“Digital Classics and the Changing Profession” DCA Panel at the January 2017 SCS / AIA meetings

The DCA will be hosting a panel entitled “Digital Classics and the Changing Profession” at this year’s meetings of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) and Archaeological Institute of America at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. It will be held as Session 24 on Friday, January 6 from 1:45 – 4:45 p.m., with the following agenda (titles link to abstracts):


Perseids Treebanking Workshop prior to January 2017 SCS Meeting

Perseids will be offering a free treebanking workshop just prior to the SCS conference, led by Marie-Claire Beaulieu and Bob and Vanessa Gorman. The workshop will be held January 4-5th, 2017, 9a.m. – 5p.m. at the The Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square in Toronto.

It will include hands-on seminars on how to use the tools available via Perseids, in particular the Alpheios Translation Alignment editor and the Arethusa Treebank editor. Treebanking (morpho-syntactic diagramming) allows a user to identify all the dependency relationships in a sentence as well as the morphology of each word. Translation alignments allow a user to identify corresponding words between an original text and its translation. With both methods, the resulting data is automatically compiled in an xml file which can be further queried for research.

Register here and find preparatory training videos here.


Ancient Makerspaces Session at January 2017 SCS Meeting

There will be an all-day workshop entitled “Ancient MakerSpaces: Digital Tools for Classical Scholarship” at the SCS Meeting, Saturday, January 7 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The presenters will be as follows:

  • (8:30-9:00) Thomas Beasley (Bucknell University) “Visualizing Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”
  • (9:10-9:50) Rodney Ast (University of Heidelberg) “Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri”
  • (9:55-10:45) Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee University) “Ancient Graffiti Project”
  • (10:50-11:35) Sebastian Heath (New York University) “Make Your Own 3D Models”
  • (11:40-12:25) Ryan Horne (University of North Carolina) “Make Your Own Map”
  • (12:30-1:00) Pramit Chaudhuri (Dartmouth College) and Joseph Dexter (Harvard University) “Phylogenetic Profiling and the Reception of Classical Drama”
  • (1:10-1:55) James Gawley (University of Buffalo) “Intertext Mining with Tesserae”
  • (2:00-2:45) Bridget Almas (Tufts University) “Perseids: Infrastructure for Research and Collaboration”
  • (3:00-4:00) Patrick J. Burns (New York University) Panel Discussion

2017 AIA / SCS Call for Papers: “Digital Classics and the Changing Profession”

The growth of the digital humanities is increasingly affecting the professional life of classicists. Job ads have begun to ask for digital humanities experience. Job seekers who have digital skills face an expanded employment landscape, including not only to academic teaching positions, but also post-docs on funded research projects, work at NGOs, and jobs at private technology firms. Graduate students and graduate programs must decide what sort of digital training is necessary for a career. Tenure and promotion evaluators face the challenge of accounting for digital scholarship. Abstracts are invited for presentations addressing how digital methods are changing the shape of the profession in these and other ways, and how students and faculty can respond.

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to digitalclassicsassociation@gmail.com, with identifying information in the email.

 Abstracts will be refereed anonymously in accordance with SCS regulations. Submitters should confirm in their emails that they are SCS members in good standing. Abstracts should follow the formatting guidelines of the instructions for individual abstracts on the SCS website. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 9, 2016.

Note: All past DCA sessions have been joint colloquia of the Society for Classical Studies and the Archaeological Institute of America. This panel has been initially approved by SCS, with the application for a joint AIA colloquium pending. AIA members are encouraged to submit, though there is no guarantee at this point that the panel will be approved by AIA.

“Digital Resources for Education and Outreach” Panel at January 2016 AIA / SCS

The DCA panel “Digital Resources for Education and Outreach” will take place at the AIA / SCS meetings in San Francisco at the Union Square Hilton on Friday, January 8, from 8-11:30 a.m. The presentations are:

  1. Lain Wilson and Jonathan Shea, Dumbarton Oaks
    Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Seals Online Catalogue (20 mins.)

  2. Kristina Chew, Rutgers University Online
    Using Online Tools to Teach Classics in a Small or Non-Existent Classics Program (20 mins.)

  3. J. Bert Lott, Vassar College
    Collaborative Annotation and Latin Pedagogy (20 mins.)

  4. Gwynaeth McIntyre, University of Otago, Melissa Funke, University of British Columbia, and Chelsea Gardner, University of British Columbia
    From Stone to Screen to Classroom

  5. Robert Gorman, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Dependency Syntax Trees in the Latin 1 Classroom

Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Response (10 mins.)

General Discussion (40 mins.)

See more at: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/2016/147/details-paper-sessions#sthash.tpCx8gwD.dpuf

2016 AIA / SCS Call for Papers: “Digital Resources for Teaching and Outreach”

Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies (AIA / SCS) Meetings, January 6-9, San Francisco, CA.

 Digital resources are increasingly opening up new opportunities for classics education and outreach. Some, like MOOCs, have been intensively discussed. The goal of this session is to highlight new and less familiar approaches and encourage reflection on how we can best achieve our educational mission in this changing environment. We now have access to free online language textbooks with exercises. Students can play online games in which they guide animated characters through Roman history. They can also contribute to research by publishing translations and annotations in major online repositories. Papers are invited that introduce these and other sorts of tools and techniques and / or reflect on the present and future use of digital methods for pedagogy and outreach.

 Anonymous abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to digitalclassicsassociation@gmail.com, with identifying information in the email. Abstracts will be refereed anonymously by three readers in accordance with SCS regulations. The session will be proposed as a joint AIA / SCS colloquium, so abstracts from members of both societies are welcome. In your email, please confirm that you are an AIA or SCS member in good standing. Abstracts should follow the formatting guidelines of the instructions for individual abstracts on the SCS website. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, March 16, 2015.

Please direct any questions to ncoffee@buffalo.edu.

See this call on the SCS website.

“Making Meaning from Data” Panel, AIA / SCS New Orleans, Jan. 11, 2015

French Quarter, New Orleans
French Quarter, New Orleans

The DCA hosted a successful session on January11 at the 2015 AIA / SCS meetings in New Orleans, entitled “Making Meaning from Data.” The program was as follows (links to presenter materials will be added as they become available):

  1. What Do You Do with a Million Links?
    Elton Barker, The Open University; Pau de Soto The University of Southampton; Leif Isaksen, The University of Southampton; Rainer Simon, The Austrian Institute of Technology
    [200+ MB Powerpoint with audio in Google drive folder. Click on “Pelagios” file and download, then play as ppt.]

  2. Beyond Rhetoric: The Correlation of Data, Syntax, and Sense in Literary Analysis
    Marie-Claire Beaulieu, J. Matthew Harrington, Bridget Almas, Tufts University

  3. Trees into Nets: Network-Based Approaches to Ancient Greek Treebanks
    Francesco Mambrini, Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut Berlin; Marco Passarotti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan

  4. Inside-out and Outside-In: Improving and Extending Digital Models for Archaeological Interpretation
    Rachel Opitz, University of Arkansas; James Newhard, College of Charleston; Marcello Mogetta, University of Michigan; Tyler Johnson, University of Arkansas; Samantha Lash, Brown University; and Matt Naglak, University of Michigan [Two-part presentation. Part 1, on Gabii, slides and publication demo, by Opitz, Mogetta, Johnson, Lash, and Naglak]

  5. Enhancing and Extending the Digital Study of Intertextuality
    Joseph P. Dexter, Harvard University; Matteo Romanello, Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut Berlin; Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College; Tathagata Dasgupta, Harvard University; and Nilesh Tripuraneni, University of Cambridge
    [Two-part presentation. Part 2, on intertextuality in classical secondary literature, by Matteo Romanello]

  6. Response
    Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, SUNY

“Getting Started with Digital Classics” Panel, APA / AIA Chicago, Jan. 3, 2014


Monica Berti of Leipzig University and LOFTS speaks at DCA APA / AIA 2014.

DCA hosted its first panel at the annual meetings of the American Philological Association and American Institute of Archaeology in Chicago on January 3, 2014, entitled “Getting Started with Digital Classics.”

 The program, with links to screencasts on Youtube where available, is below.

 Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, State University of New York


Diane Cline, George Washington University
Social Network Analysis and Ancient History

Neil Bernstein, Ohio University
Comparative Rates of Text Reuse in Latin Epic

 Monica Berti, University of Leipzig
The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS) (no screencast; website)

 Adam Rabinowitz, The University of Texas at Austin
Living Pictures: Computational Photography and the Digital Classics

Francesco Mambrini, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin
The Ancient Greek Dependency Treebank (no screencast; related presentation)

Ryan Baumann, Hugh Cayless, and Joshua D. Sosin, Duke University
After Integrating Digital Papyrology

Gregory Crane, Tufts University and University of Leipzig
Respondent (no screencast; website)

Call for Papers: 2015 APA / AIA Session “Making Meaning from Data”

Abstracts are invited for the Digital Classics Association colloquium at SCS / AIA Annual Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 8-11, 2015. The topic is “Making Meaning from Data,” and the abstract submission deadline is February 3, 2014.

The call for papers is below and available on the SCS (APA) website.

 We are again seeking to make this a joint colloquium with AIA, and hope that the success of this year’s joint colloquium augurs well for AIA approval. Abstracts suitable to the memberships of SCS, AIA, or both are welcome. Once a panel with AIA member contributions is composed, it will be submitted to AIA for approval.

CFP: Making Meaning from Data. Proposed joint panel for AIA / APA Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 8-11, 2013

Sponsored by the Digital Classics Association
Organizers: Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, SUNY; Gregory Crane, Tufts University; Christopher Blackwell, Furman University; Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox, University of Missouri Kansas-City

Digital techniques hold the promise of providing a consistent and comprehensive basis for the interpretation of classical culture, yet they also raise significant questions of method. Do digital approaches lead us away from certain kinds of interpretation and toward others? How does the quantitative and aggregate nature of argumentation common to digital humanities relate to other modes of understanding the ancient world? Papers are invited for this session that reflect theoretically on the study and understanding of classical antiquity in light of the growing importance of digital methods. Participants may take as their object material any aspect of classical culture, including, but not limited to: history, language, literature, material and visual culture, and philosophy.

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to digitalclassicsassociation@gmail.com, with identifying information in the email. Abstracts will be refereed anonymously by three readers in accordance with APA regulations. In your email, please confirm that you are an AIA or APA member in good standing. Abstracts should follow the formatting guidelines of the instructions for individual abstracts on the APA website. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 5 p.m. Eastern Time, February 3, 2014. This panel is already approved for APA. Once a panel with AIA member contributions is composed, it will be submitted to AIA for approval.

Contact: Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, SUNY, ncoffee@buffalo.edu

NEH Senior Program Officer Available to Meet at 2014 APA / AIA

From NEH blog:

Mary Downs, Senior Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities, will be at the upcoming Joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Philological Association (Chicago, Jan. 2-5, 2014) and is available to meet with those interested in learning more about NEH funding opportunities, particularly in Preservation and Access, the Digital HumanitiesResearch, and Education.

The following grant programs may be of interest to attendees: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesDigital Humanities Implementation GrantsDigital Humanities Start-Up GrantsInstitutes for Advanced Topics in the Humanities; as well as Collaborative Research,  Scholarly EditionsFellowships, Summer Stipends, and Summer Seminars and Institutes. Projects may be at any stage of development, so come with your ideas and questions!

To schedule a time to meet, please email Mary (mdowns@neh.gov) the top two or three 15- or 20-minute blocks of time that are most preferable from the following windows:

Thurs., Jan. 2: 5:30-6:30 pm

Fri., Jan. 3: 10 am- 12 noon

Sat., Jan. 4: 10 am – 12 noon