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Humanist Archives: Jan. 25, 2022, 9:21 a.m. Humanist 35.487 - events: materiality; computational methods

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 487.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
                      Hosted by DH-Cologne
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    [1]    From: Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard@SAS.AC.UK>
           Subject: DH and Materiality seminar, spring 2022 (31)

    [2]    From: Michael Piotrowski <>
           Subject: 2nd CFP/extended deadline: 2nd workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities (COMHUM 2022) (157)

        Date: 2022-01-24 10:51:39+00:00
        From: Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard@SAS.AC.UK>
        Subject: DH and Materiality seminar, spring 2022

This semester’s Digital Humanities and Materiality seminar starts
tomorrow. Programme and all booking links below.

The seminar is organized by Gabriel Bodard and Rada Varga and co-hosted
by the Digital Humanities Research Hub, University of London, UK, and
Star-UBB Institute of Advanced Studies, University Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj
Napoca, Romania, from autumn 2021–spring 2022. All sessions are online
and free to attend, but booking is essential.

   * Tuesday 25 January, 2022, 16:00 GMT:
     Dan Deac (Cluj Napoca),/Letters through the Lenses: Using Digital
     Tools to Reveal Ancient Textual Materiality/(BOOK HERE
   * Tuesday 8 February, 2022, 16:00 GMT:
     Chiara Palladino (Furman University),/One landscape, different
     paths. Rediscussing digital approaches to premodern geographical
     knowledge/(BOOK HERE <>)
   * Tuesday 22 February, 2022, 16:00 GMT:
     Christian Prager (Bonn) and Hubert Mara (Mainz),/Automatic
     Recognition of Maya Hieroglyphs in 3D/(BOOK HERE
   * Tuesday 8 March, 2022, 16:00 GMT:
     Piraye Hacıgüzeller (Antwerp),/Archaeology, materiality and
     geo-space half a century after the ‘spatial turn’/(BOOK HERE
   * Tuesday 22 March 2022, 16:00 GMT:
     Elysia Greenway (Liverpool John Moores University),/Human Faces:
     Reconstruction, Reimagination and Representation in a Digital
     Landscape/(BOOK HERE <>)

        Date: 2022-01-24 10:48:42+00:00
        From: Michael Piotrowski <>
        Subject: 2nd CFP/extended deadline: 2nd workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities (COMHUM 2022)

In the demanding context of the beginning of this year, we have decided 
to postpone the submission date of proposals for COMHUM  2022. 
The new deadline for submission of abstracts is *February 11,  2022*.


2nd workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities (COMHUM  2022) 

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 humanities?

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 andto 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 networks
* quantitative methods for character network analysis
* computational methods for large-scale or transmedia studies of character 

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

Vincent Labatut, Université d’Avignon
[This list will be completed.]

Important Dates

* Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 11, 2022
* Notification of acceptance: March 4, 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 methods.

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  lettres ☎ +41 21 692-3039 · Quartier Chamberonne, 
bâtiment Anthropole,  bureau 3137
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