AIUCD2019, the yearly conference of AIUCD (Associazione per
l'Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale), will be held in Udine,
Italy, from the 23th to the 25th January 2019. The hosting institution
is the Dipartimento di Studi umanistici e del Patrimonio culturale
(DIUM) of the Università degli Studi di Udine.
Further information is available in the conference website
An Italian version of the call for papers below is available in
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# Call for Papers
The main topic of the AIUCD 2019 Conference is ‘Pedagogy, teaching, and
research in the age of Digital Humanities’. The conference aims at
reflecting on the new possibilities that the digital yields for
pedagogy, teaching, and scholarly research: how will these transform
teaching in the humanities? What contributions can humanistic cultural
critique offer to the digital revolution? What is the connection with
the digitization plan for Universities outlined by the Ministry? It also
concerns the Digital Humanities as a new discipline, and this brings
forward further considerations: how can the new professional figure of
the digital humanist be developed? Which areas of knowledge define the
Digital Humanities as a subject of study, research, and teaching? How
can we recognise, classify, describe, and evaluate research efforts in
the Digital Humanities?
While open to other topics related to Digital Humanities, proposals for
contributions are particularly encouraged on the following:
* the epistemological positioning and area of knowledge of DH in
relation to the systems of Academic Research Areas (Settori
Scientifico-Disciplinari) and Recruiting in Italy;
* the positioning of DH in the European and International academic systems;
* the evaluation of research in DH beyond traditional publications;
* dissemination, public history, and crowdsourcing within research projects;
* the role of inter(multi-trans-cross)-disciplinary DH research in
European projects, enquiry, and teaching.
Pedagogy and teaching questions:
* teaching DH: which models, technologies, and methods?
* teaching the humanities in secondary schools and universities with DH
* teaching DH at the University: how is it taught today?
* DH and media: production, dissemination, and analytical prospects
* teaching history and DH;
* DH and didactic strategies;
* DH and hands-on teaching practices;
* DH and primary source teaching;
* Big Data methodologies and technologies in DH research and teaching.
* Questions concerning research efforts:
* statistical and quantitative research methods and their teaching
* Data Science and the role of DH in the definition of new knowledge;
* Information science and DH: meeting points and methodological
* cultural and social impact of humanities research with computational
* Semantic web technologies and linked open data in the humanities;
* models and tools for knowledge representation in the humanities and
the cultural heritage sector;
* visualization methodologies and technologies and their significance
for humanities and cultural heritage knowledge and information;
* Natural Language Processing methodologies and applications for the
* digitization methodologies and technologies for the production,
preservation, and promotion of digital cultural heritage.
The deadline for submitting proposals is the 25th October 2018 (h. 23.59
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the authors by 15th December
The official languages of the Conference are Italian and English.
However, it is possible to present in other languages if English slides
# Proposal categories and submission
Proposals must be sent in the form of an extended abstract (see below
for details), using the ConfTool conference management system,
accessible at: http://www.conftool.net/aiucd2019
The Conference provides the following proposal categories:
1. long proposal (30 mins: 20 mins + 10 mins for for questions and
answers): it should discuss innovative methodologies and their
theoretical foundations, experiences of analysis and applications that
are methodologically significant within a discipline; presentations
devoted to presenting a specific tool or resource are acceptable only if
they include a thorough critical discussion of the methods used and/or a
theoretical evaluation of the results obtained;
2. short proposal (20 mins: 15 mins + 5 mins for questions and answers):
it must present a mature research product or a research project;
3. panel (90 or 45 mins, including questions and answers): a series of
presentations (maximum 6) should describe, from a theoretical and
methodological point of view, a specific topic or a critical
presentation of the grounding, methods and results of a big project;
4. poster: must primarily address the progress of an ongoing project or
the technical details of a tool or of a digital resource;
5. workshop and tutorial: in the two days prior to the Conference, one
or two workshops or tutorials on topics or tools of interest to the DH
community will be accepted.
Proposals will be evaluated through double-blind peer review by scholars
in the Humanities, Computer Science and/or Digital Humanities. The
proposal evaluation will be carried out based on the following criteria:
* Relevance to the topic of the conference; consistency with the Digital
Humanities and Digital Culture domains.
* Originality, relevance, or innovative approach.
* Methodological rigour, accurate description of the methodology; the
research presented should be reproducible
* Adequacy of the theoretical and conceptual approach to the reference
* Consistency of arguments; clear definition of the objectives;
coherence between objectives and results.
* Critical analysis of the literature; a bibliography
* Quality of any technical solutions proposed within the reference domain.
* Good balance between the Humanities and Computer Science components of
* Structure of the text; quality of writing; ease of understanding;
explanations of scientific language.
At the end of the evaluation process, the Program Committee may decide
to move an accepted proposal to a different category of presentation.
To submit a proposal, please sign into ConfTool
(http://www.conftool.net/aiucd2019). When submitting a proposal, authors
must specify keywords from those suggested by the platform in order to
facilitate the review process.
# Proposal structure and formats
Proposals must clearly present the goals of the contribution, provide a
brief overview of current research in the field, specify and discuss the
methodology adopted and, where appropriate, the results obtained or
expected. The abstracts will be published in a book with an ISBN
identifier. The most promising contributions will be selected for
publication as full articles in the AIUCD Umanistica Digitale journal
(https://umanisticadigitale.unibo.it). Proposals must also include a
short bibliography. Figures or tables may be included. The length of the
proposal varies depending on the type of proposal:
* Long paper proposal should be 1500-1800 words in length (including
footnotes but excluding the bibliography);
* Short paper and poster proposals should be 800-1000 words in length
(including footnotes but excluding the bibliography);
* Panel proposals should be 800-1000 words in length plus 200-250 words
for each single presentation, (including footnotes but excluding the
* Workshop or tutorial proposals should be at least 1000 words and
include: a title and a short description of the content and its
relevance to the conference and the DH community in general, complete
information of all tutors with a brief description of their research
interests and previous experience, requests for technical support at the
conference, and whether the workshop will have its own Call for
When submitting the proposal, ConfTool also requires the provision of a
short abstract (300 words). Proposals should be drafted according to the
templates available at:
which also includes editorial specifications. Valid formats are DOCX,
DOC, and ODT.
The official languages of the AIUCD 2019 Conference are Italian and
English, but it is possible to submit a proposal also in the following
languages: French, German and Spanish. In these cases, it is mandatory
to provide a short abstract in English in ConfTool.
Posters should be written in Italian or English. Posters will also need
to clearly present the objectives of the project, provide a brief
overview of the state of the art and the methodologies adopted and,
where appropriate, the results obtained or expected. They must also
contain a short bibliography. The format is portrait A1 (841x594 mm).
Posters will be displayed in a dedicated space at the Conference venue.
Display panels will be provided. Please bring your poster already
printed, as we are unable to provide a printing service. Personal laptop
computers may be used in the poster exhibition area. If your
presentation includes a laptop, please inform the organising committee
on acceptance of your proposal. Specific poster slam sessions will be
scheduled in the Conference programme to give authors the opportunity to
briefly introduce (max 2 minutes) their poster.