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After a successful year of blogging we have decided to continue this blog at The Scholarly Tales. While we have moved the location of our blog, you can rest assured that we will still be communicating about digital scholarship related activities, events, and discussions. The Scholarly Tales blog remains an initiative of the research team within KU Leuven Libraries Artes. We support teaching, training, and research on digital scholarship in the humanities. We’re excited to be able to offer The Scholarly Tales blog to you as a resource, and if you want to write a post or be involved in the blog in another way, please get in touch. We’d love to see you there!

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digitalHusserl is now LIVE!

The Austro-German philosopher Edmund Husserl (born in Proßnitz, today Prostějov in 1859, died in Freiburg in 1938) remains one of the most influential philosophers of our time. He is considered the founder of phenomenology, which became one of the most significant origins of what has come to be called ‘continental philosophy’. 

An astonishingly diverse range of philosophers have been directly influenced by Husserl’s works. The phenomenological method continues to be one of the richest methodological resources for philosophical thinking and scientific research, also in interdisciplinary settings and in other sciences but philosophy, such as psychology, cognitive science, sociology, etc. At its heart lies the insight that a proper understanding of the lifeworld, including a proper understanding of the objects and methods of scientific research, requires an analysis of how matters are constituted as what they are (as objects, subjects, events, significations, etc.) in correlations of object experiences (Erfahrungen) as well as lived experiences (Erlebnisse). This analysis requires a systematic description of the general structures of those correlations understood by Husserl as structures of intentionality, or consciousness. 

Here at KU Leuven we have been working on a project to organize, digitize and transcribe Husserl’s achive, and we are happy to announce that digitalHusserl is now online!

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Last DH Virtual Discussion Group for Belgian ECRs Tomorrow from 15-16h30 CET!

Tomorrow will be the final instalment of this academic year’s DH Virtual Discussion Groups for Early Career Researchers working in Belgium. The topic of tomorrow’s discussion will be lightning pitches from researchers in our community who will be giving long-form presentations at DH Benelux 2021. While DH Benelux is hosted by the University of Leiden this year, it will be happening entirely online from 2 – 4 June 2021 (a.k.a. next week!).

You can register for tomorrow’s discussion session, which will take place on Zoom from 15-16h30 here.

You can read the abstracts of the pitches for our discussion here.

And if you like both of those things, you can register for DH Benelux here!

Hope to see you tomorrow, for what will be my final time hosting the DH Virtual Discussion Group for Early Career Researchers in Belgium. However – my departure as co-host will not be the end of the story, it’s just going to be the beginning of a new chapter for the Group that we can open together in September. So watch this space!

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Word Embeddings and Their Role in Synonym Ring Construction

During the past couple of months, I have been trying to come up with an efficient way of constructing synonym rings for query expansion in a library discovery system (i.e., the online search interface of a library). I am doing this because I was given a list of e-books on the subject of Digital Humanities (DH) with the purpose of making them more discoverable on KU Leuven Libraries’ discovery platform. In my previous blogpost, I described what synonym rings are, but simply put, you can think of them as groups of similar words and phrases that should be treated as equivalent for the purpose of information retrieval. An example can be found in Figure 1, where each line forms a different synonym ring. If a user enters a search term that can be found in one of the rings, the rest of the words in the ring will also be added to the query and, thus, the query will be expanded. In this blogpost, my goal is to briefly explain the method that I chose to tackle the task of synonym ring construction.


Event – Old Books and New Technologies: Medieval Books and the Digital Humanities in the Low Countries

On 6 and 7 May 2021, the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) – together with several institutions including KU Leuven – will hold an international webinar on Old Books and New Technologies: Medieval Books and the Digital Humanities in the Low Countries. It will bring together researchers from libraries, archives, and museums, and university faculties with an interest in how the medieval book is contextualized by new technologies, with particular emphasis placed on the intersection of the medieval book and Digital Humanities. The languages of the conference will be English, Dutch, and French. For more information, keep reading!

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Event: Linking People: Network Analysis and Intellectual History

This hybrid round-table and workshop is co-organized between LECTIO, KU Leuven, and the University of Utrecht. Event dates: 11-12 May. Registration deadline: 30 April 2021.

Over two days, participants will have the chance to try a hands-on approach to network analysis, with a mix of practical workshops and presentations of ongoing projects (by LECTIO members). The keynote speakers will be prof. Dirk Van Miert (University of Utrecht), presenting the ERC project “Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary Networks – The Republic of Letters as a Pan- European Knowledge Society” and Prof. Bart Thijs (KU Leuven) on “Recognizing Patterns: the application of Deep Learning in Network Analysis”. More information below!

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Fellowship Alert: Leibniz Institute of European History (for international PhD students)

The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz has one fellowship open for a a period of six to eight months for international doctoral students in the field of Digital Humanities. The fellowship will begin in July 2021 or later. The monthly stipend is € 1,350. Additionally, you can apply for family or child allowance. Applications are due 19 April 2021. More information below!

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Event: Brussels DH Online Seminar Series!

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles have teamed up to create the Brussels DH seminars series! The next seminar will take place from 12:00 to 13:30 on 21 April 2021. The registration deadline is 15 April 2021. For more information keep reading!

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Fellowship Opportunity: Two Communications Fellowships for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for two Communications Fellowships, each of which will last from May – December 2021 and comes with a stipend of €500 Euros. The deadline for applications is 23:59 UTC on 15 April 2021.

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Event: KBR Digital Humanities Online Series

The Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) is hosting an online series of three lectures given by Digital Humanities experts from across Belgium! This series is co-organized by KBR’s two labs: Camille (Center for Archives on the Media and Information) and the Digital Research Lab, in cooperation with Université Libre de Bruxelles and Ghent University. Dealing with a variety of topics, periods and methods, these talks will be held in English, with questions in French, Dutch or English. More information about each of the lectures is provided below. To register for one or all of the lectures, please use this link.

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