EVAA is an interdisciplinary conference on visual technologies in culture, the arts and humanities. We welcome scholars, practitioners and professionals from fields including digital humanities, computer and information science, design, media, art practice, GLAM and heritage. In all these fields data and its representations are transforming practice and scholarship: this conference is about how we respond to this challenge.  

Call for Proposals

EVAA is currently calling for proposals for short papers (up to 4 pages), long papers (up to 8 pages), presentations, posters, demonstrations and creative works. 

We are very interested in getting a wide range of different perspectives and welcome both scholarly works as well as demonstrations and presentations of creative works and visualizations.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by the 15th October, 2015.  Successful authors will be notified by the end of October.

Authors of accepted papers have the option of having their papers peer-reviewed.  All peer-reviewed papers will be published as part of the conference proceedings and be eligible for recognition under HERDC category E1.

More details on submissions formats and submission guidelines are available from the EVAA submissions page.

 Conference Themes

We are interested in papers and presentations that present completed or in-progress scholarly work related to one or more of the following themes:

Data as cultural material: data plays an increasingly large role in many aspects of our lives – in industry, government, even the quantisation of our personal lives through, for example, fitness tracking apps.  What are the implications for arts and culture of thinking about data as a cultural material?

Bigger, faster, more: Edward Tufte has said “I view high resolution pretty much like being smart“.  What are the implications for data and visualisation of ubiquitous high-bandwidth connections, massive storage, fast processing and gigapixel displays?

Critical approaches and critical language: if data and visualisation is now part of our cultural landscape, what language and intellectual tools do we have for critiquing them?

Tangible data: digital fabrication and the maker movement have seen digital materials rendered as physical objects.  How are designers and makers utilising the digital to produce visualisations made of atoms rather than bits?

Digital public sphere: as government becomes wired and data becomes open and accessible, the possibility of digital public sphere emerges; but this not not just about the technology, it’s a question for the humanities – what is a digital public sphere, what should it be, how it is represented, and what is its culture?

More About EVAA

EVAA is a 2-day conference designed to coincide with the Canberra Enlighten festival, and is hosted at University of Canberra Inspire Centre.   The 2016 conference will be held in Canberra on 5th and 6th of March, 2016. This is a sister conference of other EVA Conferences held in Europe (and in particular, London), and is the first time this conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The conference will appeal to scholars, professionals and practitioners working at the intersection of culture and computation, with a particular focus on visualisation and data.  It is by nature multidisciplinary and we would like to see a diverse range of disciplinary responses to the conference themes.

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Use of social media
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Transform poster gallery
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