[Elsnet-list] CFP Digital Humanities 2009

J.Nerbonne j.nerbonne at rug.nl
Sat Sep 13 17:20:53 CEST 2008

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Digital Humanities 2009
Call for Papers
Hosted by the Maryland institute of Technology in the Humanities 
University of Maryland, College Park, USA

22-25 June, 2009

Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2008 (Midnight GMT)
Presentations can include:
• Single papers (abstract max of 1500 words)
• Multiple paper sessions (overview max of 500 words)
• Posters (abstract max of 1500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement

I. General

The international Programme Committee invites submissions of abstracts 
of between 750 and 1500 words on any aspect of digital humanities, 
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 digital humanities, and 
on recent new developments and expected future developments in the 

Suitable subjects for proposals include, for example,
* text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, 
language learning
* libraries, archives and the creation, delivery, management and 
preservation of humanities digital resources
* computer-based research and computing applications in all areas of 
literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including 
electronic literature and interdisciplinary aspects of modern 
* use of computation in such areas as the arts, architecture, music, 
film, theatre, new media, and other areas reflecting our cultural 
* research issues such as: information design and modelling; the 
cultural impact of the new media; software studies; Human-Computer 
* the role of digital humanities in academic curricula
* digital humanities and diversity

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

The deadline for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the 
Programme Committee is October 31, 2008. All submissions will be 
refereed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance February 13, 2009. 
The electronic submission form will be available at the conference 
site from October 1st, 2008. See below for full details on submitting 

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.

For more information on the conference in general please visit the 
conference web site.

II. 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 or 

1) 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 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for 

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.

2) Poster Presentations and Software Demonstrations

Poster presentations may include computer technology and project 
demonstrations. 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 digital 

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

3) 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;

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, i.e. October 31st, 2008.

III. Format of the Proposals

All proposals must be submitted electronically using the on-line 
submission form, which will be available at the conference web site 
http://www.mith2.umd.edu/dh09/ from October 1st, 2008.
Anyone who has previously used the conftool system to submit proposals 
or reviews should
use their existing account rather than setting up a new one. If anyone 
has forgotten their user name and/or password please contact 
dh2009 at digitalhumanities.org.

IV. Information about the conference venue: MITH University of 
Celebrating its 10th anniversary as a working digital humanities 
center, MITH is the University of Maryland's primary intellectual hub 
for scholars and practitioners of digital humanities, electronic 
literature, and cyberculture, as well as the headquarters of the 
Electronic Literature Organization. Having fostered numerous early 
adopter projects in the field, MITH continues to innovate with new 
work on tools, text analysis, electronic editing, virtual worlds, 
digital preservation, and cyberinfrastructure.

V. Bursaries for Young Scholars
A limited number of bursaries for young scholars will be made 
available to those presenting at the conference by the Association of 
Digital Humanities Organisations. (AHDO) If you wish to apply for a 
bursary please submit a proposal and indicate your interest in the 
scheme by emailing dh2009 at digitalhumanities.org. More information for 
applicants will be available from the ADHO website 
(http://www.digitalhumanities.org/) after November 1st 2008.

    6. International Programme Committee

     * Brett Barney (ACH)
     * Willard McCarty (ACH)
     * Michael Eberle-Sinatra (SDH-SEMI)
     * John Nerbonne (ALLC: Vice Chair)
     * Jan Rybicki (ALLC)
     * Paul Spence (ALLC)
     * Allen Renear (ACH)
     * Stéfan Sinclair (SDH-SEMI)
     * Claire Warwick (ACH: Chair)

J.Nerbonne, Information Science   Tel. +31 50 363 58 15
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen       FAX  +31 50 363 68 55
P.O. Box 716                      www.let.rug.nl/nerbonne
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