Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 227.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 10:15:52 +0100
From: Ray Siemens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Call for papers: ACH/ALLC 2003
Call for papers: ACH/ALLC 2003
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
May 29 - June 2, 2003
I. The ACH/ALLC Conference
The joint conference of the Association for Computers and the Humanities
and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing 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. The
theme for the 2003 conference is "Web X: A Decade of the World Wide Web",
and it will include plenary addresses by leading scholars, including
Marie-Laure Ryan, author of "Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and
Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media" and "Cyberspace
Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory".
Recent years have seen enormous advances in information technologies, and a
corresponding growth in the use of IT resources for research and teaching
in the humanities. How exactly are these developments changing the ways in
which humanities scholars work? What new and distinct methodologies is IT
now bringing to the humanities? How do we expect methodologies, and the
role of the humanities scholar, to change in the near future as a result of
the impact of IT? How are IT-related developments in one discipline
affecting or likely to affect those in others?
Now that we have reached the 10th anniversary of the World Wide Web, what
are the meanings and implications of these developments for languages,
communities, genders and cultures, and humanities research? The time is
ripe to survey and assess developments to date in humanities computing, and
its likely future directions.
II. Allied Organizations
ALLC and ACH are developing a new affiliated organizations program, which
will enable related professional organizations with a remit similar to that
of ACH and ALLC to present a panel of papers in a parallel conference session.
We welcome proposals from such organizations for the 2003 conference.
Suggested topics for inclusion could be on work which is being undertaken
in the libraries, museum and archival fields, or in areas of computing in
the humanities which have not previously been represented at ACH/ALLC.
We encourage representatives from other professional organizations to
consider submitting a proposal under this initiative on topics they think
might be relevant to the ACH/ALLC conference audience.
For more information about how to submit a proposal, or become an
affiliated organization, please contact the conference program chair,
ACH/ALLC 2003 invites submission of abstracts of between 750 and 1500 words
on any aspect of humanities computing or new media, 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, especially 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 would also include:
* 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;
* traditional applications of computing in the humanities, including
(but not limited to) text encoding, hypertext, text corpora, computational
lexicography, statistical models, and text analysis;
* applications in the digital arts, especially projects and
installations that feature technical advances of potential interest to
* information design in the humanities, including visualization,
simulation, and modeling;
* pedagogical applications of new media within the humanities;
* thoughtful considerations of the cultural impact of computing and
* 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
The deadline for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the
Program Committee is November 15th, 2002, these will all be refereed.
Proposals for (non-refereed) demos and for pre- or post-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 have a look at other
pages of this web site.
A. Types of Proposals
Proposals to the Program Committee may be of three types: papers, poster
presentations, and sessions. The type of submission must be specified in
the proposal. If the subject relates specifically to the theme of "Web X: A
decade of the World Wide Web ", please also make this explicit.
Papers may be given in English, French, and German, but to facilitate the
reviewing process we ask that proposals for papers in a language other than
English are submitted with an English translation.
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
There should be no difference in quality between poster presentations and
papers, and the format for proposals is the same for both. The same
academic standards should apply in both cases, but posters 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
should depend on the most effective and informative way of communicating
the scientific content of the proposal. Poster presentations may also
include software or technology and project demonstrations.
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. Each presenter is provided
with about 2 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.
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; or
* 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.
All proposals must be submitted electronically using the on-line form,
which can be found at:
Please pay particular attention to the information that is required about
each proposal. Submissions which 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 program.
* 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 TEI-XLite, HTML 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.
* All text, whether it is provided in TEI, HTML or ASCII format will be put
into a standard XML format. Please, therefore, restrict HTML tagging to
that required to make the abstract structure evident.
* 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 TEI-XLite 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.
C. Examples from Past Conferences
Those interested in seeing examples of materials presented at previous
conferences can consult online abstracts and programs at:
The conference has previously been held at:
* University of Tuebingen (2002)
* New York University (2001)
* University of Glasgow, Scotland (2000)
* University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (1999)
* University of Debrecen, Hungary (1998)
* Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1997)
* University of Bergen, Norway (1996)
Because of the fast evolution of the field, however, work of a kind not
previously seen 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 volume of 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.
* November 15th, 2002: Submission of proposals for papers, poster
presentations, sessions and software demos.
* October 1st, 2002: Conference registration opens. To register, go
* February 14th, 2003: Notification of acceptance for papers, poster
presentations, sessions and software demos.
* from the ALLC
As part of its commitment to promote the development and application of
appropriate computing in humanities scholarship, the Association for
Literary and Linguistic Computing will award up to five bursaries of up to
500 GB pounds each to students and young scholars who have papers or poster
presentations accepted for presentation at the conference. Applicants must
be members of ALLC. The ALLC will make the awards after the Program
Committee have decided which proposals are to be accepted. Recipients will
be notified as soon as possible thereafter. A participant in a multi-author
paper is eligible for an award, but it must be clear that s/he is
contributing substantially to the paper.
Full details of the scheme may be found on the ALLC home page
Applications must be made using the on-line form available on this website.
* from elsewhere
The conference organizers are working on arranging other bursaries; details
will be published on the conference web site http://www.english.uga.edu/webx/
VII. Further Information
The conference fee will be $275, which includes the printed abstracts,
morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunches and receptions.
* Equipment Availability and Requirements
Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector, a
data projector for Windows and Macintosh OS, and an Internet connected
computer running Windows. 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.
Information on Athens, Georgia and its University, travel, accommodation,
and the social program can all be found linked to the
Queries concerning the goals of the conference, the format or content of
papers, and other topics relating to the academic program should be
addressed to the Chair of the International Program Committee:
Lorna M. Hughes
Assistant Director for Humanities Computing
Information Technology Services
New York University
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185, USA
Phone: (212) 998 3070
Fax: (212) 995 4120
Queries concerning conference registration, travel, local organization and
facilities, and other aspects of the local setting should be addressed to:
Chair, Local Committee
The University of Georgia
Department of English
317 Park Hall
Athens, GA 30602-6205
VIII. International Program Committee and Local Organizers
Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who will make
recommendations to the Program Committee comprising:
Elisabeth Burr, Gerhard-Mercator-Universitt Duisburg
Lorna Hughes (Chair), New York University
Laszlo Hunyadi, University of Debrecen
Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland
Natasha Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ray Siemens, Malaspina University College
Michael Sperberg-McQueen, World Wide Web Consortium
Simon Horobin, University of Glasgow
The conference is hosted by the Department of English and the Georgia
Center for Continuing Education at the University of Georgia. The Chair of
the local organizing committee is Bill Kretzschmar, department of English,
University of Georgia.
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