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ACH/ALLC 2005   -   Extended deadline: November 22nd, 2004

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 Scholarship


- November 22nd, 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 others?

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 heritage?

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 

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 field.

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 

- 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 engineering;

- 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 accessibility;

- 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 

- 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 proposal.

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 computing.

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 papers.

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 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 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: http://www.ach.org/ACH_Archive.shtml

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 

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 Committee:

Alejandro Bia
Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Computing
Miguel Hernández University
03202, Elche, Alicante, SPAIN
E-mail: abia at umh.es
Phone: +34 610806427
Fax:   +34 966658715

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 order):

Alejandro Bia (chair) (Miguel Hernández University, 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.

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