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5 Dec 2019

Randa El Khatib Visit - Visualising Space in Milton's Paradise Lost

The University is hosting Randa El Khatib’s talk Visualising space in Milton’s Paradise Lost, a GIS-based DH project, followed by a session on how to run a Wikipedia edit-a-thon.

Randa is visiting from the University of Victoria, Canada, where she is part of Professor Ray Siemens' team at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab. Ray currently holds a Leverhume Visiting fellowship in Loughborough.

Geovisualizing the Literary Space of Milton's Paradise Lost

Many geospatial humanities projects involve geovisualizing literary texts. As a fairly recent research area, the contribution of literary mapping is still being established: why do we map literature? By adapting Alan Galey and Stan Ruecker’s question “how does a prototype argue?” to “how does a geospatial prototype argue?” I will address how the different steps involved in building a geospatial humanities project can contribute to digital and textual scholarship. This study is based on A Map of Paradise Lost, a project that grants visual access to the terrestrial geography that permeated John Milton’s spatial consciousness in Paradise Lost. The project is an application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the text of Paradise Lost and is meant as an exploratory tool for researchers to investigate the complex and multilayered space of the epic poem. By demonstrating specific prototyping moments — critical decisions about data gathering and structuring, as well as decisions about the technical features of the platform — I will discuss how the process of building is in itself a form of knowledge production that can grant new ways of engaging the material and imagining technical solutions to collaboratively visualize complex, multilayered, literary space.

How to Run a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia edit-a-thons continue to gain momentum worldwide and contribute to enhancing knowledge in various fields, diversifying Wikipedia’s editing base and topical coverage, and connecting with new audiences. In doing so, they also create communities of practice around shared interests. Drawing from the experience of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) partnering with the University of Victoria Libraries, this session will instruct participants on how to run a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on a practical and organizational level. This includes discussing best practices for adding content to Wikipedia, as well as coming up with engaging topics and goals for hosting a successful edit-a-thon.

No booking is required for this event and all are welcome. It takes place on Monday 9th December between 12-2pm, in CC110, James France building.