Workshop on Comics Annotation: Designing Common Frameworks for Empirical Research (18-19 June 2018, Potsdam)

We still have a few spaces left, so please get in touch if you’re interested in joining us!

This workshop will bring together scholars in the field of empirical comics research to define common standards and ensure interoperability between disciplines. Researchers interested in comics are increasingly discovering annotation as a necessary and highly beneficial way of digitally enriching their object of study and moving towards data-driven scholarship. For this purpose, a number of tools and data formats have been adopted in areas as diverse as literary and media studies, art history and linguistics, cognitive and computer science. While this diversity represents the outcome of different requirements and backgrounds, a lack of coordination may also make it difficult or even impossible to share data and compare results. The workshop aims to establish common frameworks for future research and answer the following questions:

• What standards do we need to define to ensure interoperability between different researchers and approaches?
• How can annotation schemes be developed and adapted for the visual aspects of artefacts such as comics?
• How can integration be achieved between text-oriented standards, such as TEI and CBML, and further non-text-oriented schemes?
• Where, and to what extent, do we need to move beyond, or in parallel to, XML to support empirical studies more broadly, taking in data on eyetracking, EEG, reading order, physiological responses, etc.?

Participants: John Bateman, Neil Cohn, Jeremy Douglass, Alexander Dunst, Jochen Laubrock, Frederik Schlupkothen, John Walsh…

Contact: Dr. Alexander Dunst (

Two Abstracts Accepted for DH 2018 in Mexico City

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We’re  happy to announce that both of our abstracts for the DH 2018 conference in Mexico City have been accepted as long papers. This will be the third consecutive year, after Cracow in 2016 and Montréal last year, that we’ll be presenting at what’s always a fascinating overview of new developments in digital humanities around the world, and a great way to meet up with colleagues and friends.

Alexander Dunst & Rita Hartel will be talking about „Automated Genre and Author Distinction in Comics“. Jochen Laubrock & David Dubray ’s paper is titled „Computational Analysis and Visual Stylometry of Comics using Convolutional Neural Networks“. Computer vision and neural networks were already a huge topic at the DHd 2018 conference in Cologne in early March, so we expect more on these approaches in Mexico. Hope to see you there!

Abstracts for DHd Conference 2018 Accepted

We’re happy to report that both of our abstracts for the German-speaking Association of Digital Humanities (DHd) Conference have been accepted. Jochen Laubrock will speak about „Computationale Beschreibung visuellen Materials“ (The Computational Description of Visual Documents) and Alexander Dunst & Rita Hartel’s paper will be titled, „Auf dem Weg zur Visuellen Stilometrie: Automatische Genre- und Autorunterscheidung in graphischen Narrativen“ (Towards a Visual Stylometry: Automatic Genre and Authorship Distinction in Graphic Narratives). We’re looking forward to being in Cologne from 26 February to 2 March.

Join Us at DH 2017 in Montréal

The annual DH conference, organized by ADHO (the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations), is coming up in two weeks and we’re looking forward to a great program and meeting up with colleagues and friends in Montréal from 8-11 August. If you want to hear about some of the work we’ve been doing recently, please join us on Wednesday, 9 August, for Jochen’s poster presentation titled „Design of a Corpus and Interactive Annotation Tool for Graphic Literature“. On Thursday, 10 August, at 1.30 pm Alexander and Rita’s will be talking about „Corpora and Complex Networks as Cultural Critique: Investigating Race and Gender Bias in Graphic Narratives“ (venue: Art 260). Hope to see you there!

Poster TeaP 2017

Wir haben ein Poster auf der 59. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP 2017) vorgestellt.

Wir zeigten, dass der Raum zwischen Panels einen bedeutsamen Einfluss auf die Zeitwahrnehmung sowie die visuelle Aufmerksamkeit hat. Dazu wurden subjektive Einschätzungen und Blickbewegungen erhoben.

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Die Zusammenfassung wurde im Tagungsband veröffentlicht:

Hohenstein, S., & Laubrock, J. (2017). Eye movements and processing of temporal information in comics. In T. Goschke, A. Bolte, & C. Kirschbaum (Eds.), Abstracts of the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (p. 220). Lengerich: Pabst.

University of Oxford Network Features Article on Research Group

A brief summary of some of the work we’ve been doing in our  group can now be found on the blog of TORCH, the University of Oxford’s Research Centre in the Humanities. As part of its activities, Oxford has recently started a network and series of lectures on graphic narrative titled „Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form“. Organized by Dominic Davies, a British Academy post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of English, the network has already welcomed speakers such as David Lloyd and Roger Sabin. You can read the blog entry and find more about the network’s activities here.