“Early Digital Computing in Central and Eastern Europe” - Cluj Napoca, 27-29 November 2017

Join us November 27-29, 2017 at the Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania for the first international conference on Early Digital Computing in Central and Eastern Europe, organized by the Transylvania Digital Humanities Centre (DigiHUBB).
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The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) awarded in 1996 a long list of computer scientists from Central and Eastern Europe adding them to the pioneers pantheon as an acknowledgement of their work on the evolution of computer science behind the Iron Curtain. The history of the dawn of computers on this particular side of the world was shadowed by the intense interest in evolution of the field in Russia, closely scrutinized during the start of the Cold War. What happened between Eastern Germany and Russia was regarded as a footnote when addressing the history of computing. We would like to expand that footnote not only by exposing the technical mastery and engineering craftsmanship, but also adding stories from the birth of the magnificent calculating behemoths.

To do so, we invited participants from Central & Eastern Europe to share the hidden stories of the first digital workers and the primitive computers from their respective countries, including presentations from mathematicians, computer scientists and technology historians accessible to a non-technical audience.

We are honoured to have Professor Willard McCarty from King’s College London, Claire Clivaz, University of Lausanne and Mircea Rusu, Institute of Atomic Physics (IFA) Bucharest as keynote speakers.

Deadlines:
  • Abstract submission: 15 August 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 5 September 2017
  • Final version of paper: 30 October 2017
  • Conference: 27-29 November 2017

All proposals will be peer-reviewed and published in the second issue of Studia UBB Digitalia. We welcome applications from scholars at all stages of their careers. The conference website will be updated on a regular basis.


Conference Organizing Committee

Corina Moldovan, Director of DigiHUBB, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Voica Pușcașiu, Ph.D, DIGIHUBB, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Leonard Bruckner, Ph.D, DIGIHUBB, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Adina Pușcașu, Ph.D, DIGIHUBB, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Teodora Farcaș, Ph.D, DIGIHUBB, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Nicolaie Constantinescu, Ph.D, Kosson.ro, Bucharest, Romania
Andrada Catavei, Collage City, Bucharest, Romania
Claire Clivaz, Dariah-eu, Switzerland
Jessie Labov, Central European University, Hungary
Tudor Călin Zarojanu, journalist at Adevărul, Romania
Mihai Jalobeanu, Ph.D., former researcher at National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies INCDTIM, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Claudia șerbănuță, Ph.D., former Interim Manager at National Library of Romania
Marija Segan, Mathematical Institute SANU, Belgrade, Serbia
Andrei Kelemen, Manager, ClujIT Cluster
Maria Baramova, Sofia University ”St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria
Palkó Gábor, Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary

Participant Committee

Corina Moldovan, Director at DigiHUBB, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Christian Schuster, DigiHUBB - Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania / NetPOL – University of Graz
Adriana Tudor-Tiron, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Liana Stanca, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Liviu Pop, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Mircea Rusu, Institute of Atomic Physics, Romania
Cosmina Ivan, UTCN, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Claire Clivaz, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
Willard McCarty, Kings College, UK
Elisabet Burr, Leipzig University, Germany
Maurizio Lana, Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Fabio Ciotti, Universita di Roma, Italy
Øyvind Eide, University of Cologne, Germany
Peter G. Gyarmati, Ph.D., Emeritus Stanford, USA
Balint Domolki, Founding member of the John von Neumann Computer Society, Hungary
Edit Sántáné-Tóth, Ph.D., Óbuda University, John von Neumann Faculty, Hungary
Marija Segan, Mathematical Institute SANU, Belgrade, Serbia


Colloquium - call for projects - DARIAH-scholarships

DigiHUBB is proud to invite European scholars of Digital Humanities to the 1st Eastern European competition organized in Romania dedicated to showcasing ongoing projects and research in domains pertaining to this vast field. 4 of the most deserving projects will be selected and awarded a 200 Euro scholarship on behalf of DARIAH, which will be used to cover the participant’s travels and stay in Cluj-Napoca. In order to qualify for the prize, the research does not have to follow any particular topic, in fact, the more diverse the better – as long as it falls in the broad category of the Digital Humanities. In addition, any resulting papers will be published in the Centre’s own journal Studia Digitalia.

This colloquium is honored to have Claire Clivaz from the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as a keynote. There will be a direct connection to another event: Early Digital Computing in Central and Eastern Europe, a conference that will host professor Willard McCarty from King’s College London as a keynote, as well as Mircea Rusu from the Institute of Atomic Physics in Bucharest.

Schedule at a Glance (Subject to Change)

  • 16 October 2017 – deadline for applications
  • 20 October 2017 – scholarship winners announced
  • 30 October 2017 – participation confirmation
  • 28 November 2017 – Early Digital Computing in Central and Eastern Europe
  • – Willard McCarty keynote speech
  • – Mircea Rusu keynote speech
  • – Mircea Moca, Darie Moldovan, Sergiu Nistor keynote speech
  • 29 November 2017
  • – Claire Clivaz keynote speech
  • – general presentation of DARIAH
  • – presentations of winning projects
  • – round table discussions

We welcome applications from scholars at all stages of their careers, and we are looking forward to receiving your proposals!
Please send your applications and inquiries at digihubb@ubbcluj.ro
Contacts: Corina Moldovan corimoldovan@gmail.com , Voica Pușcașiu voicapuscasiu@gmail.com


Mid-term Meeting of the EADH Executive Committee

November 27th, 2017, the mid-term meeting of the EADH Executive Committee will be held at DigiHUBB, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, as an associated event to our conference.
The European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) brings together and represents the Digital Humanities in Europe across the entire spectrum of disciplines that research, develop, and apply digital humanities methods and technology.

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