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the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and
the Association for Computers and the Humanities
Göteborg University, June 11 - 16, 2004.

Computing and Multilingual, Multicultural Heritage

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Call for papers: ALLC/ACH 2003

Computing and Multilingual, Multicultural Heritage
Call for Papers

University of Göteborg, (Gothenburg), Sweden
June 11-16, 2004
Conference Web Site:
Online Proposal Submission Form:
Please, see additional information about the submission format!

I. The ALLC/ACH Conference

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, and Espen Aarseth (Center for Computer Games Research Copenhagen,

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 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. The Busa Award

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 the conference.

III. Associated Organization

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,

IV. Submissions

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 collections;
  • the application to humanities data of techniques developed in such fields as information science and the physical sciences and engineering;
  • the application of information technology to issues related to minority cultures as well as the integration of immigrants in the dominant society;
  • pedagogical applications of new media within the humanities;
  • 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 develops.

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.

A. Types of Proposals

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 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

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. 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 computing.


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.

B. Format

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 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 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.

C. Examples from past conferences

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.

V. Publication

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.

VI. Deadlines

  • 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.

VII. Bursaries

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 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 there.

VIII. 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.

IX. 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 presentation.


Information on Göteborg, Sweden and the hosting University, travel, accommodation, and the social programme can all be found linked to the pages at


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:

Laszlo Hunyadi
Professor, Head
Department of General and Applied Linguistics
University of Debrecen
Egyetem ter 1.
4010 Debrecen

Phone: +36 52 512-900/2116
Fax: +36-52-412336

Inquiries concerning conference registration, travel, local organization and facilities, and other aspects of the local setting should be addressed to:

Jan-Gunnar Tingsell
Chair, Local Committee
The University of Göteborg
Centre for Humanities Computing
Box 200
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.