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Humanist Archives: Feb. 18, 2020, 3:01 p.m. Humanist 33.613 - events: disrupting digital monolinguism workshop (London)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 613.
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        Date: 2020-02-17 17:07:05+00:00
        From: Paul Spence 
        Subject: Call for Proposals: 'Disrupting Digital Monolingualism' workshop

Call for proposals:

An international workshop on languages in critical digital theory and practice

Hosted by Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
A 'Language Acts & Worldmaking' project initiative
16th and 17th June 2020

Workshop website:


There has been increasing attention in the past few years to the challenges of
multilingualism in digital practice. It has been widely accepted that digital
ecosystems have a 'language and geocultural diversity' problem - at present they
have a strong bias towards firstly English, and then a small group of (mostly
European) languages. A series of initiatives has attempted to address this
imbalance in a variety of ways, whether driven by practice (language diversity
guidelines, multilingual toolkits, open data repositories, and endangered
languages archives) or theory (biocultural diversity, digital modern languages
and translingual/transcultural critiques).

This two-day workshop brings together leading researchers, educators, digital
practitioners, language-focused professionals, policy makers and other
interested parties to address the challenges of multilingualism in digital
spaces and to collectively propose new models and solutions. The workshop will
combine both conceptual (strategy, policy and theory) and practical perspectives
(digital ecosystems, methods and tools with a focus on language). It aims to
strengthen connections between numerous overlapping digital and languages-driven
conversations and initiatives.

The core themes of the workshop are:

  *   Linguistic and geocultural diversity in digital knowledge infrastructures
  *   Working with multilingual data
  *   Transcultural and translingual approaches to digital study
  *   Artificial intelligence, machine learning and NLP in language worlds

The programme will feature a variety of formats, including lightning talks,
posters, demos, roundtables and (a limited amount of) mini-workshops, and we
welcome proposals for experimental formats. Invited speakers will represent a
range of education, industry and third sector roles and we are open to new ideas
through our call for proposals.

The workshop is aimed at those interested in multilingual and cross-cultural
approaches to digital practice, and is likely to be of particular interest to
those working in the areas of: modern languages and linguistics; multilingualism
research (including endangered or minority languages and community languages);
digital cultural heritage; digital humanities; new media and internet research;
critical digital infrastructure studies; digital policy; translation studies;
AI, machine learning and NLP.


This workshop is led by the Language Acts and Worldmaking project with the
support of the Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community project, both funded
by the AHRC under its Open World Research Initiative.

Workshop aims

The aims of the workshop are:

  *   To map the current state of multilingualism in digital theory and practice
through, and across, languages
  *   To identify areas of 'language indifference' in digital methodologies and
  *   To bring together experts in language-driven digital study and practice to
discuss priorities for future action and potential collaboration
  *   To discuss the value and role of languages in digital theory and practice
and their implications for language study and professions
  *   To explore emerging models for linguistic diversity and languages-aware
digital practice in academia, education and private/third sectors and to
document best practice

Workshop structure

The workshop will be structured as follows:

  *   Day 1: Context/aims, lightning talks, demos, meetups
  *   Day 2: Group activities addressing the workshop's core themes through
discussion and practical work

Outcomes will be defined by attendees, but may include the co-design of
conceptual frameworks or practical outcomes such as prototypes or toolkits

Call for Proposals

We welcome proposals for:

  *   Lightning talks (7 minute presentations)
  *   Posters
  *   Technical demos (short and interactive, as part of the poster session)
  *   Mini-workshops (max 3 hours duration)
  *   Experimental formats (defined by you)

Proposals should address a theoretical or practical response to one of the
workshop's core themes:


The event will take place at King's College London in central London on Tuesday
16 June and Wednesday 17 June 2020.

Virtual participation

The event is principally designed for physical face-to-face participation, but
we are open to collaboration with individuals or groups who wish to participate

Key dates

Call for proposals deadline: 12pm (GMT) on 16 March 2020
Response to proposals: 30 March 2020
Workshop: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 June 2020


Abstracts: the main workshop language will be English, but once reviewed, we
welcome translations of accepted abstracts.

At the event: we recommend that presenters consult the GO::DH Translation
toolkit (https://go-dh.github.io/translation-toolkit/conferences/) and we 
welcome creative proposals for those wishing to work multilingually during 
the event.


Where possible, outcomes (including, for example, reports, posters or
prototypes) will be published on the event website after the workshop.


Submissions may be made via our online form at


The workshop is led by Paul Spence and Renata Brandao (Language Acts), in
collaboration with Naomi Wells (Cross-Language Dynamics).
If you have any queries, please contact Paul Spence - paul.spence [at] kcl.ac.uk

Best wishes
Paul Spence

Paul Spence
Senior Lecturer, Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London | Strand | London | WC2R 2LS
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