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Humanist Archives: April 29, 2021, 7:59 a.m. Humanist 34.351 - pubs: Digital Studies of Digital Science cfp

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 351.
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        Date: 2021-04-28 09:57:41+00:00
        From: Charles Pence <charles@CHARLESPENCE.NET>
        Subject: CFP: Synthese Topical Collection, Digital Studies of Digital Science

Call for Papers: Digital Studies of Digital Science

Guest Editor(s): Charles H. Pence and Luca Rivelli, Université
catholique de Louvain

Following our recent DS² 2021 conference, we are now opening submissions
for a Topical Collection at Synthese covering the same subjects, in
addition to including the papers presented during the meeting.

We hope to bring together scholars working on two separate trends.
First, the products of science themselves have increasingly become
digital – from big data produced in laboratory contexts to the
increasingly dominant roles of social media and preprints in the
dissemination of results. Second, the methods that we use to study those
products have also become digitized – scholars including philosophers,
historians, linguists, and sociologists have turned to tools like
network and citation analysis, textual analysis (and other tools of the
digital humanities), and modeling and simulation, in our attempts to
understand science and its changes over time. Both of these shifts have
made a substantial impact on the epistemic landscape of science, and are
in the process of reshaping the philosophy of science in particular and
science studies more generally.

What has been lacking, we think, is the opportunity for dialogue between
these two groups of researchers. On the one hand, meta-level claims
about digital methods in science should often apply to cases where these
methods are used in the humanities. And conversely, those interested in
the epistemic characteristics of these digital methods in general should
be able to learn from instances of their application in the humanities
as well. We thus hope to put these two groups in dialogue, looking for
new insights and modes of research enabled by our digital study of
digital scientific products.

Appropriate Topics for Submission include, among others: philosophy of
digital science and mathematics, philosophy of big data, history of data
in science and mathematics, digital humanities, visualization of
meta-level studies of science and mathematics, scientometrics and
bibliometrics. For more ideas about the scope of the call, you can see
the list of accepted talks from the conference at its website:

For further information, please contact the guest editors:,

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2021

Submissions via: (

Charles H. Pence and Luca Rivelli
Université catholique de Louvain

Charles Pence

Chargé de cours, Université catholique de Louvain
Co-editor, _Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology_ (PTPBio)

Institut supérieur de philosophie
Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres

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