Rhythm and Event

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on October 29th, 2011

Event date: 29 October 2011 
King’s Anatomy Theatre & Museum, 
6th Floor, King’s Building
King’s College London, 
Strand Campus, 
London, WC2R 2LS

THE LONDON GRADUATE SCHOOL

presents

Rhythm and Event

How can we think of novelty without attributing ontological prominence and metaphysical distinction between discreteness and continuity, or between the actual and the virtual, the analog and the digital, or the spatial and the temporal? Can a concept of ‘rhythm’ understood as a vibratory movement detached from substance, structure, metric property, and lived experience, become a method with which to account for how the new comes to be? Certainly, on the one hand, Bergson and, following him, Deleuze allow room for the coexistence of these concepts
away from opposition. On the other hand, Bachelard and, following him, Lefebvre, have attempted to construct a rhythmanalysis of newness, while Badiou’s theory of the event signals an interruption in the spatiotemporal order. But perhaps there are yet other connections to be made between (what is absent in) these thinkers and towards conceiving ‘a rhythmics of the event’. For example, for theorists such as Kodwo Eshun and Steve Goodman rhythm points to a complex ecology of speeds, inciting mutations across the human-machine network to allow for the construction of a sonic futurity: a virtual coexistence of past and future in the present.
The purpose of this symposium is to elaborate a philosophy of rhythm as an appropriate mode of analysis of the event. Whether aesthetic, cultural, strategic, or other, we understand the event to be an instance of rhythmic time, summoning, expressing and animated by the abstract yet real (virtual) movements of matter. A rhythmic onto genetics of this kind necessarily departs from a binary split between, on the one hand, natural bodily rhythms (breath, heartbeat and so on) and,on the other, a mechanics of steady tempo or pulse presupposing the metric organisation of spacetime. Instead, this symposium seeks to explore rhythm as an interface between diverse elements (human, machine or other) and a somewhat non-sensory, irregular and amodal movement, lurking at the most potentially unknown or ‘unthought ’ dimensions of the event.
—————————————
PROGRAMME:
Introductory Music (Claudia Martinho)

PLAY

 

download

Performance Rhythmic Materialism: dynamic patterning through corporeal mediaWith:

  • Julian Henriques (Goldsmiths)
  • Claudia Martinho (Goldsmiths)
  • Paola Crespi (University of Surrey)

PLAY

 

download

 

Welcome by Eleni Ikoniadou .

 

Plenary

Matthew Fuller & Andrew Goffey: Sort, Work and Recurse: the stratagematic rhythmns of grey media events
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Panel 1
Chair: John Mullarkey

Olga Goriunova (London Metropolitan University): Software, Time and Avant-garde
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Simon O’Sullivan (Goldsmiths College): Two Diagrams of the Production of the Subject
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Eleni Ikoniadou (Kingston University): Splice, Freeze, Stretch and Mutate: Digital rhythm as harbinger of the event
[AUDIO HERE]

—————————————————–

Panel 2
Chair: Jussi Parikka

Michael Goddard (Salford): Industrial Music for Post-Industrial People
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Milla Tiainen (Anglia Ruskin): The voice as transversal rhythmics
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Scott Wilson (Kingston University): Rhythm, a-rhythmia and the Revolutionary Drive
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Panel 2 questions

PLAY

 

download

—————————————————–

Plenary

Angus Carlyle (CRiSAP): Scales of Rhythm
[AUDIO HERE]

—————————————————–

Panel 3
Chair: Scott Wilson

John Mullarkey (Kingston University): Almost Nothing Happening: An Essay on Action and Event
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Pasi Väliaho (Goldsmiths College): Rhythms of the Console Screen
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Marcel Swiboda (University of Leeds): In Search of Lost Time-Images
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Panel 4
Chair: Olga Goriunova

Stella Baraklianou (University of Portsmouth)
The photograph as pulsating event
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Iain Campbell (Kingston University): Rhythmic Bodies, Rhythmic Relations
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Judith Wambacq (Ghent University): What kind of structure defines a rhythm?
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Panel 5
Chair: Pasi Väliaho

James Lavender (University of Leeds): Bodies of Sound
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Chiara Alfano (University of Sussex): Caesura: The Rhythmed Event
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Shintaro Miyazaki (Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart):
AlgoRhythmics. Microtemporal Transductions of Information, its Aesthetics, Production of Capital and Affects.
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Panel 6
Chair: Eleni Ikoniadou

Corry Shores (Husserl Archives) & Scott Wollschleger (Manhattan School of Music):
Rhythm without Time
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton):
Rhythmanalysis. Lefebvre on a GPS Sound Walk
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

Tim Stephens (LSBU):
‘The End(s) of the Still’ – Releasing rhythm from photographic geometry
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

 

Plenary

Jussi Parikka (Winchester School of Art/ University of Southampton)
The Aesthetico-Technical Rhythm
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

LIVE PERFORMANCE   - Good luck Mr. Gorsky
[AUDIO HERE]

———————————————–

photographs from the conference:


1 Comment

Anchoring Biodiversity Information: From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on October 28th, 2011

Event Date: 28 October 2011
Flett Lecture Theatre
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD

Anchoring Biodiversity Information: From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond

Charles Davies Sherborn provided the bibliographic foundation for current zoological nomenclature with his magnum opus Index Animalium. In the 43 years he spent working on this extraordinary resource, he anchored our understanding of animal diversity through the published scientific record. No work has equalled it since and it is still in current, and critical, use.

Until now, Sherborn’s contribution has been recognised by professional taxonomists worldwide but he has escaped the celebration of his accomplishment that is his due. We will hold a symposium in his honour in the 150th year of his birth here at the NHM, with an international panel of experts on bibliography and biodiversity bioinformatics, linking a view of the past with an active debate on the future of the related fields.

——————————————————————-

Welcome and Logistics / Introduction and dedication to Frank Bisby
(1945-2011)
Ellinor Michel (ICZN) & Graham Higley (BHL & NHM Libraries) .

——————————————————————-

Opening Keynote: SHNH Annual Ramsbottom Lecture

Neal Evenhuis (Bishop Museum)
Charles Davies Sherborn and the Indexer’s Club
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Gordon McOuat (Univ of King’s College, Halifax)
Sherborn’s context: Cataloguing nature in the late 19th century
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Session 1: History of Taxonomic Literature, Indexing and Traditional Taxonomic Nomenclature

Edward Dickinson (Aves Press)
Reinforcing the foundations: Filling in the bibliographic gaps in the historical legacy
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

F. Christian Thompson (Smithsonian) and Thomas Pape (Copenhagen)
Systema Dipterorum: Sherborn’s critical influence in getting information control over a megadiverse group
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Suzanne Pilsk, Martin Kalfatovic, Joel Richard)
Unlocking the Index Animalium: From paper slips to bytes and bits
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Nigel Robinson (Zoological Record)
Sherborn’s Index Animalium integration into ION: access to all
[AUDIO HERE]

download

 ——————————————————————-

Session 2: Current Taxonomic Practices

Chris Lyal (NHM)
Digitising legacy taxonomic literature: processes, products and using the output
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Henning Scholz (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)
BHL-Europe: Tools and Services for Legacy Taxonomic Literature
[AUDIO HERE]

  ——————————————————————-

David Remsen (GBIF)
Biodiversity Informatics: GBIF’s role in linking information through scientific names
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Daphne Fautin (Univ. Kansas/ICZN) & Miguel Alonso-Zarazaga (MNCN-CSIC/ICZN)
LANs: Lists of Available Names – a new generation for stable taxonomic names in zoology?
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Session 3: Future of Biological Nomenclature

Chris Freeland (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Preserving digitized taxonomic data: problems and solutions for print, manuscript and specimen data
[AUDIO HERE]

  ——————————————————————-

Sandra Knapp (NHM/IAPT/ITZN)
New workflows for describing and naming organisms
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Lyubomir Penev (Pensoft Publishers)
ZooKeys: Streamlining the registration – to – publication pipeline
[AUDIO HERE]

  ——————————————————————-

Rod Page (Univ. Glasgow)
Towards an open taxonomy
[AUDIO HERE]

  ——————————————————————-

Closing Keynote:
Richard Pyle (Bishop Museum, HI, USA)
Towards a Global Names Architecture: The future of indexing scientific names
[AUDIO HERE]

 ——————————————————————-

Panel and audience discussion on the history and future of animal names

PLAY

 

download

——————————————————————-

Poster presentations also contributed to the symposium. Here are the authors talking about their work:

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

P. Bouchard, Y. Bousquet, A.E. Davies, M.A. Alonso-Zarazaga C.H.C. Lyal, A.F. Newton & A.B.T. Smith
Towards  a complete list of family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta) with comments on dates of publication.
P. Bouchard, Y. Bousquet & A.E. Davies
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
M.A. Alonso-Zarazaga
Departamento de Biodiversidad y BiologÌa Evolutiva, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Jose Gutierrez Abascal, Madrid, Spain
C.H.C. Lyal
Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London
A.F. Newton
Zoology Department, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
A.B.T. Smith
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Coleopterists recently synthesized data on all known extant and fossil Coleoptera family-group names for the first time (Fig. 1). A catalogue of 4887 family-group names (124 fossil, 4763 extant) based on 4707 distinct genera in Coleoptera was given. A total of 4492 names were determined to available. Names were listed in a classification framework. The authors recognized as valid 24 superfamilies, 211 families, 541 subfamilies, 1663 tribes and 740 subtribes.
   For each name, the original spelling, author, year of publication, page number, correct stem and type genus were included. The original spelling and availability of each name were checked from primary literature.
   Here we provide information about the resources that were used to infer the correct date of publication of works in which Coleoptera family-group names were proposed. We compare these resources with those that previous workers, such as C.D. Sherborn, would have used for similar projects before the advent of computers and the internet.

PLAY

 

download

(click thumbnail to load poster in new window,use the zoom function or cmd+/cmd- to size appropriately for your screen)

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Sherborniana – Artifacts of historical and heritage value from the Natural History Museum relating to CDS’s professional and personal collections

Paul Martyn Cooper

PLAY

 

download

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Henning Scholz (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)
BLE – BHL – Europe’s virtual exhibition

Jiri Frank &  Jiri Kvacek 
National museum in Prague,  Czech Republic

Jana Hoffmann
Museum f¸r Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
The Biodiversity Library Exhibition (BLE) is a virtual exhibition of the digital content in the Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe. It is a dissemination and e-learning tool which highlights specific biodiversity content and makes it accessible for a wider audience. The first two exhibitions will feature BHL-Europe’s content on “spices” and “expeditions”, presenting beautiful illustrations and informative text in old and rare books. It will also provide useful information for the visitor, e.g. recipes. The attractive design and easy to use interface of BLE has a great potential to show that historical literature on biodiversity can be of interesting to a wide audience.

PLAY

 

download

(click thumbnail to load poster in new window,use the zoom function or cmd+/cmd- to size appropriately for your screen)
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Peter Oboyski, Joan Ball, Traci Grzymala & Kipling Will

Calbug: Digitization of California¹s Terrestrial Arthropods

Peter Oboyski, Joan Ball, Traci Grzymala & Kipling Will
Essig Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Email: kipwill@berkeley.edu

Sherborn’s legacy now transcends the capture of taxonomic literature to the capture of individual specimen data from museum collections on which literature records are based. While the basic concepts and standards in data management still apply new challenges need to be met, including new data types and formats, sharing data across platforms, and the sheer volume of information to be managed.
   Although most biological data standards are now well-established, databasing of entomology collections has lagged behind other collections largely due to the quantity of specimens and the highly abbreviated and inconsistent data found on very small specimen labels. Calbug is an NSF funded collaborative of the eight major entomology collections in California that intends to capture 1.1 million specimen-level data records from our combined holdings in a Darwin Core-compliant MySQL relational database.
   We will analyze these data using geospatial technology to understand the relationship between changes in distribution and the precise nature and extent of habitat modification. Given that successfully capturing 1.1 million records would only account for a small fraction of our combined holdings, development of time-saving methods and technology for getting data from labels into databases is paramount. In the initial stage of the project we have focused on developing and testing methods and workflows to radically increase the rate of data capture, while maximizing data quality appropriate for the biotic change analyses. Digital imaging of data labels provides a more easily viewed verbatim archive of specimen data and allows subsequent off-site data entry from image files using manual entry, crowd-sourcing, and automated OCR and data parsing.
   Specimen handling, both in terms of time and risk to specimens, remains a significant obstacle to retrospective data capture from entomological collections. Georeferencing is also a challenge due to the highly abbreviated and inconsistent nature of location data on specimen labels, but a number of strategies that combine computer and human data handling are being used.

PLAY

 

download

(click thumbnail to load poster in new window,use the zoom function or cmd+/cmd- to size appropriately for your screen)

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Karolyn Shindler & Ellinor Michel

Charles Davies Sherborn: A magpie with a card index mind: Charles Davies Sherborn 1861-1942

ICZN & Natural History Museum, London, UK
Email: karolynshindler@aol.com

Charles Davies Sherborn was geologist, indexer and bibliographer extraordinaire. He was fascinated by science from an early age – although there are probably very few small boys who attempt to construct volcanoes in their gardens, the consequent explosion resulting in a visit from the police. Like so many Victorians, the young Sherborn was a passionate natural history collector and was obsessed with expanding his collection of land and freshwater shells. He later described himself as being a ‘thorough magpie’ and having ‘a card-index mind’, and these two traits coalesced in his monumental Index Animalium, an index of every known living and extinct animal from 1758 to 1850.  The Index was a true labour of love – and shamefully little financial reward – that occupied 43 years of his life. One of the first visitors through the doors of the Natural History Museum in South Kensington when it opened in 1881, Sherborn began work there seven years later as one of the small band of unofficial scientific workers, paid by the number of fossils he prepared. By the time of his death in 1942, Sherbornís corner in the Museum was the first port of call for generations of scientists seeking advice, information ñ or an invitation to one of his famous ìsmoke and chatî parties.
   In addition to his work on the Index, Sherborn is also responsible for rescuing the correspondence, manuscripts and books of Sir Richard Owen, the great Victorian comparative anatomist and the prime mover behind the creation of the NHM. The papers were ‘in a cow-shed, exposed to rats and rain’. The manuscripts were piled twelve feet high, while the correspondence filled countless packing cases. But for Sherborn, this was very heaven. In high excitement he wrote to a friend, ‘I must husband all my time and strength now, for it is a giant’s task set before me, and this must cap…my other works’.

PLAY

 

download

(click thumbnail to load poster in new window,use the zoom function or cmd+/cmd- to size appropriately for your screen)

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Darwin: A systematic naturalist, a virtuoso or a miser?

Brian Rosen & Jill Darrell
Dept. of Zoology & Dept. of Palaeontology, Natural History Museum, London, UK
Email: B.Rosen@nhm.ac.uk

Although the publication details of many natural history specimens are generally well-documented in museum collections, it is also not uncommon for the published status of other specimens, such as types, to be incomplete, uncertain or unknown. This can happen when original documentation was insufficient, or when it has become separated from the specimen, mislaid, or even lost altogether. Here, we suggest a methodological framework (‘collection trajectory’) for reconstructing or recovering such information.
   Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was a prolific collector of geological and biological specimens. As he said of himself, ‘The passion for collecting, which leads a man to be a systematic naturalist, a virtuoso or a miser, was very strong in me, & was clearly innate, as none of my sisters or brother ever had this taste’. Provisional results of a recent survey carried out by us suggest that the Natural History Museum holds over 14,000 of his specimens, including significant types, and almost entirely biological. The bulk of them are beetles and barnacles, though the Museum also holds most of his birds, mammals (living and fossil), fish, reptiles and amphibians, as described in the ‘Zoology of the Beagle’ (Darwin 1838-43).  Substantial Darwin collections also exist elsewhere, notably his geological material at the University of Cambridge.
   Many labels of Darwin’s specimens give only very brief information, while other specimens which might have been collected and/or studied by Darwin, bear little or no evidence of that. Many people therefore think that Darwin’s specimen documentation was poor. In fact, he was extremely methodical in this, and worked hard to practise his own advice that the ‘collector’s motto’ should be ‘ ‘Trust nothing to the memory’, for the memory becomes a fickle guardian when one interesting object is succeeded by another still more interesting.’ As a result, he left us a complex legacy of lists, field notebooks and diaries.  Ironically though, this complexity can make it difficult to find the necessary information about a given specimen. It is therefore essential to understand the relationship between these various sources, and also Darwinís specimen numbering system.
   How can this legacy be used to recover relevant information for any given specimen?  Our ‘generalized collection trajectory’ provides a nine-point framework for working methodically through all the potential sources of information about a given collection of Darwin’s.  We also suggest that a similar approach might be used for other people’s collections where similar problems exist.  For Darwin in particular, this led us to revise and extend earlier reviews of Darwin’s specimen lists.  In our poster, (and as an aid to identifying previously uncertain specimens), we include illustrations of the number-tags Darwin used for his dry specimens, and give examples showing how our trajectory approach sheds further light on some examples of NHM coral reef specimens.

PLAY

 

download

(click thumbnail to load poster in new window,use the zoom function or cmd+/cmd- to size appropriately for your screen)

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

F. W. Welter-Schultes, A. Görlich & A. Lutze

Sherborn’s Index Animalium – Systematic errors, mistakes and outdated judgements in the light of modern zoological nomenclature: An analysis based on the examination of 40,000 taxonomic names.
F. W. Welter-Schultes, A. Görlich & A. Lutze 
AnimalBase and Index Animalium
Welter-Schultes, F. 
Zoologisches Institut der Universit‰t, Göttingen
Görlich, A. &  Lutze, A.
E-mail: fwelter@gwdg.de
Appreciating Sherborn’s tremendous work implies understanding to which extent Sherborn’s index data can be used for nomenclatural purposes today. In the course of the AnimalBase project to digitise early zoological literature and provide a taxonomic names database we cross-checked our own manual examinations of 40,000 new names in the original sources with those of Sherborn’s Index Animalium. For each examined work we extracted all new names under the present-day nomenclatural rules (4th edition of the ICZN Code), and compared our results with Sherborn’s list extracted from the same work.
   It was crucial to know how to read the Index, only 70% of the 420,000 names in Sherborn’s list were marked as new (300,000 new names). We found that Sherborn’s data were consistent with our own finds at an average rate of 80-90 %. The degree of reliability of Sherborn’s data differed by work and by animal group, and depended on various factors. The rate of misspellings in Sherborn’s manual work was low, lower than in the AnimalBase project, but naturally not zero. The proportion of overlooked names in each work depended on its style. Sherborn did not have all important works at his disposal.
   Some categories of systematic errors and mistakes were under Sherborn’s responsibility (obvious difficulties in understanding foreign languages except Latin, careless examination of difficult works to save time, neglecting subspecific names), others have to do with the nomenclatural rules having changed in the past 100 years (criteria for availability of names, corrections of incorrect Latin, authorships for names, unavailability of non-binominal works).
   Sherborn was confronted with many problems we also had in our own work. This included the difficulty to maintain a common standard over time. We came to the conclusion that anyone who intends to repeat Sherborn’s job will inevitably be fascinated by his low non-systematic error rates.

PLAY

 

download

 

(click thumbnail to load poster in new window,use the zoom function or cmd+/cmd- to size appropriately for your screen)

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Leslie Overstreet & Grace Constantino

Online Synergy: Sherborn’s Ondex Animalium & the Biodiversity Heritage Library

 

(click thumbnail to load poster in new window,use the zoom function or cmd+/cmd- to size appropriately for your screen)

________________________________________________________________

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Sponsors

  • ICZN – Int’l Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
  • SHNH – Society for the History of Natural History
  • Linnean Society
  • BHL-Europe – Biodiversity Heritage Library-Europe
  • Pensoft Publishers (ZooKeys)
  • NHM – Natural History Museum, Science Directorate
  • ViBRANT – Virtual Biodiversity

Supportive organisations
Geological Association, ZSL – Zoological Society of London, NMNH Smithsonian Institution Libraries, NHM Libraries, NHM Centre for Arts and Humanities (CAH), The Ray Society, Aves Press (Zoological Bibliography), Zoological Record, The Natural History Book Store, IAPT (Int’l Assoc Plant Taxonomy), Minding Animals International

A recent article in the Telegraph and the NHM house journal evolve begins the celebration of Sherborn in this anniversary year: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/8646534/Charles-Davies-Sherborn-the-Natural-History-Museums-magpie-with-a-card-index-mind.html

 

No Comments

Edward Dickinson – Reinforcing the foundations: Filling in the bibliographic gaps in the historical legacy

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 28th, 2011

Event Date: 28 October 2011
Flett Lecture Theatre
Natural History Museum

 

Anchoring Biodiversity Information:

From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond

Edward Dickinson
Reinforcing the foundations: Filling in the bibliographic gaps in the historical legacy

Editor, Zoological Bibliography, Aves Press, BN20 7JG Eastbourne, UK
Email: info@avespress.com; edward@asiaorn.org

Ornithological nomenclature is based on the bibliographic legacy from Charles Davies Sherborn, working in the Natural History Museum, London, and from Charles Wallace Richmond, working at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Despite their significant foundations, a complete data series has not yet been achieved. Gaps in their original coverage, though few, have not been resolved. The post-1850, the end date of coverage of the Index Animalium the level of completeness declines. I will discuss the coverage of the gaps in ornithology and address the primary issues of completeness and accuracy.

Avian names in the Index Animalium have issues of accuracy in spellings, authorship and citation details. Most of the problems that can be pinpointed in ornithology will be paralleled in other zoological disciplines. Post-1850, ornithology is fortunate in the correspondence between Sherborn and Richmond. The Richmond Index to the Genera and Species of Birds, published on microfiche in 1992 and now available online, is founded on their collaboration. After Richmond, successive members of the Department of Birds at the United States National Museum were inspired and encouraged to update the resource regularly. Over the years since 1932 when Richmond died there were periods when this card index was well maintained and others when less time was devoted to it. In addition, the information available to ensure it was comprehensive is likely to have been only marginally better in respect of the Americas than was available to the Zoological Record. There has been more deliberate work done to maximise the collection of avian generic names. The initial sustaining role played by the Zoological Society of London must be recognised as regards both the Zoological Record and the Nomenclator Zoologicus of Neave. Unfortunately, ornithologists have undervalued the importance of the bedrock of information that these initiatives provide and hence they have done little or nothing collectively to maintain and complete these resources.

The rare Book Room at the NHM holds what may be all Sherborn’s Index Animalium slips. They are appropriately separated, but old explanatory separators written by Sherborn are fading and the original sequences within the segments look disturbed. These need study and potentially reorganisation. For their long term preservation and wider availability scanning is recommended (after any agreed reorganisation), It is hoped that the museum, whose Trustees were publishers of the 33 volumes that cover 1801-1850, will assess the situation and if necessary seek to raise funding for these measures. Other Sherborn material should perhaps be brought together with the slip cabinet so that all material relating to the Index Animalium is together or fully cross-referenced. At the Smithsonian, the Department of Birds holds two card indexes which Richmond created to support his primary card index. These are being preserved and are accessible on site. The Richmond card index is now online under development at http://www.zoonomen.net/cit/RI/Genera/RIGen.html.

Finally, there are registers of timed periodical receipts and of exchanges involving the Smithsonian International Exchange program. Mining such information could well resolve long-standing disputes over precedence. Finally, zoological bibliographers should work with the global antiquarian book trade to develop a digital collection illustrating the wrappers of the many early part-works where these contain dates, original spellings or other vital information.

——————————————————————

talk:

PLAY

 

download

——————————————————————

questions:

PLAY

 

download

——————————————————————

accompanying images:

back to conference page

No Comments

Gordon McOuat – Sherborn’s context: Cataloguing nature

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 28th, 2011

Event Date: 28 October 2011
Flett Lecture Theatre
Natural History Museum

 

Anchoring Biodiversity Information:

From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond

Gordon McOuat
Naming and Necessity: Sherborn’s Context: Cataloguing Nature

History of Science and Technology Programme,
University of Kingís College, Halifax, NS, CANADA
Email: gmcouat@dal.ca

By the late 19th Century, storms plaguing early Victorian systematics and nomenclature seemed to have abated. Vociferous disputes over radical renaming, the world shaking clash of all-encompassing procrustean systems, struggles over centres of authority, and the issues of language and meaning had now been settled by the institution of a stable imperial museum and its catalogues, a set of rules for the naming of zoological objects, and a new professional class of zoologists.  Yet, for all that tranquillity, the disputes simmered below the surface, re-emerging as bitter struggles over synonyms, trinomials, the subspecies category, the looming issues of the philosophy of scientific language, and the aggressive new American style of field biology ñ all pressed in upon the received practice of naming and classifying organisms and the threat of anarchy. In the midst rose an index. This paper will explore the context of CD Sherbornís Index Animalium and those looming problems and issues which a laborious and comprehensive ìindex of natureî was meant to solve.

——————————————————————

talk:

PLAY

 

download

——————————————————————

questions:

PLAY

 

download

——————————————————————

accompanying images:

back to conference page

No Comments

Neal Evenhuis – Charles Davies Sherborn and the Indexer’s Club

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 28th, 2011

Event Date: 28 October 2011

Flett Lecture Theatre

Natural History Museum

 

 

Anchoring Biodiversity Information:

From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond

Neal L. Evenhuis
Charles Davies Sherborn and The Indexer’s Club

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, USA
Email: NealE@bishopmuseum

Charles Davies Sherborn was an indexer. And he followed a long line of indexers. And a longer line of indexers followed him. They/we are all members of ‘The Indexer’s Club’. A club of obsessed individuals who, for some weird reason, find it necessary to not only facilitate a semblance of order, but to make sometimes incredibly huge amounts of information available to others [sacrificing their social lives and labouring on what spouses and colleagues may consider esoteric projects in order to save others from the same work]. And in doing so, encumbering most of the day and the wee hours of the night with a passion and fervour few other human beings can even begin to understand. This presentation will explore the bits of Sherbornís life that led to that passion for indexing; and touch upon the impact he has had on bibliographies and researching the dates of publication; upon nomenclature; and upon the indexing of names ó and it will attempt to explain why he did this and where we all can go as a result.

——————————————————————

talk:

PLAY

 

download

——————————————————————

questions:

PLAY

 

download

——————————————————————

accompanying images:

——————————————————————

back to conference page

No Comments

Russ McDonald – Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Context

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 27th, 2011

Event Date: 27 October 2011
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HP

 

Professor Russ McDonald (Goldsmiths)
Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Context

——————————————————————

The Shakespeare Institute

An internationally renowned research institution established in 1951 to push the boundaries of knowledge about Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Drama. The Shakespeare Institute offers a wide range of innovative postgraduate degrees, including postgraduate research.

During the Autumn and Spring terms, the Institute runs a series of Thursday seminars which are given by members of staff and invited speakers. The seminars start at 2.00pm lasting approximately 45 minutes followed by a question and answer session. University of Birmingham staff and students, and guests are welcome to attend.

Introduction by Michael Dobson .

————————————–

talk:

PLAY

 

download

————————————–

questions:

PLAY

 

download

————————————–

accompanying images:

————————————–

1 Comment

David de Haan – Access and Conservation – Part 2

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 25th, 2011

 

 

 

Event Date: 25 October 2011
The Ironbridge Institute
Ironbridge Gorge Museum



David de HaanAccess and Conservation – Part 2

PLAY

 

download

Under the European Directives dealing with the fair and equal treatment of those who are physically and mentally impaired, all buildings open to the public have to provide access for these groups. This needs to be respectful of their human dignity as well as practical, i.e. you can’t just direct disabled people to a side or back door, for instance, leaving the main entrance for the general public. The legislation is, of course, a significant step forward in the recognition of the rights of the disabled and impaired but poses serious challenges for the conservation of sites, and especially buildings constructed in an age when there was little thought of peoples’ needs. How are such differences reconciled, and which legislation takes precedence? This lecture will examine these questions through case studies and demonstrate how imaginative approaches to the legislation can turn these concerns to everyone’s advantage.

———————————————————–

accompanying images:

No Comments

David de Haan – Access and Conservation – Part 1

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 25th, 2011

 

 

 

Event Date: 25 October 2011
The Ironbridge Institute
Ironbridge Gorge Museum



David de HaanAccess and Conservation – Part 1

PLAY

 

download

Under the European Directives dealing with the fair and equal treatment of those who are physically and mentally impaired, all buildings open to the public have to provide access for these groups. This needs to be respectful of their human dignity as well as practical, i.e. you can’t just direct disabled people to a side or back door, for instance, leaving the main entrance for the general public. The legislation is, of course, a significant step forward in the recognition of the rights of the disabled and impaired but poses serious challenges for the conservation of sites, and especially buildings constructed in an age when there was little thought of peoples’ needs. How are such differences reconciled, and which legislation takes precedence? This lecture will examine these questions through case studies and demonstrate how imaginative approaches to the legislation can turn these concerns to everyone’s advantage.

———————————————————–

accompanying images:

No Comments

Gianfranco Soldati – Direct Realism and the Properties of Experience

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 24th, 2011

Event Date 24 October 2011
Senate House – University of London

 

THE ARISTOTELIAN SOCIETY
Presents

Professor Gianfranco Soldati (Fribourg):
Direct Realism and the Properties of Experience

Abstract:

Direct realism with respect to perceptual experiences has two facets, an epistemological one and a metaphysical one. From the epistemological point of view it involves the claim that perceptual experiences provide immediate justification. From the metaphysical point of view it involves the claim that in perceptual experience we enter in direct contact to items in the external world. In a more radical formulation, often associated with naïve realism, the metaphysical conception of direct realism involves the idea that perceptual experiences depend on the items in the external world they are related to. This paper describes a simple account that makes room for immediate justification provided by perceptual experience.

The simple account establishes an explanatory relation between the justificational role of a perceptual experience and the fact that such an experience provides a reason for a belief. The account is evaluated in the light of some objections. Different ways to react to those objections are discussed. It will appear that in order to preserve the explanatory relation established by the simple account, one has to accept naïve realism. By breaking the connection between reason and justification, on the other side, one jeopardises the possibility for perceptual experience to deliver immediate justification.

———————————————————————————

PLAY

 

download

No Comments

Visions of the Trial: Courts and Visual Culture

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on October 21st, 2011

 

Event Date: 21 October 2011
14:00 – 17:00
Room G16, Birkbeck Main Building 
Birkbeck, 

University of London 
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

 

Visions of the Trial: Courts and Visual Culture

Speakers:

Leif Dahlberg (BIH Visiting Fellow/Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan, Stockholm)
The uses and effects of video technology on social interaction and legal space in the Swedish Court of Appeal
[AUDIO HERE]

—————————–

Leslie J Moran (Birkbeck)
Watching the judiciary
[AUDIO HERE]

—————————–

Barbara Villez (Professor of Legal Languages and Cultures, University Vincennes-St Denis/Paris 8
Telephone camera technology and courtroom images
[AUDIO HERE]

—————————–

questions and discussion

PLAY

 

download

No Comments