Call for Submissions: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

Call for Submissions:

Special Edition: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing

IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities

 

Abstracts Due: April 15, 2015

Full Chapters Due: August 1, 2015

 

Submit Abstracts electronically via .doc, .txt or .pdf to:

Jennifer Guiliano

jenguiliano@gmail.com

 

meth·od·ol·o·gy

ˌmeTHəˈdäləjē/

noun

noun: methodology; plural noun: methodologies

  1. a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity.

 

Forty years on from the advent of digital humanities computing, there is a flood of case-study work that explores specific instances of computational methods (e.g. close and distant reading via textual analysis, visualization methods for social networks, etc) being developed and then utilized within the digital humanities. Yet, despite this cross-pollination of methodology to the humanities, little has been done to discuss methodology outside of the project-based context in either the contemporary or future contexts. We know the specific results of particular methods within a given project, but much less about how those processes and workflows would function outside of that singular dataset or specific area of study.  Several questions arising from current practice remain unanswered: Can Digital Methods fully realize the promise of humanities and arts-driven inquiry when confronted with complex datasets? Is Digital Methodology in conflict with efforts to conduct micro or local level analyses as it encourages the use of “Big Data” and other large-scale longue durée-type analyses? Does Digital Methodology offer its own problematic system of assumptions? What grounds have humanists ceded to scientists? What impact does this have on the tools created and the future of Digital Methodology? How should we train the next generation of scholars to deal with complex cultural records, and to interrogate and argue for tools suitable for humanities inquiry? This special edition of the International Journal of Arts and Humanities Computing (IJHAC) seeks submissions from scholars who explore what the future of Digital Methodology will be ten, fifteen, twenty or even fifty years in the future.

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