Call for Papers

In the arts and humanities, the use of computational, statistical, and mathematical approaches has considerably increased in recent years. This research is characterized by the use of formal methods and the construction of explicit, computational models. This includes quantitative, statistical approaches, but also more generally computational methods for processing and analyzing data, as well as theoretical reflections on these approaches. Despite the undeniable growth of this research area, many scholars still struggle to find suitable research-oriented venues to present and publish computational work that does not lose sight of traditional modes of inquiry in the arts and humanities. This is the scholarly niche that the CHR conference aims to fill. More precisely, the conference aims at

  1. Building a community of scholars working on humanities research questions relying on a wide range of computational and quantitative approaches to humanities data in all its forms. We consider this community to be complementary to the digital humanities landscape.

  2. Promoting good practices through sharing “research stories”. Such good practices may include, for instance, the publication of code and data in order to support transparency and replication of studies; pre-registering research design to present theoretical justification, hypotheses, and proposed statistical analysis; or a redesign of the reviewing process for interdisciplinary studies that rely on computational approaches to answer questions relevant to the humanities.

Topics of interest

We invite original research papers from a wide range of topics, including – but not limited to – the following:

  • Applications of statistical methods (machine learning) to process, enrich and analyse humanities and cultural heritage data;
  • Hypothesis-driven humanities research;
  • Development of empirical methods for humanities research;
  • Modeling bias, uncertainty, and conflicting interpretation in the humanities;
  • Evaluation methods and development of standards;
  • Statistical evaluation of categorization / periodization;
  • Explanatory models for humanities research;
  • Theories for quantitative methods and computational humanities approaches;
  • Translation and transfer of methods from other disciplines, approaches to bridge humanistic and statistical interpretations.

To gain further insight into paper topics, please also refer to the proceedings of CHR2020 and CHR2021.

Venue

The 2022 edition of the Computational Humanities Research conference will be hosted by the University of Antwerp, Belgium. The conference will be a hybrid event with an option to attend in person at the beautiful Monastery of the Grauwzusters in Antwerp, virtually, or a combination of the two. More details will follow soon.

Important dates

Submission deadline: September 2, 2022

Notification to authors: October 18, 2022

Final papers ready: November 1, 2022

Conference: December 12 - December 14, 2022

Submission types

Long Papers: up to 5000 words (ca. 10 pages, references, abstract and tables/illustrations excluded). Long papers report on completed, original and unpublished results. Brevity of argument is preferred. We welcome the use of appendices or other supplementary information.

Short Papers: up to 3000 words (ca. 6 pages references, abstract and tables/illustrations excluded). Short papers report on focussed contributions, and may present work in progress.

Posters: For poster presentations we ask you to submit an abstract describing your work in about 750 words (references excluded). Posters are well suited to present new or early stage research, for a corpus or database description, or for detailed technical explanations and clarifications. Perhaps needless to say given the R in CHR, but posters must also describe actual research. Posters will not be published in the proceedings, but they will be added to the website of CHR.

Overleaf has a word count functionality, or you can use the TexCount application.

Submission instructions and review process

Submissions should be written in English and must be formatted according to the CHR latex template (see instructions on the forum to get you started here).

Submissions are to be submitted anonymously. All submissions will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process by at least three reviewers with final acceptance decisions made by the Programme Chairs.

Papers and posters should be submitted as PDF documents via the Easychair conference management system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=chr2022.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register to the conference and present the paper or poster.

Accepted papers will be submitted for publication online via the CEUR-WS Proceedings publication service.

Instructions for paper anonymisation

Any information which might help identify authors should be anonymized. To this end, please:

  1. do not include authors’ names and affiliations;
  2. use placeholders for code and data repositories, e.g. https://anonymous.4open.science/, https://zenodo.org/record/xxxxx;
  3. do not mention self-references in a way that can reveal the author’s identity, e.g. do not use “We previously demonstrated (Smith, 2002)” but “Smith (2022) previously demonstrated”;
  4. leave acknowledgements blank.

Anonymity period

The anonymity period runs until the notification of acceptance (October 18, 2022). Preprints can be published after this date.

Questions?

Contact the organizers: info@computational-humanities-research.org or drop us a line on the discourse forum.