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Workshop on Information Visualization in the (Digital) Humanities

27th-28th of October 2022, University of Graz

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

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

Virtual participation via BBB: https://unimeet.uni-graz.at/b/pol-dss-bpv-8j6


Thursday, 27th of October 2022

13:30 - 13:45   Registration

13:45 - 14:15   Short introduction and explanation of the format by the organizers; introductory words by vice dean prof. Sonja RINOFNER-KREIDL and head of department prof. Georg VOGELER 

14:15 - 15:15 Some Thoughts on Information Visualization by the jury: Tiziana ALOCCI (London), Keith ANDREWS (Graz), Linda FREYBERG (Potsdam), Florian Windhager (Krems)

15:15 - 16:15   Sanja SARIĆ (Graz), Connecting the Dots in a Topic Model:  A Network Representation of Topics and Periodicals

16:15 - 16:45   Coffee break

16:45 - 17:45   Christiane FRITZE, Katharina, PRAGER and Evelyne LUEF (all  Vienna),  VisPer – a Person-centred Visualisation of the Estates (Nachlässe) of the Vienna City Library 

18:00 -              dinner


Friday, 28th of October 2022

09:30 - 10:30  Ventsislav IKOFF, Alessio CARDILLO, Laura FÓLICA and Diana ROIG-SANZ (all Barcelona), Visualising Translation Flows in Ibero-American Literary Magazines

10:30 - 11:30   Luc van DOORSLAER (Tartu/Stellenbosch), Charting Translation Studies Networks

11:30 - 11:45   Coffee break

11:45 - 12:45   Rubén Rodriguez CASAN, Elisabet Carbo CATALAN (both Barcelona), Towards a Global History of the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities

12:45 - 13:45 Korbinian GRÜNWALD (Vienna), In the network of the city. Social Groups, Networks of Relations and Interactions in Late Medieval Vienna (1448-1466)

13:45 - 14:00   Concluding remarks



Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. M.A.

Georg Vogeler

Elisabethstraße 59/III, 8010 Graz


Elisabethstraße 59/III, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5790

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