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        Date: 2021-12-02 15:43:03+00:00
        From: Michael Piotrowski <>
        Subject: CFP: 2nd workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities (COMHUM 2022)


2nd workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities (COMHUM

June 9–10, 2022 — University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Special track: character network construction and analysis

At the turn of the 2020s, a defining characteristic of digital
humanities remains the remarkably wide spectrum of viewpoints they
encompass, ranging from a pure engineering perspective applied to
humanities data to the use of well established humanities research
methods to investigate born-digital artifacts. In this framework,
the COMHUM workshop series positions itself as an international
forum primarily devoted to the following research questions: (1)
which computational methods are most appropriate for dealing with
the particular challenges posed by humanities research, e.g.,
uncertainty, vagueness, incompleteness, but also with different
positions (points of view, values, criteria, perspectives,
approaches, readings, etc.)? And (2) how can such computational
methods be applied to concrete research questions in the

The second edition of the COMHUM workshop will take place on June
9 and 10, 2022 at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), unless the
sanitary situation requires organizing the event online. The first
day will be devoted to the specific topic of computational methods
for constructing and analyzing character networks. This topic has
ramifications in a variety of disciplines, including linguistics,
literary analysis, digital humanities, and game studies. It is of
particular interest for a number of research initiatives at UNIL
and in neighboring institutions. COMHUM 2022 will thus be a
perfect opportunity to bring together researchers from different
communities studying character networks using computational and
methodologically explicit approaches, to review the state of the
art in this domain and to sketch its future developments.

In the spirit of the first edition of the COMHUM workshop, the
second day will be open to submissions on any topic pertaining to
theoretical or applied research on computational methods for
humanities research broadly conceived.

The program will consist of invited and contributed talks. The
official language of the workshop is English. Contributions can be
submitted in English or French.


The topics of the workshop are divided into two tracks. The
special track focuses on formal and computational aspects related
to the development and use of computational methods for character
network construction and analysis in data from various media types
studied in the humanities, such as literature, movies, comics, and
video games for example.

Topics in the *special track* include, but are not limited to:

* methods for character network extraction (e.g. NLP, computer
  vision, etc.)
* formal definitions and representation of relations in character
* quantitative methods for character network analysis
* computational methods for large-scale or transmedia studies of
  character networks

In addition, an open track welcomes submissions on formal and
computational aspects related to the development and use of
computational methods in the humanities in general (with a
particular interest for the disciplines represented in the Faculty
of Arts of UNIL – such as literature, linguistics, history,
history of art, cinema studies).

Topics in the *open track* include, but are not limited to:

* Theoretical issues of formal modeling in the humanities
* Knowledge representation in the humanities
* Data structures addressing specific problems in the humanities
  (including text and markup)
* Quantitative methods in the humanities (e.g., for literary or
  historical studies, or for multimodal data)
* Applications of computer vision, image analysis and spatial
  analysis in the humanities


We invite researchers to submit abstracts of 500 to 1000 words
(excluding references; approx. 1–2 pages in the specified
format). Abstracts will be reviewed double-blind by members of the
program committee, and all submissions will receive several
independent reviews. Abstracts submitted at review stage must not
contain the authors’ names, affiliations, or any information that
may disclose the authors’ identity.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their
research at the workshop as a talk, and the abstracts will be
published in the book of abstracts of the workshop. The maximum
number of submissions by the same author is two papers. An author
cannot be the first author of two papers.

Paper submissions must use the official ACL style templates, which
are available as an Overleaf template
( and also downloadable
directly in LaTeX and Word format
( Abstracts
must be submitted electronically in PDF format. For the submission
of abstracts we use EasyChair:

After the conference, authors of accepted contributions will be
invited to submit a full paper version (6–16 pages), which, if
accepted after peer-review, will be published in an open-access,
electronic conference volume endowed with persistent identifiers
(to be confirmed soon).

Invited Speakers

* To be announced.

Important Dates

* Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 28, 2022
* Notification of acceptance: February 18, 2022
* Workshop: June 9–10, 2022


The workshop is organized by members of the Lausanne Lab for
Computational and Statistical Text Analysis
( François Bavaud, Guillaume Guex,
Coline Métrailler, Davide Picca, Stéphanie Pichot, Michael
Piotrowski, Yannick Rochat, Aris Xanthos.

It is hosted by the Department of Language and Information
Sciences (, with the support of the Center
for  Linguistics and the Science of Language
(, both in the Faculty of Arts at UNIL.

The workshop underlines the commitment of the Department of
Language and Information Sciences to the computational dimension
of the digital humanities, including formal and mathematical

Scientific Committee

* François Bavaud (UNIL, SLI and IGD)
* Guillaume Guex (UNIL, SLI)
* Coline Métrailler (UNIL, SLI)
* Davide Picca (UNIL, SLI)
* Michael Piotrowski (UNIL, SLI)
* Yannick Rochat (UNIL, SLI, chair)
* Elena Spadini (UNIL, CLSR)
* Aris Xanthos (UNIL, SLI)
* [This list will be completed.]

Further info

More information about the event will be available at the
following URL: Please get in touch
with Yannick Rochat ( for specific
questions that are not answered by the website.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Piotrowski <>
Professeur en humanités numériques · Université de Lausanne
Section des sciences du langage et de l’information · Faculté des
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