[Humanist] 28.788 pubs: Digital Methods for Complex Datasets cfp

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 788.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:33:47 -0500
        From: Jennifer Guiliano <jenguiliano at gmail.com>
        Subject: Call for Submissions: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

With apologies for cross-posting----

Call for Submissions:

Special Edition: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing
IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities

Abstracts Due: April 15, 2015
Full Chapters Due: August 1, 2015
Submit Abstracts electronically via .doc, .txt or .pdf to:

Jennifer Guiliano

jenguiliano at gmail.com

noun: methodology; plural noun: methodologies

   1. a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity.

Forty years on from the advent of digital humanities computing, there is a
flood of case-study work that explores specific instances of computational
methods (e.g. close and distant reading via textual analysis, visualization
methods for social networks, etc) being developed and then utilized within
the digital humanities. Yet, despite this cross-pollination of methodology
to the humanities, little has been done to discuss methodology outside of
the project-based context in either the contemporary or future contexts. We
know the specific results of particular methods within a given project, but
much less about how those processes and workflows would function outside of
that singular dataset or specific area of study.  Several questions arising
from current practice remain unanswered: Can Digital Methods fully realize
the promise of humanities and arts-driven inquiry when confronted with
complex datasets? Is Digital Methodology in conflict with efforts to
conduct micro or local level analyses as it encourages the use of “Big
Data” and other large-scale longue durée-type analyses? Does Digital
Methodology offer its own problematic system of assumptions? What grounds
have humanists ceded to scientists? What impact does this have on the tools
created and the future of Digital Methodology? How should we train the next
generation of scholars to deal with complex cultural records, and to
interrogate and argue for tools suitable for humanities inquiry? This
special edition of the International Journal of Arts and Humanities
Computing (IJHAC) seeks submissions from scholars who explore what the
future of Digital Methodology will be ten, fifteen, twenty or even fifty
years in the future.

We seek contributions that might address the following:

   - In an environment where resources for humanities education are reduced,
   how might the decline of humanistic and artistic disciplines challenge the
   future of digital methods?

   - Is Digital Methodology for the Humanities & Arts something distinct from
   data science or other computational methods? Or alternately, has the
   underlying reliance on “data” forged a common methodology across previously
   distinct disciplines?

   - What might the critical theoretical perspectives (e.g. Feminist,
   post-colonial, etc) offer to Digital Methodology?

   - What problems might scholars need to account for in their digital
   methods if we anticipate a future where copyright, international law, and
   publishing systems become more restrictive?

   - How might conflicts between or syntheses of analog and digital
   methodologies lead to a richer system of approaches?

   - What might non-western systems of Digital Methodology bring to the
   future of the Digital Humanities?

   - How might digital techniques and approaches from other disciplines
   impact the future of Digital Humanities?

   - How might Digital Methodologies, Digital assumptions, and modes of
   thinking destabilize fundamental humanistic and artistic scholarly

The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets invites applications
from faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff from
cultural heritage institutions, as well as the general public with a
serious interest in digital humanities and/or arts methodology regardless
of rank, position, or affiliation. Collaboratively authored submissions,
submissions from minority applicants, and those located outside the US and
Canada are especially welcomed.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the special edition co-editors in conjunction
with IJHAC editors. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit
full manuscripts by 1 August 2015 with review of manuscripts taking place
in August and September. The special edition will be published, in print
and online, in 2016.

Contributions to this special edition should take the form of critical
essays, varying in length from 2,000–6,000 words inclusive of endnotes.
The editorial team will consult with authors of selected abstracts about
the word count of their contributions. This special edition will be
available in English and all materials should be submitted in English;
however, authors are encouraged to make available non-english versions of
their materials under the pre-print Green Open Access rules noted below.

Questions regarding this CFP may be directed to Jennifer Guiliano at
jenguiliano at gmail.com or Mia Ridge at Mia.Ridge at open.ac.uk. Dr. Guiliano is
Assistant Professor of History at the Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis and co-director of the Humanities Intensive Learning &
Teaching Institute, a US-based digital humanities training organization.
Mia Ridge is completing her dissertation on historians and scholarly
crowdsourcing at the Open University. She has been a CENDARI
 http://www.cendari.eu/  Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland (2014) and has had residencies at the Powerhouse Museum
(Sydney, 2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (New York, 2012).

IJHAC is published on a Green Open Access basis, whereby authors are
allowed to deposit a pre-publication version of their contribution on their
personal or departmental web page and in their institutional repository.
Authors are also permitted to deposit a pre-publication version of their
contribution in a non-commercial subject repository one year after
publication in print. Questions regarding this policy may be directed to:
Laura Danielson, Managing Editor, at ledaniel at iupui.edu.

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