Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lost World of Old Europe Exhibition Website

The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000 – 3500 BC

November 11, 2009 – April 25, 2010

Open: Tues – Sun 11-6, Fri 11-8, Closed Monday
Free admission

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU
15 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028

Please visit the Lost World of Old Europe Exhibition Website for complete information, images of items in the exhibition, a full public programming schedule (lectures, film series, musical performances) and more!

The Lost World of Old Europe brings to the United States for the first time more than 160 objects recovered by archaeologists from the graves, towns, and villages of Old Europe, a cycle of related cultures that achieved a precocious peak of sophistication and creativity in what is now southeastern Europe between 5000 and 4000 BC, and then mysteriously collapsed by 3500 BC. Long before Egypt or Mesopotamia rose to an equivalent level of achievement, Old Europe was among the most sophisticated places that humans inhabited. Some of its towns grew to city-like sizes. Potters developed striking designs, and the ubiquitous goddess figurines found in houses and shrines have triggered intense debates about women’s roles in Old European society. Old European copper-smiths were, in their day, the most advanced metal artisans in the world. Their intense interest in acquiring copper, gold, Aegean shells, and other rare valuables created networks of negotiation that reached surprisingly far, permitting some of their chiefs to be buried with pounds of gold and copper in funerals without parallel in the Near East or Egypt at the time. The exhibition, arranged through loan agreements with 20 museums in three countries (Romania, The Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova), brings the exuberant art, enigmatic goddess cults, and precocious metal ornaments and weapons of Old Europe to American audiences.

The Lost World of Old Europe is the accompanying catalogue for the exhibition. The first comprehensive introduction to Old Europe’s cultural, technological, and artistic legacy, this superb volume features essays by leading archaeologists as well as breathtaking color photographs documenting the objects, some illustrated here for the first time. (See below for the table of contents and sample chapters to download. To purchase the catalogue from Princeton University Press, please click on the “Buy” button.)

Title PageTable of Contents


FOREWORD by Jenifer Chi

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

University of Chicago Press ebook givaway

Beginning this month the University of Chicago Press is offering a free e-book every month. It's an effort to raise awareness about the Chicago Digital Editions program, to get the uninitiated to try out an e-book on their PC, Mac, or mobile reader, and to promote their authors. This month book is:


The Birthday Book

Edited and Translated by Holt N. Parker
120 pages, 9 line drawings 5 x 7 © 2007

E-book Free! (about e-books)

ISBN: 9780226099774

Cloth $25.00

ISBN: 9780226099743 Published February 2007

“[Roman grammarian and writer] Censorinus distills the wisdom of several strains of philosophy, extracting whatever seems to have any bearing on births, days and birthdays: theories of the origin of the human species, the formation of the individual foetus, the principles of astrology, the ages of man, the nature of time, eons, centuries, years, months, days and hours.”—London Review of Books

Get this e-book free!

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Friday, November 6, 2009

2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

Final call for participation

Conference: Full Schedule

DHCS 2009 Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 14 (Pre-conference in McCormick-Tribune Campus Center)

1:00 - 5:00 Birds-of-a-feather Workshop Sessions

Sunday, November 15 (Main conference in Hermann Hall Ballroom)

8:30 - 9:15 Breakfast & Registration

9:15--9:30 Welcoming Statements

R. Russell Betts, Dean of the College of Science and Letters, Illinois Institute of Technology

9:30 - 11:00 Paper Session 1 Text Analysis

Citation Detection and Textual Reuse on Ancient Greek texts

Marco Büchler, Annette Geßner (University of Leipzig)

Metaforager: A Pattern-Learning System for Large-Scale Metaphor Extraction

Jenny Loomis (Stanford)

On the Origin of Theories: The Semantic Analysis of Analogy in a Scientific Corpus

Devin Griffiths (Rutgers University)


11:15 - 12:15 Paper Session 2 Visualization and Data Mining

Big See: Large Scale Visualization

Geoffrey Rockwell, Garry Wong, Stan Ruecker, Megan Meredith-Lobay, and Stéfan Sinclair (University of Alberta and McMaster University)

New Insights: Dynamic Timelines in Digital Humanities

Kurt Fendt (MIT)

12:15--2:00 Lunch

2:00 - 3:15 Keynote Address: Vasant Honavar

Humanities as Information Sciences


3:30 - 5:30 Poster and Demo Session (Hermann Hall Alumni Lounge)

5:45 - 6:45 Reception (MTCC Lew Collins Welcome Center)

7:00 - 10:00 Banquet (MTCC Pritzker Club)

7:45 - 9:00 Keynote Address: Roger Dannenberg

The Music Technology Revolution

Monday, November 16 (Main conference in Hermann Hall Ballroom)

8:30 - 9:45 Breakfast

Posters Sessions & Software Demos (redux)

9:45 - 10:45 Paper Session 3 Stylistics

Computational Phonostylistics: Computing the Sounds of Poetry

Marc Plamondon (Nipissing University)

Features from Frequency: Authorship and Stylistic Analysis Using Repetitive Sound

C. W. Forstall (SUNY Buffalo) and W. J. Scheire (U. Colorado at Colorado Springs)

Mapping Genre Space via Random Conjectures
Patrick Juola (Duquesne University)


11:00 - 12:30 Keynote Address: Stephen Wolfram

What Can Be Made Computable in the Humanities?

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 Paper Session 4 Algorithmic Tools

Who's Who in Your Digital Collection? Developing a Tool for Name Disambiguation and Identity Resolution

Jean Godby (OCLC), Patricia Hswe (UIUC), Judith Klavans (UMD), Hyoungtae Cho (UMD), Dan Roth (UIUC), Lev Ratinov (UIUC), and Larry Jackson (UIUC)

Discovering Latent Relations of Concepts by Graph Mining Approaches

Marco Büchler (University of Leipzig)


3:15 - 4:00 Round-Table Panel

4:00 Closing remarks

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Digital Humanities Journal: Digital Studies / Le champ numérique

Digital Studies / Le champ numérique (ISSN 1918-3666) is a refereed academic journal, publishing three times a year and serving as a formal arena for scholarly activity and as an academic resource for researchers in the digital humanities. DS/CN is published by the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour létude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI), an organisation affiliated with the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) through the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). Work published in DS/CN reflects the values of this community and the interdisciplinary diversity of those who comprise it, with particular emphasis on emerging digital humanities methodology and its application, on the engagement of that work in pertinent disciplinary contexts, and on multilinguality and complementarity with other ADHO publications (among them the journals Literary and Linguistic Computing, and Digital Humanities Quarterly).

Similarly, our publication technology, policies and practices will strive to promote and reflect the community’s best emergent and longstanding practices.

DS/CN invites contributions relating to work carried out in the digital humanities, broadly construed. In its open, thematic, and conference volumes DS/CN publishes academic articles, scholarly notes, working papers, field synopses, larger reviews, and well-documented opinion pieces. DS/CN privileges publications which explicitly demonstrate an awareness of interdisciplinary context(s) and a history of pertinent academic engagement.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Brill's new open access policy

Brill's new open access policy. What do you make of this?

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When on Google Earth 78

Heather conceded my win at When on Google Earth 77, which was really only a guess on my part, but I guessed right and that seemed to be enough. (Though I still can't find the exact spot on Google Earth).

Moving on to When on Google Earth 78, where and when in the world is this?

If you can identify this site and its main period of occupation, then post your comment below.

Follow WOGE on the Facebook group.

The Rules of When on Google Earth are as follows:

Q: What is When on Google Earth?

A: It’s a game for archaeologists, or anybody else willing to have a go!

Q: How do you play it?
A: Simple, you try to identify the site in the picture.

Q: Who wins?

A: The first person to correctly identify the site, including its major period of occupation, wins the game.

Q: What does the winner get?

A: The winner gets bragging rights and the chance to host the next When on Google Earth on his/her own blog!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Good news on open access publication from De Gruyter

Press Release

2010 sees the launch of the series “Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World”

It is a pilot project for a combination of Open Access with publisher supervision

Berlin, 23rd June 2009

From 2010 onwards de Gruyter will be publishing the series “Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World”. It will encompass all the disciplines of Ancient Studies, from prehistory and early history through classical archaeology to antique philosophy, epistemology and theology. The series will be edited by the Excellence Cluster Topoi, with the prospect of the editorship being transferred to the projected Berlin College for Ancient Studies.

As well as being published in book form, selected titles from the series will also be available for open access as eBooks on the www.reference-global.com website. Dr Sabine Vogt, de Gruyter’s Senior Editor Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies has announced that “Our first joint pilot project for simultaneous publication in print and open access will be the volume Babylon – Wissenskultur in Orient und Okzident (‘Babylon – Knowledge Culture East and West’)”.

Since April 2009. de Gruyter Publishing has been offering an over-arching unified open access model with its de Gruyter Open Library; Topoi provides a first opportunity to apply this model to the humanities. Dr. Sven Fund, de Gruyter’s Managing Director, is confident that “The publishing model used for the Topoi series shows that de Gruyter is adapting to the changing needs and interests of authors, customers and business partners.” He continues. “With this cooperation agreement for the Topoi series we are able for the first time to do exactly what academic sponsoring institutions – including the German Research Foundation – have been demanding on an international level, namely to provide free access to research funded by the tax-payer.

The Series “Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World” presents research findings from the Excellence Cluster Topoi, a joint undertaking of the Free University of Berlin and the Berlin Humboldt University. Partners in the enterprise are the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German Archaeological Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The Topoi Excellence Cluster is engaged in the institutional preparations for the foundation of a Berlin College for Ancient Studies, that will provide a common institutional basis for leading-edge research in all the disciplines connected with Ancient Studies.

Ulrike Lippe
Public Relations
Telephone 030-260 05 153

Walter de Gruyter GmbH &Co. KG: The 260-year old independent academic publisher, with its headquarters in Berlin, publishes over 700 new titles each year; from the fields of humanities, medicine, life sciences and law, as well as 100 academic journals, and digital media.

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