[Humanist] 25.547 events: complexity

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 547.
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        Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:56:20 -0800
        From: Glen Worthey <gworthey at stanford.edu>
        Subject: Reminder: Human Complexity 2012.  Deadline: 2 January 2012

[Posted on behalf of conference co-chair Anthony Beavers 
 http://faculty.evansville.edu/tb2/ , to whom questions should be 
directed. -GW]

Human Complexity 2012:
The First Annual Conference on Complexity and Human Experience

Modeling Complexity in the Humanities and Social Sciences

May 30th – June 1st, 2012
The University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Submission Deadline: January 2nd, 2012 (Firm)
Decision Date: February 1st
Final Program: March 1st

The recent increase in the number of formal institutes and conferences 
dedicated to complexity theory and its application is evidence that 
complexity science has arrived and is realizing its potential to cut 
across almost every academic discipline. Research projects centered on 
complex adaptive systems in the natural (physics, chemistry, biology, 
etc.) and social sciences (economics, political science, anthropology, 
sociology, psychology, etc.), along with novel applications in 
engineering, computer science, robotics, and, more recently, the arts 
and the humanities (archaeology, art history, history, literature, 
philosophy, performance art, religion, etc.), have already earned some 
recognition in the field of complexity science.

In light of these developments, the Complex Systems Institute 
(http://www.complexity.uncc.edu) and the Center for Advanced Research in 
the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNC 
Charlotte) will inaugurate an annual conference series, beginning in 
2012, dedicated to complexity with particular application to 
understanding the intricacies of human experience across all domains. 
The goal of the series is to provide a trans-disciplinary venue for 
scholars from the humanities and the social sciences, as well as some 
aspects of the natural sciences (such as neuroscience, pharmacology, 
etc.). Since matters of life and death pertain to human experience in 
profound and important ways, the conference hopes to attract 
representatives from the allied health sciences as well.

The conference series will be dedicated to a particular topic each year. 
The initial 2012 conference will be based on an Institute for Advanced 
Topics in the Digital Humanities (IATDH) sponsored by the National 
Endowment for the Humanities and the UNC Charlotte Complex Systems 
Institute this past year that was dedicated to computer modeling in the 
humanities and social sciences. In keeping with the theme of the IATDH, 
the topic for our first conference will be: Modeling Complexity in the 
Humanities and Social Sciences.

Submissions are invited on any specific topic that falls within the 
parameters described above. Sample topics include, but are not limited 
to, studies on:

* The development and transmission of language
* The propagation of beliefs, ideas and ideologies
* The nature of historical and political change
* The analysis of literary texts and their circulation
* The effect of individual action on global economies
* Social structure among pre-historic peoples
* Archaeological settlement patterns in early cities
* The role of architecture in facilitating public traffic patterns
* The relationship between productivity, creativity, and happiness
* Elements and measures of creativity
* Discovery of early trends and indicators of social and economic change
* The role of science and technology in enhancing human experience
* Defining and measuring indicators of the quality of human experience
* The relationship between organizational/societal structure and the 
flow of energy and information
* Defining utility and efficacy in the context of human experience
* Simulation and modeling tools and paradigms
* Verification and validation of models and simulated systems
* The relationship between healthcare providers, patients, Internet, and 
social media
* Defining ontologies in the context of modeling and simulation
* Languages and tools fro promoting trans- and inter-disciplinary 
collaboration
* Human-technology interaction
* Data-driven wellness initiatives

Submissions should be in the form of 5000-word papers, each of which 
will be reviewed by the program committee. The committee is particularly 
interested in papers that show novel applications of Complexity Theory 
to enhance research in the areas here specified. Thus, preliminary work 
in progress or plans for a research program are welcomed and encouraged.

Submission details will be posted to the conference website at 
https://sites.google.com/site/humancomplexity2012/ in due time.

This conference is dedicated to the work of Alan Turing (1912-1954) as 
part of the 2012 Alan Turing Year (http://www.turingcentenary.eu/), a 
series of events to commemorate Turing's life and work. We do so here by 
examining computing applications and complexity in the humanities and 
social sciences that allow us to discover, create and make connections 
in ways that would not be possible were it not for Turing's seminal 
work. The conference will begin with a presentation on the life and 
times of the man who provided the theory that made the modern computer 
possible.

Human Complexity 2012 is sponsored in part by the International 
Association for Computing and Philosophy (http://iacap.org).

Submission Deadline: January 2nd, 2012 (Firm)
Decision Date: February 1st
Final Program: March 1st

Conference Chairs (in alphabetical order):

* Anthony Beavers (Director, Cognitive Science and the Digital 
Humanities Lab, University of Evansville)
* Mirsad Hadzikadic (Director, The Complexity Institute, UNC Charlotte)
* Paul Youngman (Director, Center for Advanced Research in the 
Humanities, UNC Charlotte)

Organizing Committee:

* Anthony Beavers (Director, Cognitive Science and the Digital 
Humanities Lab, University of Evansville)
* Marvin Croy (Chair, Department of Philosophy, UNCC)
* Patrick Grim (Professor of Philosophy, SUNY-Stony Brook)
* Mirsad Hadzikadic (Director, The Complexity Institute, UNC Charlotte)
* Paul Youngman (Director, Center for Advanced Research in the 
Humanities, UNC Charlotte)

Program Committee (preliminary):

* Anthony Beavers (University of Evansville)
* Aaron Bramson (University of Michigan)
* Ted Carmichael (UNC Charlotte)
* Marvin Croy (UNC Charlotte)
* Patrick Grim (SUNY-Stony Brook)
* Mirsad Hadzikadic (UNC Charlotte)
* Sonya Hardin (UNC Charlotte)
* Nicolas Payette (Université du Québec à Montréal)
* Dan Singer (University of Michigan)
* Charles Turnitsa (Old Dominion University)
* Paul Youngman (UNC Charlotte)





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