CALL for Papers: "Leveraging Open Data"

Deadline: May 8, 2018

The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce its eighth annual conference, to be held at Hitotsubashi-Hall, Tokyo, Japan, September 9-11, 2018 hosted by the Center for Open Data in the Humanities jointly with the TEI conference 2018.

The conference will feature posters, papers and panels. We invite proposals globally on all aspects of digital humanities, and especially encourage papers treating topics that deal with practices that aim to cross borders, for example, between academic fields, media, languages, cultures, organizations, and so on, as related to the field of digital humanities.

Open Data has recently been a driver in various fields. The notion, activities, and the data themselves have gradually been gaining attention in the humanities. Large scale reusable data and greater integration of open data provide new research opportunities with relatively few costs. Open data has been strongly assisted by recent developments in digital tools, guidelines and frameworks that leverage digital cultural resources. It has become more important to share data and tools and to discuss their use in the context of digital humanities. This year we strongly encourage the submission of proposals about methods, results, and problems of leveraging open data in the humanities. With this as our suggested central focus, we nonetheless welcome papers on a broad range of DH topics.

Research issues, including data mining, information design and modeling, software studies, and humanities research enabled through the digital medium; computer-based research and computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship. Some examples might include text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, language learning, and endangered languages; the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theater, new media and related areas; the creation and curation of humanities digital resources; the role of digital humanities in academic curricula; The range of topics covered by Digital Humanities can also be consulted in the journal Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (, Oxford University Press.

Abstracts should be of 500-1000 words in length in English, including title. Please submit abstracts on the open conference system for conference below by May 8, 2018.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance on 31 May 2018.

Type of proposals:

1. Poster presentations: Poster presentations may include work-in-progress on any of the topics described above as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate poster session will open the conference, during which time presenters should be on-hand to explain their work, share their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Posters will also be on display at various times during the conference, and presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts with more detailed information and URLs.

2. Short papers: Short papers are alloted 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on shorter experiments and software and tools in early stages of development.

3. Long papers: Long papers are alloted 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research and reporting on significant new digital resources or methodologies.

4. Panels: Panels (90 minutes) are comprised of either: (a) Three long papers on a joint theme. All abstracts should be submitted together with a statement, of approximately 500-1000 words, outlining the session topic and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities; or (b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit a 500-1000 words outline of the topic session and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities as well as an indication from all speakers of their willingness to participate.

Contact: Please direct enquiries about any aspect of the conference to: conf2018 [ at ]

Program Committee:

  • Paul Arthur (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
  • James Cummings (Newcastle University, UK)
  • J. Stephen Downie (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Øyvind Eide (University of Koeln, Germany)
  • Makoto Goto (National Institute for Humanities, Japan)
  • Shoichiro Hara (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • JenJou Hung (Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Taiwan)
  • Jieh Hsiang (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • Akihiro Kawase (Doshisha University, Japan)
  • Asanobu Kitamoto (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • Chao-Lin Liu (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
  • Maciej Eder (Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland)
  • A. Charles Muller (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Hajime Murai (Future University Hakodate, Japan)
  • Kiyonori Nagasaki (International Institute for Digital Humanities, Japan)
  • Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Susan Schreibman (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland)
  • Masahiro Shimoda (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Raymond Siemens (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Donald Sturgeon (Harvard University, USA)
  • Keiko Suzuki (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
  • Tomoji Tabata (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Toru Tomabechi (International Institute for Digital Humanities, Japan)
  • Kathryn Tomasek (Wheaton College, USA)
  • Christian Wittern (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Taizo Yamada (University of Tokyo, Japan)



September 9-11, 2018


conf2018 [ at ]


in preparation