Monday, May 3, 2010

ESF-COST Conference on 'Networked Humanities: Art History in the Web'

Call for applications/papers

ESF-COST Conference on
Networked Humanities: Art History in the Web
Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy, 9-14 October 2010

Chair: Hubertus Kohle – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Deutsches Historisches Institut, DE
Programme Committee: Claudine Moulin – Trier University, DE & Lea Rojola – University of Turku, FI

Since the earliest times, new technologies have contributed to profound scientific advances and have transformed the ways we can do research. It is claimed today that the World Wide Web offers revolutionary models of scientific cooperation, which promise to
instantiate a utopian democracy of knowledge. This claim has repeatedly been associated with the development and introduction of a collaborative Web, commonly referred to as Web 2.0 as well as its offspring, a semantically enriched Web 3.0 still in the making The aim of this conference is to bring together art historians and other researchers (including digital humanists) in order to investigate the intersection between the web and collaborative research processes, via an examination of electronic media-based cooperative models in the history of art and beyond.
The conference will not only be an occasion to exchange ideas and present relevant projects in the field,
but, with contributions spanning from art history (and digital art) to philosophy and cultural studies,
from psychology and sociology of knowledge to computer graphics, from semiotics to curatorial practices
it will offer a unique forum for the representation of both diversified and complementary approaches to the topic of Networked humanities.

Conference format:
* lectures by invited high level speakers
* short talks by young & early stage researchers
* poster sessions, round table and open discussion periods
* forward look panel discussion about future developments

Invited Speakers will include:
* Patrick Danowski, CERN Geneva, CH
* Matteo d’Alfonso, Universitdi Bologna, IT
* Francesca Gallo, University of Rome La Sapienza, IT
* Charlie Gere, University of Lancaster, UK
* Gudrun Gersmann, German Historical Institute Paris, FR
* Guenther Goerz, University of Erlangen, Institute of Computer Science, DE * Halina Gottlieb, Interactive Institute, Kista, SE
* Gerhard Nauta, University of Leiden, NL
* Robert Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Arts, US
(List to be completed)

A good number of grants are available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s)
in the paragraph Grant application of the application form (

Full conference programme and application form are accessible online from

ESF-COST Contact for further information: Zuzana Vercinska –

Closing date for applications: 18 July 2010

This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

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