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Humanist Archives: May 18, 2021, 11:34 a.m. Humanist 35.21 - events: visualisation cfp; diagramming

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 21.
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    [1]    From: Abdul Rahman, Alfie <>
           Subject: 6th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities (130)

    [2]    From: Christoph Sander <csander@GWDG.DE>
           Subject: Conference: Diagrams in Science, Science in Diagrams, June 14–17 2021 (online) (99)

        Date: 2021-05-18 10:22:29+00:00
        From: Abdul Rahman, Alfie <>
        Subject: 6th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities

Call for Participation
6th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities 24th (or 25th)
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

- 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 contextuality?
- What goes unseen when we look at massive datasets and large trends?
How can information visualization techniques assist in bridging small
and large scale findings?
- 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 positions?

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

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

# 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.

# Important Dates

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

Best wishes,
Dr Alfie Abdul-Rahman
Lecturer in Computer Science
Department of Informatics
King’s College London - Strand Campus
Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG
Office: Bush House (S) 5.05

        Date: 2021-05-18 09:19:26+00:00
        From: Christoph Sander <csander@GWDG.DE>
        Subject: Conference: Diagrams in Science, Science in Diagrams, June 14–17 2021 (online)

Conference: Diagrams in Science, Science in Diagrams

        June 14–17 2021
         Online event via Zoom

         Scientific Organization: Sietske Fransen, Katherine Reinhart and
         Christoph Sander
         Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History (Rome)
         Research Group "Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions

Download the Program (PDF)>

Please register here:

Diagrammatic forms of visualization are ubiquitous in scientific
publications, as well as in popular mediations of scientific contents.
Every computer interface relies on diagrammatic forms, combining textual
and graphical elements. Diagrams abstract and encode information. They
are indispensable in many scientific contexts, and, together with charts
and graphs, also in the daily media, reaching a wide audience of experts
and non-experts.

As natural and familiar as these abstract forms of representing
information are to us, they are products of many historical
developments. Their historical roots may go back to prehistoric epochs.
However, the historical integration of diagrams in scientific contexts
is relatively recent. Even if these developments with regard to Western
cultures have their origin in antiquity and were significantly developed
further in the sciences of the Middle Ages, the early modern period can
be considered the first flourishing phase of the diagram in practically
all areas of the sciences of that time.

This event proposes to trace this historical development in the early
modern period. It takes a truly interdisciplinary approach when talking
about a timespan of roughly 500 years (1300-1800) across all early
modern sciences, from Architecture to Zodiac men in medicine. The talks
bring together research on the culture of the diagram in various
sciences of the epoch to form a large overall picture.

This event aims at tracing the emergences and the disruptions of
traditions of diagrams in all fields of scientific theory and practice,
e.g. (but not restricted to) geometry, astronomy, medicine, philosophy,
alchemy, law, theology, and music.

It will address, among others, questions such as the following:

1. Do the diagrams under investigation come from a precise tradition or
do they form the foundation of such a tradition?

2. What is the scientific/disciplinary context of the diagrams under
investigation and how do they relate to it?

3. What is the aim of the diagrams under investigation (illustration,
explanation, demonstration, etc.)?

4. How does the medium carrying diagrams under investigation impact
their form and role (print, manuscript)?

5. What are the most intriguing visual/graphical features to be found in
the diagrams under investigation?

6. How do the diagrams under investigation interact with the text and
which vocabulary is used to refer to the diagrams?

7. What justifies the diagrams under investigation to be labelled as
‘diagrams’ (and not ‘tables’, ‘maps’, etc.) and what is a reasonable
demarcation line here?

8. How do the diagrams under investigation relate to scientific
practices (experiments, taking measures, etc.)?

Program key-note lectures

Monday, 14.06.2021 18:00- 19:00 (CET)
/How Early Modern Readers Used Geometrical Diagrams
/Speaker: Benjamin Wardhaugh (University of Oxford)
Chair: Katherine Reinhart (Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute
for Art History)

Tuesday, 15.06.2021 18:00- 19:00 (CET)
/Sound Colour Space – A Guided Tour Through a Museum of Diagrams
/Speaker: Daniel Muzzulini (Zurich University of the Arts)
Chair: Oscar Seip (Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art

Wednesday, 16.06.2021 18:00- 19:00 (CET)
/The Introduction of the Timeline
/Speaker: Christoph Lüthy (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Chair: Christoph Sander (Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute
for Art History)

Thursday, 17.06.2021 18:00- 19:00 (CET)
/"Her Hair Was Beautifully Groomed, but Her Feet Were Covered with
Dust": Geometrical Diagrams in Sacrobosco’s Sphere
/Speaker: Kathleen Crowther (University of Oklahoma)
Chair: Mattia Mantovani (KU Leuven)

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