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Welcome to our July newsletter

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

Dancing, bombing and outsourcing corporeality: can we love the posthuman body?

Weaponsing bodies, outsourcing and technologising of bodies and creative modification of bodies were some of the topics discussed at the recent public talk delivered by visiting international scholar Dr Devaleena Das. The talk, titled Dancing, bombing and outsourcing corporeality: can we love the posthuman body? was hosted by Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre and The Centre For 21st Century Humanities.

- View a short summary video of the event.

- Listen to a podcast of the full talk.

Love Magic: A performance of an ancient Greek play

Come along to the Royal Exhange Theatre from 7pm, 14 - 17 August to see a play written more than 2300 years ago brought to life. In association with Stray Dogs Theatre Company, Love Magic is a dramatic monologue written by the ancient Greek poet Theocritus around 280-260 BCE featuring a young woman scorned by her lover.

The performance is a research project funded by the Centre for 21st Century Humanities led by Professor Marguerite Johnson, a researcher of Classics, magic and gender. Tickets are $25 ($20 concession) and can be purchased only at the door on the night at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Doors open at 7 pm – first in best seated!

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Digital Humanities Workshops

The Faculty of Education & Arts invites you to attend two days of Centre for 21st Century Humanities workshops with visiting Digital Humanities specialist Dr Alana Piper from the University of Technology, Sydney.

The workshops will run Monday August 5th and Tuesday August 6th in Room X803 at New Space, Hunter Street, Newcastle. They are open to all FEDUA staff.

Please RSVP to C21CH@newcastle.edu.au and specify which workshop (or both) you will attend.

Workshop 1 – Monday August 5, 1pm - 5.30pm

‘Building Research Project Websites: From Blogging and Wordpress to Crowdsourcing and Zooniverse’.

Workshop 2 – Tuesday August 6, 9.30am - 5pm

‘Data Visualisations: Timelines, Storymaps and Network Analysis’

Read more for details of the workshops...

Fly through Newcastle's original 1981 Victoria Theatre

A project from Centre for 21st Century Humanities researcher Dr Gillian Arrighi has brought to life the lavish original 1891 interior of a forgotten Newcastle icon, the Victoria Theatre, through a virtual reality recreation.

Dr Arrighi has been researching the extent of live performance in the greater Hunter region from 1845 and the UON Innovation Team have taken her research and made in into an immersive virtual reality experience allowing the public to see inside the historical theatre

TLCMap Update

The TLCMap, a major project of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities, is progressing well with intensive groundwork and due diligence on various existing systems now complete and a sound system architecture is in view.

The TLCMap will be a powerful software platform that will allow humanities researchers to build digital maps with pathways and search the data held in different Australian repositories by location and time and compile new data sets.

The software development stage of the project is about to start which is an exciting milestone in the project.

Call for papers: digital research across the humanities

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at ‘Digital research across the humanities’, a two-day symposium to be held at the University of Newcastle, Australia in November 2019. The symposium will be preceded by Newcastle’s first THATCamp on the morning of 28 November 2019, a free, open meeting of humanists and technologists at all levels, and it will officially begin with a Stylo workshop by Jan Rybicki on the same day.

The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2019. Authors will be notified at the end of August 2019.
For more information or to submit a proposal, contact Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan, Rebecca Beirne, and Erin A. McCarthy at digitalresearch2019@newcastle.edu.au.


An interview with endangered languages researcher Assoc Prof Bill Palmer

Centre for 21st Century Humanities researcher and conservator of threatened language, Associate Professor Bill Palmer explains why two people are as important as 2 billion, from a linguistics point of view.


Opinion article by Dr Hedda Askland

Over the past decade, coal companies have been buying off land in Gloucester, fragmenting communities and pushing local residents out to make way for the proposed Rocky Hill Mine. Now that a landmark court case has terminated the mine’s future, social impact expert and Centre for 21st Century Humanities member Dr Hedda Askland says that the fight is far from over.