9.335 e-text initiative; online journal; call for papers

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 00:32:39 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 335.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: Dick Ellis <ellis@indiana.edu> (64)
Subject: CIC Libraries Electronic Texts Initiative

[2] From: DARWIN@steffi.uncg.edu (10)
Subject: Chronicon -- An Online Journal of History (fwd)

[3] From: mgrisel@xs4all.nl
Subject: Call for Papers ISSEI Conference Utrecht (Netherlands)

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 08:44:36 -0500 (EST)
From: Dick Ellis <ellis@indiana.edu>
Subject: CIC Libraries Electronic Texts Initiative

Main Library 10th and Jordan Streets Bloomington, IN 47405 (812) 855-3403


Barbara Allen, Director, CIC Center for Library Initiatives
(bmallen@uiuc.edu) 217-333-8475
Lisa Champelli (lchampel@indiana.edu) 812-855-9294

CIC Library Directors Endorse
Collaborative Delivery of Electronic Texts

November 28, 1995

Representatives from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
member institutions (the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago)
have launched an effort to develop a collaborative process for the production
and networked distribution of electronic texts in the humanities. Their
initiative transpired from a meeting sponsored by the CIC library directors
and hosted by Indiana University's Library Electronic Text Resource Service
(LETRS) steering committee in October.

A number of the CIC-member universities -- including Indiana -- have been
deeply involved with electronic texts, observe LETRS co-directors Richard
Ellis and Mark Day. "This meeting provided the opportunity to discuss how
we can move forward as partners in these efforts, thereby providing access
to far more materials than could be made available through individual
effort," says Day.

At the two-day meeting, faculty and library, computing, and university
press staff from the CIC universities concerned with the production, support
and use of electronic texts identified their common interests and potential
collaborative projects. Participants examined current institutional options
for building local support structures during discussion sessions on electronic
text centers, facilitated by Anita Lowry, head of Information, Research, and
Instructional Services at the University of Iowa Libraries, and on wide-area
textual analysis systems, facilitated by John Price-Wilkin, Senior Associate
Librarian for the Humanities Text Initiative at the University of Michigan.

Participants also considered what users of electronic texts really want.
Jerome McGann, Professor of English at the University of Virginia, led a
discussion about the production and use of electronic texts for instruction
and research in the humanities. The meeting concluded with the working groups
presenting draft proposals for collaborative projects.

While the CIC expects more proposals will be forthcoming, the first set
of proposals "support CIC-wide development of digital collections for use by
our scholars and students," says Roger Clark, director of the CIC, noting that
the initiative will ultimately enable participating universities to
demonstrate the feasibility of seamless access to institutional and consortia
resources, and make it easier for all CIC member institutions to acquire and
deliver electronic text resources.

Elements of the initiative will include: providing networked access to
existing electronic text resources within the CIC; defining procedures and
policies for adding new resources; identifying and employing text markup
conventions and standards; sharing expertise across the CIC; and
collaboration in developing an abstract model and communications protocols for
text searching and retrieval.

"There are limitless possibilities for sharing the creation and
distribution of electronic texts across the CIC," says Ken Frazier,
Director of the General Libraries, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
and Chair, CIC Library Directors. "This is an area where we can provide
value-added service to our university faculty, staff, and students, as
well as lead the nation in the collaborative design of such information

The CIC institutions participating in the initiative include the
universities of Chicago, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and
Wisconsin-Madison; and Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State,
Pennsylvania State and Purdue universities. Established in 1958, the CIC has a
long history of cooperation in academic initiatives. In 1994, the CIC created
the CIC Center for Library Initiatives expressly for the purpose of leading
and coordinating library resource sharing efforts among the member
universities. The CIC homepage is available at http://www.cic.net/cic/cic.html

Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 23:40:35 -0500
From: DARWIN@steffi.uncg.edu
Subject: Chronicon -- An Online Journal of History (fwd)

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I would like to remind you all that the homepage of Chronicon is at
http://www.ucc.ie/chronicon. Chronicon is a new, online, peer reviewed
journal of history. We hope to publish the first issue in the spring of
1996. You are all welcome to view our homepage, to which submission
guidelines will shortly be added. Anyone wishing to submit articles for
conisderation is most welcome to email the editors at chronicon@ucc.ie

Apologies for any duplicate copies of this mail you receive

Mike Cosgrave
Joint Editor, Chronicon

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Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 09:12:12 -0500
From: mgrisel@xs4all.nl
Subject: Call for Papers ISSEI Conference Utrecht (Netherlands)



>From 19 to 24 August 1996 the International Society for the Study of
European Ideas (ISSEI) will hold its Fifth International Conference. The
Conference is organised by the University for Humanist Studies and will be
held in the old inner city of Utrecht, situated in the heart of the
Netherlands. The general theme of the conference is 'Memory, History and
Critique: European Identity at the Millennium'. Scholars from 41 countries
will be organising more than 200 workshops within the framework of the
central theme. The workshops will be clustered into five sections. Because
of the great number of relatively small workshops, there will be ample
opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas. The official language of
the conference will be English.

In the section Art, Literature, Religion, Culture, one of the workshops will
be dedicated to the following subject:

Representing the Past: World War II in European Literature

Despite Adorno's famous statement 'To write poetry after Auschwitz is
barbaric', there has been a significant literary production on the Holocaust
experience and, more generally, on the atrocities of World War II. This is
not to say that Adorno's message has become less valid. Fifty years later,
it still raises an essential question on writing about this subject, namely
to what degree is this literature still an ethical issue. In this regard
several questions can and should be considered in our workshop. For
instance, how can we tell these stories, today? Should they differ from the
stories told immediately after the War? Can literary texts in comparison to
historic documents be said to have a transcendental value? Will we reach a
point in time when we will consider purely literary writings about Word War
II and/or the Holocaust experience to be more meaningful, as a means of
communicating that experience than, for example, historical documents? Now,
in what sense is the literary value of fiction about these subjects related
to the ethical issue? Should we consider a 'poor' novel written by a camp
survivor to be just as valid as, for example, one of Primo Levi's
masterpieces? What is 'authentic' writing and where does it end? Can we make
a distinction between 'good' and 'bad' literature and on the basis of what

These and other related questions will be discussed in our workshop.
Scholars wishing to present a paper in the workshop 'Representing the Past:
World War II in European Literature', are requested to send a one-page
abstract and a short curriculum vitae by 1 December 1995 to:

Martin G. Grisel, Chair Panel
Albert Cuypstraat 17/2
NL-1072 CK Amsterdam
Tel./Fax +31 (0)20 662-78-59
Email: grisel@xs4all.nl
************************************************************* Martin GRISEL
Email: mgrisel@xs4all.nl
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