Friday 3rd August at 16:30, in room NG16, Senate House, Malet Street,
Melissa Terras (University College London)
‘Can computers ever read ancient texts?’
Researchers in the Centre of the Study of Ancient Documents, and the
Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (and now UCL
SLAIS), have been attempting to build a system to aid historians in
reading damaged and deteriorated texts, specifically those from
Vindolanda. But to what extent can computers ever hope to “read”
ancient texts, and how can computers aid (not replace) historians in
propagating readings from hard to read documentary material?
The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.
2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, a British government inquiry into homosexuality and prostitution which profoundly shaped public debate on the regulation of these sexualities (and others), in Britain and beyond.Most famously, the Report recommended that homosexual acts between consenting adults in private ought not to be an offence and 2007 also marks the fortieth anniversary of the passage of this recommendation into law in the Sexual Offences Act of 1967.This seems like a suitable moment to look at the ways in which minority/deviant/ marginalised/vilified/ sexualities have been lived, understood, regulated and constructed in the post-War period, and to that end a conference is being held at King’s College in London in June 2007 (link).