Call for Papers: Chicago Digital Humanities Colloquium

Dear Friends,

The Call for Papers for the Chicago Digital Humanities/Computer Science Colloquium ( Nov 1st-3rd, 2008 ) has now been published on the Colloquium website ( On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to encourage you to submit proposals for the 2008 DHCS and look forward to seeing you again in Chicago!

with best regards,

Arno Bosse
Senior Director of Technology
Division of the Humanities
University of Chicago
1115 E. 58th St., Walker Room 001B
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-6177
Fax: 773-834-5867


Call for Papers: 2008 Chicago Digital Humanities/Computer Science Colloquium

Sponsored by the Humanities Division, the Computational Institute, NSIT Academic Technologies and the University Library at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the College of Science and Letters at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

DHCS Colloquium, November 1st – 3rd, 2008 Submission Deadline: August 31st, 2008

The goal of the annual Chicago Digital Humanities/Computer Science (DHCS) Colloquium is to bring together researchers and scholars in the Humanities and Computer Sciences to examine the current state of Digital Humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research. In 2006, the first DHCS Colloquium examined the challenges and opportunities posed by the “million books” digitization projects. The second DHCS Colloquium in 2007 focused on searching and querying as tools and methodologies.

The theme of the third Chicago DHCS Colloquium is “Making Sense”- an exploration of how meaning is created and apprehended at the transition of the digital and the analog.

We encourage submissions from scholars and researchers on all topics that intersect current theory and practice in the Humanities and Computer Science.



The University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Keynote Speakers:

Oren Etzioni is Director of the Turing Center and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington where his current research interests include fundamental problems in the study of artificial intelligence, web search, machine reading, and machine learning. Etzioni was the founder of Farecast, a company that utilizes data mining techniques to anticipate airfare fluctuations, and the KnowItAll project, which is is building domain-independent systems to extract information from the Web in an autonomous, scalable manner. Etzioni has published extensively in his field and served as an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on the Web and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, amongst others.

Stephen Downie is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include the design and evaluation of IR systems, including multimedia music information retrieval, the political economy of inter-networked communication systems, database design and web-based technologies. Downie is the principal investigator of the International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL), which is working on producing a large, secure corpus of audio and symbolic music data accessible to the music information retrieval (MIR) community.

Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and new media artist whose work focuses on the visual explorations of culturally significant data ( He is the founding manager of IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, which researches new forms of visualization and how they can enable better collaboration. The lab’s latest project is Many Eyes, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis. Wattenberg is also known for his visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Program Committee:

* Shlomo Argamon, Computer Science Department, Illinois Institute of Technology * Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
* John Goldsmith, Department of Linguistics, Computer Science, Computation Institute, University of Chicago
* Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago Library
* Robert Morrissey, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Director of the ARTFL Project, University of Chicago
* Martin Mueller, Department of English and Classics, Northwestern University
* Mark Olsen, Associate Director of the ARTFL Project, University of Chicago
* Jason Salavon, Department of Visual Arts, Computation Institute, University of Chicago
* Kotoka Suzuki, Department of Music, Visual Arts, University of Chicago

Call for Participation:

Participation in the colloquium is open to all. We welcome submissions for:

* Paper presentations (20 minute maximum)
* Poster sessions
* Software demonstrations
* Performances

Suggested submission topics:

* Visualizing Large Data: Lessons from Industry & Big Science
* Computing Cinematic Syntax
* Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Data Mining
* Social Scholarship / Socialized Search
* Agent Based Modelling
* Cartography and the Digital Traveler
* Serious Gaming
* Programming Algorithmic Art
* Statistical Analyses and Literary Meaning
* From a Maze of Twisty Passages: Future Interactive Fiction
* Representing Reading Time
* Hacking the Wiimote / Pwning the iPhone
* Polyglot Machines: Machine Translation
* The Subjectivity of Visualization
* Schemas for Scholars: Historicizing Machine Learning Ontologies
* Computational Stylistics
* Deconstructing Machine Learning
* The Library Catalog as Social Network: Library 2.0
* Mapping Social Relationships in the Novel
* Tagging Texts for Scholarly Practice
* Exploring Augmented Reality Systems

Submission Format:

Please submit a (2 page maximum) abstract in Adobe PDF (preferred) or MS Word format to

Graduate Student Travel Fund:

A limited number of bursaries are available to assist graduate students who are presenting at the colloquium with their travel and accommodation expenses. No separate application form is required. Current graduate students whose proposals have been accepted for the colloquium will be contacted by the organizers with more details.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, August 31st
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, September 15th
Full Program Announcement: Monday, September 22nd
Registration: Monday, September 22nd – Friday, October 24th
Colloquium: Saturday, November 1st – Monday, November 3rd

Contact Info:

Please direct all inquiries to:

Organizing Committee:

* Arno Bosse, Senior Director for Technology, Humanities Division, University of Chicago.
* Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
* Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago Library.
* Mark Olsen, Associate Director, ARTFL Project, University of Chicago