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Friday 2 December 2016, 9am – 5pm

2nd Annual Digital History in Finland Conference       & Symposium on Quantitative History

“The Challenges of Quantitative History”

organized by

Digital History in Finland Network (#DigiHistFi)

Quantitative Leap in Humanities’ project

HELDIG – Hel­sinki Centre for Digital Hu­man­it­ies,

University of Helsinki

Following last year’s success with the first Digital History in Finland Conference the Digital History in Finland Network (#DigiHistFi) invites historians working on or interested in different aspects of digital history in Finland to a second conference and what we aspire to have be an annually occurring event within the Finnish historical community.

We welcome presentations on all aspects on digital history although we are especially interested in presentations related to this year’s conference theme of Quantitative History, celebrating the conference’s co-location with the previously announced Quantitative History Symposium arranged by the ‘Quantitative Leap in Humanities’ project in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki in cooperation with HELDIG – Hel­sinki Centre for Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies. As a part of the rise of Digital Humanities quantitative methods has been attracting a growing amount of attention among historians, and the symposium’s presentations and panel discussion exploring quantitative history in Finland will be a prominent part of this year’s conference.

Digital History is an area within the emerging field of Digital Humanities and aims to further historical practice by applying digital and computational methods to analyze and visualize various types of historical source materials and data as well as using traditional historical methodologies to study various aspects of digital culture. In Finland, the computational approach to history has so far rarely impacted on the core of the historian’s craft in such a way that those who have not already any previous interests in digital humanities would pay attention. Yet, the potential for revisiting old and creating new research questions through computational methods and data visualizations are considerable. This is what this annual conference seeks to explore and promote within Finnish historical research.

Following last years format we invite submissions of short papers of 10 minutes (abstracts of 100-200 words) on any aspect of digital history. We especially encourage submissions of project ideas and sketches of emerging work. Presentations are preferably in English but we also welcome presentations in Finnish or Swedish. In the morning session it is possible to present papers through Skype. Historians from all Finnish academic and non-academic organisations, independent scholars and students are warmly encouraged to present or just to participate.

The deadline for submitting a paper is noon on Monday 13.11.2016. Please send the title of the presentation, name and affiliation of presenter(s) and abstract to: digihistfi2016@gmail.com. The conference will take place in the Main Building of the University of Helsinki on Friday December 2 from about 9am to 5pm. Notification of acceptance of papers and practicalities of the conference will be communicated by 17.11.2015.

For further information, contact: digihistfi2016@gmail.com

Programme committee:

Mats Fridlund (Aalto University) Co-Chair

Maiju Wuokko (University of Helsinki) Co-Chair

Visa Immonen (University of Helsinki)

Anu Lahtinen (University of Helsinki)

Ilkka Mäkinen (University of Tampere)

Jessica Parland-von Essen (University of Helsinki)

Hannu Salmi (University of Turku)

Jaakko Suominen (University of Turku)

Marko Tikka (University of Tampere)

Mikko Tolonen (University of Helsinki)

Welcome to #DigiHistFI2016!


 

Thursday 5 July 2014, 13.00-15.00

Before and Beyond Cold War Engineering

Emergent research in Finnish history of technology, industrialization & innovation

Aalto History of Industrialization & Innovation Summer Symposium

 History of Industrialization & Innovation Group (HIIVA) Room K1-105, Otakaari 4, Aalto University Otaniemi Campus

The Aalto University History of Industrialization and innovation summer symposium provide some examples of ongoing research in history of technology, industrialization and innovation at University of Helsinki and Aalto University. The presentations are preliminary versions of research papers that will be presented at international history of technology conferences during the summer and fall 2014.

So that we will get an idea of how much coffee and cakes we should order, please send a preliminary notification of interest to mats.fridlund@aalto.fi.

Program:

13:00-13:20 ”Welcome”, Mats Fridlund

13:20-13:40  “From a contractor to Russia to a constructor for the Soviet Union 1900-1960: The case of Finnish shipbuilding”  Aaro Sahari, University of Helsinki

13:40-14:00 Playing the role of an active partner: Unrealized Visions of Industrial Cooperation in Finnish-Soviet Shipbuilding towards the End of the Cold War 1987-1988” Saara Matala, Aalto University

14:00-14:20  “Engineering the War on Terrorism:
 The 9/11-effect on engineering research & technological products”  Mats Fridlund, Aalto University & Gustaf Nelhans, University of Borås

14:20-15:00 Discussion

Welcome!

So that we will get an idea of how much coffee and cakes we should order, please send a preliminary notification of interest below: 

Friday 25 April 2014, 10.00-13.00

Becoming Digital Humanists 1.0

Experiences from digitally augmented humanities research

Second Digital Humanities Finland (#digihumfiSymposium

Friday 25 April 2014, kl. 10:00-13:00

Fabiania Auditorium, National Library of Finland, Yliopistonkatu 1, 2nd floor, Helsinki

This half-day symposium will provide examples of current  digital humanities research 1.0, i.e. ‘intermediate’ digital humanities research that augments traditional research projects by incorporating widely available digital and online tools and methods. Examples of this would be researchers’ use of online databases, search engines and visualization tools such as JSTOR, Web of Science, The New York Times Article Archive, YouTube, Google Books & n-grams but who does not go as far in digitalization their research to utilize more specialized – digital humanities 2.0 – text mining methods, mapping and visualization applications.

This is the second symposia arranged by the new research network Digital Humanities Finland. The entrance to the National Library is from the Yliopistonkatu/Universitetsgatan side of the Fabiania building, not from the main entrance of the library.

Program:

10:00-10:20 ”Welcome & introduction”, Mats Fridlund & Jessica Parland-von Essen

10:20-11:20 Digitizing humanists – augmenting the researchers

Chair: Mats Fridlund, Aalto University

Anu Lahtinen, University of Turku: “Trial and error – experiences of a digi-curious humanist”

Jessica Parland-von Essen, Brage Pressarkiv: “Digitizing the historian: Discovering the emergence of Digital Humanities”

11:20-11:40 Coffee

11:40-12:40 Digitizing methods – augmenting the research

Chair: Jessica Parland-von Essen, Brage Pressarkiv

Nicholas Rowe, University of Lapland: “Search beyond search: The Dragnet Review Method of information retrieval”

Eero Sormunen, University of Tampere: “Improving access to digitized historical newspaper archives”

12:40-13:00 Concluding discussion

Chair: Mats Fridlund

Welcome!

 

Monday 24 March 2014, 16.00-18.00

New Waves

Emergent perspectives in Nordic 
history of industrialization and innovation

A monthly symposia series arranged by

Aalto University, University of Helsinki & Finnish Economic History Association

Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

A monthly symposia series with support from the Letterstedtska Foundation and the Finnish Economic History Association presenting new emerging research perspectives on the history of industrialization and innovation by researchers in the Nordic countries. Each symposia gather presentations around a shared theme from a Finnish and an invited Nordic researcher. The responsible program committee consists of Mats Fridlund, Professor of the History of Industrialization at Aalto University, Sakari Heikkinen, Professor of Economic History at University of Helsinki and Niklas Jensen-Eriksen, Casimir Ehrnrooth Professor of Business History at University of Helsinki.

March Theme:

Displaying histories of industrialization from below 

Monday 24 March 2014, 16.00-18.00

Program:

Chair: Prof. Niklas Jensen-Eriksen, University of Helsinki

16:00-16:10    Welcome & introduction

16:10-16:55    “Two museums of industrial work – unrealized and realized” Museum Director Kalle Kallio, The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

16:55-17:40    “The non spectacular on display – everyday life at work and at home” Museum Director, Louise Karlskov Skyggebjerg, The Workers’ Museum & The Labour Movement’s Library and Archives in Copenhagen

17:40-18:00    Concluding discussion

Opening comment: Prof. Mats Fridlund, Aalto University

18.00-              Reception

– o – o – o –

February Theme:

Transnational Innovation during the Cold War

Monday 17 February 2014, 16.00-18.00

Program:

Chair: Prof. Sakari Heikkinen, University of Helsinki 

16:00-16:10    Welcome & introduction, Prof. Mats Fridlund, Aalto University

16:10-16:55    “The Baltic Connection: Knowledge flows and cooperation between Estonia and Finland in Cold War computing ” Dr Sampsa Kaataja, University of Tampere

16:55-17:40    “The Atlantic Charter: Innovation in the Swedish aircraft industry and the American connection” Dr Mikael Nilsson, Stockholm University

17:40-18:00    Concluding discussion

Opening comment: Prof. Niklas Jensen-Eriksen, University of Helsinki

18.00-              Reception

– o – o – o –

Text mining in the making

Emergent approaches to text mining research within

Finnish digital humanities

Fabiania Auditorium, National Library of Finland, Yliopistonkatu 1, 2nd floor, Helsinki

Friday 14 February 2014, kl. 10:00-13:00

This half-day symposium will provide examples of current research in Finland on studies that incorporate text mining methods from digital humanities into humanities. This is the first symposia arranged by the new research network Digital Humanities Finland.

So that we will get an idea of how much coffee and cakes we should order, please send a preliminary notification of interest to mats.fridlund@aalto.fi

The entrance is from the Yliopistonkatu/Universitetsgatan side of the Fabiania building, not from the main entrance of the library.

Program:

10:00-10:20 ”Welcome & introduction”, Mats Fridlund & Jessica Parland-von Essen

10:20-11:20 Topic modeling & Big Data

Chair: Jessica Jessica Parland-von Essen, Brage Pressarkiv

Mats Fridlund, Aalto University & René Brauer, Aalto University

“Distant Reading Topic Modelling in Historical Research”

Hannes Toivanen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

“Big Data Approaches with Scientific and Technological Information”

 

11:20-11:40 Coffee

11:40-12:40 History of reading & listening digitalized

Chair: Mats Fridlund, Aalto University

Ilkka Mäkinen, University of Tampere

“Love of reading, Leselust, goût de la lecture: seeking for new approaches in the history of reading”

Petri Paju, University of Turku & Timo Honkela, University of Helsinki

“Text Mining and Oral History”

12:40-13:00 Concluding discussion

Chair: Mats Fridlund

Welcome!

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