New York University Abu Dhabi
10-12 April 2017


All events will take place at NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Campus, building A6.  Campus and parking map here.


SCHEDULE (Any room or schedule changes will be reflected here.)


Monday, 10 April 2017 – Day 1

9-930  Coffee & Registration, A6
930-945 Welcome, Robert JC Young (A6 001-002)
Announcements, David Joseph Wrisley
945-1100  PANEL I A: The Public in the Digital Humanities (A6 001-002)

Chair: Clifford Siskin (NYU New York)

Lorna Hughes (Glasgow), Beyond Digital Collections: the Role of Cultural Heritage in an Emerging Critical Framework for the Digital Humanities
Kimon Keramidas (NYU New York), Digital Media, Social Engagement, and a More Public Humanities
Ray Siemens (U Victoria), A View of Social Knowledge, Localised and at Scale

945-1100 PANEL I B:  Seeing Collections (A6 010)

Chair: Nizar Habash (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Till Grallert (Orient Institut Beirut) Open Arabic Periodical Editions: An Attempt to Unite Gray Online Libraries, Social Editing, and Scholarly Rigour
Ginny Danielson & Beth Russell (NYU Abu Dhabi) Arabic Collections Online
Alicia Fornes (AU Barcelona) Computer Vision for Historical Document Image Analysis

1100-1130 Break & Refreshments  / A6 Atrium
1130-100 PANEL II A:  Theory and Praxis  (A6 001-002) 

Chair: Debra Levine (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Clifford Siskin (NYU New York) Era(s) of Computation: The ‘Rear-View Mirror’ Problem
Padmini Murray (Shristi Institute of Art, Design and Technology) Digital Humanities is Dead: Long Live Digital Humanities
Marina Hassapopoulou (NYU New York) Expanding the Digital Humanities through Cinema and Media Studies

 1130-100  PANEL II B: Cultures of Arabic and Digital Humanities (A6 010)

Chair: Muhamed Al-Khalil (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Elie Dannaoui (U Balamand) Computational Linguistics for Identifying the Vorlage or Anciently Translated Texts into Arabic
Sumayya Ahmed (UCL Qatar)  ض : Avenues for Digital Research Projects on Morocco
Mario Hawat (AU Beirut) and David Wrisley (NYU Abu Dhabi) Beirut Publishes: Macroanalysis of a Century of Lebanese Publishing


100-200 Lunch A6 atrium
200-500 WORKSHOPS (choose one only)   (optional break 3:30 A6 atrium)

An Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative and Web Publication (A6 009)
Introduction to Web APIs” (A6 001-002)
Game Design and Narrative” (A6 010) cancelled
Regular Expressions for the Digital Humanities“ (A6 003)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 – Day 2

 900-930 Coffee & Registration, A6
930-1100 PANEL III A:  Librarianship and Digital Humanities (A6 010)

Chair: Ginny Danielson (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Zach Coble (NYU New York) & Beth Russell (NYU Abu Dhabi)  Digital Humanities and Libraries in a Global Context: An Integrated Approach to Supporting Our Advanced Scholars
Mark Muehlhauesler (AU Cairo) Representing Library Collections Beyond the Catalogue
Michael Nashed (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) Digital Libraries in Arabic Countries: Digitization Workflows

930-1100 PANEL III B:  Exploring Large Collections (A6 001-002)

Chair: Maurice Pomerantz (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Maxim Romanov (Leipzig U) Algorithmic Analysis of Arabic Biographical Collections
Hilde de Weerdt (Leiden U) Developing a Digital Infrastructure for Chinese and other East Asian Languages
Glenn Roe (Australian National U) Early Modern Text Technologies: Identifying Commonplace Practices in ECCO

 1100-1130  Break & Refreshments  / A6 Atrium
 11-1  Workshop:

Computer Vision for Document Image Analysis (A6 009)

1130-100  PANEL IV A:  Arabian Gulf Engagements  (A6 010)

Chair: Bryan Waterman (NYU Abu Dhabi)

AHC AD 141 & Matt Sumner (NYU Abu Dhabi) Spatial UAE
Robert Parthesius (NYU Abu Dhabi) Digital Heritage Experiments: New Spaces, Old Sites
Carlos Guedes (NYU Abu Dhabi) Sound as Heritage: Introducing the Sounds of Sir Bani Yas Website and Installation

1130-100  PANEL IV B: Performing Archives  (A6 001-002)

Chair: Beth Russell (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Debra Levine (NYU Abu Dhabi) Staging Archival Affinities and Recombinant Performance in Scalar
Miguel Escobar Varela (National U of Singapore) The Contemporary Wayang Archive: Javanese Theater as Data
Zamir Shamoon & Özge Calafato (NYU Abu Dhabi) Akkasah: Collecting Photography from the Middle East and North Africa

 100-200 Lunch, A6 atrium
 200-630  Excursion Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Central Market (for speakers only)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 – Day 3

 9-930 Coffee & Registration, A6
 930-1100  PANEL V A: Pattern Complexity (A6 001-002)

Chair: Justin Stearns (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Godfried Toussaint (NYU Abu Dhabi) Fully Automatic Algorithmic Generation of Musical Rhythms and Its Applications
Johannes Preiser-Kapeller
(Austrian Academy of Sciences) Texts, Tree Rings and Networks. Digital Approaches Towards Social, Environmental and Narrative Dynamics Across Ancient and Medieval Afro-Eurasia
Reindert Falkenburg, Godfried T. Toussaint, and Daniel Watson (NYU Abu Dhabi) On the Visual Complexity of Medieval Altarpieces

930-1100 PANEL V B:  Computing and its Humanistic Applications (A6 010)

Chair: Zach Coble (NYU New York)

Alexander Erdmann (Ohio State U / NYU Abu Dhabi) Practical Named Entity Recognition
Azza Abouzeid (NYU Abu Dhabi)  From Alley to Landfill: Challenges of and Design Opportunities for Cleaning Dhaka’s Communal Trash
Muhamad Al Khalil (NYU Abu Dhabi) Computer-Assisted Simplification of Arabic Works of Fiction for Early Learners: Challenges, Responses, and the SAMER Project Experience

 1100-1130  Break & Refreshments  / A6 Atrium
1130-100  PANEL VI A:  Digital Humanities Between Languages and Language Varieties (A6 001-002)

Chair: Glenn Roe (Australian National U)

Nizar Habash (NYU Abu Dhabi) Computational Processing of Arabic for Digital Humanistic Research
Gioele Barabucci
(Cologne Center for eHumanities), Not A Single Bit in Common: Issues in Collating Digital Transcriptions of Ibn Rušd’s writings in Multiple Languages (Arabic, Hebrew and Latin)
David Joseph Wrisley (NYU Abu Dhabi) Rethinking Medieval Poetry Digitally: Visualization, Repetition and Linguistic Variance

1130-100 PANEL VI B: Encoding and Corpora (A6 010)

Chair: Antonio Rojas-Castro (Cologne Center for eHumanities)

Sean Pue (Michigan State U), Textual Encoding of Hindi/Urdu Poetry for Cross-lingual Analysis
Andreas Witt (U Cologne, Institut für Deutsche Sprache), Why Use the TEI Framework for Linguistic Annotation?
Laila Familiar (NYU Abu Dhabi) An Arabic Fiction Corpus to Develop Graded Readers

100-200 Lunch  A6 atrium
200-500 WORKSHOPS (choose one only)   (optional break 3:30 – A6 atrium)

Digital Tools for the Writing Classroom” (A6 009)
Introduction to Plain Text, Markdown and Pandoc“ (A6 003)
Digital Humanities Approaches to Visual and Material Culture” (A6 001-002)
Fiction in Computer Programming” (A6 010)


500 Closing of DHAD