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ALLC / ACH 2000

University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Scotland / UK
21 - 25 July, 2000

- deadline extended to 30th Nov. 1999

Online proposal form now available
Online bursary application form now available.

ALLC/ACH 2000 invites submissions of between 1000 and 1500 words on any aspect of humanities computing, broadly defined as the common ground between computing methodologies and problems in humanities research and teaching.

We welcome submissions in any area of the humanities, including interdisciplinary work. Appropriate discipline areas include, but are not limited to, languages and literature, history, philosophy, music, art, film studies, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, creative writing, and cultural studies.We particularly encourage submissions from new media and multimedia studies and from disciplines such as library science, linguistics and other social sciences, where these overlap significantly with the humanities.

Other areas of interest include the creation and use of digital resources, and the application to humanities data of techniques developed in such fields as information science and the physical sciences and engineering, including neural networks and image processing.

Successful proposals might, for instance, focus on:

  • new computational tools and approaches to research in humanities disciplines;
  • 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 to the digital arts, especially projects and installations that feature technical research of potential interest to humanities scholars;
  • information design in relation to the academic humanities, including visualization, simulation, and modelling;
  • pedagogical applications within the humanities;
  • the institutional role of humanities computing within the academy, including research and teaching in the subject and collegial support for these activities in other fields.

PhD students are encouraged to submit proposals. Those describing finished research may be submitted as papers. Ongoing dissertation research may be submitted as poster proposals. See below for details.

Those interested in seeing the type of paper the committee is looking for can consult the abstracts of papers at previous conferences:

Students and young scholars should also read the note on bursaries later in this document.

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.

The deadline for submissions of paper/session proposals is 15 NOVEMBER 1999. The deadline for submissions of poster/demo proposals is 15 JANUARY 2000.

Proposals may be of four types: papers, posters, software demonstrations, and sessions. The type of submission should be specified in the header of the proposal.

Proposals for papers (1000-1500 words) should describe completed research which has given rise to substantial results. Individual papers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation, including questions.

Proposals should describe original work. Those 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 software and project demonstrations (either stand-alone or in conjunction with poster presentations) are designed to give researchers an opportunity to present late-breaking results, significant work in progress, well-defined problems, or research that is best communicated in conversational mode.

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 metres 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 a block of time separate from paper sessions will be assigned when presenters should be prepared to explain their work and answer questions. Specific times will also be assigned for software or project demonstrations.

The format for proposals for posters and software demonstrations are the same as those for regular papers.

Proposals for software or project demonstrations should indicate the type of hardware that would be required if the proposal is accepted.

Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:
((a) Three papers. The session organizer should submit a 500-word statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 1000-1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the session; or
(b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit an abstract of 1000-1500 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 submissions must be sent electronically. Please pay particular attention to the format given below. Submissions which do not conform to this format will be returned to the authors for reformatting, or may not be considered if they arrive very close to the deadline.

All submissions should begin with the following information:
TYPE OF PROPOSAL: paper, poster, session or software demonstration.
TITLE: title of paper or session
KEYWORDS: three keywords (maximum) describing the main contents of the paper or session

If submitting a session proposal, give the following information 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

If submitting a paper proposal, give the following information:

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

All submissions must include:
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

Proposals should take the form of ASCII or ISO-8859/1 files. Where necessary, a header should indicate the combinations of ASCII characters used to represent characters outside the ASCII or ISO 8859/1 range. Notes, if needed, should take the form of endnotes rather than footnotes.

Submissions should be entered into the online form or emailed to with the subject line "<Author's surname> Submission for ALLCACH2k".

Those who submit abstracts containing graphics and tables are asked to fax a copy of the abstract in addition to the one sent electronically. Faxes should be sent to: +44 141 330 4537. The cover page should reproduce the header from the electronic submission.

Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector, a data projector which will display Macintosh, DOS/Windows, and video (but not simultaneously), an Internet connected computer which will run Macintosh OS programs or DOS/Windows programs, and a VHS (PAL) videocassette recorder. NTSC format may be available; if you anticipate needing NTSC, please note this information in your proposal.

Requests for other presentation equipment will be considered by the local organizers; requests for special equipment should be directed to the local organizers no later than January 31, 2000.

November 15, 1999: Submission of proposals for papers and sessions
January 15, 2000: Submission of proposals for posters and software demonstrations
February 15, 2000: Notification of acceptance.

A book of abstracts will be provided to all conference participants. In addition, abstracts will be published on the conference web page. An announcement in regard to publication of full papers will be made in due course.

Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who will make recommendations to the Program Committee comprising:

Paul Fortier, University of Manitoba (Chair)
John Dawson Cambridge University
Laszlo Hunyadi, Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen,
Elisabeth Burr, University of Duisburg,
Julia Flanders, Brown University,
Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Kentucky,
Willard McCarty, King's College, London,
Nancy Ide, Vassar College

Jean Anderson, University of Glasgow
Fiona Tweedie, University of Glasgow
The remaining local organising committe members are listed here.

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 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.

Applications must be made to the conference organizer. The deadline for receipt of applications is the same as for submission of papers, i.e. November 15, 1999. More details of the bursary scheme may be found linked to the ALLC home page, and an on-line application form is available here.

Information on the University of Glasgow, on travel, accommodation (in nearby student residences from 21 to 30, and in hotels at a range of prices) and the social programme can all be found linked to the main conference web page

It is expected that the conference fee will be on the order of 150 GBP for members. This will include the printed abstracts, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, and lunch.

There will be a varied programme of social events, including tours to nearby lochs and mountains, a visit to a whisky distillery, tutored whisky tasting, and a ceilidh with traditional Scottish music and dancing.

Queries concerning the goals of the conference or the format or content of papers should be addressed to:

Jean Anderson,
ALLC / ACH 2000,
University of Glasgow,
6 University Gardens,
Glasgow G12 8QH, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4980

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