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EODIAH Professor Maximilian Schich Presents at NetSci2017

Maximilian Schich

EODIAH and ATEC Associate Professor Maximilian Schich was selected to present the Springer/Nature invitation talk at NetSci2017, the flagship International Conference on Network Science ( In the talk, titled Networks in Art and Culture, Prof. Schich outlined his own research trajectory from art history and archaeology towards a science of art and culture that bridges the “two worlds”, currently done in co-affiliation with UT Dallas ATEC and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH).

The talk, selected by Springer/Nature to be sponsored as the Springer Complexity invited talk, coincides with the NetSci2017 conference call officially adding “arts and design” to the list of established network science disciplines, including “computer and information sciences, physics, mathematics, statistics, the life sciences, neuroscience, environmental sciences, social sciences, finance and business.” The addition of “arts and design” is a direct consequence of a successful satellite symposium series on “Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks”, co-organized by Maximilian Schich, Isabel Meirelles (OCAD University), and Roger Malina (UT Dallas ATEC), from 2010 to 2015.

After achieving acceptance rates between 14% and 25%, Prof. Schich says “It was a strategic move to stop doing the satellite and effectively nudge the main conference to add “arts and design” to the official disciplines and let a “culture” session emerge within the main conference program via relevant submissions diverted through the absence of our own satellite.”

In the coming academic year, Prof. Schich will work to summarize his emerging field as an EODIAH-sponsored guest professor at Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich/Germany, one of the most extensive international art libraries world-wide. Schich is glad to return in Fall 2018, stating, “In which other university can an Art Historian collaborate with excellent students from all over campus, without the need to excuse the use of science to understand art and culture? Go UTD!”.

MORE ON NetSci2017:
Why should network scientists be interested in art and culture? Why should historians of art and culture be interested in network science? Why does NetSci2017 officially call for contributions in “arts and design”? And why does the main conference feature a session on “culture”? This talk will provide reasoning regarding these questions, both documenting the rise of a vibrant community, and outlining challenges that are central to both network science and the study of art and culture. A NetSci satellite theme with more than 60 contributions from more than 37 disciplines since 2009, network analysis now permeates data-driven research in art and culture, while culture analytics increasingly establishes itself as a science.