CONF: Writing Rights / Scripting Revolution, Wien 4/2016

Dear colleagues,

please let me invite you to participate in the following workshop, made possible by the FSPs „Digital Humanities“, „Text und Edition“, and organized by ASF Project P-28016 („Benedictines, Church Reform and the State in Austria“).

Please get back to me for the discussion papers if you wish to participate.

With all best wishes,

Thomas Wallnig




Venue: Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, Hörsaal 26

Date: 20 April 2016, 13.15 – 16.15 (session I: 13.30-14.45; session II: 15.00-16.15)

KEITH MICHAEL BAKER is J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of European History at Stanford University. Among his many publications, he is best known for his books, „Condorcet. From Natural Philosophy to Social Mathematics“, and „Inventing the French Revolution.“ Most recently, he has edited (with Dan Edelstein) „Scripting Revolution. A Historical Approach to the Comparative Study of Revolutions.“

Professor Baker will discuss two projects.

„Writing Rights“, on which he is engaged at Stanford University in collaboration with Dan Edelstein (Professor of French) and specialists in academic technology and design from Stanford and Sydney, Australia, seeks to use techniques of textual analysis and visualization to understand the process by which the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was drafted in 1789. „Revolutionizing Revolution“, his contribution to the volume he has just edited with Dan Edelstein on „Scripting Revolution. A Historical Approach to the Comparative Study of Revolution“, has explored the transformation of the meaning of “revolution” between 1650 and 1789.

The workshop will present both projects in the making, especially addressing the relation between digital functionalities and historical reflection and methodology. Discussion will be based on three pre-circulated texts from „Scripting Revolution“ (PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO:

(You might also wish to attend the related lecture at the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities at 17.00:

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