Call for papers: ALLC/ACH 2003
Computing and Multilingual, Multicultural Heritage
Call for Papers
The joint conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic
Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities 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 2004 conference is “Computing
and Multilingual, Multicultural Heritage” and it will include plenary
addresses by leading scholars, including John Nerbonne (University of Groeningen, http://odur.let.rug.nl/~nerbonne/)
and Espen Aarseth (Center for Computer Games Research Copenhagen, http://game.itu.dk/).
Recent years have seen an enormous growth in the use of IT resources
for research and teaching in the humanities. How exactly are they
shaping 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 are the new methodologies being
introduced and applied? How can digital resources benefit the
humanities community and the community at large?
The expansion of the European Union has brought with it an increased
focus on the issue of multilingualism and multiculturalism. What are
the implications of this to humanities computing? What is the role of
IT technologies in establishing multilingualism? 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
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,
The Roberto Busa Award is a joint award of the Association for
Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) and the Association for
Computers and the Humanities (ACH). It is given every three years to
honour outstanding scholarly achievement in humanities computing.
The Award is named after Roberto Busa, SJ, who is regarded by many as
the founder of the field of humanities computing. The first award was
given to Father Busa himself in 1998 and the recipient of the second
award in 2001 was Emeritus Professor John Burrows, who has helped to
shape the application of statistical methods to the analysis of
textual style and has bridged the gap between traditional literary
criticism and computer-aided stylistics.
The next Busa Award will be given at the ALLC/ACH conference in 2004.
The Award Winner will be invited to give a talk, the Busa plenary, at
ALLC and ACH are continuing to develop a new associated organizations
programme begun at the 2003 conference; this will enable professional
organizations with a remit similar to that of ALLC and ACH to present
a panel of papers in a parallel conference session.
We welcome proposals from such organizations for the 2004 conference,
especially in areas of computing in the humanities which have not
been represented at previous ALLC/ACH conferences.
We encourage representatives from professional organizations to
consider submitting a proposal under this initiative on topics they
think might be relevant to the ALLC/ACH conference audience. Such
proposals will undergo a review process and should be submitted
directly to the conference programme chair, Laszlo Hunyadi, no later
than November 3rd, 2003.
For more information please contact the conference programme chair,
Laszlo Hunyadi, email@example.com.
ALLC/ACH 2004 invites submissions 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, especially interdisciplinary work. We
particularly 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 include:
- traditional applications of computing in the humanities, including
(but not limited to) linguistics, text corpora, computational
lexicography, natural language processing, translation studies,
literary studies, text encoding, hypertext, text analysis, edition
philology and statistical models;
- computational models and applications related to multilingualism
and multicultural issues;
- the application of information technology to cultural and
historical studies (including archaeology and musicology);
- new approaches to research in humanities disciplines using digital
- the application to humanities data of techniques developed in such
fields as information science and the physical sciences and
- the application of information technology to issues related to
minority cultures as well as the integration of immigrants in the
- pedagogical applications of new media within the humanities;
- commercial applications of humanities computing, e.g. web
technology, natural language interfaces, archival organization and
- 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 modelling;
- 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
Programme Committee is November 3rd 2003; these will 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 submitting proposals.
For more information on the conference in general please visit the
conference web site.
Proposals to the Programme 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 "Computing and Multilingual, Multicultural Heritage", please
also make this explicit.
Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or
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.
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
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 are 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.
The poster sessions will build on the recent trend of showcasing some
of the most important and innovative work being done in humanities
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
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 regarding each
proposal. Submissions that do not contain the required information will be
returned to the authors, and may not be considered if they are received close to
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 TEI-Xlite
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 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.
Those interested in seeing examples from previous conferences can consult online
abstracts and programmes at:
The conference has previously been held at:
- 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 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 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.
Deadline for submission of proposals is extended to November 17th, 2003!
November 3rd, 2003: Submission of proposals for papers, poster
presentations, sessions and software demos.
February 16th, 2004: Notification of acceptance for papers, poster
presentations, sessions and software demos.
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 Programme 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
Full details of the scheme may be found on the ALLC home page
Applications must be made using the on-line form available there.
As an acknowledgement of the special contribution of the posters to
the conference, the Programme Committee will award a prize for the
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 presentation.
Information on Göteborg, Sweden and the hosting University,
travel, accommodation, and the social programme can all be found
linked to the pages at http://www.hum.gu.se/allcach2004/
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 General and Applied Linguistics
University of Debrecen
Egyetem ter 1.
Phone: +36 52 512-900/2116
Inquiries concerning conference registration, travel, local organization
and facilities, and other aspects of the local setting should be
Chair, Local Committee
The University of Göteborg
Centre for Humanities Computing
SE-405 30 Göteborg
X. International Programme Committee and Local Organizers
Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who will make
recommendations to the Programme Committee comprising:
Alejandro Bia, University of Alicante, Spain
Simon Horobin, University of Glasgow, UK
Laszlo Hunyadi (Chair), University of Debrecen, Hungary
Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen, University of Oulu, Finland
Susan Schreibman, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Stéfan Sinclair, University of Alberta, Canada
Natasha Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Michael Sperberg-McQueen, World Wide Web Consortium, USA
The conference is hosted by the Centre for Humanities Computing at the
University of Göteborg. The Chair of the local organizing
committee is Jan-Gunnar Tingsell, head of the Centre for Humanities
Computing, University of Göteborg.