[Elsnet-list] ACH/ALLC 2005: CALL FOR PAPERS (EXTENDED DEADLINE:
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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)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND INFORMATION FOR PRESENTERS
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
- the application of information technology to issues related to minority,
indigenous and rare languages;
- emerging digitization efforts: new best practices, experiences,
- 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
- 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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:
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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