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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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Spaghetti Monsters al Dente

Cowabunga! Your beloved Dataninjas strike again! A couple of weeks back, we were invited to give people a hands on experience of how to make their own squirmy, noodly contraptions in Gephi at the ‘Papyri and Social Networks’ conference in Leiden. We definitely won over a soul or two for our cause, and for those who were still struggling to see the light, we promised to provide our presentations so they could let it sink in a little more. And so today we would like to share the joys and sorrows that come with network building in Gephi with the rest of the world. You can download the files here: general introduction gathering and structuring data Gephi tutorial 1 Gephi tutorial 2 No doubt many of you, in a fit of insanity, have accidentally deleted the sample files we provided to work with during the workshop. Since ninjas are badass, but not bad, we’ve decided to let this one pass with a slight contemptuous smirk, and add them here as well: so here’s the nodelist and the edgelist (right click to download these, otherwise they’ll just open up in a separate window). Now knock yourself out! Yanne & Silke

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Still looking for somewhere to unwind in 2015? Why not do a conference – city trip combo? Transportation costs are on the house! If your project/grant covers them of course, otherwise don’t bother – just go on a proper vacation. And don’t start that ‘I don’t have time for vacation’ crap. Bullshit. Cut your Twitter and Tinder time in half and you’ve already got three weeks to spare.     Challenge the Past/Diversify the Future: A Critical Approach to Visual and Multi-SensoryRepresentations for History and Culture in Gothenburg (March 19-21 2015) Multi-sensory representations?! I don’t think I want to know what an average Egyptian DIY-mud-and-poo-brick house smelt like. Or taste the notorious Roman fish gut seasoning. But there’s more brainy stuff to explore here. Posh UK-based Ninja is part of a panel that will discuss error and subjectivity in our sources. Her presentation will focus on spaghetti monsters of course. She’s going to talk about the instinctivity (I’m making up words again, right?) of layouts and the problem of statictivity (maybe I should start my own dictionary) of networks and how to deal with time lapse. And there’s the Volvo museum. Now who’d wanna miss out on that?! Computer Applicationsand Quantitative Methods in Archaeology in Siena (March 30 – April 3 2015) This year’s Woodstock for archaeologists who like to go digital is held in Siena. Surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills, ancient vineyards, quirky medieval towns and Renaissance masterpieces all just a few miles away… Need I say more?! To Mine and…

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EUSN 2014

With a slight ‘retardation’, our recap of the historical sessions of the first EUSN conference. There were inspiring papers, fancy posters, delicious tapas, amazing vocals, and a keynote that took the FIFA world ranking to a whole new level (and the games themselves of course; but why on earth would you shut down your bar at midnight with Belgium-USA at 0-0 and extra time coming up??).  We were spoilt here, with two full sessions on historical network analysis. On Wednesday, the first started off with the late middle ages, and how the social organisation of the Hansa, with its extensive trade network, changed in towns like Lübeck and Hamburg after the Black Death (‘Plague and Position: The Black Death and the Emergence of the Medieval Hansa’ by Bernd Wurpts and Katherine Stovel). Based on property transfers documented in wills, and kinship networks, they discovered that ‘new men’, i.e. new citizens, came in and acted as brokers across towns, connecting the local elites, and that the regulation of private property transfer possibly spilled over from the legal/religious to the political/economic sphere and was therefore the the cause for the regulation of the Hansa trade.            Next up was Cornell Jackson (‘Exploring the Relationships among the People of Medieval Scotland’), Silke’s very own SNA Jedi master. He’s not a historian himself, but with his SNA background he contributes to the People of Medieval Scotland project. He created a witness affiliation network based on charters, and tested Valente’s diffusion models (Network Models of the Diffusion of Innovations,…

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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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Our very first poster!

Just a quick post to share the poster we presented at the Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Day organized by the KU Leuven Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences (yup, we’ve got a very creative title management department here…): More info on how to identify individuals with the help of network visualization soon! By the way, has anyone ever noticed…  

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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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