14.0123 Busa Award: request for nominations

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 123.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 07:12:04 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: Busa Award: request for nominations

    >From: "C. M. Sperberg-McQueen" <cmsmcq@acm.org>
    >Date: 17 July 2000

    Nominations for the Busa Award

    One of the evergreen topics of Humanist is the unanswerable question "What
    is humanities computing?" From time to time our esteemed pot-stirrer and
    moderator tries to provoke a discussion on the topic by asking pointed

    I write to invite humanists to try their hands at a different way of
    defining our field -- namely, by identifying individuals whose work seems
    to have exemplary (dare I say paradigmatic?) character.

    A few years ago, the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and
    the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) agreed to
    create an award, to be given every three years, to honor outstanding
    achievement in the application of information technology to humanistic
    research. The award is named for Roberto Busa, SJ, who is regarded by many
    as the founder of the field of humanities computing. The first award was
    given to Father Busa in 1998.

    The next Busa Award will be given next year, at the ACH/ALLC 2001
    conference in New York (13-17 June). The award committee (names listed
    below) is seeking nominations for the second Busa award.

    This is our chance, as a community, to define our field by saying who
    stands at the center of it. Whose work serves as the model we name, when
    people ask what we hope to accomplish by the use of computers in the

    The recipient will be invited to attend the ACH/ALLC 2001 conference in New
    York at the expense of the ACH and ALLC, and to give the Busa Award lecture
    in a plenary session.

    Nominations may be made by anyone with an interest in humanities computing;
    neither nominee nor nominator need be a member of ACH or ALLC (although of
    course we encourage you to join!). Nominations should give some account of
    the nominee's work and the reasons it is felt to be an outstanding
    contribution to the field, worthy of honor. A list of bibliographic
    references to the nominee's work is desirable.

    Nominations should be sent to the chair of the award committee, C. M.
    Sperberg-McQueen, at the address cmsmcq@acm.org, as soon as possible but no
    later than 31 August 2000.

    -2001 Busa Award Committee

       Paul Fortier
       Randall Jones
       Willard McCarty,
       Lisa-Lena Opas-Hanninen
       C. M. Sperberg-McQueen

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    Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
    voice: +44 (0)20 7848 2784 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 5081
    <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> <http://ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/>
    maui gratias agere

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