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[ecrea] Call for Papers: Sound and (moving) images in focus
Fri Apr 11 22:49:00 GMT 2014
Call for Papers: Sound and (moving) images in focus
How to integrate audiovisual material in Digital Humanities research?
Workshop at DH2014, 8 July 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland
The issue that will be addressed during this workshop is how to overcome
the contrast between audiovisual material being a steadily increasing
body of data and the fact that it is relatively poorly represented in
the field of the Digital Humanities. When considering the available DH
tools, projects and publications it is clear that sources such as
television, film, photos and oral history recordings have not yet
received the same level of attention from scholars as written sources.
This can be considered as problematic in the light of the expected
exponential growth in volume of audiovisual sources and of the abundance
of information for researches contained in this type of data that is
largely overlooked. One can envision how a single document could satisfy
the needs of various disciplines if tools would be available to
identify, retrieve and analyse the various dimensions of a
video-recording such as language, emotions, speech acts, narrative plots
and references to people, places and events. This richness not only
holds the promise of multidisciplinary collaboration between e.g.,
computer sciences, social sciences and the humanities, but also makes
audiovisual material a potentially valuable playground for the Digital
The workshop aims to bring scholars and computer scientists together to
discuss the following key questions in four subsequent sessions.
1. Why are audiovisual data/archives scarcely used within the
2. What are possible strategies to stimulate the use of audiovisual
data/archives within the Digital Humanities?
3. Which examples of digital tools applied on audiovisual data/archives
can serve as best practices?
4. What should be the priorities on the agenda for the future uptake of
audiovisual data/archives in the Digital Humanities?
The keynotes within the first two sessions will be delivered by Andreas
Fickers, professor of contemporary and digital history at the University
of Luxembourg, and Dr. Arjan van Hessen, specialist in speech technology
and member of the Executive Board of CLARIN-NL. The first will talk
about the use of audiovisual sources within humanities research, and the
second will discuss the necessary technical and infrastructural
provisions for the analysis of these sources. For the third session
scholars are invited to submit papers and demos that illustrate the
potential of applying DH approaches to audiovisual data with a focus on
lessons learned. The final session is dedicated to the assessment and
evaluation of the findings and aims at formulating a research agenda for
the future. To disseminate the results of the workshop among a broader
audience, the initiators intend to propose a special issue on this topic
to a Digital Humanities journal.
Submission of proposals
For the third session on applications of DH on audiovisual data, the
workshop organisers invite papers and demos that deal with experienced
challenges of integrating AV in DH.
Submissions should include the following:
· General abstract (should not exceed 800 words)
· Contact info and a short description of research interests of
· The committee aims to select a balanced set of abstracts that cover
the various media (film, television, photography, oral history, digital
storytelling, recordings of sound and movement) and tools that are
needed at the various stages of the research process (exploration,
annotation, analysis, presentation, curation and preservation).
To submit a proposal, please send an abstract (docx or pdf) to
(avindhworkshop /at/ gmail.com)
Accepted abstracts will be published on the Erasmus Studio website.
· Abstract submissions due: 16 May 2014 23:59 (CET)
· Acceptance notification: 28 May
· Workshop: 8 July 2014
More information about the workshop can be found on
Please note that registration for the workshop requires registration to
the full DH2014 conference: full DH Conference.
For further information and questions, contact us via
(avindhworkshop /at/ gmail.com).
For further dissemination of this call, please use this page or the call
for papers PDF
This workshop is initiated in the context of the collaboration between
the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Erasmus Studio,
an interfacultary institute at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, that
promotes and initiates e-research across disciplinary boundaries, with
an emphasis on multimedia archives.
· Dr. Stef Scagliola (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Studio)
· Dr. Martijn Kleppe (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Studio)
· Max Kemman MSc (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Studio)
· Dr. Roeland Ordelman (Netherlands Institute for Sound and
Vision, University of Twente)
· Prof. Franciska de Jong (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus
Studio, University of Twente)
dr. Martijn Kleppe
Onderzoeker Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Culture & Communication (ESHCC)
E: (kleppe /at/ eshcc.eur.nl)
T: +31 (0) 10 408 2646
M: +31 (0) 6 24 221048
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