[globaloutlookDH-l] CFP: Visual Digital Humanities: Representing and Interpreting Humanities Data, October 13-14, Tartu, Estonia

Mari Sarv mari at haldjas.folklore.ee
Tue Jun 21 13:29:57 MDT 2016

Digital Humanities in Estonia A° 2016
Visual Digital Humanities:
Representing and Interpreting Humanities Data October 13-14, Estonian
Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia


The digital age has brought along an increased multimediality of
communication. This concerns the source data in the field of humanities as
well as the ways to perform research and represent the results. On the one
hand humanities have to tackle the challenge of capturing the ever-changing
and fluently moving non-textual sources in order to organise them into
reproducible research data. On the other hand computational analysis enables
us to rework the data on a much bigger scale. The creative nature of digital
humanities commits researchers to explore, discover and develop new
possibilities for data analysis.

Visual representation of data (e.g. using networks, timelines and word
clouds for representing data) significantly enhances the interpretation
potential of the material. Visualisation methods developed in other
disciplines such as GIS mapping, graphs and charts have already been taken
up in the humanities. However, there is a need to reconsider the assumptions
that underlie the use of tools for data display and interpretation developed
in other disciplines in order to adjust them to for working with artistic,
literary, musical and historical corpora. New opportunities further enhance
the possibilities to obtain meaningful insights using automated methods that
complement results from more detailed but smaller scale studies. This must
be done keeping in mind that qualitative data requires methods for
presenting ambiguity and uncertainty in a nuanced way. The display of data
from the humanities must be rooted in and appropriate to the interpretative
activity being undertaken. Hence, researchers in the humanities need to
engage computer scientists to allow for a more informed and accurate use of
existing tools and the development of new ones.

The conference is the fourth in the series of conferences on digital
humanities in Estonia, and is in this year co-organized by the Estonian
Society for Digital Humanities, the Estonian Literary Museum and the Centre
of Excellence in Estonian Studies. Traditionally, the conference includes a
panel that introduces and discusses the developments in Estonian digital

We welcome contributions in the following areas of digital humanities:
– mining, managing, analysing visual data; – interpretation of data and
knowledge discovery; – visualization of various types of data (spatial,
historical, folkloric, linguistic, etc.); – ideas, outlooks, developments
and critique of digital humanities in Estonia and elsewhere.

We welcome workshop and seminar proposals (to be held as a one- or half-day
event after the conference).

Please submit a proposal that contains your full name, institutional and
disciplinary affiliation, a brief academic CV, the title of your paper and
an abstract of 200-250 words (including references) by August 1, 2016.

Authors will be informed about acceptance by August 25, 2016. The working
language of the conference is English.

Please send your proposals to: digitaalhumanitaaria at gmail.com.
Homepage of the conference: http://www.folklore.ee/dh/en/dhe_2016/

Organising team:
Mari Sarv
Liisi Laineste

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