MPCE Launch, SHARP, Newcastle, and New Postdoc

Introductory note from Project Director Simon Burrows: Regular readers of this blog will have noticed the loving makeover it has received in recent weeks from Katie McDonough. She, other MPCE project partners, and of course myself (until now I have run the blog solo), will all henceforth be collaboratively posting updates, workshop announcements, and other news here. We look forward to using this blog to reflect on the process of growing a DH project. Add us to your feed, or follow Katie on Twitter (@khetiwe24) to get the latest updates. Welcome to the MPCE journey.

The month of July was a busy one for the Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment (MPCE) project. In conjunction with the 20th George Rudé Seminar held at Western Sydney University, Simon Burrows and Jason Ensor officially opened the next phase of FBTEE. From a database and suite of visualization tools based only on the archive of the STN, FBTEE will transform into a digital archive for a range of bibliometric data with new visualization options and links to other 18th c. DH projects. And this is just one piece of the MPCE project. In summary, the five strands of the project are:

  1. Piracy and Publishing in Pre-Revolutionary France;
  2. The Illegal Book Trade Revisited;
  3. Mapping the French Novel;
  4. Connecting Cultural Datasets;
  5. Conceptual Assessment of Digital Humanities Techniques.

Over the next several months, we will be updating the MPCE site with recent publications, partnership announcements, researcher bios, and tutorials. Stay tuned.

About our acronyms: “FBTEE” refers to the original database and project on the French book trade in Enlightenment Europe. “MPCE” is the umbrella project supporting updates to FBTEE, the creation of new databases for European book history, and other intellectual work related to 18th c. DH studies.

Late July was filled with SHARP 2016 in Paris and meetings in the Netherlands (in particular with Alicia Montoya and her project collaborators at Radboud University). The SHARP panel brought together several MCPE partners and highlighted our ongoing work to produce a digital edition of the Bibliographie  du Genre Romanesque Français.

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At SHARP 2016: “Mapping the French Novel” Panel

In August, the team travelled to the University of Newcastle to deliver a seminar on MPCE. Thanks to our host Kate Ariotti and the History@Newcastle Research Seminar for the opportunity to share our work in progress and discuss possible collaborations.

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At Newcastle: Jason Ensor describing the process of extracting records from 1980s software for a database of 18th c. French novels.

Looking forward, we are happy to announce that the second postdoc for MPCE will touch down in Australia in September. Dr. Laure Philip completed her Masters and PhD at the University of Warwick in the UK. Her background is in Eighteenth-Century Studies, with a particular focus on the French Revolution and the British-French relationships during the 1790s. Her thesis, supervised by Katherine Astbury, took a more literary turn, exploring the prose and memoirs of three women exiles in London in the 1790s.

Dr. Philip will work with us on the strand of the project entitled ‘The Illegal Book Trade Revisited.’ Her expertise on the French novel in the long eighteenth century will be valuable to exploring the geographical structure of the trade and its relative thematic composition, in order to discern the prevalence of Enlightenment philosophie in comparison with other illegal genres. We look forward to welcoming her next month.

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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.

 

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.