Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World – Conference Program

An interdisciplinary conference organized by the Digital Classics Association
University at Buffalo, SUNY, North Campus, Center for the Arts Screening Room, Buffalo, NY 14261
April 5-6, 2013

Archaeological GIS, digital historical mapping, literary text mining, and other computational techniques are increasingly shaping how we understand classical antiquity. Digital methods are breaking down sub-disciplinary barriers, allowing literary scholars to more easily explore epigraphical inscriptions, archaeologists to place their findings on digital historical maps, and philosophers to explore style and argument with sophisticated search techniques. Digital tools also offer new ways to explain aspects of classical antiquity in the classroom and to the public at large.
The aim of the inaugural Digital Classics Association (DCA) conference is to provide a survey of current approaches to digital methods of research, teaching, and outreach across classical sub-disciplines, with the goals of further opening inter-disciplinary perspectives and establishing common objectives for digital research and education.

Conference Program

Friday, April 5

8:00 – 9:00 Vans circulating between Marriott, Ramada, and Center for the Arts
8:00 – 9:00 Registration, Coffee, Bagels, Muffins
8:15 – 8:45 DCA Business Meeting
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome: Neil Coffee (U. Buffalo), DCA Co-Chair
9:10 – 9:40 Opening Remarks: Gregory Crane (Tufts U.), DCA Co-Chair


Session 1: Mining Texts and Mining Images

9:40 – 10:00 Monica Berti (Tufts U., Tor Vergata): Fragmenta Historica 2.0: quotations and text re-uses in the semantic web
10:00 – 10:20 Jeremy March (CUNY): A stylometric study of Pindar’s Odes
10:20 – 10:40 Marco Büchler (U. Leipzig): Using Google Pagerank to detect text reuse
10:40 – 11:00 Shannon O’Donovan (independent): Data mining digital archives of figured Greek vases
11:00 – 11:20 Discussion
11:20 – 11:40 Break


Session 2: Historical Mapping

11:40 – 12:00 Walter Scheidel (Stanford U.): Redrawing the map of the Roman world
12:00 – 12:20 Tom Elliott (NYU): Stitching together ancient geography online
12:20 – 12:40 Ryan Horne (UNC-Chapel Hill): Mapping antiquity a-la-carte: a GIS interface of the ancient world
12:40 – 1:00 Discussion
1:00 – 2:20 Lunch


Session 3: Posters / Demos

2:20 – 3:40 John Esposito (UNC-Chapel Hill): Classics and the semantic web
Christopher Forstall and Walter Scheirer (U. Buffalo, U. Colorado, Colorado Springs): Getting started with Tesserae allusion detection
Calla Holmes-Robbins and John Gruber-Miller (Cornell College): Traveling with Pausanias: Using Google Earth to engage students with ancient maps
Brian Joseph and Christopher Brown (Ohio State U.): Charting ancient ethnography: The OSU Herodotos Project
Emily Anne Lewis (Westborough High): Stepping joyfully beyond textbook: From visualizing to reliving the ancient world
Francesco Mambrini (Center for Hellenic Studies): Treebanking the world of Thucydides: Linguistic annotation for ancient history
Gerol Petruzella (Mass. College of Liberal Arts): Dungeons and Discourse
Erik Shell (U. Maryland College Park): The Athens Minecraft Project
Sara Sieteski (U. Pennsylvania):  GIS Mapping of fort and town settlements along Hadrian’s Wall


Session 4: Textual Corpora and Conventions

3:40 – 4:00 Sarah Buchanan (U. Texas, Austin): Cataloguing the classics: Linking bibliographic records and digital texts in a forum for classics, libraries, and scholarly communication
4:00 – 4:20 Dia Philippides (Boston College): Addressing Polytonic Greek in a digital context: A CD-ROM (and beyond) for Cretan renaissance literature
4:20 – 4:40 Matteo Romanello (German Archaeological Institut): Exploring citation networks to study intertextuality in classics
4:40 – 5:00 Caroline T. Schroeder (U. Pacific): Cracking the code: A Coptic digital corpus for interdisciplinary research
5:00 – 5:20 Discussion
5:30 – 6:30 Reception
6:30 – 7:30 Vans circulate between Marriott, Ramada, and Center for the Arts
6:30 Bus pick up at Center for the Arts for dinner
7:00 – 9:00 Conference dinner:  Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo, 14202


Saturday, April 6

8:30 – 9:30 Vans circulate between Marriott, Ramada, and Center for the Arts
9:00 – 9:30 Coffee, Bagels, Muffins


Session 5: Visualizing the Built Environment and Lived Space

9:30 – 9:50 Rebecca Schindler (DePauw U.): Teaching Spatial Literacy in the Classical Studies Curriculum
9:50 – 10:10 Kevin D. Fisher (U. Toronto): Digital approaches to ancient cities: The Kalavasos and Maroni built environments project, Cyprus
10:10 – 10:30 Christopher Johanson (UCLA): RomeLab: Performance on the ephemeral stage
10:30 – 10:50 Discussion
10:50 – 11:00 Break


Session 6: Instruction and Outreach

11:00 – 11:20 Jared Simard (CUNY): New approaches to mapping mythology: A digital collection
11:20 – 11:40 Jeff Rydberg-Cox (U. Missouri-Kansas City): Lorem ipsum dolor: A guided Greek tutorial system based on John William White’s ‘First Greek Book’
11:40 – 12:00 Elizabeth A. Baker (U. Missouri): Traversing time and space: Ontological analysis of traditional and new literacies
12:00 – 12:20 Discussion
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch


Session 7: Workshops / Networking

Workshop seating limited. Sign up at registration.

1:30 – 3:30 Seats, tables, coffee available for informal conversations
1:30 – 2:30 David Fredrick (U. Arkansas): Environmental modeling and Pompeian houses Jeff Rydberg-Cox (U. Missouri-Kansas City): Statistical methods for R
2:30 – 3:30 Adam Breindel (independent): Virtualization for DH projects Erin Warford (U. Buffalo): GIS concepts
3:30 – 3:40 Break


Session 8: Literary Criticism and Digital Methods

3:40 – 4:00 Matthew L. Jockers (U. Nebraska Lincoln): Macroanalysis
4:00 – 4:20 Patrick J. Burns (Fordham U.): Distant reading alliteration in Latin poetry
4:20 – 4:40 Neil Bernstein (Ohio U.): Using Tesserae to extend the philological commentary
4:40 – 5:00 Discussion
5:00 – 5:30 Concluding Remarks: Geoffrey Rockwell (U. Alberta)
5:30 – 6:30 Vans circulate between Marriott, Ramada, and Center for the Arts

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