16.227 ACH/ALLC 2003 conference

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 227.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 10:15:52 +0100
             From: Ray Siemens <siemensr@mala.bc.ca>
             Subject: Call for papers: ACH/ALLC 2003

    Call for papers: ACH/ALLC 2003

    University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
    May 29 - June 2, 2003

    I. The ACH/ALLC Conference

    The joint conference of the Association for Computers and the Humanities
    and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing is the oldest
    established meeting of scholars working at the intersection of advanced
    information technologies and the humanities, annually attracting a
    distinguished international community at the forefront of their fields. The
    theme for the 2003 conference is "Web X: A Decade of the World Wide Web",
    and it will include plenary addresses by leading scholars, including
    Marie-Laure Ryan, author of "Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and
    Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media" and "Cyberspace
    Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory".

    Recent years have seen enormous advances in information technologies, and a
    corresponding growth in the use of IT resources for research and teaching
    in the humanities. How exactly are these developments changing the ways in
    which humanities scholars work? What new and distinct methodologies is IT
    now bringing to the humanities? How do we expect methodologies, and the
    role of the humanities scholar, to change in the near future as a result of
    the impact of IT? How are IT-related developments in one discipline
    affecting or likely to affect those in others?
    Now that we have reached the 10th anniversary of the World Wide Web, what
    are the meanings and implications of these developments for languages,
    communities, genders and cultures, and humanities research? The time is
    ripe to survey and assess developments to date in humanities computing, and
    its likely future directions.

    II. Allied Organizations

    ALLC and ACH are developing a new affiliated organizations program, which
    will enable related professional organizations with a remit similar to that
    of ACH and ALLC to present a panel of papers in a parallel conference session.

    We welcome proposals from such organizations for the 2003 conference.
    Suggested topics for inclusion could be on work which is being undertaken
    in the libraries, museum and archival fields, or in areas of computing in
    the humanities which have not previously been represented at ACH/ALLC.

    We encourage representatives from other professional organizations to
    consider submitting a proposal under this initiative on topics they think
    might be relevant to the ACH/ALLC conference audience.

    For more information about how to submit a proposal, or become an
    affiliated organization, please contact the conference program chair,

    III. Submissions

    ACH/ALLC 2003 invites submission of abstracts of between 750 and 1500 words
    on any aspect of humanities computing or new media, broadly defined to
    encompass the common ground between information technology and problems in
    humanities research and teaching. As always, we welcome submissions in any
    area of the humanities, especially interdisciplinary work. We especially
    encourage submissions on the current state of the art in humanities
    computing, and on recent new developments and expected future developments
    in the field.

    Suitable subjects for proposals would also include:

    * new approaches to research in humanities disciplines using digital
    resources dependent on images, audio, or video;
    * the application to humanities data of techniques developed in such
    fields as information science and the physical sciences and engineering;
    * traditional applications of computing in the humanities, including
    (but not limited to) text encoding, hypertext, text corpora, computational
    lexicography, statistical models, and text analysis;
    * applications in the digital arts, especially projects and
    installations that feature technical advances of potential interest to
    humanities scholars;
    * information design in the humanities, including visualization,
    simulation, and modeling;
    * pedagogical applications of new media within the humanities;
    * thoughtful considerations of the cultural impact of computing and
    new media;
    * theoretical or speculative treatments of new media;
    * the institutional role of new media within the contemporary
    academy, including curriculum development and collegial support for
    activities in these fields;
    * the broader social role of humanities computing and the resources
    it develops.

    The deadline for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the
    Program Committee is November 15th, 2002, these will all be refereed.

    Proposals for (non-refereed) demos and for pre- or post-conference
    tutorials and workshops should be discussed directly with the local
    conference organizer as soon as possible. See below for full details on
    submitting proposals.

    For more information on the conference in general have a look at other
    pages of this web site.

    A. Types of Proposals

    Proposals to the Program Committee may be of three types: papers, poster
    presentations, and sessions. The type of submission must be specified in
    the proposal. If the subject relates specifically to the theme of "Web X: A
    decade of the World Wide Web ", please also make this explicit.

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

    * Papers

    Proposals for papers (750-1500 words) should describe original work: either
    completed research which has given rise to substantial results, or the
    development of significant new methodologies, or rigorous theoretical,
    speculative or critical discussions. Individual papers will be allocated 30
    minutes for presentation, including questions.

    Proposals 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

    There should be no difference in quality between poster presentations and
    papers, and the format for proposals is the same for both. The same
    academic standards should apply in both cases, but posters may be a more
    suitable way of presenting late-breaking results, or significant work in
    progress, including pedagogical applications. Both will be submitted to the
    same refereeing process. The choice between the two modes of presentation
    should depend on the most effective and informative way of communicating
    the scientific content of the proposal. Poster presentations may also
    include software or technology and project demonstrations.

    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 meters 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 there will also be a
    separate conference session dedicated to them, when presenters should be
    prepared to explain their work and answer questions. Additional times may
    also be assigned for software or project demonstrations.

    * Sessions

    Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:
    * Three papers. The session organizer should submit a 500-word
    statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 750-1500 words
    for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in
    the session; or
    * A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit
    an abstract of 750-1500 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 papers.

    B. Format

    All proposals must be submitted electronically using the on-line form,
    which can be found at:


    Please pay particular attention to the information that is required about
    each proposal. Submissions which do not contain the required information
    will be returned to the authors, and may not be considered at all if they
    are received close to the deadline.

    The information required for all submissions includes:

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

    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 or contact person
    PHONE NUMBER: of first author or contact person

    If submitting a session proposal, the following information will be
    required for each paper:

    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

    Please note the following additional information:

    * The order of participants provided on the form will be the order used in
    the final program.

    * If submitting a session proposal, please enter one abstract for the whole
    session in the "session/paper abstract" box, noting clearly the title and
    author of each paper in the session.

    * In addition to requesting the above information, the form provides a way
    for proposers to upload their proposal, which must be in TEI-XLite, HTML or
    plain text (ASCII/ISO 8859-1) format, plus up to 5 image files. These
    graphics, if uploaded, should be prepared in a manner appropriate for both
    on-line publication and printing in black-and-white in the conference book.

    * All text, whether it is provided in TEI, HTML or ASCII format will be put
    into a standard XML format. Please, therefore, restrict HTML tagging to
    that required to make the abstract structure evident.

    * Unfortunately, it is still true, even in this day of XML and
    Unicode, that publishing systems and web browsers often limit access to
    extended character sets. Thus, although TEI-XLite format and therefore
    Unicode can be used for submission, please try if possible to avoid
    character sets that might not be viewable on reviewer's web browsers or
    printable by the program's printer.

    C. Examples from Past Conferences

    Those interested in seeing examples of materials presented at previous
    conferences can consult online abstracts and programs at:

    The conference has previously been held at:

    * University of Tuebingen (2002)
    * New York University (2001)
    * University of Glasgow, Scotland (2000)
    * University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (1999)
    * University of Debrecen, Hungary (1998)
    * Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1997)
    * University of Bergen, Norway (1996)

    Because of the fast evolution of the field, however, work of a kind not
    previously seen at the conference is especially welcomed.

    IV. Publication

    A book of abstracts of all papers, poster presentations and sessions will
    be provided to all conference participants. In addition, abstracts will be
    published on the conference web page.

    A volume of selected proceedings is planned for publication after the
    conference; all papers submitted in publishable form before the end of the
    conference will be considered for this collection.

    V. Deadlines

    * November 15th, 2002: Submission of proposals for papers, poster
    presentations, sessions and software demos.
    * October 1st, 2002: Conference registration opens. To register, go
    to: http://www.english.uga.edu/webx/
    * February 14th, 2003: Notification of acceptance for papers, poster
    presentations, sessions and software demos.

    VI. Bursaries

    * from the ALLC

    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 or poster
    presentations 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.

    Full details of the scheme may be found on the ALLC home page
    Applications must be made using the on-line form available on this website.

    * from elsewhere

    The conference organizers are working on arranging other bursaries; details
    will be published on the conference web site http://www.english.uga.edu/webx/

    VII. Further Information
    * Fees
    The conference fee will be $275, which includes the printed abstracts,
    morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunches and receptions.

    * Equipment Availability and Requirements

    Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector, a
    data projector for Windows and Macintosh OS, and an Internet connected
    computer running Windows. Requests for other presentation equipment will be
    considered by the local organizers. All submissions should indicate the
    type of hardware and software required for presentation.

    * Location

    Information on Athens, Georgia and its University, travel, accommodation,
    and the social program can all be found linked to the

    * Queries

    Queries concerning the goals of the conference, the format or content of
    papers, and other topics relating to the academic program should be
    addressed to the Chair of the International Program Committee:

    Lorna M. Hughes
    Assistant Director for Humanities Computing
    Information Technology Services
    New York University
    251 Mercer Street
    New York, NY 10012-1185, USA

    E-mail: Lorna.Hughes@NYU.EDU
    Phone: (212) 998 3070
    Fax: (212) 995 4120

    Queries concerning conference registration, travel, local organization and
    facilities, and other aspects of the local setting should be addressed to:

    Bill Kretzschmar
    Chair, Local Committee
    The University of Georgia
    Department of English
    317 Park Hall
    Athens, GA 30602-6205
    Email: kretzsch@arches.uga.edu

    VIII. International Program Committee and Local Organizers

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

    Elisabeth Burr, Gerhard-Mercator-Universitt Duisburg
    Lorna Hughes (Chair), New York University
    Laszlo Hunyadi, University of Debrecen
    Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland
    Natasha Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Ray Siemens, Malaspina University College
    Michael Sperberg-McQueen, World Wide Web Consortium
    Simon Horobin, University of Glasgow

    The conference is hosted by the Department of English and the Georgia
    Center for Continuing Education at the University of Georgia. The Chair of
    the local organizing committee is Bill Kretzschmar, department of English,
    University of Georgia.

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