4th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities
Sunday, 20 October 2019 - Vancouver, Canada

Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 4th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities, “VIS4DH.” The call is open to all fields of the humanities/social sciences and all branches of visualization. We are particularly interested in papers that bring different disciplines together. The workshop is intended to put different ways of seeing, knowing, articulating, and transforming arguments into dialogue in order to foster and to intensify collaborations between humanities and visualization researchers.

Building Trust: Process & Interpretation

In this year’s workshop, we will explore questions of how to build trust when working at the intersection of visualization and humanities-related fields. There are many ways in which trust plays an important role in these collaborations, including questions around general methodologies, approaches to research questions, data collection, extraction and transformation, visual encodings, as well as interpretation and deriving knowledge. The role of visualization in communication has made it key in collaborations spanning many fields related to the humanities, including the arts, history, social sciences, linguistics, literary studies and beyond. The target of this workshop is to explore ways in which trust can be built, strengthened, and maintained when communicating and transferring methodologies, designing tools and encodings, collecting and curating data, and deriving knowledge.

Some guiding questions for the 2019 workshop:
  • How can we deal with different kinds of uncertainty (in data, methodology, research questions, visual encodings, and interpretation)?
  • How can one make trustworthy visualizations for humanistic research?
  • What does trust mean for different communities and sub-communities?
  • How can trust be established in transdisciplinary projects?
  • How much does trust rely on full understanding of methods, encodings, and other context, especially when collaborating across disciplines?
  • What do humanities researchers need to see and know to be able to trust visualization, as a tool and process?


This workshop is seeking work from scholars in visualization, the humanities, social science, and the arts who use visualization as part of the process of analyzing and interrogating human culture. Submissions will present original research ideas or results as they relate to visualization for the digital humanities. Each submission should clearly state its specific contribution to this growing field of research. Submissions will take the form of short (2-4 page - excluding references) papers, falling into one of two submission types:

  • Short Papers: These submissions are meant to summarize more mature works at the intersection of visualization and humanities research, including case studies, system descriptions, and empirical results. Of special consideration are works that highlight the difficulties (and proposed solutions) of designing visualizations in the context of humanities research and/or applying concepts from humanities research to foster visualization research and design.
  • Position Papers: These submissions are meant to present viewpoints and opinions on the interplay between visualization and the humanities. These positions should be informed by a deep involvement and experience in one (or ideally, both) fields. Position papers should be thought-provoking but also well-supported.

Authors of accepted short and position papers will be invited for a brief research presentation (including time for audience questions).

Submissions should be in two-column IEEE TVCG format. Latex and Word templates are available at: http://junctionpublishing.org/vgtc/Tasks/camera_tvcg.html Submissions will be optionally double blind. Authors wishing to submit their work double-blind should remove author information from the cover page of their submitted document, and take care to avoid identifying information in the submission itself (e.g., references to “our” work). Submissions should be in pdf format, clearly indicating the paper type: short paper, or position paper. Submissions should not exceed four pages of content. Submissions should be submitted via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=vis4dh2019) by 5 PM PST, 8 July 2019.