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Workshop on Information Visualization in the (Digital) Humanities

Mittwoch, 13.07.2022

Organizers: Philipp Hofeneder (Department of Translation Studies), Christopher Pollin (Centre for Information Modelling)


Information visualization has become an integral part of the (digital) humanities and has undergone a rapid development during the last years. One of the advantages of this development is that the collection, analysis, and visualization of information take place no longer in separate processes, but are often undertaken by one and the same person or research group. This has drawn new attention to the usefulness and functionality in general and raises the question of the relationship between researchers and the objects of study. On the one hand, visualizations can provide useful insights and new perspectives. On the other hand, their applicability can be limited by the researcher’s scientific aims, academic education, and their technical capabilities. A conscious approach allows us to uncover the advantages and disadvantages of these relationships between the object of study and the researcher.

The Centre for Information Modelling in cooperation with the Department of Translation Studies at the University of Graz organizes a workshop to discuss this relation between researchers and the objects they visualize based on real use cases. Starting from an increased awareness of the relation between agent and object, we want to reflect on the researcher's point of view and how it practically influences the way we develop new visuals. Are they based on the information and its characteristic traits or rather on the needs of its further use? How do researchers influence their own visualizations and are they aware of their subjective approach?

To answer these questions, a jury of internationally recognised experts will be formed for the workshop, which will subject the submitted examples to a structural analysis and combine it with a corresponding discussion. The participants of the jury deliberately cover different areas (technical, academic, artistic) and thus enable a well-founded analysis of the effectiveness.

The workshop is aimed at experienced researchers as well as beginners who want to receive expert comments on their individual implementations. We propose to address finished as well as works in progress from scholars in the (digital) humanities.

27th to 28th October 2022

Centre for Informations Modelling, Elisabethstraße 59/III, 8010 Graz/Austria, 3rd floor, room 81.31

Submissions are welcome from all fields of (digital) humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies. We welcome works that highlight the difficulties (and proposed solutions) of designing visualizations in the context of humanities research. They can be published or still be work in progress and consist of two parts: the visualization itself (as a PNG or in the case of already published works via a link) and a short description up to 1.000 words including the following elements:

1. Give your submission an appropriate title.
2. Describe the main idea behind your visualization. What was your main goal?
3. Summarize your domain of interest, your data set and the research question behind it.
4. How did you create your visual, which programs did you use? How does it work and what does the structure look like?
5. What could you implement from your initial goals and what not?
Send your submission and a short bio not later than 27th of August 2022 to both organizers:

philipp.hofeneder(at)uni-graz.at and

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their paper at the workshop. Every presentation will take up to 20 minutes and will be followed by a discussion of the jury and afterwards the audience. We are planning to publish the presentations with a detailed description in a digital format, where they will be permanently archived and accessible.

Submit a Call for Contributions: philipp.hofeneder(at)uni-graz.at and christopher.pollin(at)uni-graz.at

The workshop will be held in hybrid format, with opportunities for the audience to attend virtually or in person in Graz.


Thursday, 27th of October 2022

13:30 - 14:00       Registration

14:00 - 14:15       Opening, introduction and
                               explanation of the format

14:15 - 15:00       1st presentation

15:15 - 15:45       Coffee break

15:45 - 16:30       2nd presentation

16:30 - 17:15       3rd presentation

18:00 -                  Social venue


Friday, 28th of October 2022

09:30 - 10:15       4th presentation

10:15 - 11:00       5th presentation

11:00 - 11:30       Coffee break

11:30 - 12:15       6th presentation

12:15 - 13:30       Lunch

13:30 - 14:15       7th presentation

14:15 - 15:00       8th presentation

15:00 - 15:30       Concluding remarks

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