9.629 ALLC/ACH '96 announcement redivivus

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Sat, 16 Mar 1996 11:12:16 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 629.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Willard McCarty <mccarty@phoenix.princeton.edu> (221)
Subject: ALLC/ACH '96

[Your editor, less than attentive to his job, yesterday mailed out
announcement of ALLC/ACH '96 sandwiched between two other messages in the
same genre. This would not be an error, and you would not be hearing my
confession, if ALLC/ACH were not the central social-academic event of
computing in the humanities. Furthermore, the conference promises to be a
very fine one indeed, not least because of where it is being held -- the
beautiful city of Bergen -- and because of the job we can expect from those
who are the local organizers. I do not mean to suggest that the other,
sandwiching events were unimportant, rather that this one deserves some
special treatment, here belatedly given. Mea maxima culpa. --WM]

>Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 14:58:40 +0100
>From: "Espen S. Ore" <Espen.Ore@hd.uib.no>
Please feel free to redistribute!

Espen Ore
Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing
Association for Computers and the Humanities
1996 Joint International Conference ALLC/ACH '96
June 25 - 29 1996 University of Bergen, Norway

Conference web-pages:



On behalf of the Executive Councils of the Association for Literary and
Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities,
we cordially invite you to attend the eighth annual joint international
conference, to be held at the University of Bergen, Norway, June 25 - 29,

This conference is the major forum for discussion of the preparation,
encoding, and use of character-based electronic text and for computer-based
research in literature, linguistics, and related humanities disciplines. It
will include presentations on the development of new computing
methodologies for research and teaching in the humanities, on the
development of significant new materials and tools for humanities research,
and on the application and evaluation of computing techniques in humanities

The Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing was founded in 1973
as an international association to promote the development of literary and
linguistic computing.

The Association for Computers and the Humanities is a professional society
for scholars working in computer-related research in literature and
language studies, history, philosophy, and other disciplines of the


A Course in SGML, TEI, MECS, and an introduction to tools in text encoding
for humanisties research will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 June.
Instructors will be Lou Burnard, Peter Cripps, Claus Huitfeldt, and C. M.
Sperberg-McQueen. For details see the enclosed information.

As a preliminary event to the conference, an optional one day trip to the
fjords and mountains of Western Norway has been planned for Monday, June
24, from 7.33am to 5.14pm.

The conference will officially begin in the late afternoon and evening of
Tuesday, June 25, with opening addresses and a reception.

Concurrent sessions will begin on the morning of Wednesday, June 26, and
continue through to closing at noon on Saturday, June 29.

An optional tour of the city of Bergen and its surroundings has been
scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, June 27, from 2pm to 5pm.

An optional banquet will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 27, in
the Haakon's Hall, a royal banquet hall built between 1247 and 1261.

Accommodation is available at special conference rates at a variety of
hotels, all within walking distance from the conference centre.

How to get there

The airport bus costs NOK 45,- and has a stop at Hotel Norge which is
within walking distance from all the other hotels.

(For SAS flights to Bergen see <http://www.sas.se/>)

Those who travel via Oslo may choose the scenic train ride rather than fly
to Bergen.

There are ferries to Bergen from: Hanstholm (Denmark) and
Newcastle/Aberdeen/Lerwick (UK).

For information contact:

Hanstholm-Egersund-Bergen: Fjordline, Tel.:+ 47 55 32 37 70
Newcastle-Stavanger-Bergen: ColorLine, Tel: + 47 55 54 86 60
Aberdeen-Lerwick-Bergen: P&O Scottish Feries, Tel (Norway): + 47 55 31 15
80 (UK): + 44 1224 572615.


Downtown Bergen covers a small area, so a car is not necessary unless you
want to visit the surrounding areas.


Meals at cafes and restaurants in Bergen vary in price from about NOK 50
(hamburger meal with soft drink) to NOK 500 or more including wine at a
fancy restaurant. The ethnic restaurants usually offer good meals at
reasonable prices.


Rooms are reserved at special conference rates at selected hotels. Details
are available on the conference web pages:


Cheap accommodation is also available at the Montana Youth and Family
hostel, 10 minutes by bus outside central Bergen. For more information
please contact:

Montana Youth and Family hostel
Tel: + 47 55 29 29 00
Fax: + 47 55 29 04 75

There are also several camping sites outside Bergen. For more information
about these and other possible accommodation please contact:

Bergen Tourist Information
Tel: + 47 55 32 14 80
Fax: + 47 55 32 14 64

Money exchange

Most banks are open Mon.-Fri. 8.15am-3pm. Thu. 5.30pm. Foreign currency can
also be exchanged at post offices. Credit cards are accepted in many
restaurants and shops.

Pre-conference text encoding course


A Course in SGML, TEI, MECS, and an introduction to tools in text encoding
for humanisties research will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 June.
Instructors will be Lou Burnard, Peter Cripps, Claus Huitfeldt, and C. M.

The course will introduce the fundamental problems of text encoding and the
representation of texts in electronic form, using the Standard Generalized
Markup Language (SGML), the SGML-based encoding scheme of the Text Encoding
Initiative (TEI), and the Multi-Element Code System (MECS) developed by the
Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen. The main focus will be
on fundamental issues of encoding, but specifics of the tag sets defined by
the TEI and the Wittgenstein Archives, and practical issues facing academic
projects, will also be touched upon.

Topics to be covered include:

* introduction to electronic text and general principles of markup
* basics of SGML, MECS, and the TEI
* document analysis: what it is, how to do it, why it's important
* group tagging of sample texts
* special problems of text markup for research (hypertext, critical
apparatus, annotation and analysis, ...)
* practical considerations: project organisation, software, where to get
further information

The registration fee of 400 NOK covers participation in the sessions and
handouts. You'll be responsible for your own lunch. (Sandwiches and soft
drinks will be on sale on Sunday.)

Pre-conference trip to the fjords and mountains on Monday 24 June

Norway in a nutshell

(See also <http://dsm.datasmidja.no/nutshell/>)

You leave Bergen by train in the morning, along S=F8rfjorden to Voss. From
there you start the climb to the mountain plateau which separates the
western fjords from East Norway. In Myrdal you change train and then go
down the many sharp curves on the Fl=E5m Railway, which is known as one of
the most spectacular train rides in the world. After a short stay in Fl=E5m=
the trip goes on by boat on the Aurlandsfjord and N=E6r=F8yfjord, one of th=
narrowest fjords in West Norway (both are tributary fjords to the
Sognefjord). From Gudvangen you return by bus to Voss, where there is a
train to take you back to Bergen.

Price: NOK 450 (children NOK 225)

Half day excursion on Thursday 27 June

A bus trip will take you first to the Fantoft stave church. The original
church was built in Fortun in Sogn sometime around 1150 and moved to
Fantoft in 1883. It was burnt down in June 1992. The stave church is now
being rebuilt as it was before the fire, and will be completed in spring

>From the stave church the bus will go to the Natlandsfjellet mountain with
a panoramic view of the Bergen valley and the city. The tour will then
continue to the Old Bergen open air museum with some forty 18th and 19th
century dwellings with period interiors showing town-life as it was then.
After a stay at the museum the tour returns to town, stopping at the
harbour opposite the castle and the old wharf (Bryggen).

Price: NOK 120

Optional Conference banquet

At 8pm on Thursday 27 June we have the pleasure of inviting participants
and companions to a conference banquet in the H=E5kon's Hall, a royal banqu=
hall erected during the reign of King H=E5kon H=E5konsson between 1247 and
1261. This was the largest and most imposing building of the royal
residency in the 13th century when Bergen was the political centre of

Price: NOK 400

Conference fee

Until 15 April 1996:

Members of the ALLC or the ACH: NOK 1000
Non-members NOK 1250

After 15 April 1996:

Members of the ALLC or the ACH NOK 1250
Non-members NOK 1500

Conference programme and further information

Information about the conference and the programme is available at our
web-pages at:

There is also a registration form available at the web-pages.

For further information about the conference you can also contact the local

Espen S. OreE-mail: Espen.Ore@hd.uib.no
Tel: + 47 55 58 28 65Fax: + 47 55 58 94 70

Humanistisk datasenter
Harald Haarfagresgt. 31
N-5007 Bergen

For further information about the conference hotels please contact:

Tel: + 47 55 30 63 06
Fax: + 47 55 30 63 40

Postboks 822
N-5001 Bergen

International Program Committee

Jan-Gunnar Tingsell, Gothenburg University (ALLC) (chair)
Chuck Bush, Brigham Young University (ACH),
Gordon Dixon, Manchester Metropolitan University (ALLC),
Nancy Ide, Vassar College (ACH),
Willard McCarty, University of Toronto (ACH),
Elli Mylonas, Brown University (ACH),
Lisa Lena Opas, University of Joensuu (ALLC),
Harold Short, Kings College (ALLC)

Local Organizer: Espen S. Ore, University of Bergen (ALLC)

Espen Ore Tel: + 47 55 58 28 65
Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities Fax: + 47 55 58 94 70
Bergen, NORWAY