DH2024 Workshop – Computational Literary Studies: How To Do Research Responsibly (CfP) 

In the context of the DH2024 Conference “Reinvention & Responsibility” (https://dh2024.adho.org/), the SIG-DLS is organizing a pre-conference workshop entitled “Computational Literary Studies: How To Do Research Responsibly”

The overarching goal is to present, promote, and showcase a subfield of DH that has recently reached — or seems to have reached — a critical point of its maturity. Known under the name of Computational Literary Studies, Digital Literary Studies, or Cultural Analytics, the field primarily revolves around computer-assisted analysis of literary sources. It was commenced by the groundbreaking initiative SIG-DLS (https://dls.hypotheses.org/), and then further developed by a few other endeavors, e.g. the CLS Priority Programme founded by DFG (https://dfg-spp-cls.github.io/), the JCLS journal (https://jcls.io/), the CCLS annual conference (https://jcls.io/site/conference/), the Journal of Cultural Analytics (https://culturalanalytics.org/), the CHR annual conference (https://computational-humanities-research.org/), the COST Action Distant Reading (https://www.distant-reading.net/), and the CLS INFRA project founded by Horizon2020 (https://clsinfra.io/). 

The idea behind the workshop is to consolidate the already existing initiatives, and to share experiences between projects, centers, and scholars involved in DLS/CLS. The workshop program will be composed by a combination of invited talks, demo sessions, and lightning talks. 

With this Call, we are inviting submissions for lightning talks (max. 5 minutes) on ongoing projects, research ideas, and infrastructures in DLS/CLS. Please send a 250-word abstract to simone.rebora@univr.it by 15 May 2024. Proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee and notifications sent by 30 May 2024.

Organizing committee

Maciej Eder (CLS-Infra)
Joanna Byszuk (CLS-Infra and SIG-DLS)
Simone Rebora (SIG-DLS)
Berenike Herrmann (SIG-DLS)
Suzanne Mpouli (SIG-DLS)
Pablo Ruiz Fabo (SIG-DLS)

DH2023 Workshop – SIG-DLS Seven Years on (Program)

Date: July 10, 13:30-17:00

Venue: University of Graz, Universitätsplatz 3, A-8010 Graz – Workshop Venue 5


First Session (13:30 – 14:15)

Chair: Simone Rebora

Benjamin Nagy, Metre Matters

Lightning talks

Szemes Botond, Patterns of Clause Relations in Narrative Fiction

Gabriele Vezzani, “Condemned to Nothing but Masterpieces”: Style and Success in the Literary Field

Shai Gordin and Avital Romach, Layers of Authorship in Cuneiform Texts


Second Session (14:15 – 15:15)

Chair: Joanna Byszuk

Veronica Mangiaterra, Chiara Barattieri di San Pietro, Valentina Bambini, Literary Metaphors: Neurocognitive Characteristics and Diachronic Evolution

Yuki Kyogoku, Yuzuki Tsukagshi, So Miyagawa, and Kyoko Amano, Comparative Analysis of Vedic Sanskrit Documents Using Doc2Vec and Transformer Models

Andrea Nini, The Statistical Approximation Hypothesis: A Cognitive Linguistic Explanation for the Effectiveness of Function Word Frequency


Coffee Break


Third Session (15:35 – 16:40)

Chair: Pablo Ruiz Fabo

Peter Boot and Marijn Koolen, Computing and Interpreting Valence in Literary Studies

Andre Kasen and Lars Johnsen, From Verification to Attribution with Authorship Profiles

Lightning talks

So Miyagawa, Yuzuki Tsukagoshi, Yuki Kyogoku, and Kyoko Amano, Analyzing Text Similarity in Vedic Sanskrit Texts: A Bipartite Approach Using Stylometry and Text Reuse Detection

Katja Tereshko, Readers Response on Linguistic Features of the Literary Text

Keli Du, Julia Dudar, Christof Schöch, Investigating Measures of Distinctiveness for the Genre-Based Classification of Entire Novels


SIG member’s meeting (16:40 – 17:00)

DH2023 Workshop – SIG-DLS Seven Years on (CfP)

Seven years have passed since the constitution of the ADHO Special Interest Group “Digital Literary Stylistics” (SIG-DLS). In the meantime, the research field has changed, with the advent of new methodologies (drawing on the constantly growing field of computational linguistics) and the affirmation of emerging theories and definitions (such as the modeling paradigm in “computational literary studies”). At the same time, some aspects and reference points have remained the same, such as the confirmed success of frequency-based approaches and the pivotal role of statistical methods.

With this workshop, we would like to provide a renewed overview of the field of Digital Literary Stylistics, in ideal dialogue with the seminal workshop organized at DH2016, which allowed the constitution of the SIG-DLS. We therefore open a Call for Papers to all related areas of research, including (and not limited to):

  • understanding and improving “classic” stylometric methods (between Delta and Zeta)
  • stylometric feature engineering (character n-grams, words, syntax, and beyond)
  • integration with advanced language models (e.g. word embeddings and Transformer models)
  • identifying the source(s) of stylistic difference (from authors to genres, epochs, and beyond)
  • style annotations (e.g. phenomenological dimension of style, gestalt annotations)
  • style in different contexts (e.g. social media style, style of artificial agents)
  • style in translation, cross-linguistic and cross-cultural style comparisons
  • style as reader/text interaction
  • style and complexity
  • style and quality
  • tools, platforms and infrastructures for digital literary stylistics
  • (FAIR) development and sharing of corpora and collections

To submit a contribution, please send a brief abstract for a 20-minute presentation (max 250 words) to simone.rebora@uni-mainz.de by 26 April 2023. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the programme committee and notifications of acceptance will be sent by 8 May 2023.

SIG-DLS Bursary: for this year, SIG-DLS offers two bursaries (500 Euros each) to outstanding papers presented by early stage researchers. If you intend to apply, please add a short letter of motivation to your submission.

Organising & programme committee

Simone Rebora (University of Mainz)
Joanna Byszuk (Institute of Polish Language of the Polish Academy of Sciences)
Francesca Frontini (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli”, CNR Pisa)
Berenike Herrmann (Bielefeld University, Basel University)
Suzanne Mpouli (Paris Cité University)
Pablo Ruiz Fabo (University of Strasbourg)