11.0172 ALLC/ACH '98 call for papers

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 15 Jul 1997 20:24:57 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 172.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 09:26:24 -0400 (EDT)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: ALLC/ACH '98: Call for Papers in Humanities Computing

>> >> From: hunyadi@llab2.arts.klte.hu




JULY 5-10, 1998

ALLC/ACH '98 invites submissions of between 1000 and 2000 words on any
aspect of humanities computing, broadly defined as the point of
intersection between computing methodologies and problems in humanities
research and teaching, encompassing both traditional and new, and
discipline-specific and inter-disciplinary, approaches.

Appropriate discipline areas include, but are not limited to, languages and
literature, history, philosophy, music, art, film studies, linguistics,
anthropology, archaeology, creative writing, and cultural studies. We
particularly encourage submissions from non-text-based areas and from
library science, both of which have been under-represented in the past.

Other areas of interest include the creation and use of digital
resources (what has been characterised as 'extending the scale and
breadth of scholarly evidence') and the application to humanities data
of techniques developed in such fields as information science and the
physical sciences and engineering (including neural networks and image

We are interested in receiving

- technical proposals that focus on new computational tools and
approaches to research in humanities disciplines;

- proposals that focus on traditional applications of computing in
humanities disciplines, including (but not limited to) text encoding,
hypertext, text corpora, computational lexicography, statistical models,
and syntactic, semantic, stylistic and other forms of text analysis;

- proposals which present and discuss applications of computing
methodologies and tools to audio and visual materials;

- proposals that focus on significant issues of creation,
representation, discovery, delivery, management and preservation of
digital and other resources relevant to the humanities;

- proposals that either present or evaluate software applications and
uses for humanities-based teaching;

- proposals dealing with the role of humanities computing in
undergraduate and graduate training and institutional support for
humanities computing.

PhD students are encouraged to submit proposals. Those describing
finished research may be submitted as papers. Ongoing dissertation
research may be submitted as poster proposals. See below for details.
Students and young scholars should also read the note on bursaries later
in this document.

Papers may be given in English, French, and German, but to faciliate the
reviewing process we ask that proposals for papers in a language other than
English are submitted with an English translation.

The deadline for submissions of paper/session proposals is 20 NOVEMBER 1997.
The deadline for submissions of poster/demo proposals is 31 JANUARY 1998.


Proposals may be of four types: papers, posters, software demonstrations,
and sessions. The type of submission should be specified in the header of
the proposal.


Proposals for papers (1000-2000 words) should describe completed research
which has given rise to substantial results. Individual papers will be
allocated 30 minutes for presentation, including questions.

Proposals should describe original work. Those that concentrate on the
development of new computing methodologies should make clear how the
methodologies are applied to research and/or teaching in the humanities,
and should include some critical assessment of the application of those
methodologies in the humanities. Those that concentrate on a particular
application in the humanities should cite traditional as well as
computer-based approaches to the problem and should include some
critical assessment of the computing methodologies used. All proposals
should include conclusions and references to important sources. Those
describing the creation or use of digital resources should follow these
guidelines as far as possible.


Poster presentations and software and project demonstrations (either
stand-alone or in conjunction with poster presentations) are designed to
give researchers an opportunity to present late-breaking results,
significant work in progress, well-defined problems, or research that is
best communicated in conversational mode.

By definition, poster presentations are less formal and more interactive
than a standard talk. Poster presenters have the opportunity to exchange
ideas one-on-one with attendees and to discuss their work in detail with
those most deeply interested in the same topic. Each presenter is provided
with about 2 square metres of board space to display their work. They may
also provide handouts with examples or more detailed information. Posters
will remain on display throughout the conference, but a block of time
separate from paper sessions will be assigned when presenters should be
prepared to explain their work and answer questions. Specific times will
also be assigned for software or project demonstrations.

The format for proposals for posters and software demonstrations are the
same as those for regular papers.

Proposals for software or project demonstrations should indicate the type
of hardware that would be required if the proposal is accepted.


Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:

(a) Three papers. The session organizer should submit a 500-word
statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 1000-1500
words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to
participate in the session; or

(b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit
an abstract of 1500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be
organized, the names of all the speakers, and an indication that each
speaker is willing to participate in the session.

The deadline for session proposals is the same as for proposals for


All submissions must be sent electronically. Please pay particular
attention to the format given below. Submissions which do not conform to
this format will be returned to the authors for reformatting, or may not
be considered if they arrive very close to the deadline.

All submissions should begin with the following information:

TYPE OF PROPOSAL: paper, poster, session or software demonstration.
TITLE: title of paper or session
KEYWORDS: three keywords (maximum) describing the main contents of the
paper or session

If submitting a session proposal, give the following information for each

TITLE: title of paper
KEYWORDS: three keywords (maximum) describing the main contents of the paper
AUTHOR: name of first author
AFFILIATION: of first author
E-MAIL: of first author

If submitting a paper proposal, give the following information:

AUTHOR: name of first author
AFFILIATION: of first author
E-MAIL: of first author

AUTHOR: name of second author (repeat these three headings as necessary)
AFFILIATION: of second author
E-MAIL: of second author

CONTACT ADDRESS: full postal address of first author or contact person for
session proposals
FAX NUMBER: of first author
PHONE NUMBER: of first author

Proposals should take the form of ASCII or ISO-8859/1 files. Where
necessary, a header should indicate the combinations of ASCII characters
used to represent characters outside the ASCII or ISO 8859/1 range.
Notes, if needed, should take the form of endnotes rather than footnotes.

Submissions should be sent to:


with the subject line "<Author's surname> Submission for ALLCACH98".

Those who submit abstracts containing graphics and tables are asked to
fax a copy of the abstract in addition to the one sent electronically.

Faxes should be sent to:

+36 52 418 733

The cover page should reproduce the header from the electronic


Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector,
a data projector which will display Macintosh, DOS/Windows, and video
(but not simultaneously), an Internet connected computer which will run
Macintosh OS programs or DOS/Windows programs, and a VHS (PAL)
videocassette recorder. NTSC format may be available; if you anticipate
needing NTSC, please note this information in your proposal.

Requests for other presentation equipment will be considered by the
local organizers; requests for special equipment should be directed to
the local organizers no later than January 31, 1998.


November 20, 1997: Submission of proposals for papers, posters and
sessions and software demonstrations
February 15, 1998: Notification of acceptance


A book of abstracts will be provided to all conference participants. In
addition, abstracts will be published on the conference web page at


An announcement in regard to publication of full papers will be made
in due course.


Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who will make
recommendations to the Program Committee comprising:

Espen Ore, University of Bergen (Chair), <espen.ore@hd.uib.no>
John Dawson, University of Cambridge, <JLD1@cam.ac.uk>
Lisa Lena Opas, University of Joensuu, <opas@joyl.joensuu.fi>
Thomas Rommel, University of Tuebingen, <thomas.rommel@uni-tuebingen.de>
Jim Coleman, Stanford University, <jwciii@sulmail.stanford.edu>
Robin Cover, Summer Institute of Linguistics, <robin@acadcomp.sil.org>
Julia Flanders, Brown University, <Julia_Flanders@brown.edu>
John Unsworth, University of Virginia <jmu2m@virginia.edu>


Laszlo Hunyadi
Lajos Kossuth University


As part of its commitment to promote the development and application of
appropriate computing in humanities scholarship, the Association for
Literary and Linguistic Computing will award up to five bursaries of up
to 500 GB pounds each to students and young scholars who have papers
accepted for presentation at the conference. Applicants must be members
of ALLC. The ALLC will make the awards after the Program Committee have
decided which proposals are to be accepted. Recipients will be notified as
soon as possible thereafter. A participant in a multi-author paper is
eligible for an award, but it must be clear that s/he is contributing
substantially to the paper.

Applications must be made to the conference organizer. The deadline
for receipt of applications is the same as for submission of papers,
i.e. November 20, 1997. Full details of the bursary scheme, and an
on-line application form will be available from the coference web page.


Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary with a population of 220
thousand. Located 220 km from Budapest and 38 km from Hortobagy, the
Puszta, it is the cultural center of the eastern part of the country.
It can be reached by train from all major cities of Hungary and there are
direct train connections from Vienna and Frankfurt am Main as well. There
are daily flights to Budapest from all European capitals as well as New York,
Toronto and Tokyo. As an option, one can take a boat trip from Vienna to

The campus of the university is located in the city forest which can be
reached by local transport. Accommodation will be offered in the new student
residence hall. The cost of accommodation will be on the order of 25 USD
(single occupancy) and 15 USD (double occupancy). In addition, a block of
rooms have been reserved in the Aranybika Grand Hotel and the Hotel Thermal,
both within 10-20 minutes walk from the campus.

It is expected that the conference fee will be on the order of 150 USD for
members. This will include the printed abstracts and morning and afternoon
refreshment breaks.

Other cultural events in Debrecen just preceding or following the conference
will include the Bela Bartok International Choral Competition and the Bridge
Fair of Hortobagy and Horse-Show.

Detailed information on the conference, the university, and the city may
be obtained at the conference web page:



Queries concerning the goals of the conference or the format or content
of papers should be addressed to:

Center for Applied Linguistics
Lajos Kossuth University
Debrecen POB 24

Tel.: +36 52 316 666 ext. 2116
Fax.: +36 52 418 733
E-mail: allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu


Laszlo Hunyadi

Other useful email addresses are:

allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu (general information)
submit-allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu (submission of abstracts and papers)
accommod-allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu (accommodation)