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Digital Hispanism at the AHGBI

Earlier this month, Claire attended the annual conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) at the University of Stirling. Whilst there was no panel on Latin American digital media specifically (unlike the panel organized by Latamcyber in 2008), there was a broader panel on Digital Hispanism, organized by Kirsty Hooper, which provided some very useful food for thought.

First up was Paul Spence, who some Latamcyber members will remember from the Latin American Cybercultural Conference  last year. Paul spoke on models for digital scholarship, particularly how scholarship should ‘drive’ the digital. Santiago Pérez Isasi then gave an overview of the  Andrés de Poza project, developed at the Universidad de Deusto, and aimed at creating a corpus of digital editions of multilingual and multiversion texts. Following Santiago, Alison Sinclair and Sonia Morcillo gave an insight into digitization and cataloguing issues of the ‘Wrongdoing in Spain’ project, which Alison heads at the University of Cambridge. Finally, Luciana Martins gave a paper reflecting on the creation of a digital archive at Birkbeck for research into Andean textiles.

Alison’s project also re-appeared in visual format during the poster session, whilst there were also some papers in other panels of interest to digital media scholars, particularly Chris Perriam’s paper on the circulation of short films online, given as part of the ‘Queer Cinema’ panel.

Full details of the programme are available at the AHGBI website. Latamcyber hopes to be organizing a panel at the AHGBI in the near future!



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