Conference #

About CUDAN 2023 #

The Cultural Data Analytics Conference 2023 / CUDAN 2023 is scheduled to happen in Tallinn, Estonia from December 13 to 16, 2023, including a number of leading invited practitioners, peer-reviewed long talks, and lightning+poster contributions from the community. The conference is organized by the ERA Chair project for Cultural Data Analytics at Tallinn University, generously funded by the European Commission. Inspired by initial large gatherings of the cultural analytics community, including UCLA/IPAM 2016, and multidisciplinary conferences such as NetSci, IC2S2, or CCS, we aim to bring together researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders using methods of cultural data analytics to understand cultures and cultural production. This particularly includes multidisciplinary combinations of quantification, qualitative inquiry, computational analysis, and visualization to make sense of large cultural datasets, including visual, audiovisual, linguistic, and other genres of socio-cultural materials.

Confirmed keynotes, accepted long talks, and accepted lighting talk and poster combinations are listed below. Further information includes the conference scope, key dates, registration & accommodation, the now closed call for abstracts, the team of organizers, and the international program committee members (who have performed peer-review).

We welcome on-site participants in Tallinn from December 13 to 16!

Live streaming #

Plenary talks and parallel session talks A happen in room A002; parallel session talks B happen in room 046 (cf. detailed schedule below).

Dec14 room A002 plenary + A (starting at 9:00):
Dec14 room A046 B (starting at 14:30):
Dec15 room A002 plenary + A (starting at 9:00):
Dec15 room A046 B (starting at 14:30):
Dec16 room A002 plenary + A (starting at 9:00):
Dec16 room A046 B (starting at 14:30):

Winter morning in Tallinn (image) Winter morning in Tallinn. CC-BY Maximilian Schich

Keynote speakers #

Petter Holme, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland (
Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Université de Genève, Switzerland (…)
Mauro Martino, Visual Artificial Intelligence Lab, IBM Research, Boston, USA (
Anu Masso, TalTech, Tallinn, Estonia (…)

Program schedule overview #

CUDAN 2023 Conference schedule (image) CUDAN 2023 Conference schedule (2023-12-12 version)

Program schedule description #

The pre-conference day (December 13, 2023) features introductory workshops by CUDAN senior fellows, covering aspects of cultural data analysis and visualization (see detailed schedule below). The workshops required a free separate signup:

The CUDAN 2023 main conference schedule is set to run over three full days (December 14-16, 2023), including four keynote lectures, two keynote panel sessions, a set of long talks and a set of lightning talk/poster combinations. Most long talks and all lighting talks are scheduled to happen in the plenum (Tallinn University Audimax A002), while afternoon long talks are scheduled in two parallel tracks (rooms A002 and directly adjacent A046). The poster session will run throughout the whole conference in the coffee and lunch area, collocated with both lecture halls. Catering throughout the whole event is free of charge for registered participants. The main conference program will close with a best poster and best long talk award ceremony. Special events include an AI Art Exhibit Reception with food and drinks (December 15, free for all registered participants). A meet the publishers session and a group photo will precede the morning keynote on December 15 and 16.

Before and after the main conference (December 13 & 17), we will offer walking tours, including the medieval Tallinn old town, the Christmas market, and a tour along the coast into the forest (all among many reasons to visit Estonia). Warm clothing is highly recommended. Separate registration was sent to participants via email.

Program schedule details #

December 13 #

WORKSHOP-1 (10:00-13:00) Ksenia Mukhina – Workshop 1: Computer vision techniques for analyzing cultural data with Python (room A121)
WORKSHOP-2 (10:00-13:00) Andres Karjus – Workshop 2: Visualizing big cultural data using R, with a little help from AI (room A006)
WORKSHOP-3 (14:00-17:00) Mar Canet Sola – Workshop 3: Navigating visual collections using image embeddings (room A006)
WORKSHOP-4 (14:00-17:00) Vejune Zemaityte – Workshop 4: Tableau for exploring, analysing and visualising cultural data (room A121)
14:00-16:00 – walking tour

December 14 #

09:00-10:00 – Keynote Session 1 room A002
WELCOME (09:00-09:15) Maximilian Schich – Introduction
KEYNOTE-1 (09:15-10:00) Petter Holme – Understanding the world from structures in time.
10:00-11:00 – Long Talk Session 1 room A002
session chair: Maximilian Schich
LONG-1-1 (10:00-10:20) Melvin Wevers and Kristoffer Nielbo – Embed, detect and describe: A framework for examining events in complex sociocultural and historical data. (#21)
LONG-1-2 (10:20-10:40) Alberto Acerbi and Joe Stubbersfield – Large language models show human-like content biases in transmission chain experiments. (#15)
LONG-1-3 (10:40-11:00) Andres Karjus – Large language models to supercharge humanities and cultural analytics research. (#33)
11:00-11:30 – coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Long Talk Session 2 room A002
session chair: Mikhail Tamm
LONG-2-1 (11:30-11:50) Mila Oiva – Explaining longitudinal audiovisual news contents: A framework for the analysis of historical newsreels. (#08)
LONG-2-2 (11:50-12:10) Richard A Blythe and William Croft – How individuals change culture. (#10)
LONG-2-3 (12:10-12:30) Vivian Dornelas, Els Heinsalu, and Marco Patriarca – Spreading of cultural traits in spatially embedded networks. (#36)
12:30-13:30 – Global Remote Session room A002
session chair: Mikhail Tamm
REMOTE-1 (12:30-12:36) Jianbo Gao, and Zhaoyang He – Media big-data-based continuous monitoring of global risks. (#23)
REMOTE-2 (12:36-12:42) Fanglei Wang and Jianbo Gao – Differential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on African countries. (#22)
REMOTE-3 (12:42-12:48) Olena Mykhailenko – Evolving values and political orientations of rural Canadians: Insights from longitudinal WVS Data. (#71)
REMOTE-4 (12:48-12:54) Nancy Hada and Kavita Vemuri – Deep-Learning-driven feature extraction for classification of Indian tribal paintings. (#73)
REMOTE-5 (12:54-13:00) Sarala Shakya and Rajani Chulyadyo – Emotion-aware Nepali music recommender system. (#43+poster)
REMOTE-6 (13:00:13:06) Kristoffer Nielbo, Yuri Bizzoni, Ida Marie S. Lassen, Pascale Feldkamp Moreira, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, and Jianbo Gao – Global coherence, local uncertainty: A recipe for literary success. (#20)
REMOTE-7 (13:06-13:12) Nadia Alaily-Mattar, Vincent Baptist, Lukas Legner, Alain Thierstein and Diane Arvanitakis – The mediated lifespan of urban architectural icons: An empirical investigation using Instagram data . (#5)
13:30-14:30 – lunch
14:30-15:30 – Long Talk Session 3A (parallel) room A002
session chair: Liubov Tupikina
LONG-3A-1 (14:30-14:50) Daniel Chavez Heras, Nanne Van Noord, Mila Oiva, Carlo Bretti, Isadora Campregher Paiva, Ksenia Mukhina, and Tillmann Ohm – Between history and poetics: Identifying temporal dynamics in large audiovisual collections. (#35)
LONG-3A-2 (14:50-15:10) Francesca Odella – Collaborative networks in the TV fiction industry: Italian serials and sitcoms before the digital switch-off 1996-2009. (#58)
LONG-3A-3 (15:10-15:30) Bartosz Jusypenko – What is personalization worth for Netflix users? Evidence from a text-only and a mock VOD service choice experiment. (#77)
14:30-15:30 – Long Talk Session 3B (parallel) room A046
session chair: Ksenia Mukhina
LONG-3B-1 (14:30-14:50) Selenia Anastasi, Florian Schneider, Tim Fischer, and Chris Biemann – Unraveling the incelosphere aesthetics: Memes and visual culture across the Italian and the English-speaking incel communities. (#27)
LONG-3B-2 (14:50-15:10) Wojciech Hardy, Michał Paliński, Satia Rożynek, and Sophia Gaenssle – Promoting music through user-generated content: The TikTok effect on music streaming. (#44)
LONG-3B-3 (15:10-15:30) Wojciech Hardy and Paul Crosby – Fewer streams but longer songs? Attention economics and the pandemic effects on music listening. (#17)
15:30-16:00 – coffee break
16:00-17:00 – Long Talk Session 4A (parallel) room A002
session chair: Liubov Tupikina
LONG-4A-1 (16:00-16:20) Vejune Zemaityte, Mila Oiva, Ksenia Mukhina, Aaron Schecter, Noshir Contractor, and Maximilian Schich – Gendered aspects of team formation in the Soviet newsreel production industry. (#75)
LONG-4A-2 (16:20-16:40) Mark J. Hill and Paul Nulty – Conceptual shift or continental drift? A computational and cultural investigation into the changing concept of Europe. (#74)
LONG-4A-3 (16:40-17:00) Luca Giovannini and Miriam Schirmer – The courtroom as stage: Exploring the performative dimension of genocide trials. (#52)
16:00-17:00 – Long Talk Session 4B (parallel) room A046
session chair: Ksenia Mukhina
LONG-4B-1 (16:00-16:20) Yan Asadchy – Self-representation on social media: Individual, interpersonal, and collective. (#90)
LONG-4B-2 (16:20-16:40) Ludovica Schaerf – Do computer vision models internally differentiate visual and conceptual aspects of art without explicit supervision?. (#79)
LONG-4B-3 (16:40-17:00) Tillmann Ohm – Curatorial algorithms and collection spaces. (#94)
17:00-18:00 – Keynote Session 2 room A002
moderator: Maximilian Schich
KEYNOTE-PANEL-1 (17:00-18:00) Indrek Ibrus, Ulrike Rohn, Marek Tamm, Daniele Monticelli, Katrin Niglas – Data analytics at Tallinn University: Past, present, and future.

December 15 #

09:00-10:00 – Keynote Session 3 room A002
session chair: Pille Runnel
WELCOME (09:00-09:15) y’all – Meet the publishers
KEYNOTE-2 (09:15-10:00) Anu Masso – Towards understanding global data migration: A social transformation approach
10:00-11:00 – Long Talk Session 5 room A002
session chair: Pille Runnel
LONG-5-1 (10:00-10:20) Louis Michael Shekhtman and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi – Philanthropy in art: locality, donor retention, and prestige. (#2)
LONG-5-2 (10:20-10:40) Yessica Herrera-Guzman, Alexander J Gates, Cristian E Candia, and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi – Quantifying hierarchy and prestige in US ballet academies as social predictors of career success. (#3)
LONG-5-3 (10:40-11:00) Mar Canet Sola, Antonina Korepanova, Ksenia Mukhina, and Maximilian Schich – Quantifying collection lag in world modern and contemporary art museums. (#84)
11:00-11:30 – coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Long Talk Session 6 room A002
session chair: Vejune Zemaityte
LONG-6-1 (11:30-11:50) Luis Alejandro Miccio, Paschalis Agapitos, Juan-Luis Suárez, and Gustavo A. Schwartz – Sampling cultural universes of notable individuals from Wikipedia. (#49)
LONG-6-2 (11:50-12:10) Juan Antonio Guerrero Montero, Dan Lassiter, Robert Truswell, and Richard A Blythe – Modelling and corpus analysis of the co-evolution of linguistic forms and functions. (#51)
LONG-6-3 (12:10-12:30) Mengqi Li, Jiajie Wang, Zihong Chen, Hanyue Du, and Jing Chen – Awakening the material in the network of things through data-driven semantic analysis. (#59)
12:30-13:30 – Lightning Session 1 room A002
session chair: Vejune Zemaityte
LIGHTNING-1-1 (12:30-12:36) Bruno Caldas Vianna, and Elen Nas – Visual AI’s matter of taste. (#47)
LIGHTNING-1-2 (12:36-12:42) Everardo Reyes – Media visualization of SIGGRAPH art shows. (#30)
LIGHTNING-1-3 (12:42-12:48) Youcef Benkhedda, Viktor Schlegel, Goran Nenadic, and Riza Batista-Navarro – Integrating community-generated digital content into the UK National Collection. (#69)
LIGHTNING-1-4 (12:48-12:54) Rebecca Giblin and Paul Crosby – Untapped potential: Economic analyses emerging from the Australian Literary Heritage project. (#87)
LIGHTNING-1-5 (12:54-13:00) Jon Durand and Cloe Chapotot Abreu – When culture is the user: Learning from cultural data and UX research to engage European youth in politics. (#80)
LIGHTNING-1-6 (13:00-13:06) Pilar Rodriguez Mata – Trending together: Mapping transnational hashtags in the Hispanosphere’s feminist discourse. (#82)
LIGHTNING-1-7 (13:06:13:12) Tomasz Żuradzki – Half a century of bioethics and philosophy of medicine. A computational approach. (#57)
LIGHTNING-1-8 (13:12-13:18) Luis Alejandro Miccio, Carlos Gámez, Juan-Luis Suárez, and Gustavo A. Schwartz – Complex networks reveal emergent interdisciplinary knowledge in Wikipedia. (#48)
LIGHTNING-1-9 (13:18-13:24) Justin Munoz and Rachel Fensham – Protean figures for protean careers in cultural data. (#19)
LIGHTNING-1-10 (13:24-13:30) Jacek Bąkowski – Comparative study of Sanskrit and Perso-Arabic loanwords in modern Hindi with word embeddings. (#85)
13:30-14:30 – lunch
14:30-15:30 – Long Talk Session 7A (parallel) room A002
session chair: Mar Canet Sola
LONG-7A-1 (14:30-14:50) Simon Ullrich and Johanna Einsiedler – Can ready-made language models be used for context-specific coding? Categorizing Twitter actors using large language models and APIs. (#76)
LONG-7A-2 (14:50-15:10) Martin E Berger – Provenance, art worlds, and knowledge graphs: Doing data-driven large-scale object biography research. (#18)
LONG-7A-3 (15:10-15:30) Bárbara Romero Ferron – The concept of Spanish art in nineteenth-century exhibitions: A data-driven analysis. (#37)
14:30-15:30 – Long Talk Session 7B (parallel) room A046
session chair: Petter Holme
LONG-7B-1 (14:30-14:50) Mark Mets – Patterns of cultural Other at scale. (#91)
LONG-7B-2 (14:50-15:10) Olga Mukhortova and Dmitry Zinoviev – What is star discourse in post-Soviet film journals? (#89)
LONG-7B-3 (15:10-15:30) Mikhail Tamm – Geography through the lens of Soviet propaganda: How cities are mentioned in the Daily News newsreel, 1954-1992. (#92)
15:30-16:00 – coffee break
16:00-17:00 – Long Talk Session 8A (parallel) room A002
session chair: Antonina Korepanova
LONG-8A-1 (16:00-16:20) Esther Solé Martí – Quantifying relevance in art exhibitions. (#60)
LONG-8A-2 (16:20-16:40) Ksenia Mukhina and Maximilian Schich – Learning geo-socio-visual attention patterns regarding the city of Rome. (#78)
LONG-8A-3 (16:40-17:00) Tod Stewart Van Gunten and Aybuke Atalay – Modeling cultural globalization on music streaming platforms. (#4)
16:00-17:00 – Long Talk Session 8B (parallel) room A046
session chair: Petter Holme
LONG-8B-1 (16:00-16:20) Stefano Scialla, Jens-Kristjan Liivand, Marco Patriarca, and Els Heinsalu – A three-state language competition model including language learning and attrition. (#16)
LONG-8B-2 (16:20-16:40) Marc Santolini and Liubov Tupikina – Tracing the trajectories of knowledge: A systematic analysis of knowledge mobility patterns in scientific and cultural texts. (#46)
LONG-8B-3 (16:40-17:00) Shiming Shen – Crossing Borders Archives (CROBORA): Interactive data visualization of broadcast archives in the age of digitization. (#13)
17:00-18:00 – Keynote Session 4 room A002
KEYNOTE-PANEL-2 (17:00-18:00) Lev Manovich & Maximilian Schich – Genesis & future of cultural data analytics: a fireside chat.
18:00-20:00 – AI Art Exhibit Reception room A108 & Astra gallery
AI-ART-EXHIBIT-1 (Dec 14-16) Mauro Martino – Milano Fabbrica di Futuro (AI animation)
AI-ART-EXHIBIT-2 (Dec 14-16) Lev Manovich – In the Garden & Drawing rooms (AI prints & stills)
AI-ART-EXHIBIT-3 (Dec 14-16) Varvara & Mar – Psychadelic Forms (AI sculptures & video) & Dream Painter (Robot pen drawings & book) & Abelló imaginary landscape (AI video)

December 16 #

09:00-10:00 – Keynote Session 5 room A002
session chair: Mila Oiva
GROUP PHOTO (09:00-09:15) all y’all – Join us for a group photo
KEYNOTE-3 (09:15-10:00) Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel – Cultural data analytics and the deluge of images.
10:00-11:00 – Long Talk Session 9 room A002
session chair: Mila Oiva
LONG-9-1 (10:00-10:20) Axel Bohmann – The grammar of gender: Verb phrases with gendered subjects across 200 years of American English. (#53)
LONG-9-2 (10:20-10:40) Peeter Tinits, Krister Kruusmaa, and Laura Nemvalts – Studying major transitions in literary communities through the Estonian National Bibliography 1800-1940. (#40)
LONG-9-3 (10:40-11:00) Yadira Lizama Mué and Juan-Luis Suárez – Unraveling the emerging frontiers of interdisciplinary research in cultural analytics. (#70)
11:00-11:30 – coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Long Talk Session 10 room A002
session chair: Andres Karjus
LONG-10-4 (11:30-11:50) Mikaela Irene Fudolig, Thayer Alshaabi, Kathryn Cramer, Christopher Danforth, and Peter Dodds – A decomposition of book structure through ousiometric fluctuations in cumulative word-time. (#34)
LONG-10-5 (11:50-12:10) Chico Q Camargo and Isabel Sebire – Genres, subgenres, and storytelling tropes: a data science approach. (#55)
LONG-10-6 (12:10-12:30) Simon Dedeo – Sense-making, story-telling, and the unspeakable in r/relationships. (#88)
12:30-13:30 – Lightning Session 2 room A002.
session chair: Andres Karjus
LIGHTNING-2-1 (12:30-12:36) Sonja Thiel and Etienne Posthumus – xCurator: AI-supported exploration and curation of digital collections. (#63)
LIGHTNING-2-2 (12:36-12:42) Clément Zankoc, Marco Patriarca, and Els Heinsalu – Language dynamics model with finite-range interactions influencing the diffusion of linguistic traits and human dispersal. (#32)
LIGHTNING-2-3 (12:42-12:48) Paschalis Agapitos, Luis Alejandro Miccio, Gustavo A. Schwartz, and Juan-Luis Suárez – SynPedia classifier: Using syntactic structures and named entity recognition for effective Wikipedia page classification. (#50)
LIGHTNING-2-4 (12:48-12:54) Els Heinsalu, Marco Patriarca, Andrzej Pȩkalski, and Janusz Szwabiński – Networks of traditional cuisines as cultural benchmarks. (#41)
LIGHTNING-2-5 (12:54-13:00) Anda Iulia Solea – Mainstreaming The Blackpill: An exploration of the incel community on TikTok and YouTube shorts. (#42)
LIGHTNING-2-6 (13:00-13:06) Teresa Kamencek, Velitchko Filipov, Victor Schetinger, Silvia Miksch, and Raphael Rosenberg – TimeScapes: Towards a visual characterization of modern artists’ exhibition activity. (#54)
LIGHTNING-2-7 (13:06:13:12) Mar Canet Sola and Varvara Guljajeva – Visions of destruction: Experiencing the climate crisis through an interactive AI-aided artwork. (#86)
LIGHTNING-2-8 (13:12-13:18) Phillip Stenmann Baun – Beyond keywords: An NLP method for identifying corpus-specific historical terms in cultural datasets. (#81)
13:30-14:30 – lunch
14:30-15:30 – Long Talk Session 11A (parallel) room A002
session chair: Chico Q Camargo
LONG-11A-1 (14:30-14:50) Camilla Mazzucato and Michele Coscia – Constructing kinship: A network study of material and biological ties at Çatalhöyük. (#11)
LONG-11A-2 (14:50-15:10) Donghyeok Choi and Juyong Park – Unraveling the Joseon dynasty: A quantitative approach to historical dynamics. (#62)
LONG-11A-3 (15:10-15:30) Alexandra Barancova, Melvin Wevers, and Nanne Van Noord – The expression of temporality in historical photographs. (#14)
14:30-15:30 – Long Talk Session 11B (parallel) room A046
session chair: Yan Asadchy
LONG-11B-1 (14:30-14:50) Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasiuk – Threats and temptations of the digital city: Social and political consequences of data-driven networked urbanism. (#61)
LONG-11B-2 (14:50-15:10) Hanna Jemmer – How media organisations innovate via data analytics: a non-orthodox view. (#93)
15:30-16:00 – coffee break
16:00-17:00 – Long Talk Session 12A (parallel) room A002
session chair: Chico Q Camargo
LONG-12A-1 (16:00-16:20) Levin Brinkmann, Bramantyo Ibrahim Supriyatno, Thomas Franz Müller, and Iyad Rahwan – Exploring the evolution of artistic styles with generative AI. (#72)
LONG-12A-2 (16:20-16:40) Antonina Korepanova, Davide Pafumi, and Bowei Wang – Unveiling the subtle art of blame deflection using computational methods: r/AITA through the lens of word embeddings and topic modeling. (#83)
LONG-12A-3 (16:40-17:00) Corinna Coupette, Jilles Vreeken, and Bastian Rieck – All the world’s a (hyper)graph: A data drama. (#9)
16:00-17:00 – Long Talk Session 12B (parallel) room A046
session chair: Mark Mets
LONG-12B-1 (16:00-16:20) Andres Kõnno and Kais Allkivi-Metsoja – The role of metadata in interpreting media data as cultural data: The ERR case. (#65)
LONG-12B-2 (16:20-16:40) Folgert Karsdorp, Mike Kestemont, and Melvin Wevers – Steady formulas, shifting spells: Estimating unseen folktale diversity. (#56)
17:00-18:00 – Keynote Session 6 room A002
KEYNOTE-4 (17:00-18:00) Mauro Martino – Generativism: The impact of generative models on aesthetics and the human experience.
CLOSING (18:00-18:30) Maximilian Schich – Farewell (incl. best talk, best poster, and what’s next?)

December 17 #

10:00-12:00 – walking tour.

EPJ Data Science (SpringerNature)
chief editors: Ingmar Weber & Yelena Mejova

Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (SpringerNature)
chief editor: Gino D’Oca

Journal of Cultural Analytics (McGill University)
editor: Andrew Piper, McGill University

Advances in Complex Systems (ACS)
chief editor: Marton Karsai, CEU

Data & Policy (Cambridge University Press)
contact: Anastasija Nikiforova, Tartu University

Cultural Science Journal (Sciendo)
editor-in-chief: Carsten Herrmann-Pillath

International Journal for Digital Art History (Heidelberg)
head: Harald Klinke

Leonardo (MIT-Press)
ceo: Diana Ayton-Shenker

Conference scope #

Cultures and cultural production are multifaceted phenomena, which, like other complex systems, cannot be fully understood from the perspective of a single specific discipline. This is why the core mission of cultural data analytics is to join forces and make headway across disciplines and domains of expertise. Feeding into this mission, we welcomed both multidisciplinary submissions, and contributions from specific disciplines, which aim to benefit from discussion in a multidisciplinary forum.

We encourage discussion towards a deeper understanding of cultures and cultural production including aspects, methods, and intersections of the following fields:
– cultural analytics, culturomics, and socio-cultural data science;
– digital humanities and computational humanities;
– cultural evolution, including experimental and observational approaches;
– cultural complexity science, network science, computational social science, and social physics;
– computational linguistics, quantitative aesthetics, critical computer vision, and machine learning;
– art history, cultural history, cultural semiotics, film studies, musicology, and urbanism;
– artistic research, algorithmic curation, and AI art (including aspects of cultural data analysis);
– creative industries research, media economics, and policy studies;
– data journalism, data science, and information visualization.

Contributions ideally address at least one of the following subject domains (in line with state-of-the-art conceptual reference models for cultural data):
material aspects, including artworks, architecture, texts, images, sound, film, digital media, databases, and other forms of tangible cultural heritage;
conceptual aspects, including cultural practices, rituals, theories, policies, data models, narratives, imagined communities, and other forms of intangible cultural heritage;
social aspects, including human behaviour, human mobility, social networks, and social media;
temporal aspects, from slow historical processes to turbulence in today’s economy of attention;
spatial aspects of historical topography, cultural geography, and urban dynamics;
event aspects, which combine the above aspects in cultural co-production, event series, tourism, etc.;
network aspects of socio-cultural interaction, including the inherent ecology of complex networks as documented in the structure and dynamics of large cultural knowledge graphs or blockchains associated with the crypto-art-market, for example.

Key Dates #

Abstracts due: July 24, 2023 (23:59 CET)
Notification of acceptance: September 14, 2023
Registration deadline: October 31, 2023 (or until we run out of capacity)
Conference: December 13-16, 2023
Pre-conference workshops: December 13, 2023
Main conference: December 14-16, 2023 Walking tours: December 13 (afternoon) & 17 (morning)

Conference venue #

The CUDAN 2023 conference venue is located in the Astra building of Tallinn University, Narva mantee 29, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia.

Registration & Accommodation #

Conference registration for accepted authors, PC members, CUDAN affiliates, and guests was made available free of charge, thanks to funding through the European Commission. Pre-conference workshops required free separate signup.

As we are fully funded through the European Commission, there will be no conference fee for accepted participants. Accepted participants are required to register and confirm their attendance. all catering throughout the conference is free of charge for registered participants. Yet, in order to stay in line with European Commission rules, we kindly ask all participants in Tallinn to sign the participation form morning when they enter the conference venue.

Accepted speakers have been notified via email and have been requested to register for the conference by October 6. We kindly asked Programme Committee members and CUDAN affiliates to register by October 31 (to anticipate crowd size and name tag preferences). Guests were welcome to apply for conference participation by October 31. Registration was possible via the following registration form:

Accepted authors, PC members, and guests were asked to book and cover their own travel and accommodation. Tallinn Airport is a small and highly efficient, only a few minutes commute from the city center, and well connected via international hubs including Copenhagen, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Munich, Riga, and Stockholm. Reduced rate hotel rooms were available from December 12 to 17, using the booking code “CUDAN23” in the following hotels:

Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn 4* (75 Euro, single Standard room per night)
– **Tallink City Hotel** 4* (80/90 Euro, single/double Standard room per night)
– **Tallink Express Hotel** 3* (50/57 Euro, single/double Standard room per night)
– **Nordic Hotel Forum** 4* (90/105 Euro, single/double Standard/Superior room per night)

Please see the following PDF for booking details: CUDAN2023-Hotels.pdf

VISA support letters were provided to accepted authors upon request (via the conference registration form above).

Publishers that want to participate in the meet the publishers session and exhibitors, as well as other relevant stakeholders, who were interested in participating, were encouraged to contact us via email to

The planned networking dinner for all participants has been merged with the AI Art Exhibit reception on December 15, which now features food and drinks. No separate registration is necessary. A separate keynote dinner on December 14 is restricted to invited speakers and CUDAN project affiliates. We kindly ask all other conference participants to mingle during the day and organize December 14 dinner on their own. Tallinn culinary scene worthwhile checking out in its full diversity.

Call for Abstracts (closed) #

We invited authors to submit a single-page abstract pdf including a (mandatory) descriptive figure and caption by the 24th of July 2023 via our OpenReview submission system. We accepted a total of 49 long contributed talks and 27 combined lightning talks & posters, by a total of 157 accepted co-authors. We strive for an in-person event to maximize community interaction, yet we will offer a limited amount of remote presentation slots. Review was single-blind and performed by a college of 65 Programme Committee members (as listed below).

In the spirit of multidisciplinary abstract conferences and idea conferences, we encouraged submissions that aim to present entirely novel work, and also recently published contributions which would benefit from broader multidisciplinary discussion, asking authors to cite the original publication venue in the latter case.


Note that submissions and reviews are visible in the review system for accepted authors and reviewers. The conference line-up of accepted authors, who have confirmed their participation, is published above.

Organizers #

Organizing chair #

Maximilian Schich, CUDAN ERA Chair holder

Advising chair #

Lev Manovich, Cultural Analytics Lab, City University of New York, US

Organizing committee #

Workshop chair: Andres Karjus, CUDAN Senior Fellow (computational linguistics)
Video chair: Ksenia Mukhina, CUDAN Senior Fellow (computer science)
Catering chair: Mila Oiva, CUDAN Senior Fellow (cultural history)
Schedule & poster chair: Mikhail Tamm, CUDAN Senior Fellow (social physics)
AI Art Exhibit chair: Mar Canet Sola, CUDAN PhD Fellow (AI art research) Sandra Kaljumäe, CUDAN Project coordinator
Sirli Peda, Tallinn University Conference Center
Sirli Taniloo, Tallinn University Conference Center
Lydia Kurus, Tallinn University Conference Center

Programme committee #

James Abello Monedero, Rutgers University, US
Yong-Yeol Ahn, Indiana University, Bloomington, US
Ruth Ahnert, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Sebastian Ahnert, University of Cambridge, UK
Kim Albrecht, Artist, Berlin, DE
Eduardo Altmann, The University of Sydney, AU
Sandra Alvaro, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES
Stefano Balietti, Universität Mannheim, DE
Clarisse Bardiot, Université Rennes 2, FR
Maria Christina Binz-Scharf, CUNY City College of NY, US
Chico Q Camargo, University of Exeter, UK
Nicola Carboni, Université de Genève, CH
Damiano Cerrone, Tampere University, FI
Javier Cha, University of Hong Kong, HK
CJ Chen, Nanjing University, CN
Ana Clemente, University of Barcelona, ES
Bronwyn Coate, RMIT University, AU
Michele Coscia, IT-University of Copenhagen, DK
Brian Coxall, Brigham Young University, US
David J. Crandall, Indiana University, US
Christine Cuskley, Newcastle University, UK
Maria-Rita D’Orsogna, University of California, Los Angeles, US
Kate Elswit, University of London, UK
Sara Irina Fabrikant, University of Zurich, CH
Elena Fedorovskaya, Rochester Institute of Technology, US
Jianbo Gao, Beijing Normal University, CN
David Garcia, Universität Konstanz, DE
Bruno Goncalves, Data For Science, Inc., US
Jack Grieve, University of Birmingham, UK
Daria Gritsenko, University of Helsinki, FI
Thilo Gross, HIFMB & Universität Oldenburg, DE
Ryan Heuser, Princeton University, US
Yurij Holovatch, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, UA
Natalie M Houston, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, US
Ana Jofre, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, US
Mauri Kaipainen, Perspicamus, Helsinki, FI
Folgert Karsdorp, Meertens Institute, NL
Lindsay King, Stanford University, US
Harald Klinke, LMU Munich, DE
Ilias Kyriazis, Fachhochschule Potsdam, DE
John Laudun, University of Louisiana at Lafeyette, US
Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, Aarhus Universitet, DK
Lik-Hang Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK
Liina Lindström, University of Tartu, EE
Jordi McKenzie, Macquarie University, AU
Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam, NL
David Mimno, Cornell University, Ithaca/NY, US
Daria Morozova, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, FR
Cassini Nazir, University of North Texas, US
Maarja Ojamaa, University of Tartu, EE
Giovanni Petri, Northeastern University London, UK
Iyad Rahwan, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, DE
Martin Rosvall, Umeå University, SE
Louis Michael Shekhtman, Northeastern University, Boston, US
André Skupin, San Diego State University, US
Oleg Sobchuk, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE
Juan Luis Suárez, University of Western Ontario, CA
Pablo Suarez-Serrato, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, MX
Nina Tahmasebi, Språkbanken (The swedish language bank), SE
Timothy R Tangherlini, University of California, Berkeley, US
Mark Taylor, University of Sheffield, UK
Jer Thorp, New York University, US
Lauren Tilton, University of Richmond, US
Mikko Tolonen, University of Helsinki, FI
Stephen Miles Uzzo, National Museum of Mathematics, US
Melvin Wevers, University of Amsterdam, NL
Hyejin Youn, Northwestern University, Evanston, US

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