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Please find a new call for papers for the EUscreen project's VIEW Journal "Audiovisual Data in Digital Humanities"
Considering the relevance of audiovisual material as perhaps the
biggest wave of data to come in the near future (Smith, 2013, IBM
prospective study) its relatively modest position within the realm of
Digital Humanities conferences is remarkable. The objective of this
special issue for VIEW is to present current research in that field on a
variety of epistemological, historiographical and technological issues
that are specific for digital methods applied to audiovisual data. We
strive to cover a great range of media and data types and of
applications representing the various stages of the research process.
The following key topics / problems / questions are of special interest:
- Do computational approaches to sound and (moving) images extend
or/and change our conceptual and epistemological understanding of these
media? What are the leading machine learning approaches to the study of
audio and visual culture and particularly time-based media? How do these
approaches, models, and methods of learning relate to acquiring and
producing knowledge by the conventional means of reading and analyzing
text? Do we understand the 20th century differently through listening to
sounds and voices and viewing images than through reading texts? How
does massive digitization and online access relate to the concept of
authenticity and provenance?
- What tools in the sequence of the research process – search,
annotation, vocabulary, analysis, presentation – are best suited to work
with audio-visual data? The ways in which we structure and process
information are primarily determined by the convention of attributing
meaning to visual content through text. Does searching audio-visual
archives, annotating photos or film clips, analyzing a corpus of city
sounds, or presenting research output through a virtual exhibition,
require special dedicated tools? What is the diversity in requirements
within the communities of humanities scholars? How can, for example,
existing commercial tools or software be repurposed for scholarly use?
- What are the main hurdles for the further expansion of AV in DH?
Compared to text, audiovisual data as carriers of knowledge are a
relatively young phenomenon. Consequently the question of ‘ownership’
and the commercial value of many audiovisual sources result in
considerable constraints for use due to issues of copyright. A
constraint of a completely different order, is the intensive investment
in time needed when listening to or watching an audiovisual corpus,
compared to reading a text. Does the law or do technologies for speech
and image retrieval offer solutions to overcome these obstacles?
Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of
expertise and interests in media studies, digital humanities, television
and media history.
Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on October 2nd , 2017.
Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata.
A notice of acceptance will be sent to authors in the 1st week of November 2017.
Articles (3 – 6,000 words) will be due on 15 th of February 2018. Longer
articles are welcome, given that they comply with the journal’s author
For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the co-editors: Mark Williams (Associate Professor Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College U.S.), Pelle Snickars (Prof. of Media Studies Umea Univesity, Sweden) or Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History).
About VIEW Journal
for the current and back issues. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen
Network and published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
in collaboration with Utrecht University, Royal Holloway University of
London, and University of Luxembourg. VIEW is proud to be an open access
journal. All articles are indexed through the Directory of Open Access
Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity and NARCIS.
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