Remediatin​g the Avant-Gard​e: Magazines and Digital Archives, Princeton (October 25-26, 2013)

Reminder: Call for Papers due May 31

Remediating the Avant-Garde: Magazines and Digital Archives
Princeton University
October 25-26, 2013

The Blue Mountain Project at Princeton University is a a freely available electronic repository of art, music, and literary periodicals that both chronicle and embody the emergence of cultural modernity in the West. We are currently digitizing 34 titles published in Europe and the United States between 1850-1923, in French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Polish, Finnish, and Danish.

The Blue Mountain Project is seeking paper proposals for a two-day conference, to be held in Princeton, New Jersey on October 25th and 26th, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA.

Context of inquiry
The aim of our conference is to explore the fertile conceptual and practical ground where traditional area studies, periodical studies, digital humanities, computer science, and library and information science converge. We are interested in how these fields inform each other and challenge us to think and create in new ways, both as builders of digital resources and as scholars and teachers of avant-garde periodicals. The following set of questions will frame the conference discussions:

· What intellectual and technological insights emerge when we attempt to represent avant-garde periodicals – their specific aesthetic, material, and social features; format; diverse historical, linguistic and national specificities – in the digital environment?
· What are the potentials, and what are the risks, for intellectual engagement with avant-garde periodicals when they are remediated in the digital environment? What positive and/or negative impact can the application of new methods of representation and analysis have on both short-term research and teaching and longer-term understanding of this material?
· Can we define a set of priorities, or best practices, for representing avant-garde periodicals in the digital environment?

Papers sought
We welcome, in particular, papers that touch upon topics such as:
– aspects of remediating visual, verbal and musical texts
– methods of representation (e.g. bibliographic description and analysis, ontology design, text encoding, linked data, interface)
– methods of analysis (e.g. full-text searching, data mining, visualization, GIS, topic modeling)
– dynamics of control by reader/user vs. control by system/format
– pedagogical practices

Submission details
Paper proposals (abstract 500 words, plus short author bio) due: May 31, 2013
Acceptance notification: June 15, 2013
Send proposals and inquiries to: Natalia Ermolaev:

This conference is being made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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