Call for Papers: 2011 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computing Science (Update)

1 Sep 2011 - 00:00

The 2011 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science will be held on Nov. 19-21st at Loyola University Chicago.

The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) brings together researchers and scholars in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research.

Here is a brief look at the three most recent conferences in the DHCS series, which celebrates its sixth year in 2011:

• DHCS 2008 (University of Chicago) focused on “Making Sense” – an exploration of how meaning is created and apprehended at the transition from the digital to the analog.
• DHCS 2009 (IIT) focused on computational methods in digital humanities, including computational stylistics, text analytics, and visualization.
• DHCS 2010 (Northwestern) focused on “Working with Digital Data: Collaborate, Curate, Analyze, Annotate.”

With broad agency support for and continued cross-disciplinary interest in “digging into data” as well as cyberinfrastructure and collaboration, this year’s DHCS will continue to focus on these and related topics of interest to the community, with a formal colloquium theme to be unveiled as the program is finalized.

We invite submissions from scholars, researchers, practitioners (independent scholars and industry), librarians, technologists, and students, on all topics that intersect current theory and practice in the humanities and computer science.

This year’s DHCS is sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Location and Venue Description


Loyola University Chicago

Water Tower Campus

820 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60640


The conference will be held at Loyola University Chicago at its Water Tower Campus. Located near the Magnificent Mile and the historic Water Tower, the venue offers convenient access to excellent hotels and restaurants, not to mention ample opportunities for sightseeing and shopping. The time frame for the conference coincides with the annual unveiling of the holiday lights and delightful walks on the Magnificent Mile–the last chance before Chicago’s winter arrives in full force.


Keynote Speakers


We’ve tentatively confirmed our two keynote speakers for DHCS 2011:


Barbara Maria Stafford ( is the Distinguished University Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work has consistently explored the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era. Her current research charts the revolutionary ways the neurosciences are changing our views of the human and animal sensorium, shaping our fundamental assumptions about perception, sensation, emotion, mental imagery, and subjectivity. Stafford’s most recent book is Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images, University of Chicago Press, 2007.


Nick Montfort ( is associate professor of digital media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Montfort has collaborated on the blog Grand Text Auto, the sticker novel Implementation, and 2002: A Palindrome Story. He writes poems, text generators, and interactive fiction such as Book and Volume and Ad Verbum. Most recently, he has published Riddle & Bind (Spineless Books, 2010) and together with Ian Bogost, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009). Montfort also wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction (MIT Press, 2003) and co-edited The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 (ELO, 2006) and The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003).




• George K. Thiruvathukal, Computer Science, Loyola University Chicago,

• Steven E. Jones, English, Loyola University Chicago,


Program Committee


• Shlomo Argamon, Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology,

• Arno Bosse, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago

• Helma Dik, Classics, University of Chicago,

• Doug Downey, Computer Science, Northwestern University,

• William L. Honig, Computer Science, Loyola University Chicago,

• Konstantin Läufer, Computer Science, Loyola University Chicago,

• Peter Leonard, Humanities Research Computing, University of Chicago,

• Catherine Mardikes, University Library, University of Chicago

• Mark Olsen, ARTFL Project, University of Chicago,

• Ioan Raicu, Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology,

• Claire Stewart, University Library, Northwestern University,


Journal of the Chicago DHCS Colloquium


Select papers and posters accepted at DHCS are published in the Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (JDHCS). Please visit to view the full text of presentations from these colloquia.


Preliminary Colloquium Schedule


The formal DHCS colloquium program runs Saturday November 19 (afternoon), Sunday, November 20 (all day), and Monday, November 21 (ending mid-afternoon) and will consist of four, 1-1/2 hour paper panels and two, two-hour poster sessions as well as three keynotes. Pre-conference birds of a feather and tutorials will occur on Saturday, November 19, in the afternoon. Generous time has been set aside for questions and follow-up discussions after each panel and in the schedule breaks. There are no plans for parallel sessions. For further details, please see the conference website.


Registration Fee


Attendance for DHCS 2011 is free. All conference participants, however, will be required to register in advance. Details to follow as the conference program is finalized.


Submission Format


We welcome submissions that are either extended abstracts or full papers (8-page maximum, please) in PDF format. We welcome submissions for:


   Paper presentations (15 and 30 minute presentations)


   Software demonstrations


   Pre-conference tutorials/workshops/seminars, and

   Pre-conference “birds of a feather” meetings


This year, we are using the EasyChair software to handle all submissions.


The instructions are simple:


   Register yourself (you will add co-authors later)

   Confirm the registration e-mail.

   Make sure you go back to the main link and sign in.

   Create a “New Submission”. Fill in all appropriate sections.

   Don’t forget to Upload Paper at the end of the form.


Submissions will only be accepted at the EasyChair URL above. Should you run into problems, please contact George K. Thiruvathukal at gkt+dhcs [at] (The +dhcs is optional but will help to prioritize your e-mail.)


Graduate Student Travel Fund


A limited number of bursaries are available to assist graduate students who are presenting at the colloquium with their travel and accommodation expenses. More information about the application process will be available shortly at the Chicago Colloquium web site.

Important Dates


Deadline for Submissions: September 15

Notification of Acceptance: October 1

Full Program Announcement: October 15

Registration: October 1-November 15 (on-site will also be possible)

Colloquium: Sunday, November 20 – Monday, November 21, 2011


Contact Info


Please email gkt+dhcs [at]

Conference Hash Tag: #dhcs2011