[Humanist] 25.741 events: digital/cultural; inheritance; Turing; CL for literature

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 21 08:55:33 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 741.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Geoff Sutcliffe <geoff at cs.miami.edu>                      (93)
        Subject: The Alan Turing Centenary Conference

  [2]   From:    Charles Muller <acmuller at l.u-tokyo.ac.jp>                 (93)
        Subject: CFP> JADH-2012 (U of Tokyo, 9/15-9/17)

  [3]   From:    Charles Muller <acmuller at l.u-tokyo.ac.jp>                (111)
        Subject: CFP: Beyond the Digital/Cultural Divide

  [4]   From:    Anna Kazantseva <ankazant at site.uottawa.ca>                (73)
        Subject: Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature

        Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:10:44 +0000
        From: Geoff Sutcliffe <geoff at cs.miami.edu>
        Subject: The Alan Turing Centenary Conference

Manchester, UK, June 22-25, 2012

First announcement and call for submissions


(1) Ten Turing Award winners, a Templeton Award winner and
    Garry Kasparov as invited speakers
(2) 20,000 pounds worth best paper award program, including
    5,000 pounds best paper award
(3) Three panels and two public lectures
(4) Turing Fellowship award ceremony
(5) and many more ...

For more details please check


Confirmed invited speakers:

- Fred Brooks (University of North Carolina)
- Rodney Brooks (MIT)
- Vint Cerf (Google) 
- Ed Clarke (Carnegie Mellon University) 
- Jack Copeland (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) 
- George Francis Rayner Ellis (University of Cape Town)
- David Ferrucci (IBM)
- Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research)
- Garry Kasparov (Kasparov Chess Foundation)
- Don Knuth (Stanford University)
- Yuri Matiyasevich (Institute of Mathematics, St. Petersburg)
- Roger Penrose (Oxford)
- Adi Shamir (Weizmann Institute of Science)
- Michael Rabin (Harvard)
- Leslie Valiant (Harvard)
- Manuela M. Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Andrew Yao (Tsinghua University)

Confirmed panel speakers:

- Ron Brachman (Yahoo Labs)
- Steve Furber (The University of Manchester)
- Carole Goble (The University of Manchester)
- Pat Hayes (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola)
- Bertrand Meyer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
- Moshe Vardi (Rice University)


Submissions are welcome in all areas related to the work of
Alan Turing in computer science, mathematics, cognitive science
and mathematical biology. A non-exclusive list of topics is
shown below:

- computation theory
- logic in computation
- artificial intelligence
- social aspects of computation
- models of computation
- program analysis
- mathematics of evolution and emergence
- knowledge processing
- natural language processing
- cryptography
- machine learning

See http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/submission
for more details.


A subset of poster session submissions will be selected as
candidates for best paper awards:
- The best paper award of 5,000 pounds
- The best young researcher best paper award of 3,000 pounds
- The second best paper award of 2,500 pounds 
- The second best young researcher best paper award of 1,500 pounds
- Sixteen (16) awards of 500 pounds each

See http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/submission/bestpaper
for more details.


The number of participants is limited. Register early to avoid


February 23:	Paper submission opens
March 1:	Registration opens
March 15:	Extended abstract submission deadline
March 29:	Poster session notification and selection of candidates for the best paper awards
April 20:	Full versions of papers selected for the best paper awards
May 1:		Final versions of poster session papers
May 21:      	Best paper award decisions
May 28: 	Final versions of papers selected for the best paper awards
June 22-25:	Conference


Honorary Chairs:
  Rodney Brooks (MIT)
  Roger Penrose (Oxford)
Conference Chairs:
  Matthias Baaz (Vienna University of Technology)
  Andrei Voronkov (The University of Manchester)
Turing Fellowships Chair:
  Barry Cooper (University of Leeds)
Programme Chair
  Andrei Voronkov (The University of Manchester)

        Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:22:59 +0900
        From: Charles Muller <acmuller at l.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
        Subject: CFP> JADH-2012 (U of Tokyo, 9/15-9/17)
        In-Reply-To: <20120220062316.577B326BF4C at woodward.joyent.us>

Call for Papers

“Inheriting Humanities”

The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce its
second annual conference, to be held at the University of Tokyo, Japan,
15-17 September, 2012. The conference will feature posters, papers and
panels. We invite proposals on all aspects of digital humanities
internationally, and especially encourage papers treating topics that deal
with the ways that humanistic studies are being inherited by humanities
scholars in the digital age.

In this decade, the digitization of cultural resources has been carried out
extensively by various projects and organizations, taking the ever-growing
Internet as the main infrastructure. However, in Japan, such activities have
tended to be carried out by practitioners and researchers of information
technology--often without sufficient cooperation with humanities scholars.
Therefore, one of the aims of JADH2012 is to raise awareness regarding the
efforts of humanities researchers and to have some discussion about this
area, so that we may provide new support for various approaches toward
inheriting humanities in the digital age.

Proposals might relate to the following aspects of digital humanities:
Research issues, including data mining, information design and modeling,
software studies, and humanities research enabled through the digital
medium; computer-based research and computer applications in literary,
linguistic, cultural and historical studies, including electronic
literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern
scholarship. Some examples might include text analysis, corpora, corpus
linguistics, language processing, language learning, and endangered
languages; the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theater, new media
and related areas; the creation and curation of humanities digital
resources; the role of digital humanities in academic curricula;

The range of topics covered by digital humanities can also be consulted in
the journal: LLC. The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities,
Oxford University Press.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 April 2012. Presenters will
be notified of acceptance on 16 May 2012.

Abstracts should be of approximately 500 words in length in English, 
and should clearly state:

1.      The type of presentation (poster, short paper, long paper or panel)
2.      A title
3.      A list of keywords (up to five)
4.      The name, status and affiliation of the presenter (s)
5.      A contact email address
6.      A postal address
7.      A biography of no more than 100 words

Please send abstracts to conf2012 [ at ] jadh.org by 15 April 2012.

Type of proposals:

1.      Poster presentations
Poster presentations may include work-in-progress on any
of the topics described above as well as demonstrations of
computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate
poster session will open the conference, during which time
presenters will need to be available to explain their work, share
their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Posters
will also be on display at various times during the conference,
and presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts
with more detailed information and URLs.

2. Short papers
Short papers are allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions)
and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on
shorter experiments and software and tools in early stages of

3. Long papers
Long papers are allocated 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions)
and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research and
reporting on significant new digital resources or methodologies.

4. Panels
Panels (90 minutes) are comprised of either:
(a) Three long papers on a joint theme. All abstracts should be
submitted together with a statement, of approximately 500 words,
outlining the session topic and its relevance to current directions
in the digital humanities; or
(b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organize should
submit a 500-words outline of the topic session and its relevance to
current directions in the digital humanities as well as an indication
from all speakers of their willingness to participate.

Please direct enquires about any aspect of the conference to:
conf2012 [ at ] jadh.org

[Note: the above CFP is posted at http://www.jadh.org/ and
The Twitter feed will be https://twitter.com/#!/jadh2012. Please
redistribute to the relevant information organs. -- Chuck]

A. Charles Muller

Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
Faculty of Letters
University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongō, Bunkyō-ku
Tokyo 113-8654, Japan

Office Phone: 03-5841-3735

Web Site: Resources for East Asian Language and Thought


Twitter: @acmuller4

        Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:42:19 +0900
        From: Charles Muller <acmuller at l.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
        Subject: CFP: Beyond the Digital/Cultural Divide
        In-Reply-To: <636b4c35a777152c2d74f5b84e9f013b.squirrel at mail.h-net.msu.edu>

Call for Papers

Theme: Beyond the Digital/Cultural Divide
Subtitle: In/Visibility and New Media
Type: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication
Conference 2012 (CATaC'12)
Institution: Aarhus University
Location: Aarhus (Denmark)
Date: 18.–20.6.2012
Deadline: 2.3.2012


The biennial CATaC conference series, begun in 1998, has become a
premier international forum for current research on the complex
interactions between culturally-variable norms, practices, and
communication preferences, and interaction with the design,
implementation and use of information and communication technologies

Our 2012 conference, as the title suggests, begins with the
recognition that the ongoing issues and challenges clustering around
digital divides – often involving mutually reinforcing cultural
divides – extends beyond classic and stubborn problems of access to
new media and communication technologies.

For example, matters of representation come into play, issuing in a
cluster of questions:

- Whose images and words are seen/presented/promoted and whose
aren’t? And why?

- If activists are using new media to represent realities of, say,
oppressed indigenous people in a given country, is this better than
no visibility at all, even if the people in question do not have
access or skills to present themselves as subjects?

In particular:

- Local and indigenous HCI/ID is about making visible the semiotic
scripts and political processes of meaning construction that shape
the process of technology design and knowledge representation from a
sociotechnical perspective. Making visible these scripts enables the
assessment of the value of these tools and frameworks from indigenous
and/or local perspectives. Key concerns here are (1) to examine the
meaning and validity of democratic values that drive participatory
design as a discipline, and (2) to question ‘exported’
representations of what constitutes good usability and user

- How do new practices of cloaking messages in otherwise public or
semi-public media; for example, the strategies of online
steganography work to create intentional invisibility in otherwise
visible spaces? Are there important culturally-variable elements in
these practices that, when brought to the foreground, help illuminate
and clarify them in new ways?

- What are the role(s) of (culturally) diverse understandings and
representations of gender in structuring the frameworks and practices
of design and implementation. How do these roles foster the
visibility of some vis-à-vis the invisibility of “others” (in
Levinas’ sense, in particular)?

Additional submissions are encouraged that address further conference
points of emphasis:

- Theoretical and practical approaches to analyzing “culture”
- New layers of imaging and texting interactions fostering and/or
  threatening cultural diversity
- Impact of mobile technologies on privacy and surveillance
- Gender, sexuality and identity issues in social networks
- Cultural diversity in e-learning and/or m-learning
- Culturally-variable approaches to online identity
  management/creation, privacy, trust Copyright and intellectual
  property rights – recent developments, culturally-variable future
- Culturally-variable responses to commodification in online

Both short (3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are
sought for presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme
or topic are also encouraged.

Provisional Schedule

- Submission of papers (short or full), panel proposals:
  2 March 2012
- Notification of acceptance:
  30 March 2012
- Final formatted papers (for conference proceedings):
  3 May 2012

Further details regarding program (including keynote speakers and
pre-conference activities), registration fees, travel and
accommodations will be available soon on the conference website:

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Rasha Abdulla
(Associate Professor and Chair of the Journalism & Mass Communication
Department, The American University in Cairo)
“Lessons from Egypt: The roles and limits of social media in
political activism and transformation”

Dr. Randi Markussen
(Associate Professor and Head of Group, Technologies in Practice, IT
University of Copenhagen)
“E-Voting and Public Control of Elections”


Charles Ess (IMV, Aarhus University, Denmark), Chair
Fay Sudweeks (Professor Emerita, Murdoch University, Australia) –
honorary chair
Herbert Hrachovec (University of Vienna, Austria)
Leah Macfadyen (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
José Abdelnour Nocera (University of West London, UK)
Kenneth Reeder (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
Ylva Hård af Segerstad (Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden)
Michele M. Strano (Bridgewater College, USA)
Andra Siibak (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Maja van der Velden (University of Oslo, Norway)

Conference website:

Costica Bradatan, PhD
Assistant Professor

Texas Tech University
The Honors College
PO Box 41017
Lubbock, TX 79409


        Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:53:11 -0500
        From: Anna Kazantseva <ankazant at site.uottawa.ca>
        Subject: Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature
        In-Reply-To: <636b4c35a777152c2d74f5b84e9f013b.squirrel at mail.h-net.msu.edu>

Final Call for Papers

Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature

Co-located with

The 2012 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies

June 8, 2012

Montréal, Québec, Canada

All information, including announcements and updates, can be found on the workshop's Web site:



The amount of literary material available on-line keeps growing rapidly. Not only are there machine-readable texts in libraries, collections and e-book stores, but there is also more and more “live” literature – e-zines, blogs, self-published e-books and so on. There is a need for tools to help users navigate, visualize and appreciate high volume of available literature.

Literary texts are quite different from technical and formal documents, which have been the focus of NLP research thus far. Most forms of statistical language processing rely on lexical information in one way or another. In literature, the primary mode is narrative rather than exposition. Stories may be cognitively easier to read than certain expository genres, such as scientific documents, but it is a challenging form of discourse for NLP tools and methods. For instance, literary prose lacks overt lexical clues and structural markers typically leveraged in the processing of more structured genres. Also, even conventional literary texts exhibit far less unity of time, space and topic than most formal discourse. Learning to handle these challenges in literary data may help move past heavy reliance on surface clues in general.

Literature also differs from other genres because of the needs of its typical audience. For instance, reading, searching or browsing literature online is a different task than searching for the latest news on a particular topic. Search criteria would be rather abstract: not a keyword, but a literary style, similarity to another work, point of view and so on. When looking for a summary or a digest, a reader may prefer to know or visualize a text's broad characteristics than facts which summarize the plot.

We invite papers that touch upon these areas, but also welcome other ideas which promote the processing of literary narrative or related forms of discourse.


Note: Papers on other closely related topics will also be considered

* the needs of the readers and how those needs translate into meaningful NLP tasks;
* searching for literature;
* recommendation systems for literature;
* computational modelling of narratives, computational narratology;
* summarization of literature;
* differences between literature and other genres as relevant to computational linguistics;
* discourse structure in literature;
* emotion analysis for literature;
* profiling and authorship attribution;
* identification and analysis of literature genres;
* building and analysing social networks of characters;
* generation of literary narrative, dialogue or poetry;
* modelling dialogue literary style for generation.


We invite submission of long and short papers, describing completed or ongoing research on systems, studies, theories and models which can inform the area of computational linguistics for literature. Long papers should be at most 8 pages, plus unlimited space for references. Short papers should be at most 4 pages plus references, and can be appropriate for either oral or poster presentation. Accepted long papers, and perhaps selected short papers, will be presented as talks. In addition, we encourage submission of position papers -- mapping out research ideas and programs -- of up to 6 pages plus references.

There will be double-blind review: submissions must be anonymized.

Style files and sample PDFs are available on this page:


Submission page:  please visit later

IMPORTANT DATES (all deadlines 11:59 pm. Hawaii Time)

Submission deadline: March 12, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 13, 2012
Camera-ready version due: May 1, 2012
Workshop: June 8, 2012


* Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm (Rochester Institute of Technology)
* Nicholas Dames (Columbia University)
* Hal Daumé III (University of Maryland)
* Anna Feldman (Montclair State University)
* Mark Finlayson (MIT)
* Pablo Gervás (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
* Roxana Girju (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
* Amit Goyal (University of Maryland)
* Katherine Havasi (MIT Media Lab)
* Matthew Jockers (Stanford University)
* James Lester (North Carolina State University)
* Inderjeet Mani (Children's Organization of Southeast Asia)
* Kathy McKeown (Columbia University)
* Saif Mohammad (National Research Council, Canada)
* Vivi Nastase (HITS gGmbH)
* Rebecca Passonneau (Columbia University)
* Livia Polanyi (LDM Associates)
* Owen Rambow (Columbia University)
* Michaela Regneri (Saarland University)
* Reid Swanson (University of California, Santa Cruz)
* Marilyn Walker (University of California, Santa Cruz)
* Janice Wiebe (University of Pittsburgh)


* David Elson  (Google)
* Anna Kazantseva (University of Ottawa)
* Rada Mihalcea (University of North Texas)
* Stan Szpakowicz (University of Ottawa)


Send general inquiries to clfl.workshop at gmail.com

Anna Kazantseva
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Ottawa
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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