Happy Monday, everyone! I would like to start by telling you that the weekend weather forecast we were all expecting (as per our last blog) was seriously wrong and spring like weather is yet to be lived this year in London, Ontario. Sigh!
The rainy days and the excessively long winter however, are no impediment for the active members of the CulturePLex Lab at UWO. Yes, we’re on a roll! Today I will tell you about what Élika Ortega, one of the Phd students @ CulturePlex, has been up to. Also, Dr. Fernando Sancho Caparrini, Asociate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Seville, Spain and Researcher of the CulturePlex Laboratory has also informed me that he will be presenting Sylva, one of the lab’s newest projects at what promises to be an interesting conference in Liverpool.
From April 13th-17th, Élika Ortega participated in The 37th Annual African Literature Association Conference at the University of Ohio in Athens Ohio. The title of her paper was: Musical and Literary Interactions in Maria Nsue Angüe‘s Ekomo and Mbayah. Élika’s paper explored the motif of music in Maria Nsue Angüe’s novel Ekomo (1984) and the cd recording Mbayah (2000). She claims that music as a textual device serves the author to establish the idea of national unity in her native country Equatorial Guinea. Ortega further suggests that music provides a frame to the healing and purifying rituals depicted in the novel. This idea of music is translated to the cd recording, which according to the author, might even be considered a materialization of the textual music from the novel. Élika Ortega concludes her paper by saying that the broader scope of a music cd seems to target wider audiences, thus promoting ideals of tolerance and amity not only within Equatorial Guinea and Africa, but in the global village in general.
On May 19th-20th Dr. Fernando Sancho Caparrini will be presenting at Latin American Cybercultural Studies Conference at the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, UK. The title of his talk: Flexible Schema DataBases for the Humanities: The Hispanic Baroque Project as a Starting Point. Dr. Sancho Caparrini will be presenting Sylva, an innovative system developed as the joined effort of a few different members of the CulturePlex Laboratory. Sylva aims to manage complexity in a straightforward manner and allows the researcher to easily share the results with other colleagues. In order to show the motivation behind Sylva in the context of Digital Humanities, Dr. Sancho Caparrini will illustrate its use in The Hispanique Barroque Project where it is being implemented to support the different maps of information in their corresponding Databases.
As a side note, I would like to mention that at this precise point in time, both Élika and Dr. Sancho Caparrini are enjoying far warmer and sunnier days than all of us here in the lovely Forest City. Yes, we are slightly (to say the least) envious of your current locations (Mexico and Spain), but certainly applaud you on your work!
To end this post, here is a sneak peak of our next blog: one of the CulturePlex members on Canada’s National Radio Station! You want to know who? Don’t miss it!