[SIGCIS-Members] The Cultural Legacies of Ada Lovelace

david nofre d.nofre at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 23:46:27 PDT 2015

Dear colleagues,

The following CfP might be of interest for members of this list.

David Nofre


    CfP: Texts and Contexts - The Cultural Legacies of Ada Lovelace

by Carsten Timmermann <https://networks.h-net.org/users/carsten-timmermann>

*Texts and Contexts: The Cultural Legacies of Ada Lovelace*

/“That brain of mine is more than merely mortal; as time will show.”/

A workshop for graduate students and early career researchers

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Mathematics Institute and St Anne’s College, Oxford


The mathematician Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), daughter of poet Lord Byron,
is celebrated as a pioneer of computer science. The notes she added to
her translation of Luigi Menabrea’s paper on Charles Babbage’s
analytical engine (1843) are considered to contain a prototype computer
program. During her short life, Lovelace not only contributed original
ideas to the plans for this early computer; she also imagined wider
possibilities for the engine, such as its application to music, and
meditated on its limitations. Lovelace leaves a legacy not just as a
computer scientist, but also as a muse for literary writers, a model to
help us understand the role of women in science in the nineteenth
century, and an inspiration for neo-Victorian and steampunk traditions.

As part of the University of Oxford’s celebrations to mark the 200th
anniversary of Lovelace’s birth, this one-day workshop will bring
together graduates and early career researchers to discuss the varied
cultural legacies of this extraordinary mathematician. The day will
feature an expert panel including graphic novelist *Sydney Padua* and
biographer *Richard Holmes*.

The day will conclude with a reception and buffet when there will be
opportunities to meet with speakers from the Ada Lovelace 200 Symposium,
which will also take place in the Mathematics Institute on the following
two days (9th-10th December). Researchers from all disciplines are
invited to submit proposals for papers on the influences of Lovelace’s
work, on topics including, but not limited to, literature, history,
mathematics, music, visual art, and computer science. This might include:

  * Lovelace’s place in the study of the history of science.
  * Lovelace and *women in science* in the nineteenth century
  * Early nineteenth-century *scientific networks*, including Lovelace’s
    relationship with such individuals as Charles Babbage and Mary
  * Lovelace and discussions about the *role of the imagination in
    scientific practice* in the nineteenth century.
  * Lovelace as *translator and commentator*.
  * *Mathematics and music*, and the musical possibilities Lovelace
    envisaged for Babbage’s engine.
  * Lovelace’s own *textual legacies*, such as her correspondence,
    childhood exercises and mathematical notes held in the Bodleian.
  * Lovelace’s *technological legacies*, from her seminal work on
    Babbage’s Analytical Engine to her impact on computer programming today.
  * Lovelace’s role in the *steampunk tradition*, from Gibson and
    Sterling’s /The Difference Engine/ to Sydney Padua’s /The Thrilling
    Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage/, and neo-Victorian fashion.
  * Efforts and activities to *commemorate and memorialise *Lovelace,
    from the recent Google Doodle to the annual Ada Lovelace Day.

Proposals, not exceeding 250 words, for 15-minute papers should be
submitted to adalovelaceworkshop at ell.ox.ac.uk
by *5pm, Friday 28th August 2015*. Those who are accepted to speak at
this graduate workshop will also be offered free registration for the
Ada Lovelace 200 Symposium taking place on the following two days. For
more information, please visit https://adalovelaceworkshop.wordpress.com


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