Digital Cultures, Big Data & Society

Call for Papers

15-16 February 2018

@UCD Humanities Institute

Hosted by the IRC Industrial Memories project

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Alison Booth, University of Virginia

Professor Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta


This symposium on digital cultures, big data and society focuses on questions of close and distant reading and the critical functions of digital tools in the humanities. The symposium will consider some of the pressing questions in the fields of digital humanities including:

  • What kinds of research are enabled by the integration of digital practice into the arts, humanities, and social sciences?
  • What new research questions can we ask because of digital methodologies?
  • What are the societal and cultural impacts of digital research in the humanities?
  • What are the ethical and artistic issues provoked by quantitative methodologies such as text mining, machine learning, data visualisation and network analysis?
  • How can digital media become a core element of the digital humanities?
  • What are the tensions between close and distant reading?
  • How can DH projects utilise both close and distant reading, traditional and digital approaches?
  • What are the methodological and epistemological effects of distant reading in the humanities?
  • How can we use visualisations of data as a form of textual and/or real-world analysis?
  • What new subjects and corpora are made available because of increasing use of digital tools?
  • How are research resources affected by the shift towards the digital?
  • What are the critical functions in the humanities of digital tools?

We invite submissions for papers responding to the above questions and that seek to discuss the range of cultural analytics made possible through digital methodologies. Papers on DH projects are particularly welcomed, as well as papers that respond to the DH field in more theoretical terms.

Papers will be 15-20 minutes in duration and panel submissions are also welcome. Abstracts (300 words) and brief bios to be sent by 11 November to Dr Emilie Pine (