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The Journal of Historical Network Research

To start this post properly, please picture the opening scene of The Lion King in your head. Not just the video; the audio as well, please. Actually, the audio in itself is enough. It starts with an enthralling ‘AAAAAAAA!’, making your tummy feel all funny and getting you to bounce on the edge of the couch in hyper-drive over-eager anticipation because the movie’s starting!! Ok, now pause your inner iPod at that nanosecond right before the song starts. We realize it’s been ages since we’ve posted anything even remotely interesting or useful. I could start making excuses, but frankly, my dear, do you give a damn? No, of course not. You just wanted educationally entertaining literature, and we failed to deliver. So I’m going to make up for that with a fantastic opening. Hence the Lion King soundtrack. This post is also about the birth of something legendary, so the theme is actually quite appropriate. Ok, ready? Hit play! WE FINALLY HAVE OUR OWN JOURNAL!!! Before you start leaving congratulatory comments, let me be clear: by ‘we’, I don’t mean Silke and I. I use this pronoun in a majestically plural sense to denote the entire community of historians who have devoted their precious lives to the dangerous en generally unsurpassed attempts to spread the spaghettilicious word among our peers, overlords, frenemies and loved ones. Those days filled with agony deciding which journal to submit to are finally over. We are masters of our own fate now. To celebrate Earth’s 5010th anniversary*, the Journal…

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Open CFP: Digital Approaches and the Ancient World

More publicity! *Digital Approaches and the Ancient World* A themed issue of the _Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies_ Editors: Gabriel Bodard (University of London) gabriel dot bodard at Yanne Broux (KU Leuven) yanne dot broux at Ségolène Tarte (University of Oxford) segolene dot tarte at Call for papers: We invite colleagues all around the world and at all stages of their careers to submit papers on the topic of “Digital Approaches and the Ancient World” to a themed issue of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. The topic is to be construed as widely as possible, to include not only the history, archaeology, language, literature and thought of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean world, but also of antiquity more widely, potentially including, for example, South and East Asian, Sub-Saharan African or Pre-Columbian American history. Digital approaches may also vary widely, to include methodologies from the digital humanities and information studies, quantitative methods from the hard sciences, or other innovative and transdisciplinary themes. Papers will be fully peer reviewed and selected for inclusion based not only on their research quality and significance, but especially on their ability to engage profoundly both with classics/history academic readers, and scholars from digital or informatic disciplines. We are keen to see papers that clearly lay out their disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodological approaches, and present and interpret the full range of scholarly and practical outcomes of their research. We encourage the use of and direct reference to open…

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More events!

Here are some more events we thought you might be interested in. You might even spot us at some!   May 9-11: Networks and Interactions conference at Leiden University. Silke will enlighten the world with a paper on Demotic contracts from Ptolemaic Thebes. She created this cool multi-layered network incorporating the scribes, the contracting parties and the witnesses, linking those in the same documents, as well as recording family ties. The main focus is on the witnesses: how were they chosen? Were they connected to the notarial and scribal offices, or can they be linked to one or both parties as family and/or acquaintances perhaps? Or were they chosen randomly, passers-by simply picked from the streets when needed?   May 12: a conference on mixed-method approaches to social network analysis at Hendon Campus (Middlesex University) in Londen, where qualitative research is applied to social networks besides the traditional quantitative approach   July 11: Silke will present her Theban witness paper to a London audience this time, as part of the Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies summer seminars. More info, abstract and other speakers here! August 1: During yet another seminar in the Digital Classicist summer edition, Sebastian Rahtz and Gabriel Bodard will present the SNAP:DRGN project (of which our very own Trismegistos is a privileged partner!)  June 23-28 (2015!): Sunbelt XXXV – next mega SNA conference bij the INSNA will take place in Brighton (UK) next year, save the date! To make things easier, I created a calendar dedicated…

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CfP: Historical Network Research Conference 2014

Okay! Hold on te yer hats! We gonna do some serious advertising here! This year, the second Historical Network Research Conference will be held in Gent (September 15-19). Yup, that’s right, in our own brave little Belgium! What’s more: we are going te be there! Uh huh, slap on some sunscreen (better make that LOADS) and get ready to bask in our magnificent glow. Can’t get any better than that, you say? Well you better hold on to yer pants then, ’cause it actually does! Alright, here it comes. Or wait, maybe you should sit down for this one. Ok, got a pillow next to you in case you faint? Great! Because this is your one (who knows, perhaps not only) chance to get up close and personal with the DataNinjas during one of the pre-conference workshops we’re assisting! It obviously deals with the most important step in network analysis: preparing your data. Because, if you get that wrong, well, you’re screwed basically. Places are limited, so sign up as soon as possible, we’re expecting a major stampede here. Oh, and can you perhaps sign up for one of the other workshops as well? You know, so we don’t, like, embarrass the organizers? I mean, it’s not all about us after all. We’ll be doing an autograph and photo session of course, but come on guys, you gotta give the others a chance. There’s plenty of time to hang out with us during the breaks! Paper and poster sessions are…

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Prosop: a social networking tool for the past

Call for participants for the second Prosop database development workshop in Tallahassee (FL) on May 9. What is Prosop? Prosop is a collaborative semantic web database of details about individuals in the past. Although it maps networks and discovers connections, it is not just facebook for dead people. In particular, it aims to:manage diverse types of data from different historical settings,aggregate of large quantities of person data,accommodate uncertain and conflicting information, andfacilitate data-driven study of historical systems of description and classification. What kinds of data do we seek? We’re looking for information about relatively large sets of relatively ordinary people from the past. Typically, this information is extracted from archival records used by microhistorians. For example, the database contains the name, age, address, and physical description of 700 criminal court defendants from 1880s Egypt. Prosop is meant to work for all kinds of historical person data, and we are especially interested in data in unusual formats (linguistic, topical, or otherwise) that will help us to develop the flexibility of the system. Also, we are looking for participants who are willing to share their data with the community of researchers using Prosop.   It’s in Florida, peeps, don’t hesitate. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is just a 3h 39min drive away. The new section with Diagon Ally, King’s Cross station and so much more won’t be open by then yet, but I could spend a whole day riding just The Forbidden Journey in the castle anyway, it’s just SO TOTALLY…

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CFP: First European Conference on Social Networks

Alright! After a refreshingly humid Sunbelt XXXIV two weeks ago in Florida, the first European leg of this tour has been announced! The first ever European Conference for Social Networks will take place in Barcelona from July 1-4 at the Faculty of Arts at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The call for papers and posters is now open and abstracts can be submitted until April 1 and … historical network research is listed as one of the organized sessions! Put your hands up! Guess who signed up already?? Conference highlights: – wide range of workshops, including an intro to SNA (in general), R (intro + R for ego networks) and Pajek (for two-mode networks) – keynote speaker U. Brandes of the University of Konstanz, enlightening us about The Positional Turn in Social Network Analysis – summertime in Barcelona – hospitality suites from 10 PM to midnight – and of course the historical network research session! Be there or be ☐!

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