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Humanist Archives: July 25, 2022, 8:41 a.m. Humanist 36.105 - pubs cfp: magazén on 'relations'

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 105.
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        Date: 2022-07-22 09:29:40+00:00
        From: Franz FISCHER <>
        Subject: magazén - Call for Abstracts on "Relations"

magazén | International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities

Dear digital humanists

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2023 volume of magazén which
shall devote two semestral issues to the concept of ‘relations’ and how
these relations are implemented, operationalised and analysed as
interdependencies, links, and connections in practices of Digital and
Public Humanities scholarship.

The first deadline will be on September 30, 2022 for the abstract

Please find the call and all details below and at the following link:

On behalf of the editorial team
Franz Fischer


Abstract submission – September 30, 2022

Abstract acceptance – October 31, 2022

Articles submission – February 15, 2023 (issue 1) or July 15, 2023 (issue 2)

Prospective publication – June 2023 (issue 1) and December 2023 (issue 2)

Call for Papers | 2023 Topic: Relations

magazén is accepting proposals to its 2023 volume, which shall devote two
semestral issues of the Journal (June and December) to the concept of
‘relations’ and how these relations are implemented, operationalised and
analysed as interdependencies, links, and connections in practices of
Digital and Public Humanities scholarship. Be it through the construction
of simple relational databases or by means of complex correlations of data,
materials, immaterial aspects, and publics, the interdisciplinary field of
Digital and Public Humanities truly strives on building relationships. Far
from shutting themselves up in a lonesome ivory tower, scholars in this
domain are prone to bridging experiences between different disciplines,
interconnecting with diverse audiences for research and dissemination
purposes, and linking computational models to cultural manifestations.
Relations maintain a very humanistic character, as they form the immaterial
structure onto which human societies are based. Indeed, transferred into a
technological setting, the principle of relationship-building can be found
as the core feature of interconnected data, authority files, user-centred
design, usability, user-experience, audience interaction, and many more
aspects that became an integral part of Digital and Public Humanities.

The very act of building relations or putting things into relationship – be
they technology and culture, scholars and audiences, data and materials –
thus form the backbone of scholarly projects that came to define this
research field. In Digital Textual Scholarship scholars can see the text as
a hub, whose relations point in many directions. They can explore,
formalise, visualise, and process its connections with paratexts, other
texts, physical documents, places, people, concepts as well as with
readers. In Digital and Public History it is possible to establish
connections between sources, events, place, dates, or people, through a
database, a network analysis map, or more generally the semantic web. In
Public History also the relationship between the research and its public is
crucial: the active or passive participation of the audience can affect
questions, methodology and research outcomes in many different ways.
Relations between archaeological contexts and spaces are key factors to
decipher and investigate stratigraphic sequences and past landscapes in
virtual reconstructions (i.e. extended matrix approach, archeoBIM, etc.)
and GIS studies (i.e. viewshed analysis, least-cost path analysis, etc.).
At the same time, the integration of different remote sensing techniques
and expertises often provide significant results. In Digital and Public Art
History subjects may address the connection between GLAM studies and the
creative industries sector as well as the artistic productions,
considering: the relation between public space and art historical
environment, including different techniques of virtual reconstruction (3D
modelling, gaming, VR360), the implementation of digital collections
adopting the IIIF framework (iconography, diagnosis, descriptions), and
multimedia solutions for data collection and accessibility. The implication
of digital technologies in the preservation, management and interpretation
of historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts is a way to make
knowledge more accessible for different audiences. The engagement of
society in participatory ways highlights the importance of creating
dialogue, cohesion, identity, and sustainable development.

Hence, for its 2023 volume magazén is set to examine in two semestral
issues the concept of “Relations” as an intrinsic characteristic of Digital
and Public Humanities. Scholars are particularly invited to submit
contributions that span from theoretical debates to methodological
reflections, also comprising the examination of particular case studies
from the heterogeneous domains of Digital and Public History, Art History,
Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Textual Scholarship. Eventually,
magazén’s volume 2023 will draw particular attention to the public aspects
of such endeavours, given that successful research projects hold firm to
the principle of audience involvement from their very inception, rather
than having public interaction just as a late side-effect of scholarly work.

For scholars interested in submitting a proposal, please send the
provisional title, the abstract between 250-500 words together with a short
biographical note and a possibly also provisional bibliography. The
abstract should address the following questions: What kind of materials and
humanistic research questions are concerned? What digital/public methods
are employed and how do they tackle the research aims? If the prospective
paper addresses a case study or a particular project, authors should please
state whether it has been completed and already made available to the
research community.

All materials should be sent by September 30, 2022, via the submission
portal on the editorial platform of our academic publisher Edizioni Ca’
Foscari. Notice of selection will be given to authors within four weeks
from the submission deadline.

Finalised contributions are expected to be 6,000-9,000 words long (notes
and bibliography included) and will undergo double blind peer review.
Accepted languages are Italian and English, though all texts must have an
English abstract and stick to the ‘Editorial Guidelines’ of Edizioni Ca’
Foscari. Texts that should not comply with editorial guidelines or that the
editors should deem linguistically inappropriate won’t be accepted. Please
note that the journal does not offer language proof-reading services to the
authors, who must also secure all copyright permissions (reproduction costs
included) for images and other media.

The deadline for all accepted articles is February 15, 2023, for issue 1
and July 15, 2023, for issue 2. Final publication of the first issue is
planned by June 2023, while the second issue will be due in December 2023.
For further details please contact the editorial board (


Franz Fischer
Direttore, Venice Centre for Digital & Public Humanities (VeDPH)
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Università Ca' Foscari
Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà
Dorsoduro 3484/D - 30123 Venezia

Tel.: +39 041 234 6266 (ufficio), +39 041 234 9863 (segreteria del centro)

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