Association for Computers and the Humanities Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (11/20)

Call For Papers

Joint International Conference ACH-ALLC'97

June 3-7, 1997

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


ACH-ALLC97 invites submissions of between 1000 and 2000 words on any aspect of humanities computing, broadly defined as the point of intersection between computing methodologies and problems, both traditional and new, in humanities research and teaching.

Appropriate areas include, but are not limited to, languages and literature, history, philosophy, music, art, film studies, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, art history, creative writing, and cultural studies. We particularly encourage submissions from non-text-based areas, which have been under-represented in the past.

We are interested in receiving technical proposals that focus on new computational tools and approaches to research in humanities disciplines;

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Those describing finished research should be submitted as papers. Less advanced dissertation research or work not fully completed may be submitted either as a poster or as part of a panel session. See below for details. Students and young scholars should also read the note on bursaries later in this document.

Proposals may be submitted in either English or French.

The deadline for proposals for papers and sessions is 20 NOVEMBER 1996; for posters and software demos it is 8 JANUARY 1997.


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 (1000-2000 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.


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 remain displayed 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 is the same as those for regular papers. The deadline for submissions is 8 JANUARY 1997.

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:

Three papers on a related topic. 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. The papers might develop a topic in depth, or approach it from multiple, even conflicting, viewpoints. Or:

A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit an abstract of 1500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers and their contributions, 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. 20 NOVEMBER 1996.)


With rare exceptions, submissions must be sent electronically. Please pay particular attention to the format given below. The files will be used not only for the referee's reviews, but also for publishing the booklet of printed abstracts and for placing abstracts on the Web. 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
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

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 FAX NUMBER: of first author
PHONE NUMBER: of first author

The body of the paper should be in extended ASCII format (i.e. ISO-8859/1 or Latin-1) with limited html markup:

Notes, if needed, should take the form of endnotes rather than footnotes.

Submissions should be sent to:

achallc97-papers@qucis.queensu.ca with the subject line " Submission for ACHALLC97".

If you are submitting .gif files, please also fax a copy of the abstract, including the header-page, to:


If there are technical reasons why you cannot follow these rules, please contact the local organizers.


Equipment is available to display overheads, slides, video (VHS-NTSC), computer output (Mac or PC, either DOS or Windows) or Internet material (via Mac or PC).

If you need anything else, please ask the local organizers no later than 28 FEBRUARY 1997. They will try to help.


20 November 1996: Submission of proposals for papers and sessions

8 January 1997: Submission of proposals for posters and software demonstrations

15 February 1997: Notification of acceptance

28 February 1997: Requests to local organizers for non-standard equipment


A book of abstracts will be provided to all conference participants. In addition, abstracts will be published on the conference web pages at


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 composed of:

Chuck Bush, Brigham Young University
Robin Cover, SIL Academic Computing
Greg Lessard, Queen's University at Kingston Elli Mylonas, Brown University
Mark Olsen (Chair), University of Chicago Lisa Lena Opas, University of Joensuu
Espen Ore, University of Bergen Harold Short, King's College London


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 are members of the Association and who have papers accepted for presentation at the conference. Application for a bursary must be made at the same time as the proposal for a paper is submitted. Information on the conditions for an award and an application form (to be submitted electronically) can be found in the conference web pages. Applications will be considered after the Program Committee has decided which papers 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.


Queen's University is one of Canada's older universities, having received its royal charter in 1841. It has approximately 10000 full-time undergraduate students (including schools of engineering, law, medicine and business) and approximately 2000 full-time graduate students.

The university is located in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Ontario where the lake flows into the Saint Lawrence River. Kingston is characterized by many traditional limestone buildings, some of them on the Queen's campus, and by numerous historical sites, including Fort Henry and the Murney tower, constructed for defence against possible attacks from the south. The greater Kingston area has a population of around 120,000. Located midway between Montreal and Toronto, Kingston is accessible by air (from Toronto), train, bus, car and boat. The distance to both Toronto and Montreal is approximately 250 km.

The conference will take place in Stirling and Victoria Halls on the Queen's campus. Residence rooms have been arranged in Victoria Hall. The cost of these rooms (including breakfast) will be on the order of $45 CDN per night. (Currently, the Canadian dollar is worth around $0.75 US.) In addition, a block of rooms has been reserved in the Holiday Inn, located on the Kingston harbour, about a 20 minute walk from the campus.

It is expected that the conference fee will be on the order of 200$ CDN. This will include the printed abstracts, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks as well as lunch.

Detailed information on the conference, the university, and the city may be obtained at the conference web page:



For more information on the conference, please read the conference web pages. In addition, the following are the various conference email addresses:

For the submission of proposals for papers, sessions, posters and demos: achallc97-papers@qucis.queensu.ca

For the submission of registration forms: achallc97-registration@qucis.queensu.ca

For the submission of application forms for ALLC bursaries: achallc97-bursaries@qucis.queensu.ca

For queries of an organizational nature: achallc97-admin@qucis.queensu.ca

For queries concerning the goals of the conference or the format or content of papers, please contact the local organizers: achallc97-localorg@qucis.queensu.ca

For matters relating to accommodation, please contact the residence or hotels directly.

The local organizers are:

Greg Lessard (French Studies) and Michael Levison (Computing and Information Science)

Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
K7L 3N6

For human voice and fax interaction:

(Greg) Phone: 613-545-2083
Fax: 613-545-6522

(Michael) Phone: 613-545-6071
Fax: 613-545-6513

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