[Humanist] 26.636 cfp: computational folkloristics

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Dec 30 10:40:40 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 636.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

        Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:56:24 +0000
        From: "Tangherlini, Timothy" <tango at humnet.ucla.edu>
        Subject: Call for Papers--special issue of Journal of American Folklore: Computational Folkloristics

Computational Folkloristics
Call for Papers
Special Issue of the Journal of American Folklore edited by Timothy R.

Over the course of the past decade, a revolution has occurred in the
materials available for the study of folklore. The scope of digital archives
of traditional expressive forms has exploded, and the magnitude of
machine-readable materials available for consideration has increased by many
orders of magnitude. Manynational archives have made significant efforts to
make their archival resources machine-readable, while other smaller
initiatives have focused on the digitization of archival resources related
to smaller regions, a single collector, or a single genre. Simultaneously,
the explosive growth in social media, web logs (blogs), and other Internet
resources have made previously hard to access forms of traditional
expressive culture accessible at a scale so large that it is hard to fathom.
These developments, coupled to the development of algorithmic approaches to
the analysis of large, unstructured data and new methods for the
visualization of the relationships discovered by these algorithmic
approaches—from mapping to 3-D embedding, from time-lines to navigable
visualizations—offer folklorists new opportunities for the analysis of
traditional expressive forms. We label approaches to the study of folklore
that leverage the power of these algorithmic approaches “Computational
Folkloristics” (Abello, Broadwell, Tangherlini 2012).

The Journal of American Folklore invites papers for consideration for
inclusion in a special issue of the journal edited by Timothy Tangherlini
that focuses on “Computational Folkloristics.” The goal of the special
issue is to reveal how computational methods can augment the study of
folklore, and propose methods that can extend the traditional reach of the
discipline. To avoid confusion, we term those approaches “computational”
that make use of algorithmic methods to assist in the interpretation of
relationships or structures in the underlying data. Consequently,
“Computational Folkloristics” is distinct from Digital Folklore in the
application of computation to a digital representation of a corpus.

We are particularly interested in papers that focus on: the automatic
discovery of narrative structure; challenges in Natural Language Processing
(NLP) related to unlabeled, multilingual data including named entity
detection and resolution; topic modeling and other methods that explore
latent semantic aspects of a folklore corpus; the alignment of folklore data
with external historical datasets such as census records; GIS applications
and methods; network analysis methods for the study of, among other things,
propagation, community detection and influence; rapid classification of
unlabeled folklore data; search and discovery on and across folklore
corpora; modeling of folklore processes; automatic labeling of performance
phenomena in visual data; automatic classification of audio performances.
Other novel approaches to the study of folklore that make use of algorithmic
approaches will also be considered.

A significant challenge of this special issue is to address these issues in
a manner that is directly relevant to the community of folklorists (as
opposed to computer scientists). Articles should be written in such a way
that the argument and methods are accessible and understandable for an
audience expert in folklore but not expert in computer science or applied
mathematics. To that end, we encourage team submissions that bridge the gap
between these disciplines. If you are in doubt about whether your approach
or your target domain is appropriate for consideration in this special
issue, please email the issue editor, TimothyTangherlini at
tango at humnet.ucla.edu, using the subject line “Computational
Folkloristics—query”. Deadline for all queries is April 1, 2013.

All papers must conform to the Journal of American Folklore’s style sheet
for authors. The guidelines for article submission are as follows: Essay
manuscripts should be no more than 10,000 words in length, including
abstract, notes, and bibliography. The article must begin with a 50- to
75-word abstract that summarizes the essential points and findings of the
article. Whenever possible, authors should submit two copies of their
manuscripts by email attachment to the editor of the special issue at:
tango at humnet.ucla.edu. The first copy should be sent in Microsoft Word or
Rich Text Format (rtf) and should include the author’s name. Figures
should not be included in this document, but “call outs” should be used
to designate where figures should be placed (e.g., “<insert Figure 1
here>”). A list at the end of the article (placed after the bibliography)
should detail the figures to be included, along with their captions. The
second copy of the manuscript should be sent in Portable Document Format
(pdf). This version should not include the author’s name or any references
within the text that would identify the author to the manuscript reviewers.
Passages that would identify the author can be marked in the following
manner to indicate excised words: (****). Figures should be embedded in this
version just as they would ideally be placed in the published text. Possible
supplementary materials (e.g., additional photographs, sound files, video
footage, etc.) that mightaccompany the article in its online version should
be described in a cover letter addressed to the editor.  An advisory board
for the special issue consisting of folklorists and computerscientists will
initially consider all papers. Once accepted for the special issue, all
articles will be subject to the standard refereeing procedure for the
journal. Deadline for submissions for consideration is June 15, 2013.
Initial decisions will be made by August 1, 2013. Final decisions will be
made by October 1, 2013. We expect the issue to appear in 2014.

More information about the Humanist mailing list