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              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 135.
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        Date: 2021-07-12 14:00:41+00:00
        From: Abdul Rahman, Alfie <>
        Subject: CfP: 6th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities

Call for Participation
6th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities
24th October, 2021

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 6th Workshop on
Visualization for the Digital Humanities, “VIS4DH”, under the theme of The
Politics of Scale. This will be a full-day workshop taking place as part of IEEE
VIS 2021.

This year, you can contribute to VIS4DH 2021 in two ways - you can submit to the
Paper track (see below), or you can submit to the Provocations track, which will
be published by end of May. Our call for submissions is open to all fields of
the humanities, social sciences and all branches of visualization. The workshop
is intended to put different ways of seeing, knowing, articulating, and
transforming arguments into dialogue in order to foster and to intensify
collaborations between humanities and visualization researchers. We are
particularly interested in papers and provocations that bring different
disciplines together.

More information is available on

# CfP - Paper Track

This year, VIS4DH will revolve around the topic of “scale”. Visualization is
often celebrated as a method to facilitate the exploration and interpretation of
“big data”. But is scale a relevant yardstick to measure and characterize the
challenges connected to humanities research questions? Scholars have warned
about the development and focus on large-scale digital infrastructures within
the humanities, suggesting that smaller datasets and lighter infrastructures
could better support the needs of humanist researchers. Additionally, critical
voices have pointed out the risk of reproducing assumptions about dominant
cultures and groups while further marginalizing those who are less likely to be
remembered. ‘Data humanism’ has been proposed to highlight the creative
potential of “small data” in terms of personal impact. Choices of scale—in terms
of data, tools, or teams—influence not only project outcomes but also research
methods and processes.

This year, we invite work around (but not limited to) the following questions:

- Large scale approaches have been said to easily ignore context, to fetishize
size and inflate their technical and scientific capabilities, which they rarely
deliver. How can we mitigate these issues and effects of scale for existing
large scale data infrastructures?
- What other motivating factors should be taken into account regardless of
scale? Are “volume, velocity and variety” our defining challenges, or should we
deliberately shift the problem characterization in humanities projects towards
data scarcity, sparsity, polysemy, uncertainty, historicity, quality, and
- What goes unseen when we look at massive datasets and large trends? How can
information visualization techniques assist in bridging small and large scale
- How can we envision small data, small processes, small impact for
visualization in the humanities?
- What trade-offs in visibility (and in-visibility) are made when we consider
different scales in projects at the intersection of visualization and the
humanities research?
- How can research at the intersection of visualization and the humanities
counteract the dangers of data colonialism and of excluding marginalized

We invite papers at the intersection of visualization and (digital) humanities
that provide both theoretical and applied perspectives around these and other

For our paper track we are seeking works from scholars in visualization, the
humanities, social science, and the arts who use visualization as part of the
process of analyzing and interrogating human culture. Submissions will present
original research ideas or results as they relate to visualization for the
digital humanities. Each submission should clearly state its specific
contribution to this growing field of research.

# Submission format

Submissions will take the form of short (4-6 page - excluding references)
papers. Submissions are meant to describe and critically discuss works at the
intersection of visualization and humanities research, including applied case
studies and empirical results and/or theoretical perspectives. We welcome works
that highlight the difficulties (and proposed solutions) of designing
visualizations in the context of humanities research and/or applying concepts
from humanities research to foster visualization research and design.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their paper at the
workshop as a pre-recorded video plus online discussion. All presentations will
be followed by a lively discussion with workshop participants. The archiving and
publication options for VIS4DH 2021 are still under development and will be
detailed soon.

# Submitting a paper

Paper submissions should be in PDF format following the two-column IEEE TVCG
Conference Style Template

Papers should be submitted via PCS (
Submission deadline will be *July 23, 2021 (5pm PST)*. Notifications will be
sent on August 16, 2021. Deadline for submitting a video of the pre-recorded
talk is on September 1, 2021.

Submissions to the Paper Tracks will be optionally double-blind. Authors wishing
to submit their work double-blind should remove author information from the
cover page of their submitted document, and take care to avoid identifying
information in the submission itself.

# CfP - Provocations Track

Submissions to the VIS4DH Provocations track will take the form of a paragraph
articulating a strongly-held viewpoint that addresses a particular perspective
on this year’s workshop topic, *The Politics of Scale*. We especially seek
submissions that likely will promote back-and-forth debate within the
interdisciplinary VIS4DH community.

This year’s submissions to the Provocations track should reflect on one or
several of the following questions:

- What are the dangers of subscribing exclusively to either large-scale or
small-scale approaches at the intersection of visualization and humanities
- Is the dichotomy “large-scale or small-scale” real or perceived? And how much
do questions of scale matter, if at all?
- Do large-scale approaches to data and visualization promote dominant cultures?
How do they play into existing marginalizations and biases in society?
- Are questions of scale inherently political, and if so, in what sense? What is
their influence on methodological choices?

# Submission format

Submissions to the Provocations track should take the following format:

- Title: Provide a title that roughly describes the topic of your
- Summary of provocation (1 sentence): One-sentence summary that describes the
essence of your viewpoint/argument.
- Provocation statement & argument (200 words): Provides a brief description of
your provocation and its argument.
- Counter-Perspective(s) (optional, 100 words): Provides potential counter-
arguments to your provocation.

Accepted authors will be invited to present their viewpoint and argument in the
form of a panel discussion at the workshop. Accepted provocations will also be
published on the workshop website. Submissions will be judged based on the
quality of the argument they make as well as their likelihood of provoking
fruitful discussion. Provocations presented and discussed at VIS4DH 2020 can be
found at

# Submitting a provocation

Submissions to the Provocations Track should be submitted via EasyChair
( by *August 27, 2021 (5pm
PST)*. Notification will be sent on September 10, 2021.

# Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 23 July, 2021 (5pm PST)
Notification Deadline: 16 August, 2021
Camera Ready Submission Deadline: 1 September, 2021

Submission deadline: 27 August 2021 (5pm PST)
Notification Deadline: 10 September 2021

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