18.199 ACH/ALLC 2005: Call for papers

From: by way of Willard McCarty <willard_at_lists.village.virginia.edu>
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 08:08:32 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 199.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 07:18:38 +0100
         From: John Unsworth <unsworth_at_uiuc.edu>
         Subject: ACH/ALLC 2005: CALL FOR PAPERS

From: Alejandro Bia <alex.bia_at_ua.es>
Date: September 7, 2004 5:04:00 PM CDT

Call for Proposals and Information for Presenters

   17th Joint International Conference of the
   Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and the
   Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC)

University of Victoria, (British Columbia), Canada
   June 15-19, 2004

The International Conference on Humanities Computing and Digital

• October 1st, 2004: An electronic submission form will be made
available at the conference website.
• November 8th, 2004: Deadline for the submission of proposals for
papers, poster presentations, sessions and software demos.
• February 7th, 2005: Notification of acceptance for papers, poster
presentations, sessions and software demos.
   Conference Web Site: http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/achallc2005/

I. The ACH/ALLC Conference
   The joint conference of the Association for Computers and the
Humanities (ACH) and the Association for Literary and Linguistic
Computing (ALLC) 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.

   Recent years have seen enormous advances in information technologies,
and a corresponding growth in the use of information technology
resources for research and teaching in the humanities. How exactly are
these developments changing the ways in which humanities scholars
work? What are the fields of humanities scholarship that are most
affected by the use of computers and computation? What new and
distinct methodologies is information technology bringing to the
humanities, and how are these methodologies being introduced and
applied? How do we expect methodologies, and the role of the
humanities scholar, to change in the future as a result of the impact
of information technology? How are information technology-related
developments in one discipline affecting or likely to affect those in

   What are the implications of multilingualism and multiculturalism to
humanities computing? What is the role of information technology
technologies in establishing multilingualism? What are the meanings
and implications of these developments for languages, communities,
genders and cultures, and humanities research? What is the role of
individual scientific and educational tasks, joint projects, or
educational and electronic library resources? How can humanities
computing help in the challenge to preserve individual cultures in a
multicultural environment? What is the role of humanities computing in
the preservation and creation of a multilingual, multicultural

   We believe that responding to these new challenges will also have a
fertilizing effect on humanities computing as a whole by opening up
new ways and methodologies to enhance the use of computers and
computation in a wide range of humanities disciplines. Now is the time
to survey and assess the impact humanities computing has had and is
likely to have on humanities scholarship in a multilingual,
multicultural world.

II. Associated Organizations
   ACH and ALLC are continuing to develop the associated organizations
initiative, which enables professional organizations with a remit
similar to that of ALLC and ACH to present their own panel sessions
within the conference.

   We welcome proposals from such organizations for the 2005 conference,
especially in areas of computing in the humanities which have not been
represented, or have been poorly represented, at previous ACH/ALLC
conferences (e.g., linguistics, libraries, museums, history and
archival fields, to mention a few).

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

   Such proposals will undergo a review process and should be submitted
directly to the conference programme chair, Alejandro Bia, no later
than the date stated as the deadline for all types of proposals (see
important dates on top of this document).

   For more information please contact the conference programme chair,
Alejandro Bia, alex.bia_at_ua.es.

III. Submission topics
   ACH/ALLC 2005 invites submissions of abstracts of between 750 and
1500 words on any aspect of humanities computing, 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,
particularly 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

   Suitable subjects for proposals might focus on:
• traditional applications of computing in the humanities,
including (but not limited to) text encoding, hypertext, text corpora,
computational lexicography, natural language processing, linguistics,
translation studies, literary studies, text analysis, edition
philology and statistical models;
• computational models and applications related to multilingualism
and multicultural issues;
• the application of information technology to issues related to
minority, indigenous and rare languages;
• emerging digitization efforts: new best practices, experiences,
recommendations, training;
• humanities teaching;
• the application of information technology to cultural and
historical studies (including archaeology and musicology);
• 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
• pedagogical applications of new media within the humanities;
• applications of technology in second language acquisition;
• commercial applications of humanities computing, e.g. web
technology, natural language interfaces, archival organization and
• 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 modelling;
• 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 institutional role of humanities computing and new media
within the contemporary academy, including curriculum development and
collegial support for activities in these fields.

   The range of topics covered by humanities computing can also be
consulted in the journal of the associations: Literary and Linguistic
Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press.

   See the important dates at the top of this document for the deadline
for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the Programme
Committee. All submissions will be refereed.

   Proposals for (non-refereed, or vendor) demos and for pre-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 please visit the
conference web site.

IV. Types of Proposals
   Proposals to the Programme Committee may be of three types: (1)
papers, (2) poster presentations and/or software demonstrations, and
(3) sessions (either three-paper or panel sessions). The type of
submission must be specified in the proposal.

   Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian,
Spanish or Swedish.

   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 and/or Software Demonstrations
   Poster presentations may include computer technology and project
demonstrations,which we encourage. Hence the term poster/demo to refer
to the different possible combinations of printed and computer based
presentations. There should be no difference in quality between
poster/demo presentations and papers, and the format for proposals is
the same for both. The same academic standards should apply in both
cases, but posters/demos 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
(poster/demo or paper) should depend on the most effective and
informative way of communicating the scientific content of the

   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. Presenters will be provided with about two 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.

   The poster sessions will build on the recent trend of showcasing some
of the most important and innovative work being done in humanities

Poster Prize
   As an acknowledgement of the special contribution of the posters to
the conference, the Programme Committee will award a prize for the
best poster.

   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;


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

V. Format of the Proposals
   All proposals must be submitted electronically using the on-line
submission form found at the conference website.

   Please pay particular attention to the information that is required
regarding each proposal. Submissions that 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
   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 programme.
• 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 XML-TEI (teixlite.dtd) 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 of abstracts.
• 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 XML-TEI 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.

   Examples from past conferences
   Those interested in seeing examples from previous conferences can
consult online abstracts and programmes at:

   The conference has previously been held at:
• Göteborg University (2004)
• University of Georgia (2003)
• University of Tübingen (2002)
• New York University (2001)
• University of Glasgow, Scotland (2000)
• University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (1999)
• Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary (1998)
• Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1997)
• University of Bergen, Norway (1996)
   Because of rapid developments in the field, work of a kind not
previously presented at the conference is especially welcomed.

VI. 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 special volume of the journal Literature and Linguistic Computing
with 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. The final
version for publication in LLC must be in English.

VII. Bursaries
   As part of its commitment to promote the development and application
of appropriate computing in humanities scholarship, the organization
will award five bursaries of 500 GB pounds each to students and young
scholars who have papers or posters accepted for presentation at the
conference. More information about the bursary scheme is available on
request from the Programme Chair.

   Applications must be made using the on-line form available at the
ALLC website. Full details of the scheme may also be found there.

VIII. Further Information

   Equipment Availability and Requirements
   Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a data
projector for Windows and Macintosh OS, and an Internet connection.
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.

Language of the Presentations
   Presentations can be done in the same language of the accepted
abstract, but when the language is not English we strongly recommend
the use of slides in English to allow for a bigger audience.

   Information about British Columbia, Canada, and the hosting
University of Victoria, (fees, travel, accommodation, social
programme, etc.) can be found at http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/achallc2005/

   Inquiries concerning the goals of the conference, the format or
content of papers, and other topics relating to the academic programme
should be addressed to the Chair of the International Programme

   Alejandro Bia
   Head of R&D, Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library
   Teaching: Department of Computer Languages and Information Systems
   University of Alicante, apdo. de correos 99, 03080, Alicante, Spain

   E-mail: alex.bia_at_ua.es
   Phone: +34 600948601
   Fax: +34-965909326

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

   Peter Liddell
   Chair, Local Committee
   Humanities Computing and Media Centre (HCMC)
   P.O. Box 3045 STN CSC
   University of Victoria
   Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, V8W 3P4

   Email: achallc5_at_uvic.ca

IX. International Programme Committee and Local Organizers
   Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who will make
recommendations to the Programme Committee comprising (in alphabetical

   Alejandro Bia (chair) (University of Alicante, Spain)
   Julia Flanders (Brown University, USA)
   Neil Fraistat (University of Mariland, USA)
   Simon Horobin (University of Glasgow, UK)
   Joseph Jones (University of British Columbia, Canada)
   Lisa Lena Opas-Hanninen (University of Joensuu, Findland)
   Concha Sanz-Miguel (Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain)
   Susan Schreibman (University of Maryland, USA)
   Michael Sperberg-McQueen (Association for Computing Machinery, USA)

The conference is hosted by the Humanities Computing and Media Centre
(HCMC) at the University of Victoria. The Chair of the local
organizing committee is Peter Liddell, Academic Director of the
Humanities Computing and Media Centre.

   This document can be downloaded in PDF format from:
http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/research/congresos/ach-allc-2005- cfp.pdf

We apologize for possible crossed-postings.

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