International School and Conference on Network Science (NetSci)

We are pleased to announce the third Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2012 on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks. The aim of the symposium is to foster cross-disciplinary research on complex systems within or with the help of arts and humanities.

The symposium will highlight arts and humanities as an interesting source of data, where the combined experience of arts, humanities research, and natural science makes a huge difference in overcoming the limitations of artificially segregated communities of practice.
Furthermore, the symposium will focus on striking examples, where artists and humanities researchers make an impact within the natural sciences. By bringing together network scientists and specialists from the arts and humanities we strive for a better understanding
of networks and their visualizations in general.

The overall mission is to bring together pioneer work, leveraging previously unused potential by developing the right questions, methods, and tools, as well as dealing with problems of information accuracy and incompleteness. Running parallel to the NetSci2012 conference, the symposium will also provide a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers and practitioners of complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations.

In addition to keynotes and interdisciplinary discussion, we are looking for a number of contributed talks. Selected papers will be published in print in a Special Section of Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), as well as online in Leonardo Transactions.

Possible subjects include:

  • Contemporary art and network science;
  • Cultural analytics, culturomics, and high throughput approaches;
  • Cultural exchange and trade networks (from the Neolithic to modern supply chains);
  • Emergence and evolution of canon in art, music, literature and film;
  • Evolution of communities of practice in art and science;
  • History and theory of network visualization;
  • Networks in architecture and urban planning (from Ekistics to Reality Mining);
  • Network structure and dynamics in art, music, literature, and film;
  • Taxonomy and evolutionary models in art and science.


We are looking for eight 15 minute contributions covering a large territory around arts, humanities and complex networks. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and include one relevant URL.