DepositThe Coercive Function of Early Medieval English Art

This article examines the spectacular representation of confinement in early medieval English sculpture in the context of poems, sermons, and translations. By identifying a series of features that early medieval spectators would have paid special attention to, it shows that sculptors used imprisoned and fugitive figures to craft a discourse about power in the absence of both a strong state and a regime of punitive incarceration. Compelling pictures of prisoners and verbal images of captivity flourished as a kind of carceral imaginary in the public landscape before the carceral state’s rise, as well as licensing forms of community policing in which early medieval subjects were required to participate. As such, these sculptures model a relationship between art and coercive power predicated on historically specific expectations about sculpture’s capacity to instruct and surveil.

DepositStylo : a text editor for Humanities

The current video presents a brief How to use Stylo, a WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) text editor for writing and editing scientific articles in the social sciences and humanities. Stylo is available online for free at this address: Stylo is designed by the Canada Research Chair on Digital textualities of the Université de Montréal, and the company PiNinja, with the support of Érudit, and Huma-Num.

DepositTowards a Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship

This set of slides presenting the case for and providing an introduction to the Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship (LINCS) initiative, a Canadian venture to produce a robust infrastructure for the creation, dissemination, and use of Linked Open Data (LOD) for the humanities. From articulating the need for such an infrastructure, it moves into a brief summary of LINCS, outlining the opportunities and challenges associated with the heterogeneity of datasets mobilized by LOD, the need to produce LOD that reflects diverse perspectives and approaches, and the barriers to participation for those representing marginalized identities in such critical infrastructure projects.

DepositReorganizing The Social Organization: Collaborative Editing, Museum Collections, Indigenous Knowledges, and the Franz Boas/George Hunt Archives

Franz Boas’s 1897 report, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians, was a landmark in anthropology for its integrative approach to museum collections, photographs, and sound recordings as well as text. A result of participant observation and extensive collaboration with Indigenous partners—especially George Hunt—the book set a standard for both ethnography and museum practice. However, both Boas and Hunt remained dissatisfied with the published text, laboring for decades to correct and supplement a volume that would forever mediate global knowledge of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia. They left behind a vast archive of unpublished materials relevant to the creation and afterlife of this groundbreaking text and its related museum collections. These materials are now widely distributed across institutional, disciplinary, and international borders. This paper will discuss an ongoing collaborative project to create a multimedia, web-based critical edition of the book that reassembles published and unpublished materials as well as Kwakwaka’wakw knowledge. Archival revelations about the truly co-authored nature of the original text allow us to better situate the contexts and methods of creating ethnographic knowledge in relation to the Indigenous ontologies that The Social Organization purports to represent. Moreover, the edition seeks to demonstrate ways in which digital technologies can harness multimedia to return sensory richness to Boas and Hunt’s synthetic text, to reactivate disparate and long dormant museum collections, and to restore cultural patrimony to its Indigenous inheritors.

DepositChoirboys and a Crocodile (subtitle: Pitfalls of recording and interpreting historic graffiti)

It is natural for humans to need to make sense of the world around them and to create order from chaos. Historic graffiti is a subject ripe for errors misnomers and misinterpretations. By challenging our assumptions and preconceptions, we can seek alternative or additional interpretations for graffiti, often deducing there is no single clear meaning to them. Instantly giving a name to something may divert the mind away from other explanations, but challenging this can be done by researching different sources of written information, widespread discussions or even by chance conversations. New life can be brought to old graffiti by adding value to their meaning and furthering their cultural significance, as well as retaining an air of mystery. This makes them ripe for presentation and story-telling aimed at a wide variety of new and existing audiences. Examples will be presented from historic graffiti recorded in Lincolnshire to demonstrate some interpretation pitfalls and successes including explanations for the title. It is hoped that this will offer encouragement to graffiti enthusiasts to continue developing and presenting tales of human interest using historic graffiti.

DepositIn het nationale centrum van wetenschappen en schoone kunsten Leden van het Koninklijk Instituut van Wetenschappen en Schoone Kunsten in de perioden 1808-1816 en 1816-1830

In dit onderzoek staan (relationele) kenmerken van deze leden centraal en wordt onderzocht op welke wijze deze kenmerken van belang waren voor het nut en centralisatie van de wetenschapsbeoefening, bijdroegen aan eenwording en aan het (wetenschappelijke) prestige van een nog jonge eenheidsstaat.

DepositJournals in the digital age: penser de nouveaux modèles de publication en sciences humaines

Dans sa nouvelle Wearable books (Pidd 2016), Michael Pidd propose un monde académique dystopique où les technologies numériques de publication sont devenues un système de contrôle, de traçage et d’uniformisation de la recherche et des modèles épistémologiques sur lesquels elle est basée. Dans ce monde Pidd imagine des universitaires révolutionnaires qui, pour garantir une liberté de pensée et la possibilité d’existence de plusieurs paradigmes de recherche, décident de revenir au papier. En effet, si au début de son développement, le Web semblait la promesse d’un espace de pluralité, de différences et de liberté d’expression – n’oublions pas la déclaration d’indépendance du cyberespace de Barlow (2000) – aujourd’hui, en grande partie à cause de l’impact croissant des GAFAM, nous assistons à une uniformisation des modèles et à une concentration de pouvoir dans les mains d’une poignée d’entreprises (Morozov 2013). Dans le monde de la recherche cela se concrétise en une langue dominante, des formats cristallisés, une chaîne éditoriale sclérosée, un système de légitimation problématique mais que nous pouvons questionner, et une importance croissante, même en sciences humaines, des facteurs d’impact et des méthodes quantitatives pour évaluer la qualité de la recherche. Would it be possible to go back to the promises of the beginnings of the Web ? How can we take advantage of the multiplicity of different technologies and digital spaces to make them the basis for free, plural and collective research and dissemination of knowledge ? This panel will ask this question by focusing in particular on the publishing practices of scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities, and by presenting the research results of the Journal 2.0 project we are conducting as part of a SSHRC partnership development funding. Trois chercheur·se·s exposent leurs pratiques d’édition scientifique et leur réflexion inhérente.

DepositA Resource Guide for Harry Potter Fans

This extended resource guide is a starting point for exploring more of the Harry Potter series and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, which is a vast universe in canon and in fandom. You’ll find resources listed, followed by a short description of what to expect from them, and why they’re worth checking out. Even though this guide is geared towards fans based in the UK, there are plenty of online resources to connect you with others around the world. The focus is more on the Harry Potter series, though the Fantastic Beasts series and The Cursed Child play are also included.