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From the both the Digital Humanities and the Digital Classicists mailing lists;

1st Call for Papers

Second Workshop of the NeDiMAH Space and Time Working Group:
Here and There, Then and Now – Modelling Space and Time in the Humanities

A Satellite Workshop of Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany.
Tuesday 17th July

Spatio-temporal concepts are so ubiquitous that it is easy for us to
forget that they are essential to everything we do. All cultural
expressions are related to the dimensions of space and time in the
manner of their production and consumption, the nature of their medium
and the way in which they express these concepts themselves. This
workshop seeks to identify innovative practices among the Digital
Humanities community that explore, critique and re-present these
spatial and temporal aspects.

Although space and time are closely related, there are significant
differences between them which may be exploited when theorizing and
researching the Humanities. Among these are the different natures of
their dimensionality (three dimensions vs. one), the seemingly static
nature of space but enforced ‘flow’ of time, and the different methods
we use to make the communicative leap across spatial and temporal
distance. Every medium, whether textual, tactile, illustrative or
audible (or some combination of them), exploits space and time
differently in order to convey its message. The changes required to
express the same concepts in different media (between written and
performed music, for example), are often driven by different
spatio-temporal requirements. Last of all, the impossibility (and
perhaps undesirability) of fully representing a four-dimensional
reality (whether real or fictional) mean that authors and artists must
decide how to collapse this reality into the spatio-temporal
limitations of a chosen medium. The nature of those choices can be as
interesting as the expression itself.

We invite those working with digital tools and techniques that manage,
analyse and exploit spatial and temporal concepts in the Humanities to
present a position paper at this workshop. Position papers should
discuss a generalized theme related to use of spatio-temporal methods
in the Digital Humanities with specific reference to one or more
concrete applications or examples. Position papers will be separated
into multiple panel sessions according to emergent themes. Those not
wishing to present a paper are warmly encouraged to attend the
workshop and take part in the extended discussion which will follow
the presentations. This workshop is part of the ESF-funded NEDIMAH
Network and organised by its Working Group on Space and Time (STWG).

Papers are invited on any topic that furthers these objectives. Topics
could be, but are not limited to:

  • Spatial History
  • Temporal analysis of ephemera
  • Online contextualization of resources with data from related eras or regions
  • Augmented reality applications
  • Non-linear representations of space and time
  • Digital analyses of fictional or mythical spaces or eras
  • Modelling cultural dynamics and diffusion
  • Comparisons between narrative, observer and ‘real’ times

Papers that are accepted will have their workshop fees covered.
Separate NeDiMAH STWG workshops cover GIS, Webmapping and ontological
approaches to representing space and time and the Humanities. While
these may naturally be an aspect of accepted submissions they should
therefore not form the main focus of the paper. Papers should be
submitted before 21st March 2012. We will endeavour to decide on the
final workshop programme by the end of March.

Please address submissions and queries to: l.isaksen@soton.ac.uk

STWG WG Committee are:
Daniel Alves,
Jens Andresen,
Shawn Day,
Øyvind Eide,
Leif Isaksen,
Eetu Mäkelä,
Eero Hyvönen.