Unconference: Call for Ideas

On Friday afternoon (13:30-16:00) there will be an unconference as part of the InterFace 2011 symposium.

For those who are not familiar with it, an unconference is a participant-driven meeting to discuss ideas, and is in a much less conventional format than a normal conference. Topics of interest are proposed by the participants during the days preceding the unconference, and then, on the day of the event, participants decide collaboratively which topics will be discussed.

We need your ideas for activities you’d like to see included in the unconference session. These could be:

  • things you’d like to learn about;
  • things you’d like to discuss;
  • things you’d like to teach;
  • things you’d like to demo.
Please add any ideas for the unconference as comments to this blog post (feel free to post more than one and to add comments discussing others’ suggestions).

Ideas so far

  • Digital narrative / semantic narrative / describing narrative & motifs
  • Digital tools and resources for musicology and music
  • Interpreting incoming information
  • Engaging users with mobile applications
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Collaboration in the humanities (interdisciplinarity)
  • Museum applications for art history
  • Semantic annotation of web resources
  • The future of InterFace
  • Exploring recommendation algorithms based on social data


Day Time Event
Wednesday 27 13:30 15:00 REGISTRATION
15:00 15:15 Welcome Adresss
by the Dean of UCL Arts & Humanities
Professor Henry Woudhuysen
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
15:15 16:15 Keynote Speaker
Projective Making and Thinking
Professor Stephen A.R. Scrivener
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
16:15 17:15 Keynote Speaker
Peering Inside the Big Tent: The Crisis of
Inclusion in Digital Humanities
Dr Melissa Terras
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
Wilkins South Cloisters
Day Time Event
Thursday 28 9:30 10:30 Lightning Talks
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
10:30 11:00 COFFEE
11:00 13:00 Lightning Talks
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
13:00 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 15:30 Workshop 1 Workshop 2
The Architecture of Credit Thinking Through Networks
Ian Mulvany Tom Brughmans &
Marco Büchler
DMS Watson G15 Torrington Place (1–19) 113
15:30 16:00 COFFEE
16:00 18:00 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
Visualizations of Spatial Cultural Heritage &
and Social Data the Semantic Web
Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick Joseph Padfield
Torrington Place (1–19) 113 DMS Watson G15
Senate House
Day Time Event
Friday 29 9:30 10:30 How to session 1
Studying Users: How to Do it and Why You Should
Professor Claire Warwick
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
10:30 11:00 COFFEE
11:00 12:00 How to session 2
How to Get Funded! Hints and Tips on How to Write
a Good Application and Maximise your Chance of
Being Successful
Dr Henriette Bruun
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
12:00 13:00 How to session 3
How to Get Published
Dr Charlotte Frost & Dr Sarah-Louise Quinnell
Publishing your Monograph
Dymphna Evans
Book Reviewing and the Post Graduate Student
Dr Julianne Nyhan
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
13:00 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 16:00 Unconference
Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre

Call for Sponsors

InterFace is a meeting which brings together scholars working in the humanities and in computer technology to share ideas and practices in an informal, productive environment. The event presents an excellent opportunity to meet an international and vibrant community of young researchers.

As a sponsor you would come in contact with this community and witness emerging trends in research and scholarship.

Presenting Sponsors

    • Your logo and a link to your website on the home page of the conference website
    • Acknowledgement of support on the “about” page
    • Acknowledgement at the event and on any collateral print material
    • Your banner attached in a visible place during the conference
    • Distribution of short promotional material with conference package
    • Promotion using our social networks on Twitter and Facebook
  1. Assisting Sponsors
    • A link to your website on the homepage of the conference website (below the presenting sponsor)
    • Acknowledgement of support on the “about” page
    • Acknowledgement at the event and on any collateral print material

Wa are also open to other forms of sponsorship. If you are interested please contact us at enquiries@interface2011.org.uk.

Announcing InterFace 2011: 3rd International Symposium for Humanities and Technology

InterFace is a symposium for humanities and technology. In 2011 it is being jointly hosted by colleges across London and will be an invaluable opportunity for participants to visit this active hub of digital scholarship and practice.

The symposium aims to foster collaboration and shared understanding between scholars in the humanities and in computer science, especially where their efforts converge on exchange of subject matter and method. With a focus on the interests and concerns of Ph.D students and early career researchers, the programme will include networking activities, opportunities for research exposition, and various training and workshop activities.

The details of the workshops and training sessions are still in preparation but they are expected to include hands-on work with:

  • bibliographic software
  • sound analysis for speech and music
  • data visualisation
  • user studies and social research
  • discourse analysis in the sciences, technology and the humanities
  • applying for research funding
  • getting work published
  • computer modelling

A core component of the programme will be a lightning talks session in which each participant will make a two-minute presentation on their research. The session will be lively and dynamic. Each presentation must be exactly two minutes long, making use of necessary, interesting, appropriate, or entertaining visual or sound aids, and condensing a whole Ph.D’s worth of ideas and work into this short slot.

Finally, the symposium will conclude with an unconference; a participatory, collaborative, and informal event in which the form and content is decided on by participants as it unfolds and in which discussion and production is emphasised over presentation and analysis. Participants may wish to share their own skills, learn a new skill, establish and develop a collaborative project, or hold a focused discussion.

In January we will be seeking applications for participation in this symposium. An announcement and call for papers will be issued in the New Year.

For any general enquiries related to the symposium please email: