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Early Modern Texts: Digital Methods and Methodologies

University of Oxford 16 – 17 September 2013

You can download a digital version of this programme [PDF], read the abstracts and speakers’ biographies, or view the Storified conference.

Monday 16 September 2013

09.30 – 10.00       Registration and refreshments ☛ “Ile bestow a breakfast to make […] thee friendes

10.00 – 10.10       Welcome ☛ “Oh! welcome Friend!

  • Richard Ovenden, Interim Bodley’s Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

10.10 – 11.10       Keynote 1 ☛ the sports and musings of a wise man

  • Dog-ears and the Digital
    Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University

11.10 – 11.30       Refreshments ☛ “Let ’em drink Coffee

11.30 – 12.45       Panel 1: Developing Databases ☛ “grand designes of good learning

  • Mapping a Genre: towards a database of Stuart succession literature
    Andrew McRae and John West, University of Exeter
  • Early Modern Advice on the Art of Travel: an electronic resource
    Daniel Carey, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Quantifying the Early Modern Dramatic Canon: the Bibliography of Editions of Early English Drama (BEEED)
    Brett D Hirsch, University of Western Australia/De Montfort University

This engine of the Muses doth disperse
Arts best achievements, both in Prose and Verse:
It vents with ease, labours of learned braines,
And doth the hand quit from a world of paines:

12.45 – 13.30       Lunch ☛ “a most splendid Feast

13.30 – 14.50       Panel 2 (Quickfire): Projects and Innovations great projects and entendments

  • Image Mining: reading EEBO for the pictures
    Alexandra Franklin, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  • Complementary Hybridity: the genesis of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
    Rupert Mann, Oxford University Press
  • Using e-Resources in Teaching: Verse Miscellanies Online and the Commonplacer
    Michelle O’Callaghan, University of Reading
  • “Digressive Bibliography”: browsing the bookstalls of St. Paul’s
    Mary Erica Zimmer, Boston University

We have very great Numbers of excellent Books […] so that we know no Nation that in their own tongue hath the like.

14.50 – 15.45       Panel 3: Mapping Text and Place ☛ “the true meaning of a place

  • Searching the New Labyrinth: the echoes of Mercutio’s banter in Paul’s Cross churchyard
    Thomas Dabbs, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
  • Mapping the Past: Geographical Information Systems and the exploitation of linked historical data
    Micheál Ó Siochrú and David Brown, Trinity College Dublin

I, now am I in Arden, the more foole I, when I was at home I was in a better place, but Trauellers must be content.

15.45 – 16.00       Refreshments ☛ “Dost thou thurst”?

16.00 – 17.30       Panel 4: Interrogating the Corpus ☛ “exercise thy self in the Analysis of many examples

  • Transforming EEBO-TCP into a Corpus
    Paul Rayson, Alistair Baron, and Andrew Hardie, Lancaster University
  • Corpus Linguistics Software Tools and the ‘Turk’ in Early Modern England
    Anders Ingram, National University of Ireland, Galway

Writings that are commonly in mens hands are not commonly read, not alwayes understood, never sifted

18.00 – 19.30       Reception (Divinity School, Bodleian Library) ☛ “drinke wine merily

Continval toile, and labour, is not beste:
But sometimes cease, and rest thy wearie bones

Tuesday 17 September 2013

09.00 – 09.30       Refreshments ☛ “fie vpon this quiet life, I want worke

09.30 – 10.30       Keynote 2 ☛ a very magnificent and wise woman

  • The Evolution of Historical Research in the Digital Age
    Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

10.30 – 10.50       Refreshments ☛ “shall we refresh vs sir”?

10.50 – 12.15       Panel 5: Editorial Decisions and Encoding Methodologies ☛ “there is great iudgement required

  • The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-97
    Robyn Adams, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London, and Lizzy Williamson, Queen Mary University of London
  • Marking up the Material Text: lessons from letterpress
    Giles Bergel, University of Oxford
  • “Some craven scruple of thinking too precisely”: lessons learned from Folger Digital Texts
    Rebecca Niles and Michael Poston, Folger Shakespeare Library

a Text indeed, dark and most intricate

12.15 – 13.30       Lunch and share session ☛ “good table-talke

This session will encourage the friendly sharing of ideas and possibilities for collaborative work. To this end, lunchtime conversations can be carried on with experts in digital humanities: Michael Pidd, HRI Digital Manager at the University of Sheffield; Sebastian Rahtz, Director of Academic IT Services at Oxford University and TEI guru; and Rebecca Welzenbach, Outreach Librarian, and Paul Schaffner, Production Manager, both of EEBO-TCP.

13.30 – 14.00        Project Review ☛ filled with magnificent Ideas

  • Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition
    Judith Siefring, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

14.00 – 14.55       Panel 6: Analysing Dramatic Text ☛ “The Play’s the thing

  • “Where do/doe we go/goe from here/heere?” Computational Methods in Compositorial Studies of Early Printed Shakespeare Editions
    Gabriel Egan, De Montfort University, and Brett D Hirsch, University of Western Australia/De Montfort University
  • Introducing Genderscope: approaching an analysis of gender in Early Modern London plays
    Heather Froehlich, University of Strathclyde

Many excellent feats of Learning in Men […] lie dead and buried in oblivion, and cannot be brought to any perfection for want of some patronage

14.55 – 15.15       Refreshments ☛ “great Lords, who drink TEA

15.15 – 16.30       Summaries and plenary discussion ☛ “FINIS or not FINIS As Mr Dryden pleaseth

16.30               End ☛ Good friends adieu till further time


Quotations on this page are clickable links to the texts in EEBO. Details of the books can be found in the Bibliography.

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