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Welcome to our August newsletter

Read on to learn about the research and activities being undertaken at the University of Newcastle's Centre for 21st Century Humanities.

Public event: Artificial intelligence and the future of humanity

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities has brought together a multidisciplinary panel of experts to discuss the urgent topic of artificial intelligence and how it impacts humanity. Join us at this free public talk on 19 September 2019, 4-6pm at the Hunter Room, Newcastle City Hall.  This event is free to attend. However, seats are strictly limited, so please register your attendance to ensure your place. Complimentary drinks will be served following the event. Read more...

Centre publications shortlisted for NSW Premier's History Awards

Two researchers from the Centre for 21st Century Humanities  have had their publications short listed in the NSW Premier’s History Awards:

  • Dr Julie McIntyre’s book with Prof John Germov, Hunter Wine: A History has been listed for the NSW Community and Regional History Prize. The book has also won a special mention in the prestigious OIV Awards. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine Awards are granted each year by an international jury composed of eminent personalities in the vitivinicultural world.
  • The Killing Times by the Guardian Australia and UON’s Colonial Massacres Map Researcher Team led by Prof Lyndall Ryan has been listed for the Digital History prize in the Premiers History Awards.

Forum: Open scholarship in the Humanities

Please join us for an afternoon talk and roundtable discussion about Open Scholarship in the Humanities. It will be held 1 - 5pm Monday 9th September at X401 New Space. Please email C21CH@newcastle.edu.au to RSVP.

Open scholarship involves the creation and dissemination of research and research technologies to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of specialists and non-specialists, including the engaged public, in ways that are both accessible and significant.

Roundtable panelists are Gillian Arrighi (Creative Industries; Centre for 21st Century Humanities),  Erin McCarthy (Humanities and Social Science), John Di Gravio (University Library Archivist), Paul Salzman (Early Modern Women Research Network) and others. Participating in the roundtable will also be Rachel Hendery (Humanities and Comm Arts, University of Western Sydney) and Ray Siemens (Global Innovation Chair in Digital Humanities UON; University of Victoria BC).


Digital Humanities workshop up skills researchers

Faculty of Education and Arts researchers, PhD students and staff recently delved into the intricacies of digital research techniques at a two-day workshop led by visiting digital humanities specialist Dr Alana Piper. The Faculty of Education and Arts and the Centre for 21st Century Humanities hosted the workshop.

Over the course of two days, participants of Dr Piper’s workshop learnt about the benefits and challenges of blogging about research, how to build a research website or blog using WordPress, crowdsourcing as a research methodology using Zooniverse, creating digital timelines and data visualisations, digital mapping, and network analysis using Gephi. Read more...

Registrations open for DH Downunder in Newcastle

DH Downunder is a Digital Humanities / Digital Research Methods Summer Institute that will be held at New Space from 9-13 December.

DH Downunder provides training in cutting edge Digital Research methods and approaches. People with all kinds of backgrounds are welcome, including students, academic staff, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, librarians and professional staff. The classes have a humanities/social sciences orientation, but people from other disciplines are also welcome. Visit the DH Downunder website for more information.

Registrations for DH Downunder are now open, at a cost of $150 for the full week (earlybird, bookings up until September 30th), or $200 (bookings from October 1st).

Seminar: Time, space, technology and meaning

The University of Newcastle is leading a national initiative to build digital mapping infrastructure for humanities, known as the Time Layered Cultural Map or TLCMap. Please join us for a seminar with Dr Bill Pascoe who will speak about the work that is currently being done as part of the TLCMap project.

The seminar is on Wedesnday 28th August, 2 - 4pm at the Treehouse, Callaghan.

Emerging from interdisciplinary digital humanities research, the TLCMap team is exploring methodological, theoretical, and technical challenges, learning from indigenous mapping technology, adapting existing mapping software and embarking on ambitious new developments for humanities research needs - from automated mapping of textual corpora across time to intermedia mapping and mixed reality.

Contact Hedda Askland for more information.

Call for papers: Knowledge creation in the 21st century

A conference on “Knowledge Creation in the 21st Century: Approaches to Open, Digital Scholarship” will be held at New Space 6 - 6 December. The conference seeks to highlight activities, infrastructure, research, and policies that engage open social scholarship in national contexts and beyond. Proposals are now being accepted for lightning papers that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area,

This action-oriented event is geared toward leaders and learners from all fields and arenas, including academic and non-academic researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, librarians and archivists, publishers, members of scholarly and professional associations and consortia, open source practitioners and developers, industry liaisons, community groups, and other stakeholders.


Seminar and Masterclass: Smart Cities of More-Than-Human Futures

The Alternative Futures Research Hub invites you to attend the following seminar and masterclass: Smart Cities of More-Than-Human Futures. Featuring Professor Marcus Foth from Queensland University of Technology, Tuesday 10 September 2019, 10am – 2pm (including lunch-break) to be held in HC02, Hunter Building, Callaghan Campus. Register your attendance.


New York Times crossword references Shakespeare discovery

A recent New York Times crossword quiz has a cryptic reference to the work of Centre for 21st Century Humanities Emeritus Professor Hugh Craig. Clue 75 says 'A sometime collaborator with William Shakespeare per the Oxford University Press'. The clue makes reference to the claim that Marlowe collaborated with Shakespeare on some plays. The New Oxford Shakespeare (NOS) endorsed the claim, which remains very controversial. The claim rests partly on chapters written by Prof Craig and his colleague John Burrows.