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Humanist Archives: June 30, 2020, 2:43 p.m. Humanist 34.142 - pubs cfp: digital literary studies

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 142.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: 2020-06-30 10:09:08+00:00
        From: Jan Horstmann 
        Subject: CFR: Digital Methods in Literary Studies

Dear colleagues,

I'd like to draw your attention to a call for papers for a bilingual (English
and German) special issue (open access and peer-reviewed) in the field of
digital literary studies:

A special issue of the open-access journal "Textpraxis. Digitales Journal für
Philologie" (http://www.textpraxis.net/, "Digital Journal for Philology"),
edited by Jan Horstmann and Frank Fischer, will discuss digital methods in
current Literary Studies, reflect them theoretically and evaluate them with
regard to their epistemological value for the analysis of literary texts.

Articles can be submitted in German or English and should emphasize the
theoretical background of the respective method. The focus should be on the
dialogue with the more traditional Literary Studies and literary theory, as well
as on connections to and compatibility with the genuine research interests of
the field. This special issue intends to respond to a current development within
Digital Humanities, which could be referred to as a call for more theory and
theorization (for which the formation of the working group "Theorie Digital
Humanities" (https://dhtheorien.hypotheses.org/) during the DHd conference in
Paderborn in March 2020 is one indicator). Questions of particular interest are,
among others: Where do Digital Literary Studies actually begin? When does a
method qualify as digital? Is there a difference between digital and
computational or between quantitative and digital methods? What are data in
Literary Studies? Is there a difference between literary data and data of
Literary Studies and if so, where do we draw the line and how do the two relate
to each other?

Topics include (but are not limited to):

Literary Studies and the Digital

  *   What separates and what unites library collections and (digitally
researchable) corpora?
  *   What kind of data do Literary Studies deal with (theoretical aspects,
  *   How does reading change in a digital context (Stavanger
Declaration etc.)?

Methods of Computational Literary Studies

  *   How does the digital change the practice of annotation and what are the
theoretical implications of manual, collaborative, free or taxonomy-based
  *   What does it mean to quantitatively model relations in texts or between
texts (e.g. in topic modeling, stylometry or network analysis)?
  *   What are the benefits of decontextualizing automatic extraction
procedures, such as named-entity recognition or sentiment analysis?
  *   Can deep learning approaches (machine learning, word embeddings/word2vec,
artificial neural networks) contribute to literary analysis, and if so, how?

Publication and Communication

  *   What are suitable repositories for literary research data and how
important are the FAIR principles?
  *   How should digital methods be included in introductory Literary Studies
  *   How do visualization techniques relate to research interests of Literary
  *   What role do social media play in conveying literary methods and findings?

We welcome proposals in German and English, abstracts should have a maximum
length of 500 words and be sent to jan.horstmann@mww-
forschung.de until December 31, 2020. 

The editors of the volume, Jan Horstmann 
Research Association Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel)
and Frank Fischer 
(https://www.hse.ru/en/org/persons/182492735, Higher School of
Economics, Moscow, and DARIAH-EU), 
will inform you about acceptance of your abstract by February 1, 2021. 
The completed articles are to be submitted by September 30, 2021, and will 
then be peer-reviewed. The publication of the special issue is set for 
May 1, 2022.

Dr. Jan Horstmann
Leiter Digitales Labor
Forschungsverbund Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel
Burgplatz 4
99423 Weimar
Tel.: +49 3643 545 578
Twitter: @janhorstmannn

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