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Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Digital Humanities (NLP4DH)

The Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Digital Humanities is co-located with ICON 2021 with proceedings published in the ACL anthology. The workshop will take place virtually on the 16th or 19th of December 2021.

The focus of the workshop is on applying natural language processing techniques to digital humanities research. The topics can be anything of digital humanities interest with a natural language processing or generation aspect. A list of suitable topics includes but is not limited to:

  • Text analysis and processing related to humanities using computational methods
  • Dataset creation and curation for NLP (e.g. digitization, digitalization, datafication, and data preservation).
  • Research on cultural heritage collections such as national archives and libraries using NLP
  • NLP for error detection, correction, normalization and denoising data
  • Generation and analysis of literary works such as poetry and novels
  • Analysis and detection of text genres

Paper submission

We solicit original and unpublished work related to digital humanities and natural language processing. Short papers can be up to 4 pages in length and long papers up to 8 pages. Both submission formats can have an unlimited number of pages for references. All submissions must follow the ACL stylesheet (Overleaf template). We don’t accept submissions that consist of an abstract only.

The submissions must be anonymous and they will be peer-reviewed by our program committee. The peer review is double blinded. Please see “Paper Submission Information” on the main conference website for more information.

Papers must be submitted using SoftConf by the workshop deadline. At least one of the authors of an accepted paper must register for the main conference and present the paper.

Accepted papers (short and long) will be published in the workshop proceedings that will appear in the ACL Anthology. Accepted papers will also be given an additional page to address the reviewers’ comments. The length of a camera ready submission can then be 5 pages for a short paper and 9 for a long paper with an unlimited number of pages for references.

New: The authors of the accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their workshop paper to a special issue in the Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities.

Important dates

  • Paper submission (full and short): the 7th of November 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: the 28th of November 2021
  • Camera ready deadline: the 5th of December 2021
  • Workshop: the 16th or 19th of December 2021


Mika Hämäläinen, Rootroo Ltd and University of Helsinki

Khalid Alnajjar, Rootroo Ltd and University of Helsinki

Niko Partanen, University of Helsinki

Jack Rueter, University of Helsinki

You can contact us by email

Program committee

The list will be updated:

Yuri Bizzoni, Aarhus University
Won Ik Cho, Seoul National University
Quan Duong, University of Helsinki
Valts Ernštreits, University of Latvia Livonian Institute
Hugo Gonçalo Oliveira, University of Coimbra
Kenichi Iwatsuki, ARIKTTA
Maciej Janicki, University of Helsinki
Heiki-Jaan Kaalep, University of Tartu
Mikko Kurimo, Aalto University
Tyler Shoemaker, University of California, Davis
Liisa Lotta Tarvainen-Li, Acolad
Joshua Wilbur, University of Tartu
Shuo Zhang, Bose Corporation