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Now Eat Your Words: Performance Writing Workshop with Sebastian H-W
Thursday 3rd November 2016, 10am-6pm
Venue: University of Liverpool, Room TBC

In conjunction with Iberian and Latin American Week at the University of Liverpool, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, engage@liverpool is delighted to announce ‘Eat Your Words’ a workshop on writing for performance with Sebastian H-W, live artist and experimental writer in residence at IBLAS, Iberian and Latin American Studies.

Sebastian invites you to bring your own research enquiries and spend the day being guided through a range of practical exercises and provocations in regards to researching, writing, cooking and presenting/’performing’ the texts, notes and lectures cooked up during the course of the day.

This workshop will offer a broad insight into Sebastian’s artistic methodologies in devising new work, which could help a range of academics, researchers, writers and creatives expand their practices, overcome blocks, and rethink their formats of (re)presenting their writing(s) through media, technology, utensils and equipment.

Sebastian is a graduate of Performance Writing founded at Dartington College of Arts and Falmouth University: “‘Performance Writing’ explores the rapid changes taking place within the technologies for producing, circulating and receiving text; a ‘turn to writing’ within other cultural practices, especially perhaps its integral presence within visual and sonic culture, philosophical preoccupations with the idea of performativity, the (theatrical) performance or visual space, and the changing status of the page”  (J. Hall (2013) Essays on Performance Writing etc Vol 1 Shearsman: London)

This workshop will be developed out of Sebastian’s week-long residency exploring the colonial, religious and linguistic influence of chocolate-making in Iberian society and its wider impact in European culture, which will inform his writing and performing of new scripts towards his performance lecture Chokolatul performed as part of the Iberian Week.

A great opportunity for researchers to think about writing in the arts and humanities and social sciences in new ways, details on booking a place can be found below.

Register for your free place via Eventbrite

Contact Sebastian for more information and if you have any access requirements: contact@sebastianhw.info // Twitter: @SebastnHW     

Text Encoding 1: Text mark-up with TEI for humanities research
Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 1pm-4pm
Venue: University of Liverpool, Room TBC
Instructor: Dr. Godfried Croenen (University of Liverpool)

New digital technologies and markup tools have provided humanities researchers with exciting opportunities for engaging with texts in a variety of new ways. However, while digital technologies open up new research horizons, it can be difficult for those starting off with these tools to know where to begin.

In this workshop, Godfried Croenen, an internationally recognised digital humanities expert at the University of Liverpool, will draw on his experience digitising the work of Jean Froissart, a prominent late-medieval chronicler, author and poet, for the Online Froissart to provide digital humanities scholars with a foundation to build from.

The workshop will introduce participants to the core principals and aims of text encoding for humanities research, and make them familiar with the theory and practice of text encoding using XML and the TEI (Text encoding initiative). It will contain presentations on the underlying theory as well as hands-on practical work on the encoding of texts.

Participants will work through a number of practical examples using different specialised tools (general editors, XML tools). At the end of the workshop participants will have acquired the necessary knowledge to think about ways of integrating text encoding into their own research and to start encoding texts in their own areas of interest.

Among other things, Godfried will show how these techniques, as in his own research, can be used to prepare transcriptions to be used for scholarly text editions, to record physical features of collections of textual documents, and to support research based on close readings of a corpus of historical or literary texts.

No advance specialist knowledge is needed. Participants who bring their own laptop will be advised on freely available software tools to install before the workshop.

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Text Encoding 2: Exploiting TEI mark-up with Perl and Python
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 1pm-4pm
Venue: University of Liverpool, Room TBC
Instructor: Dr. Godfried Croenen (University of Liverpool)

In this follow-up workshop to ‘Text mark-up with TEI for humanities research’, Godfried Croenen, an internationally recognised digital humanities expert at the University of Liverpool, will draw on his research on the work of Jean Froissart, a prominent late-medieval chronicler, author and poet, for the Online Froissart to help digital humanities scholars deepen their familiarity with new digital technologies for working with texts.

The focus will be on different ways of digitally exploiting texts that have been marked up with TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) XML for research in the humanities. XSLT will be touched upon briefly, but most of the work will focus on using existing XML libraries for Perl and Python to analyse the marked up text.

This workshop is aimed at participants who have attended the introductory workshop on TEI mark-up or those who through their own research have acquired a good familiarity with TEI mark-up. Participants are encouraged to bring their own marked up texts; there will be the opportunity to discuss.

A basic familiarity with programming in Perl or Python would be useful but not absolutely necessary. Participants who bring their own laptop will be advised on freely available software tools to install before the workshop.

Register here