[Humanist] 25.418 events: complexity; communication

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Wed Oct 26 09:36:37 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 418.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Glen Worthey <gworthey at stanford.edu>                      (91)
        Subject: CFP: Complexity and Human Experience. Deadline: Jan 2, 2012

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (62)
        Subject: HASTAC conference

        Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:28:39 -0700
        From: Glen Worthey <gworthey at stanford.edu>
        Subject: CFP: Complexity and Human Experience. Deadline: Jan 2, 2012

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

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 
     * 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 
     * 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 

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

Glen Worthey, Digital Humanities Librarian
Digital Initiatives Group Head
Stanford University Libraries
(ph) +1-650-213-6759; (f) +1-650-723-9383

        Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:33:20 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: HASTAC conference

      *HASTAC V Conference: **Digital Scholarly Communication*

This year's conference will be held in the North Quadrangle at 
University of Michigan, a new center of digitally and 
technologically-driven units at UM, from Screen Arts and Cultures to the 
School of Information. This year’s theme, *Digital Scholarly 
Communication*, focuses on the promise and challenge of new forms of 
academic publication and dissemination. Promoting discussions that 
require cross-campus participation, the conference will unfold as a 
collaborative effort among various departments: the Sweetland Writing 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/59a6d153fa , 
the Library 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/95927cf7fa , and 
the University of Michigan Press 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/db9264a28a .

Conference organizers are now finalizing the schedule and will be 
posting FAQs and updates over the coming weeks on the conference 
website. If you have any questions not covered by the FAQs or 
information on the site, contact Mikko Tuomela <mailto:mstuomel at umich.edu>.

*Program Overview*

The evenings will be given over to two digital art projects commissioned 
courtesy of the Mary Kidder Commissioning Fund of the Institute for the 
Humanities UMichigan and the Andrew Mellon Foundation (which is largely 
supporting this HASTAC conference). Both will be mounted by major 
digital artist Paul Kaiser 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/76a2daf8e7  and 
the Open Ended Group 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/7e13312bc5  with 
which he works. One of these projects will be housed in the Institute’s 
museum quality gallery space, the other in UMichigan’s high technology 
Digital Media Commons 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/6cb9a927c7  at 
North Campus. There will be an evening reception on Friday at the 
Institute’s gallery and on Saturday at the Digital Commons. Appetizers 
and drinks will be served.

Paul Kaiser will be also giving the School of Art and Design 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/608ade4576 ’s 
Penny Stamps Lecture at the Michigan Theater 
 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/9d98c99a62  on 
Thursday, December 1 at 5:00 PM.

*Questions on Conference Proposals: *

    * The timeblocks for sessions will be posted on the conference
      website by Friday, October 28 and a fuller program by Monday,
      October 31. See SCHEDULE on the website
       http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HASTAC/6241b731b9/7c8194c5e9/39ffcdd33a .
      All presentations are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
    * Other presenters may be added to an event if entire group stays
      within their time limit. Please email Mikko Tuomela
      <mailto:mailto:mstuomel at umich.edu> the name, title, and topic for
      the final program.
    * Conference organizers are not providing feedback on proposals
      other than acceptance status.


All participants must register for the conference: to present, to attend 
sessions, and to partake in meals. See REGISTRATION on the conference 
website: http://hastac2011.org/ 

Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's 
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney; 
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, 
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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