Aankondiging Network Porta Historica

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Dear colleague,

In 2006 five institutions involved in opening up historical documents started a network called Porta Historica. The aim of the network is to bring together, at the international level, scholars and institutions that are involved or interested in editing, publishing (in print or digitally) and analyzing historical sources in a broad sense (editions, reference works, databases etc.), in order to promote cooperation among these scholars and institutions and to increase their expertise.

The founding  members were the Ecole Nationale des Chartes (ECN) – National School of Palaeography and Archival Studies – in Paris (France), the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London (UK), the Commission Royale d’Histoire/ Koninlijke Commissie voor Geschiedenis (CRH/KCG) – Royal Committee for History – in Brussels (Belgium), the Institut für Mittelalterforschung (IMAF) – Institute for Medieval Research – in Vienna (Austria) and Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis (Huygens ING) – Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands – in The Hague.

The founding institutes organized a modest network, establishing a board and a charter, set up a website (http://www.portahistorica.eu ) with reports on its activities and reviews, held annual meetings about the methodology and techniques of editing, and formulated quality criteria for digital editions of historical sources.

Now the next step we are taking is to expand our network to all scholars and institutions in Europe that are involved with or interested in historical sources.

What are the advantages of becoming a member of Porta Historica?

In the first place, in the membership area you will find a membership list giving the names and institutional affiliation of scholars and details of individual institutes, with e-mail addresses and URL’s, as well as information about the period, documents and subject in which every member specializes or takes an interest. This will make it easy to get in touch with members who have the same interests as you.

Second, in the membership area there is the option to discuss specific topics with each other. To make a start, we placed on the forum a list of topics and themes that might be of interest to you to discuss. But feel free to discuss other problems or solutions, that you will want to share with other scholars. Every member may start a new conversation.

The website has a special area’s for forthcoming international events, such as conferences on historical sources and other news. As a member you will have the opportunity to add your own events or news to the list and draw attention to them.

We are planning to organize a conference every other year on the editing, opening up and analysis of historical documents. The first conference will be held in The Hague at the end of this year or maybe some months later. As a member of Porta Historica you will be kept informed about these conferences: we will send you the Calls for Papers, warn you about deadlines and provide information about transport, accommodation etc.

And in addition to all this, membership is free!

How can you join the network?

It is very simple. On the Porta Historica website you will find a button in the left-hand corner which says ‘Join our network’. Just click on it and follow the instructions: fill in the application form that will be send it to Eef Dijkhof, secretary general of Porta Historica (secretary@portahistorica.eu).

How can you help to develop the network?

  • In the first place: become a member !
  • Second, forward this mail to all scholars and institutions in your own network that might be interested, in order to make Porta Historica as well-known as possible.
  • Inform your colleagues about the network: put this announcement on your university, department or institute website.
  • Become an active member of Porta Historica: there are several interesting roles available
    • We need a moderator for discussions on the forum
    • We are looking for a coordinator for the news section of the website
    • We are interested in members who would like to join
      • the website committee
      • the committee for reviews
      • the program committee for the first Porta Historica conference
      • the planning committee for future conferences
      • the board of Porta Historica
      • in the future we might think of an e-newsletter, or even a peer reviewed e-journal.

I hope we can welcome you soon as a member of our network.

We realize that it is not inconceivable that you receive this email several times. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience.

Best wishes on behalf of the board,

Andrea Rzihacek, Institut für Mittelalterforschung (Vienna), Chair
Guy Vanthemsche, Commission Royale d’Histoire/Koninklijke Commissie voor Geschiedenis (Brussels)
Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research (London)
Amélie de Miribel, École Nationale des Chartes (Paris)
Eef Dijkhof, Huygens Institute of the History of The Netherlands (The Hague), secretary general

Call for proposals: The Changing Face of Medieval Dutch Narrative Literature in the Early Period of Print

De tweede expert meeting van het onderzoeksproject The Changing Face of Medieval Dutch Narrative Literature in the Early Period of Print vindt plaats op 26 en 27 november 2015 in Antwerpen. In het bijgevoegde document vindt u de Call for proposals van deze meeting. Deadline voor het insturen is 15 maart 2015.


Call Second Expert Meeting Changing Face Medieval Dutch

Vacature: Regesta Imperii

De Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz werft een wetenschappelijk medewerker aan op een project over de regesten van Karel II de Kale (1 april 2015 – 31 december 2016, mogelijkheid tot verlenging). U kan solliciteren tot en met 31 januari 2015. Meer informatie vindt u hier.

CFP: DHBenelux Conference 8-9 juni 2015, Antwerpen

On 8 and 9 June 2015, the second DHBenelux conference will take place. The DHBenelux conference is a young initiative that strives to further the dissemination of, and collaboration between Digital Humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg by hosting an annual conference in various institutions throughout these countries. The conference serves as a platform for the fast growing community of DH researchers to meet, present and discuss their latest research results and to demonstrate tools and projects.

The first DHBenelux conference took place in The Hague (The Netherlands) in 2014 and was a great success, attracting an audience of over 160 participants with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, coming from a variety of different countries (including but not limited to the Benelux). In 2015 the conference aspires to welcome an even larger and more diverse audience.

= Conference, Program, Venue =
The DHBenelux 2015 conference will be proudly hosted by the University of Antwerp. The conference will take place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June 2015 at the University of Antwerp campus.

The DHBenelux conference welcomes contributions and participants from all areas of research and teaching in Digital Humanities. While the conference has a focus on recent advances in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg, we do warmly welcome contributions from outside the Benelux. The language of the conference is international English. We hope that we may welcome many scholars to the European scientific meeting platform that DHBenelux will constitute in summer 2015 for the Digital Humanities.

The conference program will offer oral presentations, project presentations, poster sessions, and a demo space. Our first confirmed keynote speaker will be William Noel (http://www.willnoel.com/), Director of The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

= Call =
We now invite submissions of abstracts on any aspect of digital humanities: practical experimentation, thorough theorizing, cross- and multidisciplinary work, new and relevant developments. Relevant subjects can be any of—but are not limited to—the following:

– Digital media, digitization, curation of digital objects
– Software studies, modeling, information design
– Text mining, data mining, big data & small data
– Design and application of algorithms and analyses
– Application of digital technology in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies
– Critical study of digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games
– Social and economic aspects of digitality and digital humanities
– Stylometry, topic modeling, sentiment mining and other digital techniques
– Interfaces, augmented reality, serious gaming
– Pedagogy, teaching, and dissemination of digital humanities

We particularly encourage PhD students and junior researchers to submit abstracts. Note that this call is not limited to researchers in the Benelux. Anyone can submit an abstract.

Proposal should be at least 250 words, not exceeding 500 words. References and/or bibliography, recommended but not obligatory, are excluded from the word count. Proposals may contain graphics and illustrations. Proposals and abstracts should clearly state the title and name and affiliation of the authors and presenters. Also indicate for which category (or categories) of presentation you are submitting your proposal. Presentation categories are:

* Paper
Oral presentations on papers will be given 15 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes for Q&A. Oral presentations are well suited for presenting research methods and results, concise theoretical argument, reporting on ongoing research, project presentations, and presenting intermediate finds or theory development.

* Poster
Posters are particularly suited for detailed technical explanations and clarifications, and for the show and tell of projects and research alike. A two hour poster session is scheduled, posters may be put up for display during the entire conference.

* Demonstration
For demonstrating prototypes, finished software, hardware technology, tools, datasets, digital publications and so forth a ‘market place’ will be organized.

Proposals may combine two presentation modes, e.g. to support the theory detailed in a paper presentation with a practical demonstration on the demo market place. Combined presentations should either consist of a paper plus demonstration, or a paper and poster. In the interest of planning we ask authors to be very careful in indicating chosen combinations of presentation modes.

To submit your proposal, please use the EasyChair facility that we have put online at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dhbenelux2015.

= Important dates =
Deadline for submitting abstracts: Sunday 1 March 2015, 23:59 CET.
Notification of acceptance: Sunday 15 March 2015.
Deadline for revised abstracts: Wednesday 1 April 2015.

= More information =
Please check our website at http://dhbenelux.org/ for further details that will become available running up to the conference. Any additional questions and inquiries can be sent to Mike Kestemont (mike.kestemont@uantwerp.be) or Joris van Zundert (joris.van.zundert@huygens.knaw.nl).

We look forward to welcoming you all in Antwerp!

Kind regards,
On behalf of the conference organizers and the program committee
–Joris van Zundert (Program Chair)

Conference Organizers:
– Elli Bleeker, University of Antwerp.
– Thomas Crombez, Royal Academy of Fine Arts & University of Antwerp.
– Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp.
– Katrien Deroo, Ghent University.
– Wout Dillen, University of Antwerp.
– Aodhán Kelly, University of Antwerp.
– Mike Kestemont, University of Antwerp.
– Saskia Scheltjens, Ghent University.
– Joris J. van Zundert, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands.
– Ben Verhoeven, University of Antwerp.
– Dirk Van Hulle, University of Antwerp.

Program Committee:
– Joris J. van Zundert (Chair), Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands.
– Marijn Koolen (Vice Chair), University of Amsterdam
– Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam.
– Antal van den Bosch, Radboud University Nijmegen.
– Steven Claeyssens, Royal Library, The Hague.
– Thomas Crombez, Royal Academy of Fine Arts & University of Antwerp.
– Karina van Dalen-Oskam, University of Amsterdam & Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands.
– Seth Van Hooland, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
– Dirk Van Hulle, University of Antwerp.
– Folgert Karsdorp, Meertens Institute.
– Mike Kestemont, University of Antwerp.
– Marijn Koolen, University of Amsterdam.
– Christophe Verbruggen, Ghent University.
– Lars Wieneke, CVCE Luxembourg.
– Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp.

CFP: GRACEH conference 2015

Van 23 t.e.m. 25 april 2015 vindt de negende editie van de Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) plaats te Wenen. Het thema is ‘Crisis and Solidarity in European History’. De deadline voor paper proposals is 31 januari 2015. Meer informatie vindt u hier terug.