Report on Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium

The Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium was held from 12-13 July, 2016 at Western Sydney University. Convened with the collaboration of  Glenn Roe (ANU), the Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium brought together venerable and youthful, big and small, personal and collaborative digital humanities projects that focused on 18th-century France. The meeting preceded the “launch” of the ARC project “Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment” at Western Sydney University during the 20th George Rudé Seminar.

Along with Glenn Roe, Simon Burrows, Jason Ensor, and Katie McDonough welcomed participants for the first instance of a series of meetings for scholars who engage with DH as they study and teach the French 18th century.

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Simon Burrows presenting on plans for FBTEE 3.0

Day one included presentations from the major 18th c. French DH projects such as ARTFL, Electronic Enlightenment, Mapping the Republic of Letters, the Comédie Française Registers Project (with its predecessor CESAR), and the French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe.

We continued with introductions to new projects such as Alicia Montoya’s “Middlebrow Enlightenment”/MEDIATE and a digital edition of all 18th c. French romanesque works (the third generation, if you will, of this work).

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Digitizing Enlightenment, 12-13 July 2016

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.

Welcome to FBTEE

The FBTEE team is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Katherine McDonough as Research Associate on our Australian Research Council’s Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment (MPCE) project.

 

Katie McDonough is currently based at Bates College in Maine, but she did her doctoral work at Stanford (and much else besides) under the mentorship of Keith Michael Baker and Dan Edelstein.

She has thus worked with two of the most intellectually innovative Enlightenment/French revolutionists from two different generations, and has participated in some of the projects of the Mapping the Republic of Letters team.

Katie is already an accomplished digital humanist, and has a particular expertise in mapping and spatial history which grows out of her innovative doctoral work on infrastructure development and provincial society in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France. This is all experience that will be invaluable to the FBTEE project.

Katie will be working with us on the ‘Mapping the French novel‘ strand of the MPCE project.

FBTEE is delighted at Katie’s appointment from a strong field, and we look forward to welcoming them to Western Sydney. They should both be here in good time to participate in the George Rudé Seminar and Digitizing Enlightenment symposium in July.

 

Digitizing Enlightenment

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.

FBTEE in Russian

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!

Research Associate positions with FBTEE

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 greets the Prime Minister

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.