Call for Papers

Call for Papers: 2008 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

DHCS Colloquium, November 1 – 3, 2008
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2008

The goal of the annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) is to bring together researchers and scholars in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research. The first DHCS Colloquium in 2006 examined the challenges and opportunities posed by the “million books” digitization projects. The second DHCS Colloquium in 2007 focused on searching and querying as both tools and methodologies.

The theme of the third Chicago DHCS Colloquium is “Making Sense” – an exploration of how meaning is created and apprehended at the transition from the digital to the analog.

We invite submissions from scholars, researchers and students on all topics that intersect current theory and practice in the humanities and computer science.

Sponsored by the Humanities Division, the Computation Institute, NSIT Academic Technologies and the University Library at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the College of Science and Letters at the Illinois Institute of Technology.



The University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Keynote Speakers:

Oren Etzioni is director of the Turing Center and professor of computer science at the University of Washington where his current research interests include fundamental problems in the study of artificial intelligence, web search, machine reading, and machine learning. Etzioni was the founder of Farecast, a company that utilizes data mining techniques to anticipate airfare fluctuations, and the KnowItAll project, which is is building domain-independent systems to extract information from the Web in an autonomous, scalable manner. Etzioni has published extensively in his field and served as an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on the Web and on the editorial board of the Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, amongst others.

Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and new media artist whose work focuses on the visual explorations of culturally significant data ( He is the founding manager of IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, which researches new forms of visualization and how they can enable better collaboration. The lab’s latest project is Many Eyes, an experiment in open public data visualization and analysis. Wattenberg is also known for his visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Stephen Downie is associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include the design and evaluation of IR systems, including multimedia music information retrieval, the political economy of inter-networked communication systems, database design and web-based technologies. Downie is the principal investigator of the International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) which is working on producing a large, secure corpus of audio and symbolic music data accessible to the music information retrieval (MIR) community.

Program Committee:

* Prof. Shlomo Argamon, Computer Science department, Illinois Institute of Technology
* Prof. Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
* Prof. John Goldsmith, Department of Linguistics, Computer Science, Computation Institute, University of Chicago
* Dr. Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago Library
* Prof. Robert Morrissey, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Director of the ARTFL Project, University of Chicago
* Prof. Martin Mueller, Department of English and Classics, Northwestern University
* Dr. Mark Olsen, Associate Director of the ARTFL Project, University of Chicago
* Prof. Anne Rogers, Department of Computer Science, University of Chicago
* Prof. Jason Salavon, Department of Visual Arts, Computation Institute, University of Chicago
* Prof. Kotoka Suzuki, Department of Music, Visual Arts, University of Chicago
* Prof. Gary Tubb, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Call for Participation:

Participation in the colloquium is open to all. We welcome submissions for:

* Paper presentations (20 minute maximum)
* Poster sessions
* Software demonstrations
* Performances
* Pre-conference tutorials/workshops/seminars
* Pre-conference “birds of a feather” meetings

Preliminary Colloquium Schedule:

DHCS will begin with a half-day, pre-conference on Saturday, November 1 offering introductory tutorials and/or seminars on topics such as text analysis/data-mining or GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications for the humanities. We also encourage colloquium attendees to use the pre-conference period for informal “birds of a feather” meetings on topics of common interest (e.g. “digital archaeology”).

The formal DHCS colloquium program runs from Sunday, November 2 to Monday, November 3 and will consist of four, 1-1/2 hour paper panels and two, two-hour poster sessions as well as three keynotes. Generous time has been set aside for questions and follow-up discussions after each panel and in the schedule breaks. There are no parallel sessions.

For further details, please see the preliminary colloquium schedule.

Suggested Submission Topics:

* Computing Cinematic Syntax
* Statistical Analyses and Literary Meaning
* Visualizing Humanist Data: Lessons from Industry & Big Science
* Sound, Video & Image based Information Retrieval
* Genetic Algorithms and Computational Intelligence
* Web Services for Humanist Scholarship
* Serious Gaming / Meaningful Play
* Cartography and the Digital Traveler / GIS Applications for the Humanities
* Representing Reading Time
* Computer-mediated Interaction
* Gestural & Haptic Control for Music Composition
* Deconstructing Machine Learning
* Recognizing and Modeling Objects, Scenes & Events in 2D, 3D and Video
* Contemporary Art / Creative Technologies
* Historicizing Machine Learning Ontologies
* Cyberinfrastructure and High-Performance Computing for the Humanities
* Programming Algorithmic Art
* Virtual Acoustic Space and Aural Architecture
* Eye Tracking & Scene Perception in the Cinema
* Future Interactive Fictions
* Semantic Search / Semantic Web
* Automatic Extraction and Analysis of Natural Language Style Elements
* Music Perception and Cognition
* Social Scholarship / Socialized Search
* Multi-agent Systems for Modeling Language Change
* Empirical Philosophy / Affective Computing / Augmented Vision

Submission Format:

Please submit a (2 page maximum) abstract in Adobe PDF (preferred) or MS Word format to

Graduate Student Travel Fund:

A limited number of bursaries are available to assist graduate students who are presenting at the colloquium with their travel and accommodation expenses. More information about the application process is available here.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, August 31
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, September 15
Full Program Announcement: Monday, September 22
Registration: Monday, September 22 – Friday, October 24
Colloquium: Saturday, November 1 – Monday, November 3

Contact Info:

Please email or tweet dhcs2008.

Organizing Committee:

* Timothy Allen, Programmer/Researcher, ARTFL Project, University of Chicago
* Arno Bosse, Senior Director for Technology, Humanities Division, University of Chicago.
* Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
* Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago Library.
* Mark Olsen, Associate Director, ARTFL Project, University of Chicago

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