Monday, May 28, 2018

                       CALL  FOR  PARTICIPATION

       Workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities 2018
                            (COMHUM 2018)
         June 4–5, 2018 · University of Lausanne, Switzerland

                 Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018


You are cordially invited to attend the Workshop on Computational
Methods in the Humanities 2018 (COMHUM 2018), listen to the talks
(including invited talks by Bruno Cornelis, Maristella Agosti, and
Manfred Thaller), and participate in the discussions.

It is often said that the digital humanities are “situated at the
intersection of computer science and the humanities,” but what does
this mean?  We believe that the point of using computers in the
humanities is not just to automatically analyze larger amounts of data
or to accelerate research.  We therefore prefer to understand digital
humanities as (1) the study of means and methods of constructing
formal models in the humanities and (2) as the application of these
means and methods for the construction of concrete models in
particular humanities disciplines.  The central research questions are
thus correspondingly (1) which computational methods are most
appropriate for dealing with the particular challenges posed by
humanities research, e.g., uncertainty, vagueness, incompleteness, but
also with different positions (points of view, values, criteria,
perspectives, approaches, readings, etc.)?  And (2) how can such
computational methods be applied to concrete research questions in the


Monday, June 4, 2018

11:00–11:30 Welcome
11:30–12:30 Invited talk: Bruno Cornelis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
12:30–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:00 Invited talk: Maristella Agosti (Università di Padova)
15:00–15:30 Coffee
        • Mats Dahllöf: Clustering Writing Components from Medieval Manuscripts
        • Elli Bleeker, Ronald Haentjens Dekker, and Bram Buitendijk:
          Understanding Texts as Graphs: An Inclusive Approach to Text
        • Jean-Baptiste Camps and Julien Randon-Furling: A Dynamic
          Model of Manuscript Transmission;         Elena Spadini: Exercises in
          Modelling: Textual Variants

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

        • Christelle Cocco, Raphaël Ceré, and Pierre-Yves Brandt:
          Quantification of Drawing Colours in Human Sciences
        • Mattia Egloff and François Bavaud: Taking Into Account
          Semantic Similarities in Correspondence Analysis
10:00–10:30 Coffee
10:30–11:30 Invited talk: Manfred Thaller (emeritus, Universität zu Köln):
          Decoding What the Sender Did Not Want to Transmit.  Information
          Technology and Historical Data
        • Barbara McGillivray, Giovanni Colavizza, and Tobias Blanke:
          Towards a Quantitative Research Framework for Historical
        • Franziska Diehr, Maximilian Brodhun, Sven Gronemeyer,
          Christian Prager, Elisabeth Wagner, Katja Diederichs, and
          Nikolai Grube: Modelling Vagueness – A Criteria-Based System
          for the Qualitative Assessment of Reading Proposals for the
          Deciphering of Classic Mayan Hieroglyphs
        • Gary Munnelly and Seamus Lawless: Linking Historical Sources
          to Established Knowledge Bases in Order to Inform Entity
          Linkers in Cultural Heritage
        • Cristina Vertan: Supporting Hermeneutic Interpretation of
          Historical Documents by Computational Methods
13:00–14:30 Lunch
        • Susan Leavy, Karen Wade, Gerardine Meaney, and Derek Greene:
          Navigating Literary Text Using Word Embeddings and Semantic
        • Jose Luis Losada: Map Visualization and Quantification of
          Literary Places in a Spanish Corpus
        • Thomas Schmidt and Manuel Burghardt: Toward a Tool for
          Sentiment Analysis for German Historic Plays
        • Kyoko Sugisaki: Modeling Thematic Structure in Holiday Postcards

REGISTRATION (deadline June 1, 2018):

Please register at
Registration standard fees: 50 CHF or 40€, payable directly on site.
The fee covers lunch and coffee breaks on both workshop days.


Questions and inquiries should be sent to COMHUM2018 Conference
Secretariat: <> or to Prof. Michael Piotrowski,
Program Committee Chair: <>


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