15.191 new books of interest

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Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 04:34:09 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 191.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (36)
             Subject: Beyond Webcams

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (24)
             Subject: The Return of the Real

       [3] From: Frances Condron <frances.condron@computing- (43)
             Subject: new humanities computing publication

             Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 08:16:50 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Beyond Webcams

    Dear Dr. Willard McCarty,

    Hi, after editing the *grand book*, 'The Robot in the Garden':
    (Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet) [The Robot
    in the Garden initiates a critical theory of telerobotics and introduces
    telepistemology, the study of knowledge acquired at a distance. Many of
    our most influential technologies, the telescope, telephone, and
    television, were developed to provide knowledge at a distance. Telerobots,
    remotely controlled robots, facilitate action at a distance. Specialists
    use telerobots to explore actively environments such as Mars, the Titanic,
    and Chernobyl. Military personnel increasingly employ reconnaissance
    drones and telerobotic missiles. At home, we have remote controls for the
    garage door, car alarm, and television (the latter a remote for the
    remote)] ----Professor Ken Goldberg with his close associate Professor
    Roland Siegwart has written a technical book on the Online Robots, which
    would be coming in October 2001.

    Beyond Webcams: An Introduction to Online Robots, Edited by Ken Goldberg
    and Roland Siegwart (MIT, October 2001, ISBN 0-262-07225-4 )

    Short description about the forthcoming book:
    Remote-controlled robots were first developed in the 1940s to handle
    radioactive materials. Trained experts now use them to explore deep in sea
    and space, to defuse bombs, and to clean up hazardous spills. Today robots
    can be controlled by anyone on the Internet. Such robots include cameras
    that not only allow us to look, but also go beyond Webcams: they enable us
    to control the telerobots movements and actions.

    This book summarizes the state of the art in Internet telerobots. It
    includes robots that navigate undersea, drive on Mars, visit museums,
    float in blimps, handle protein crystals, paint pictures, and hold human
    hands. The book describes eighteen systems, showing how they were
    designed, how they function online, and the engineering challenges they

    More details, please see at

    Thank you..
    With best regards
    Arun Kumar Tripathi

             Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 08:17:27 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: The Return of the Real

    Dear Dr. Willard McCarty,

    The Return of the Real: Art and Theory at the End of the Century by Hal
    Foster (MIT, October 1996, ISBN 0-262-56107-7)

    "The Return of the Real is one of the most cogent and theoretically
    self-aware readings of contemprary art I have seen." --Howard Singerman,
    Department of Art History, University of Virginia--

    In The Return of the Real Hal Foster discusses the development of art and
    theory since 1960, and reorders the relation between prewar and postwar
    avant-gardes. Opposed to the assumption that contemporary art is somehow
    belated, he argues that the avant-garde returns to us from the future,
    repositioned by innovative practice in the present. And he poses this
    retroactive model of art and theory against the reactionary undoing of
    progressive culture that is pervasive today.

    After the models of art-as-text in the 1970s and art-as-simulacrum in the
    1980s; Foster suggests that we are now witness to a return to the real --
    to art and theory grounded in the materiality of actual bodies and social
    sites: If The Return of the Real begins with a new narrative of the
    historical avant-garde; it concludes with an original reading of this
    contemporary situation -- and what it portends for future practices of art
    and theory, culture and politics.

    For more details, see at:

    Thank you..
    Arun Tripathi

             Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 09:24:42 +0100
             From: Frances Condron
             Subject: new humanities computing publication

    Edited by Domenico Fiormonte and Jonathan Usher.
    2001, Humanities Computing Unit, University of Oxford.

    Further info: http://www.hcu.ox.ac.uk/publications/clip.html

    This is the latest publication from the Humanities Computing Unit. It is a
    collection of essays exploring the relationship between literary research
    and new technology. The essays are drawn from the first Computers,
    Literature and Philology seminar, held in Edinburgh on the 7th - 9th
    September 1998. Copies can be purchased for 18.99 from the Humanities
    Computing Unit (http://www.hcu.ox.ac.uk/). This book is only available in

    Jonathan Usher, Domenico Fiormonte 'Introduction: Where Lachmann and Von
    Neumann meet'

    Willard L. McCarty 'Poem and algorithm: humanities computing in the life
    and place of the mind'

    Francisco A. Marcos Marn 'Where is electronic philology going? The
    present and future of a discipline'

    Allen Renear 'Literal transcription - can the text ontologist help?'

    Lou Burnard 'On the hermeneutic implications of text encoding'

    Fabio Ciotti 'Text encoding as a theoretical language for text analysis'

    Claire Warwick ''Reports of my death have been greatly
    exaggerated': scholarly editing in the digital age'

    Federico Pellizzi 'Hypertext as a critical discourse: from representation
    to pragmeme'

    Antonio Zampolli 'Language resources: the current situation and
    opportunities for co-operation between computational linguistics and
    humanities computing'

    Elisabeth Burr 'Romance linguistics and corpora of French, Italian and
    Spanish newspaper language'

    Giuseppe Gigliozzi 'Researching and teaching literature in the digital
    era: the CRILet project'

    David Robey 'Sounds and their structure in Italian narrative poetry'

    Massimo Guerrieri 'Per una edizione informatica dei Mottetti di Eugenio
    Montale: varianti e analisi statistica'

    Staffan Bjrk, Lars Erik Holmquist 'Exploring the literary Web: the
    digital variants browser'

    Licia Calvi 'The postmodern Web: an experimental setting'

      From the Humanities Computing Unit for 18.99 plus postage and
    packing. Find out more, and print out an order form at

    Frances Condron, Publications Officer, Humanities Computing Unit,
    University of Oxford.

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