France
Warmest congratulations to Louise Seaward for being named runner up in the prize competition for the best article by a younger scholar in the journal French History for her article ‘Censorship through cooperation: the Société typographique de Neuchâtel (STN) and the French Government, 1769–89’, French History (2014) 28 (1): 23-42.doi: 10.1093/fh/crt086. This is the second time a FBTEE-related piece has secured the approval of the judges, following Mark Curran’s win in 2011 with ‘Mettons toujours Londres’. Louise’s article is actually the fruit of the earliest piece of research to be run through and alongside the FBTEE database, which she mined to identify political figures in correspondence with the STN and locate he letters they exchanged with the Swiss publishers. Supplementing and extending Bob Darnton’s work on the publishing history of the Encyclopedie, Louise’s article reveals the symbiotic relationship between the STN and the French government and the extent to which dealing in foreign book markets involved political as well as commercial skills.
In addition, Louise is celebrating a new job with UCL’s Bentham project, having put in a stint as a contracted research assistant with FBTEE in 2014-2015. More on that in a future post.