11.0598 conferences

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 598.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Teaching And Language Corpora 1998 (76)
Subject: TALC98: Second Call for Proposals

[2] From: "K. C. Cameron" <K.C.Cameron@exeter.ac.uk> (118)
Subject: Re: 11.0593 conferences

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 23:57:21 +0000 (GMT)
From: Teaching And Language Corpora 1998
Subject: TALC98: Second Call for Proposals

T A L C 98

Teaching And Language Corpora 1998
Keble College, Oxford, 24 - 27 July 1998

Second Call for Proposals

The use of large computer-held corpora of real language, no longer
novel in linguistic research, is increasingly a focus of attention for
language teachers. Experiments in data driven learning and
corpus-based methods are beginning to bear fruit in a wide range of
language teaching environments. This international conference will
bring together practitioners and theorists with a common interest in
the usability of corpus data for such purposes as:
* language teaching and learning
* student-centred learning and investigation
* cross-linguistic comparison
* cultural and historical studies

Following the highly successful TALC94 and TALC96 conferences at
Lancaster University, TALC98 invites proposals for position papers,
reports of work in progress, case-histories of successful corpus
applications, and introductions to relevant new resources.

The programme will include plenary lectures from Professor Jean
Aitchison (Oxford) and from Jeremy Clear (Cobuild). Other speakers
will include: Guy Aston (Bologna); Lou Burnard (Oxford); Prof Michael
Hoey (Liverpool); Knut Hofland (Bergen); Bernhard Kettemann (Graz);
Tony McEnery (Lancaster); Chris Tribble (Warsaw).

For further details, please read the conference web site at
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~talc98/, or send enquiries by email to


Abstracts (500 - 1000 words) should be submitted to arrive by 20
March 1998. All proposals will be reviewed. Authors of accepted
papers will be notified by 10 April 1998. The programme will be
finalised during May 1998. Full papers (up to 5000 words) must be
received by 1 June for inclusion in the conference pre-print volume.

The conference will run from lunchtime on Friday 24 July to lunchtime
on Monday July 27th, with a single strand of presentations. There will
be a book and software exhibit in parallel.

Venue and cost

Keble College is located in the heart of Oxford, one of the most
beautiful University cities in Europe, which is easily accessible by
road, rail, or air from most major cities. All delegates will be
accomodated in modern fully-equipped study-bedrooms within a few
minutes walk of the conference centre and all facilities. A single fee
of approximately 350 pounds will be charged, covering meals and
accomodation, registration, proceedings, and social events for the
whole conference.

How to submit a proposal

Proposals for papers should include the following
* Authors full name and affiliation
* Title of proposal
* Contact details (Email, URL, phone, fax, postal)
* 500 to 1000 words description of the proposed presentation

Proposals may be sent via the web page at
or by email,fax, or post, using the form below

REMINDER: The closing date for applications is now 20 March 1998

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Title of proposal:

Email: URL:

Telephone: Fax:

Contact address:

Abstract (500 to 1000 words):


Humanities Computing Unit,
13 Banbury Rd,
Oxford OX2 6NN, UK

email: talc98@oucs.ox.ac.uk fax: +44 1865 273 275

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 09:54:07 GMT
From: "K. C. Cameron" <K.C.Cameron@exeter.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: 11.0593 conferences



19-21 APRIL 1999

The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early-Modern France

It is intended to hold a three-day colloquium on the above topic (see below
for more ample details) at the University of Exeter in April 1999. It will
provide an opportunity to discuss more fully issues raised by the
celebrations surrounding the quatercentenary of the Edict of Nantes. The
organisers (Mark Greengrass, Sheffield; Penny Roberts, Warwick; and Keith
Cameron, Exeter) invite you to submit abstracts of papers for consideration
as soon as possible.

The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early-Modern France

This colloquium is to be held in the year which follows the 400th
anniversary of the pacification at Nantes in 1598 which brought the French
'wars of religion' to a close. It cannot be termed however, a conventional
'commemorative' conference (as the date suggests), for there are many,
lavishly conceived conferences of this king currently being planned for
1998 in France. Simple commemoration is not a sufficient reason for
studying a historical and cultural event. A significant historical - and
cultural - problem (and one that is currently exercising the minds of
historians and literary historians) is, however, worth defining and
studying collectively. This is planned as a working colloquium where the
atmosphere will be convivial and informal. It will aim to publish
subsequently a volume of studies.

The 'problem' is one that has been created by strong historiographical
traditions. On the one hand, there is a residual and powerful protestant,
confessional tradition that interprets the Edict of Nantes as one of the
defining moments in its history. The pacification was the moment when
legitimate testant rights of identity were recognised. At the same time,
the edict contained within it the seeds of the later, and inevitable,
betrayal and revocation. Bourbon and royalist traditions interpret the
edict as a triumphal 'politique' act that enabled the absolute monarchy to
reunite France at a critical moment and lay the foundations for the
consolidation of the French state in the seventeenth century. The
difficulty with these traditions is that they rely for their interpretative
weight upon a retrospective writing of the past. Our problem is to recreate
the sense of 'adventure' into the unknown that was associated with the
edicts of pacification. How was it that the largest and most coherent
monarchy in Europe could possibly contemplate the acceptance and
integration of a substantial religious minority into the realm? It would
have been much easier to have attempted the kind of religious pluralism
afforded by the German Reich after 1555, or later in the Netherlands, where
religious diversity was eventually secured by degrees of political
separation. Integrative pluralism of the kind attempted by the French state
was a much more ambitious adventure altogether.

The fact that the French state embarked upon such an adventure leads us to
ask complementary questions about the nature of that state as well as
early-modern French society and its cultural life. How were the edicts of
pacification enforced in practical terms? We know that everything in
sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Europe was mediated and 'brokered'.
How did this process work for the edicts of pacification? Were there
greater degrees of pluralism in its intellectual life than we have
previously imagined? What comparisons can be drawn between the privileges
granted to other groups in society and those granted to the Huguenots? Can
regional or local examples tell us more about the practical degrees of
toleration that existed and upon which the edicts of pacification built?
Can cultural and literary historians explain more clearly for us how the
conservative legal traditions of France managed to justify to themselves
and others this extraordinary adventure into what must have seemed like
dangerous plurality?

The sessions at the colloquium will depend to some degree on the papers
that we secure. We shall invite participants to prepare outline synopses of
papers of about 6,000 words in length which they will be asked to summarise
in 20 minute presentations. Each session of two or three such papers will
have a commentator who will have read the papers in their entirety and
prepare a commentary on them to focus our discussion. Those who are
interested in participating are also invited to submit synopses
independently for consideration by the conference organisers. There may be
limited funds available to defray the costs of post-graduate or
post-doctoral students. The draft programme will be available in September
1998. The final programme will be circulated in January 1998.

Accommodation will be provided in the recently built Post-Graduate Centre
situated on the main campus of Exeter University.

If you are interested in attending please complete and return the
reservation slip. Invoices will be issued on 1 December 1998 and, for
administrative reasons, we expect payment by 15 January 1999. If you wish
to pay in advance of this date you may do so making your cheque/money order
payable to the University of Exeter.

The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early-Modern France

April 19-21 1999






I wish to attend the The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early-Modern
France Colloquium on April 19-21 1999

Resident / Non-Resident

Please invoice me

Total cost for full board and conference fee 130 (pounds sterling)
Total cost for meals only and conference fee 85 (pounds sterling)

Please return to:

Keith Cameron, Queen's Building, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QH.
Tel: (0)1392 264221 FAX: (0)1392 264222 E/mail: K.C.Cameron@exeter.ac.uk

Keith Cameron

Professor of French and Renaissance Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Arts

Editor of:
- Computer Assisted Language Learning,
- Exeter Textes litteraires, (http://www.ex.ac.uk/uep/french.htm);
- Exeter Tapes, (http://www.ex.ac.uk/french/staff/cameron/ExTapes.html);
- EUROPA-on line & European Studies Series,
- Elm Bank Modern Language Series, (http://www.intellect-net.com/elm-bank)

Department of French, Queen's Building, The University, EXETER, EX4 4QH, G.B.
WWW (http://www.ex.ac.uk/french/)
Tel: 01392 264221 / + 44 1392 264221;Fax: 01392 264222 / + 44 (19) 1392 264222
E/mail: K.C.Cameron@exeter.ac.uk

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