humanities+digital visual interpretations conference 2010
Aesthetics, Methods, and Critiques of Information Visualization in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
May 20 – May 22, 2010 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Organized by HyperStudio – Digital Humanities at MIT
• Johanna Drucker (UCLA)
• Lev Manovich (UC San Diego)
• Ben Shneiderman (University of Maryland)
How do visual representations of complex data help humanities scholars ask new questions? How does visual rhetoric shape the way we relate to documents and artifacts? And, can we recompose the field of digital humanities to integrate more dynamic analytical methods into humanities research?
HyperStudio’s Visual Interpretations conference will bring digital practitioners and humanities scholars together with experts in art and design to consider the past, present, and future of visual epistemology in digital humanities. The goal is to get beyond the notion that information exists independently of visual presentation, and to rethink visualization as an integrated analytical method in humanities scholarship. By fostering dialogue and critical engagement, this conference aims to explore new ways to design data and metadata structures so that their visual embodiments function as “humanities tools in digital environments.” (Johanna Drucker)
We welcome submissions from practitioners and theorists of digital humanities as well as such connected disciplines as art, design, visual culture, museum studies, and computer science.
Possible topics include:
- Expressive and artistic dimensions of visualizations
- Subjectivity and objectivity in information visualization
- Dynamic/multidimensional visualizations and user collaboration
- Social media and contextualized visualization
- Cultural history of visual epistemology
- Limits and affordances of the translation from data to visualization
- 2D and 3D visualizations of historical/social/political data
- Visualization across media and the archive
- Digital visual literacy & accessibility
- Relationships between database and interface
- Alternative modes of data representation.
- We are inviting submissions for the following conference formats:
- Papers with 15minutes of presentation and short discussions (12 slots)
- Short presentations, so called “6/4s” with 6 minutes of presentation and 4 minutes of discussion (18 slots available)
- Mini-Workshops, 30 minutes each (6 slots)
- Demos and Posters (30 slots)
Deadline for submissions was April 14, 2010. We no longer accept submissions.
All selected submissions will be made available on the conference web site.
Attending the humanities + digital “Visual Interpretations” Conference is free, however registration is required.
There is a $30.00 fee for the conference dinner on Friday, May 21, 2010. You can sign up for the dinner at the conference registration page.
We have reserved a block of rooms at a special conference rate at the Cambridge Marriott, which is adjacent to the MIT campus. Please click to make your reservation.
You must make your hotel reservation by Friday, April 30, 2010 in order to get the discounted conference rate ($170 per night plus tax). Rooms can be singles or doubles and sharing a room with a colleague helps reduce the cost of attending the conference.