Day(s) of DH in Southampton: echoes of the Connected Past

March 30, 2012 in All Day, CAA2012, Conference, Research, Travel

As I feared, I didn’t manage to write any posts during my day of DH. But I’ll try to catch up now and during the next few days. I spent my day of DH, as well as the past 6 days, in sunny Southampton — below is a picture from my morning walk through Southampton Commons. There I attended over the week-end the Connected Past conference, and right after that the CAA 2012 conference.

Connected Past — organized by Tom Brughmans, Anna Collar and Fiona Coward — went, honestly, way beyond my expectations. I thought I was going to attend a rather small and informal workshop — don’t ask me why, though — and I found myself in a great conference, with some 145 delegates, keynote spekers of the likes of Alexander Bentley (the author of Complex Systems in Archaeology), Irad Malkin and Carl Knappett (author of An archaeology of interaction : network perspectives on material culture and society) –  I also won A Small Greek World, the last book by Iran Malkin, in a final raffle of OUP books!

I’m quite a newbie to the field of network analysis, and this was the main reason for me to attend. I’ll be looking into it some time soon as one of the output of my PhD project will be a citation network consisting of journal papers in Classics and the ancient texts they refer to.

I learned so much about networks that it’ll take me a while to process and digest all of that. One of he things that I took home from this event — beside a whole bunch of technical notions such as the network metrics of betweeness and centrality etc. — is that is not necessary to draw beautiful and messy spaghetti-monster-like network diagrams in order to do network analysis, as some of the papers convigly showed. And as a complement to this, that there are quite a few people around who are applying in an innovative and convincing way network theory to the study of the past.

These were some thoughts that were still echoing in my mind during my day of DH! More on what I acutally did on that day in the next posts…


About Matteo Romanello

March 27, 2012 in About Day of DH, CAA2012

I’m Matteo Romanello, Digital Humanist/Digital Classicist working in an archaeological institute in Berlin. My work time is divided between the DARIAH-DE project, on which I spend most of my time, and my doctoral research — I’m doing a PhD in Digital Humanities at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s and this is my research project page in case you want to check it out. Berlin and London, the two places where I have been spending my last 3 years or so, are also two interesting places to be DH-wise, particularly for how much they differ from one another.

As far as my DayOfDH, I made up my mind at the very last minute about taking part or not. Not because I’m not interested in it — on the contrary I’ve been following with great interest the past few editions. The main reason, or perhaps just an excuse for myself, was that I’m attending this very days the CAA 2012 conference which is happening right now and until Thursday in Southampton. I do really hope to be able to spare some time to tell my DayOfDH which, so far, it’s been pretty hectic — and I suspect it won’t get much better by the end of the day! At the same time, being a Digital Humanist at a computational archaeology conference proved being extremely fascinating as I hope I’ll the chance to describe a little later on.


Hello world!

March 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

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