VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture has a *Call for
Papers* out on Audiovisual Data in Digital Humanities. This special issue
is co-edited by Mark Williams, Pelle Snickars, and Andreas Fickers.
Please find the full call text below or at http://viewjournal.eu/
can send in your paper proposals by October 2nd, 2017.
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*"Audiovisual Data in Digital Humanities"*
VIEW Journal Call for Papers
Considering the relevance of audiovisual material as perhaps the biggest
wave of data to come in the near future (Smith, 2013, IBM prospective
study) its relatively modest position within the realm of Digital
Humanities conferences is remarkable. The objective of this special issue
for VIEW is to present current research in that field on a variety of
epistemological, historiographical and technological issues that are
specific for digital methods applied to audiovisual data. We strive to
cover a great range of media and data types and of applications
representing the various stages of the research process.
*The following key topics / problems / questions are of special interest:*
1. Do computational approaches to sound and (moving) images extend
or/and change our conceptual and epistemological understanding of these
media? What are the leading machine learning approaches to the study of
audio and visual culture and particularly time-based media? How do these
approaches, models, and methods of learning relate to acquiring and
producing knowledge by the conventional means of reading and analyzing
text? Do we understand the 20th century differently through listening to
sounds and voices and viewing images than through reading texts? How does
massive digitization and online access relate to the concept of
authenticity and provenance?
2. What tools in the sequence of the research process – search,
annotation, vocabulary, analysis, presentation – are best suited to work
with audio-visual data? The ways in which we structure and process
information are primarily determined by the convention of attributing
meaning to visual content through text. Does searching audio-visual
archives, annotating photos or film clips, analyzing a corpus of city
sounds, or presenting research output through a virtual exhibition, require
special dedicated tools? What is the diversity in requirements within the
communities of humanities scholars? How can, for example, existing
commercial tools or software be repurposed for scholarly use?
3. What are the main hurdles for the further expansion of AV in DH?
Compared to text, audiovisual data as carriers of knowledge are a
relatively young phenomenon. Consequently the question of ‘ownership’ and
the commercial value of many audiovisual sources result in considerable
constraints for use due to issues of copyright. A constraint of a
completely different order, is the intensive investment in time needed when
listening to or watching an audiovisual corpus, compared to reading a text.
Does the law or do technologies for speech and image retrieval offer
solutions to overcome these obstacles?
*Practicals*Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds
of expertise and interests in media studies, digital humanities, television
and media history.
Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on October 2nd , 2017.
Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana
Mustata <[log in to unmask]>.
A notice of acceptance will be sent to authors in the 1st week of November
Articles (3 – 6,000 words) will be due on 15 th of February 2018. Longer
articles are welcome, given that they comply with the journal’s author
For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the
co-editors: Mark Williams <[log in to unmask]> (Associate
Professor Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College U.S.), Pelle Snickars
<[log in to unmask]> (Prof. of Media Studies Umea Univesity,
Sweden) or Andreas
Fickers <[log in to unmask]> (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and
*About VIEW Journal*
See http://www.viewjournal.eu/ for the current and back issues. VIEW is
supported by the EUscreen Network and published by the Netherlands
Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University,
Royal Holloway University of London, and University of Luxembourg. VIEW is
proud to be an open access journal. All articles are indexed through the
Directory of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index,
Paperity and NARCIS.
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