CfP: The International Conference on Dance Data, Cognition, and Multimodal Communication (DDCMC19) – September 21-19 NOVA FCSH

The International Conference on Dance Data, Cognition, and Multimodal Communication (DDCMC19) is organized in the framework of the conclusion of ERC-funded research project BlackBox Arts&Cognition.

When: September 19-21, 2019
Where: FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
Deadline for Abstracts submissions: December, 8, 2018

The increasing accumulation of dance data (for archives of contemporary artists, for the computational processing of collected data or for re-enactments and digital visualizations of previously staged pieces) is becoming a strong motivation for both researchers and performing artists to reflect upon the affordances and usefulness of looking at bodily movements in artistic settings to view human communication and cognitive processes (such as decision-making, creative and critical thinking, emotions) through a different lens.

The event wishes to bring together contemporary artists and researchers from a broad range of related academic disciplines, working within different theoretical and methodological paradigms to share their original research in a creative, international, and stimulating atmosphere.

This conference aims to provide a interdisciplinary forum (Humanities, Information Technologies, and Cognitive Science) for those creating and handling data from Performing Arts (with a focus on contemporary dance) interested in issues of multimodality and cognition in human communication and in human-computer interaction, particularly regarding documentation, video annotation tools, collaborative platforms for cultural heritage preservation, and scientific analyses of dance data, such as human behaviour and agency in different types of communication and their cognitive, cultural, narrative, technological, social, textual, or discourse functions.

Although more broadly the scope of the conference is defined to Performing Arts, we wish to explore more specifically on the current potential of “dance data” and how it can be related to content or form, processes or products, qualitative and quantitative inquiries. Dance data serve a variety of roles such as the subject matter for research, aspects of methodologies, and the format for public presentations. Papers dealing with the representation and annotation of the implicit knowledge contained in performing practices and the application of novel visualization technologies to support it are particularly welcome.

Papers on a wide range of topics dealing with Performing Arts are welcome, including, and not limited to:

Performance Studies:

Dance Data: collection and applications
Documentation of Performing Arts
Intangible Heritage
Digital Cultural Heritage
Multimodal Corpora
New Media applied to Performance
Performance Philosophy
Contemporary Dance
Choreographic objects
Digital tools for dance

Cognitive Science and the Performing Arts:

Cognitive approaches to theatrical performance
Gesture Studies
Cognitive linguistics
Human communication: verbal vs. non-verbal interactions
Intercultural aspects of multimodal behaviour
Multimodal Metaphor
Applications of Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Performing Arts
Neural mechanisms underlying motor control

Computer Science and the Performing Arts:

Computer Vision: 3D rendering
Movement tracking and visualization
Dance and technology
Virtual and augmented reality applications for Dance
Information Visualization
Motion Graphics
Human Computer interaction
Video annotation
Annotation schemes and tools for multimodal corpora

Other interdisciplinary research and approaches to Performing Arts (theoretical, methodological, etc.)

Submission Details

We invite abstracts (500 words maximum, excluding references and tables/figures, anonymized) of original work for oral paper presentations and posters to be submitted for peer review.

Abstract Format:
Abstracts must be in editable Microsoft Word format and in English. Text count should not exceed 500 words, and formatted in Arial font, single line spacing. A template will be provided.

Oral presentation:
Participants with accepted papers will have 20 minutes for oral presentations, 5 minutes for discussion, 5 minutes to change presenters. The chair person will be in charge of making sure the timing is respected.

Poster presentation:
Posters will be displayed during poster sessions, with ample opportunity for discussion.

Technical Demos, Artistic Installations, and Demonstrative-Lectures 
Time and space, albeit constrained, will be dedicated for technical demos and/or artistic installations that accompany accepted presentations/posters. Abstracts for demonstrative-lectures within the scope of the conference topics are also welcome.

Full papers:
A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a theme volume. More information will follow in this space.

Important dates: 
Opening for Abstracts submission:           November 5, 2018
Deadline for Abstracts submission:          December 8, 2018
Notification of acceptance:                         January 15, 2019
Deadline for Full papers submission:       February 28, 2019
Decision and reviews release date:            tba
Camera-ready papers due:                          tba

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