[GeoHumanities SIG] SPHINx 2017 Workshop (2nd CFP) - Spatial Humanities meets Spatial Information Theory @ COSIT 2017

Karl Grossner karl.geog at gmail.com
Thu Apr 20 16:10:43 CEST 2017


SPHINx 2017 Workshop


SPatial Humanities meets Spatial INformation Theory:

Space, Place, and Time in Humanities Research

A pre-conference workshop at COSIT 2017

September 4, 2017

L'Aquila, Italy

CALL FOR PAPERS (*submission deadline May 12, 2017*)


Humanities disciplines such as history, classical studies, literary
studies, and philology have in recent years experienced a “spatial turn”
similar to that begun in prior decades within the social sciences and
archaeology. Many researchers in these fields are now explicitly recording
the spatial and temporal attributes of their data and mapping them for
visual analysis and argumentation. In many cases they are also performing
spatial or spatial-temporal computations, including but not limited to
viewshed, network, and cluster analyses, and agent-based and other models
and simulations are increasingly common. The software used for this work is
the same as that used for the environmental and social sciences: desktop
GIS and specialized spatial and natural language processing libraries for
the Python and R languages. These new spatial researchers are experiencing
the same representational and analytic challenges in studying geographical
dynamics that are well known to other disciplines, but they also face
distinctive issues related to the nature of historical humanities data.
Furthermore, epistemologies associated with new quantitative approaches
must be reconciled with their traditional methodological practices.

Spatial information theorists and geographic information scientists have
not normally drawn from humanities research cases for their development of
theoretical models or the specific software and systems built upon such
models. It is our belief the time is ripe for fruitful dialog between these

·       To further and encourage such dialog, we invite papers that
explicitly address one or more of these distinctive issues, particularly in
the context of active or recent humanities research:

·       computing over sparse and uncertain data, e.g., the life courses of
historical individuals

·       comparing and conflating conflicting assertions about the same
phenomena from multiple sources

·       representing and analyzing place as experienced space

·       theorizing historical events and processes and their formal
representation as spatial-temporal data, in simple, useful indexing and
reasoning systems

·       building digital historical gazetteers, challenges for which

o    automated and machine-assisted discovery of place references in
historical texts

o    place and place-name disambiguation

o    representing not only real world places but fictional or speculative

·       formalizing complex spatio-temporal relations (e.g., topological)
in texts; modeling entities with evidence of multi-space, multi-time

·       integrated methods for performing textual analysis with spatial

·       scaling of discovery methods for aggregate analyses on very large

·       place sentiment analysis

·       computational narrative analysis as it relates to space and place

·       cartographic representations of historical textual information


We are accepting short paper submissions (6-8 pages, including tables,
figures, and references) on the topics of interest described above. We
encourage paper submissions from researchers working on these issues from
any disciplinary perspective. All articles must be prepared using either
the Springer Word Document Template or the Springer Latex Document Template
(contributed books):
More general information for your camera-ready manuscript preparation can
be found in the Manuscript Guidelines and Key Style Points and on the
website of Springer.

The workshop proceedings will be published in a combined volume with the
other COSIT workshop proceedings. It will be published by Springer, in the
series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (
http://www.springer.com/series/7418 ).

Submissions should be made through the EasyChair website at the following
link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sphinx2017.


Papers due: May 12

Notification of acceptance: June 16

Camera-ready papers due: June 28

Workshop date: September 4


Please feel free to contact the workshop co-organizers. We are:

Ben Adams

University of Canterbury

benjamin.adams at canterbury.ac.nz

Karl Grossner

World Heritage Web

karlg at worldheritageweb.org

Olga Chesnokova

University of Zurich

olga.chesnokova at geo.uzh.ch
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