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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Modeling Complexity in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 30 May - 1 Jun 2012, USA

*Human Complexity 2012*, The University of North Carolina, Charlotte NC (U.S.A.)

The recent increase in the number of formal institutes and conferences dedicated to complexity 
theory and its application is evidence that complexity science has arrived and is realizing its 
potential to cut across almost every academic discipline. Research projects centered on complex 
adaptive systems in the natural (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) and social sciences (economics,
political science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, etc.), along with novel applications in 
engineering, computer science, robotics, and, more recently, the arts and the humanities 
(archaeology, art history, history, literature, philosophy, performance art, religion, etc.), 
have already earned some recognition in the field of complexity science.

  In light of these developments, the Complex Systems Institute ( and the Center for Advanced Research in the Humanities at the 
University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNC
Charlotte) will inaugurate an annual conference series, beginning in 2012, dedicated to complexity
with particular application to understanding the intricacies of human experience across all 
domains. The goal of the series is to provide a trans-disciplinary venue for scholars from the 
humanities and the social sciences, as well as some aspects of the natural sciences (such as 
neuroscience, pharmacology, etc.). Since matters of life and death pertain to human experience 
in profound and important ways, the conference hopes to attract representatives from the allied 
health sciences as well.

The conference series will be dedicated to a particular topic each year. 
The initial 2012 conference will be based on an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital 
Humanities (IATDH) sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the UNC Charlotte 
Complex Systems Institute this past year that was dedicated to computer modeling in the humanities
and social sciences. In keeping with the theme of the IATDH, the topic for our first conference 
will be: *Modeling Complexity in the Humanities and Social Sciences.*

Submissions are invited on any specific topic that falls within the parameters described above. 
Sample topics include, but are not limited to, studies on:

    - The development and transmission of language
    - The propagation of beliefs, ideas and ideologies
    - The nature of historical and political change
    - The analysis of literary texts and their circulation
    - The effect of individual action on global economies
    - Social structure among pre-historic peoples
    - Archaeological settlement patterns in early cities
    - The role of architecture in facilitating public traffic patterns
    - The relationship between productivity, creativity, and happiness
    - Elements and measures of creativity
    - Discovery of early trends and indicators of social and economic change
    - The role of science and technology in enhancing human experience
    - Defining and measuring indicators of the quality of human experience
    - The relationship between organizational/societal structure and the flow
    of energy and information
    - Defining utility and efficacy in the context of human experience
    - Simulation and modeling tools and paradigms
    - Verification and validation of models and simulated systems
    - The relationship between healthcare providers, patients, Internet, and
    social media
    - Defining ontologies in the context of modeling and simulation
    - Languages and tools fro promoting trans- and inter-disciplinary
    - Human-technology interaction
    - Data-driven wellness initiatives

Submissions should be in the form of 5000-word papers, each of which will be reviewed by the 
program committee. The committee is particularly interested in papers that show novel applications
 of Complexity Theory to enhance research in the areas here specified. Thus, preliminary work in 
progress or plans for a research program are welcomed and encouraged.

Submission details will be posted to the conference website at in due time.

This conference is dedicated to the work of Alan Turing (1912-1954) as part of the 2012 Alan Turing
Year (, a series of events to commemorate Turing's life and work. 
We do so here by examining computing applications and complexity in the humanities and social 
sciences that allow us to discover, create and make connections in ways that would not be possible
were it not for Turing's seminal work. The conference will begin with a presentation on the life 
and times of the man who provided the theory that made the modern computer possible.

Human Complexity 2012 is sponsored in part by the International Association for Computing and 
Philosophy (

*Submission Deadline*: January 2nd, 2012 (Firm) *Decision Date*: February 1st 
*Final Program*: March 1st *Conference Chairs* (in alphabetical order):

    - Anthony Beavers (Director, Cognitive Science and the Digital Humanities
    Lab, University of Evansville)
    - Mirsad Hadzikadic (Director, The Complexity Institute, UNC Charlotte)
    - Paul Youngman (Director, Center for Advanced Research in the
    Humanities, UNC Charlotte)

*Organizing Committee*:

    - Anthony Beavers (Director, Cognitive Science and the Digital Humanities
    Lab, University of Evansville)
    - Marvin Croy (Chair, Department of Philosophy, UNCC)
    - Patrick Grim (Professor of Philosophy, SUNY-Stony Brook)
    - Mirsad Hadzikadic (Director, The Complexity Institute, UNC Charlotte)
    - Paul Youngman (Director, Center for Advanced Research in the
    Humanities, UNC Charlotte)

*Program Committee *(preliminary):

    - Anthony Beavers (University of Evansville)
    - Aaron Bramson (University of Michigan)
    - Ted Carmichael (UNC Charlotte*)*
    - Marvin Croy (UNC Charlotte)
    - Patrick Grim (SUNY-Stony Brook)
    - Mirsad Hadzikadic (UNC Charlotte)
    - Sonya Hardin (UNC Charlotte)
    - Nicolas Payette (Universit du Qubec  Montral)
    - Dan Singer (University of Michigan)
    - Charles Turnitsa (Old Dominion University)
    - Paul Youngman (UNC Charlotte)