University of Lethbridge Tenure Track job: Postcolonial or Modernism, DH welcome (Deadline April 15)

The Department of English at the University of Lethbridge invites applications for a probationary (tenure-track) position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin 1 July 2014, subject to budgetary approval. The position is in the area of Twentieth-Century Literature with specialization in either Post-Colonial Literature or Modernism.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. at or near completion and teaching experience at the university level. The University aspires to hire individuals who have demonstrated considerable potential for excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. New faculty members are eligible to apply for university funding in support of research and scholarly activities.

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Read the rest of this entry »


Visionary Cross joins GRAND-NCE

The Visionary Cross project is joining the Graphics, Animation, and New Media National Centre of Excellence (GRAND-NCE). The project is one of twelve Canadian Digital Humanities projects to join the National Centre of excellence this year as part of the Digital Humanities (DIG-HUM) Subproject. O’Donnell is one of the leads on the Digital Cultural Heritage […]

Living out loud: The Visionary Cross Project and the Public Humanities

A new presentation by Heather Hobma, Daniel Paul O’Donnell, Marco Callieri, Matteo Dellepiane, James Graham, Catherine Karkov, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco. Living out loud: The Visionary Cross Project and the Public Humanities from Daniel O’Donnell

Visionary Cross project announces collaboration with Timothy J. Ray on Theatrical “Lessons and Carols” service

The Visionary Cross project has recently begun helping dramaturg Timothy J. Ray on his “Dreaming Rood” Lessons and Carols service. Ray describes the “The Dreaming Rood” as an ecumenical service of “lessons and carols” celebrating the mystery of the Incarnation organized around the images of the ancient preaching cross of Ruthwell in southern Scotland. The […]

Visionary Cross project joins proposed GRAND Digital Humanities Initiative

The Visionary Cross project has been invited to join the Digital Humanities (DIGHUM) project stream proposed for inclusion in Phase 2 of GRAND (Graphisme, animation et nouveaux médias/Graphics, Animation and New Media), a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada. The project is one of two proposed for the first round of the DigiCultH (Digital […]

Beta release of Digital Vercelli Book (Dream of the Rood and Homily 23) now available

The Digital Vercelli Book, one of the partner projects in the Visionary Cross project, is pleased to announce a beta release. This release, which contains the The Dream of the Rood and Homily 23 is intended to gather feedback on the current user interface and software. The beta version is now freely available at the […]

Beta testers sought for Ruthwell Cross viewer

The Visionary Cross project is preparing a launch of a beta version of its Ruthwell Cross viewer. This is a web-based 3D facsimile of the Ruthwell Cross with annotations suitable for students and the general public. It should be of interest to students, members of the general public, and professional art historians, linguists, historians, and […]

Visionary Cross/ISTI-CNR paper wins best paper award, Digital Heritage International Congress and ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage

“The Dream and the Cross: a 3D-referenced, web-based digital edition” (Chiara Leoni, Marco Callieri, Matteo Dellepiane, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco, Daniel Paul O’Donnell, Roberto Scopigno)  has been recognised as Best Paper at the 2013 Digital Heritage International Congress in Marseille. Chiara Leoni is a student at the Università degli studi di Pisa. Marco Callieri and […]

Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities and International Partnerships

My post last week on Digital Humanities in a global context (In a Rich Man’s World) was derived from a proposal to the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations for a new Special Interest Group devoted to global development issues as they are associated with the Digital Humanities: Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities (GO::DH). I’ve had enough requests from people for the actual proposal, that I thought I’d link to it here (PDF). I’m also pleased (and very grateful) to say that the initiative has also just received funding from the University of Lethbridge through its International Initiatives programme to help get it set up and running. We hope to be arranging our first events very soon.

This is going to be an important area of activity, both within and without the proposed SIG. THaT Camp Caribe is being held this week at the University of Puerto Rico. INKE will be holding its 2012 meeting in Havana, partially out of an interest in these same ideas (Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices).

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How not to use twitter in an emergency

Southern Alberta, including the City and County of Lethbridge, had an interesting afternoon. Fortunately, few if any people seem to have been hurt or lost their homes, though the fire may have hit at a terrible time for area farmers, who were in the middle of harvesting a bumper crop in a high-price market.

Lethbridge is not a major media market and is not represented on our satellite TV (though we could get lots of information about a storm affecting the East coast). Local (commercial) radio continued to play music through the emergency, much as the Soviets used to do when their leaders died, except with more Fleetwood Mac and NickelBack and less Tchaikovsky. Read the rest of this entry »


Linked data, open data: Towards a semantic web of Anglo-Saxon England

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS), July 29th-August 2, 2013, Dublin

The Visionary Cross would like to propose a roundtable or three paper panel on linked and open data in Anglo-Saxon studies for ISAS 2013. The goal of this panel would be to assess the current state of practice in the development of linked and open datasets and to explore future directions. This topic should be of interest to textual editors, cultural heritage curators, art historians, researchers working on dictionaries and other reference works.

If you would like to explore this topic contact, please contact Daniel O’Donnell (daniel.odonnell@uleth.ca) as soon as possible to discuss approaches. Session and paper proposals are due at the ISAS programme committee by September 13.


Call for Papers: Cultural, Textual, and Material Heritage in the Digital Age: Projects and Practices

The twentieth International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 1-4 July 2013

The rise of the Digital Humanities as an international, cross-disciplinary approach to humanistic scholarship presents exciting new challenges and opportunities.

Perhaps one of the most exciting of these is the convergence of interest among textual editors, art historians, archaeologists, museum and library curatorial staff, government agencies, and commercial entities in what can be broadly described as issues in the representation and research of Cultural, Textual, and Material Heritage.

This call is for papers addressing current and future practices and opportunities in this area. What are the interesting projects? What are the interesting technologies, methodologies, and business models? How will this convergence play out in the short and medium term?

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Call for Participants: New Digital Paradigms in Anglo-Saxon Studies

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS), July 29th-August 2, 2013, Dublin

Anglo-Saxon studies, and medieval studies more generally, has always been a pioneering discipline in the use of digital technology. From early projects like the Dictionary of Old English and Electronic Beowulf through more recent contributions such as the Anglo-Saxon Cluster and DigiPal, Anglo-Saxonists have always been ready to adopt promising new technologies and approaches when these have been able to help us in our research and teaching. Read the rest of this entry »


David Brooks: The eighties, nineties, and oughts called and they want their rhetoric back

The Romney campaign doesn’t seem to know how to respond. For centuries, business leaders have been inept when writers, intellectuals and politicians attacked capitalism, and, so far, the Romney campaign is continuing that streak.

David Brooks

Brooks has been paying attention the last three decades, right? Intellectuals and politicians winning a rhetorical war over the value of capitalism in the face of rhetorical ineptness on the part of business interests? Seriously? Since Reagan and Thatcher?

I think that film must be playing in the other theatre.


Rich and poor

Just to be clear, outsourcing is only one source of the huge disconnect between a tiny elite and ordinary American workers, a disconnect that has been growing for more than 30 years. And Bain, in turn, was only one player in the growth of outsourcing. So Mitt Romney didn’t personally, single-handedly, destroy the middle-class society we used to have —Paul Krugman

When I was a student in high school and university I used to work summers as a factory hand at Rowntree Macintosh (the candy company who made Smarties, Aero, and Black Magic–later bought out by Nestle). It was a great job I got via my neighbour, an old Yorkshireman who’d been a bombardier in the Lancs during the war. It was a union job that paid exactly the price of a dozen beer an hour (in the old, highly regulated Ontario system). I used to watch the clock, counting the beers.

Th other night I realised that I have no idea what it is like to work in a factory now. And more importantly, I don’t think any of our politicians do. Read the rest of this entry »


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