[globaloutlookDH-l] DH session proposal "Chinese DH"

Marcus Bingenheimer m.bingenheimer at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 16:37:12 MDT 2012

 Dear all,

Below a proposal for a GO::DH session at the DH 2013.
Ideas? Suggestions? Comments?
The application deadline is Thursday so there is not much time left but
there is still time for changes.

greetings from Philadelphia

waiting for the hurricane

ADHO GO:DH Session on “Chinese DH”

The newly founded ADHO initiative Global Outreach (GO::DH) aims to
facilitate communication between the various ADHO committees and emergent
DH groups and activities in countries which are not yet well represented
within ADHO. This session proposal is one of GO::DH attempts to raise the
visibility of underrepresented communities, in this case, of work done in
the Chinese speaking world.

Like all cultures, China is faced with the question of how to model its
cultural heritage in a digital environment. Comparable only to India in
historic range, geographic size, and population, there are various
initiatives in China, Hongkong and Taiwan that work on solutions to
digitize and distribute their shared cultural heritage. After successful
international cooperation yielded the Unicode standard, which resolved the
pressing issue of how to represent the logographic writing system in
computing, continued dialog on standards and practices in DH is of mutual
interest for both ADHO members and the emerging DH centers in China,
Hongkong and Taiwan. In East Asia, efforts by Japanese practitioners of DH
has already resulted in the foundation of the Japanese Association of
Digital Humanities, which joined ADHO last year, an important development
in the globalization of the field. In the Chinese speaking world too there
is great potential for dialog, synergy and cooperation between DH centers
to discuss standards and practices. Communication about shared standards
generally improves the chances that the results are interchangeable, avoids
duplication of efforts, and increases efficiency.

As internationalization and support for developing, regional centers is
part of ADHO’s mission, the members of the GO::DH feel it is desirable to
organize a roundtable on “Chinese DH” with representatives from China,
Taiwan, Hongkong and perhaps Singapore to speak about the situation of DH
in their societies and the prospects and potential problems for further
collaboration with both within East Asia as well as with ADHO members.

Following a discussion on the globaloutlookdh list regarding the possible
format for such a roundtable, Neil Fraistat, the current Chair of ADHO,
offered to split the ADHO business meeting and use the second 45 min
section to a ADHO GO::DH roundtable on “Chinese DH”.

We plan to invite at least one representative from China, Hongkong and
Taiwan to speak for 10 min to provide the audience with a quick overview of
activities, followed by a 15 min roundtable discussion with the speakers
and one or two GO::DH members. Possible questions to explore: What are the
prospects for further national or regional organization in East Asia? How
can we make better use of existing structures to further the globalization
of Chinese DH? How viable, e.g., would be a panel in Chinese at the next DH?

ADHO GO::DH Session (45 min)

1. DH in China (10min)
2. DH in Hongkong (10min)
3. DH in Taiwan (10min)
4. Roundtable (15min)
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