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Workshop: Sound and (moving) images in focus

Der Workshop in Lausanne in der Schweiz findet am 08. Juli statt und stellt die Frage: Wie kann audiovisuelles Material in die Digitalen Geisteswissenschaften integriert werden?

Aus der Ausschreibung:

“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

Workshop Programme

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
(Digital) Humanities?

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 authors.

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

Accepted abstracts will be published on the Erasmus Studio website.

Important dates
Abstract submissions due: 16 May 2014 23:59 (CET)
Acceptance notification: 28 May
Workshop: 8 July 2014

Further information

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

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)”

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