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Roots and Routes: Scholarly Networks and Knowledge Production in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean and in the Digital Age

Roots and Routes: Scholarly Networks and Knowledge Production in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean and in the Digital Age
Time: Apr 5th, 9:00 am End: Apr 5th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Music, Faculty of , Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Jewish Studies, Italian Studies (FAS), Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), French (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Classics (FAS), Art (FAS), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), African, 400-1200, 2000-, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
A multidisciplinary summer institute for scholars at all levels working on the pre-modern Mediterranean, IT and digital humanities.

Call for Participation
Submissions due: April 5th, 2011

Dear colleagues and students,
We are delighted to announce the first of three annual, week-long summer institutes at the University of Toronto on the topic of Scholarly Networks and Knowledge Production in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean and in the Digital Age.
Aims: The Roots and Routes Summer Institutes will convene a multi-disciplinary and multi-generational group of researchers and students of the pre-modern Mediterranean along with information technology and digital humanities experts from the GTA and beyond. The Institutes aim to

  1. facilitate interdisciplinary conversations in the emerging field of pre-modern Mediterranean studies;
  2. address the conceptual and methodological linkages between pre-modern and contemporary scholarly networks and modes of knowledge production and circulation; and
  3. help participants develop collaborative digital projects that directly contribute to their own scholarship and teaching. Participants will be selected from among faculty and graduate students at UofT and other GTA universities working in a range of disciplines and geographical areas.

Theme: This year’s Institute, under the theme of “Spatialities and Borderlands,” will address the significance of terrestrial and maritime borderlands as porous zones through which objects, people, and practices passed, and in which they interacted. The Institute will also explore spatial representation and forms of knowledge, and will seek to consider in a sustained way the impact of digital technologies on inquiries into the sensory dimensions of the past, including sights, sounds, and smells.
Format: The Roots and Routes Summer Institute will feature a combination of thematic roundtable discussions, keynote presentations by digital humanities experts, and hands-on, small-group workshops. In lieu of traditional papers, participants will be encouraged to explore new formats for presenting their research questions and findings, and to team up with IT specialists and digital humanities scholars working outside the Mediterranean in order to develop digital tools for the analysis and/or presentation of their research. In order to maximize the potential for future collaboration and broad, thematic conversations, groups will be composed of participants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and at different stages of their scholarly careers.
Application: If you would like to participate in this year’s Institute, please send us a brief statement about your current research interests and what kinds of issues you’d like to present and/or learn about at the institute. This can range from research questions, methodologies, a set of empirical data, or specific digital technologies. In addition, please include a current one-page CV.
Please send these materials by email to rrsi@utsc.utoronto.ca by April 5. Since space in the institute is limited we cannot guarantee full consideration to late submissions. Accepted participants will be notified by email by April 15.
For more information about the summer institute, check out our website (still very much in progress): http://humrp.utsc.utoronto.ca/ePorte/summer-institutes. If you’d like to become involved in planning this year’s events, please contact the organizing committee at rrsi@utsc.utoronto.ca.
The Roots & Routes Summer Institute is generously supported by the Connaught Fund at the University of Toronto
We look forward to hearing from you!
Natalie Rothman
On behalf of the Roots & Routes Summer Institute organizing committee
E. Natalie Rothman
Assistant Professor of History
University of Toronto

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