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Humanist Archives: March 23, 2022, 5:51 a.m. Humanist 35.613 - events: computational analysis of drama

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 613.
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        Date: 2022-03-22 09:56:12+00:00
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        Subject: Fwd: [Corpora-List] Call for Papers: Workshop on Computational Drama Analysis: Achievements and Opportunities

[Da: Janis Pagel <>]

Workshop on Computational Drama Analysis: Achievements and Opportunities


May 6, 2022: Deadline for Abstracts (1 page)

August 31, 2022: Deadline for Full Papers (5000–6000 words)

September 14 and 15, 2022: Workshop

== Call for Papers ==

In the light of ever larger digital text corpora, the ongoing consolidation
of Computational Literary Studies highlights that computational methods for
the analysis and interpretation of literary texts have become increasingly
important and prominent. First and foremost, their  potential aims at a
higher-scaled view on literary history, promising to analyse thousands of
literary texts simultaneously. Being part of the big tent that Digital
Humanities has been evolving into over the last 20 years, quantitative
drama analysis became one of its pillars laying out groundwork for
Computational Literary Studies, e.g., regarding the application of social
network analysis on literature (cf. Moretti 2012, Trilcke 2013). However,
quantitative drama analysis itself has a long history (e.g., Yarkho 2019
[1929/1938], Reichert 1965 or Marcus 1973 [1970]), where its pioneers based
their approaches on the same genre-specific characteristics which make it
appealing for automatic computational analyses: dramas are structured by
primary and secondary text; scenes, acts and character speech are labeled
as such. These structural qualities allow for straightforward
formalisations that – in contrast – would have required extensive
preparatory work in other genres such as narrative texts.

Building on the lessons of the past and on current research approaches, our
workshop (14 and 15 September 2022, Cologne) intends to depict the status
quo of computational drama analysis: What are the achievements so far?
Which obstacles must be overcome? What kind of opportunities can arise from
quantitative drama analysis in the future? To answer these questions, the
workshop aims to bring together scholars working with and /or critically
reflecting on formal, quantitative or digital methods for the analysis of
drama. On the one hand, we want to discuss the current state of
computational drama analysis – which methods have proven successful, which
findings can be fed back into close-reading analysis? On the other hand, we
aim at opening up new perspectives and exploring possible routes
computational drama analysis could take in the future.

  The following topics are of particular interest:

- Application of computational methods for drama analysis, such as topic
modeling, stylometry, network analyses, sentiment or emotion analyses

- Critical reflection on the application of these methods on questions of
literary studies, in particular with respect to requirements,
generalizability or interpretability

- Development and application of language processing methods to character
speech or stage directions

- Exploring potentials for drama history by means of corpus-based analyses
or classifications

- Relation of quantitative analyses to findings, foundations or
presuppositions in literary studies

- Strategies for efficient corpus creation from scanned books to expressive
XML collections

- Exploitation of linked open data and metadata analysis for questions of
drama analysis

We invite the submission of abstracts (1 page) on any of the above
mentioned or closely related topics (deadline: 6 May 2022). A decision on
the acceptance to the workshop will be made based on these abstracts by the
workshop organizers. Submissions should be in English and do not need to be
anonymised (non-blind). Prior to the workshop, the accepted abstracts need
to be extended into full papers (5000–6000 words). The results will be
presented and discussed at the workshop. The revised full papers will then
be published in workshop proceedings. Further details on the proceedings
will follow shortly. For the specific deadlines, please see the timeline
below. Please send your abstract in PDF format to

== Venue ==

The workshop will take place on-site at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Further details on the venue will follow soon.

== Timeline==

May 6, 2022                  Deadline for Abstracts (1 page)
May 13, 2022                 Notification of Acceptance
August 31, 2022              Deadline for Full Papers (5000–6000 words)
September 14 and 15, 2022    Workshop
End of 2022                  Deadline for Revised Papers

== Workshop Organizers ==

- Melanie Andresen, University of Stuttgart, Germany
- Benjamin Krautter, University of Cologne, Germany
- Janis Pagel, University of Cologne, Germany
- Nils Reiter, University of Cologne, Germany

== Contact ==

If you have questions regarding the workshop or this call, please contact
Janis Pagel at

== References ==

- Moretti, Franco. "Network Theory, Plot Analysis", Pamphlets of the
Stanford Literary Lab, vol. 2, 2011.

- Marcus, Solomon. Mathematische Poetik, translated from Romanian by Edith
Mândroiu. Frankfurt a.M. 1973 [1970].

- Reichert, Waltraud. "Kybernetische Methoden der Dramenforschung",
Grundlagenstudien aus Kybernetik und Geisteswissenschaften, vol. 5, no.
3/4, 1964, pp. 115–120.

- Trilcke, Peer. "Social Network Analysis (SNA) als Methode einer
textempirischen Literaturwissenschaft", Empirie in der
Literaturwissenschaft, edited by Philip Ajouri, Katja Mellmann and
Christoph Rauen. Münster 2013, pp. 201–247.

- Yarkho, Boris I. "Speech Distribution in Five-Act Tragedies (A Question
of Classicism and Romanticism) [1935–1938]", Journal of Literary Theory
vol. 13, no. 1, 2019, pp. 13–76.

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