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The First Annual Conference on Complexity and Human Experience: Modeling Complexity in the Humanities and Social Sciences

May 30th – June 1st, 2012
The University of North Carolina, Charlotte


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 (http://www.complexity.uncc.edu) 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 collaboration
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 https://sites.google.com/site/humancomplexity2012/

This conference is dedicated to the work of Alan Turing (1912-1954) as part of the 2012 Alan Turing Year (http://www.turingcentenary.eu/), 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 (http://iacap.org).

Submission Deadline: February 5th, 2012
Decision Date: March 1st
Final Program: March 7th

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 (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Dan Singer (University of Michigan)
Charles Turnitsa (Old Dominion University)
Paul Youngman (UNC Charlotte)

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