[Humanist] 27.100 on the cfp for LLC, computational models of narrative

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Jun 6 22:17:22 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 100.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

        Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:09:23 +0000
        From: Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>
        Subject: Re:  27.96 cfp for LLC: computational models of narrative
        In-Reply-To: <20130605215413.A391B2D0F at digitalhumanities.org>

I read the below announcement with a mixture of amusement and annoyance. The
study of narrative is a major concern of the discipline of Literary Studies
(if it is a discipline). I am confident in predicting that few, if any,
literary scholars will read any essay in this promised issue. But then, as
Patrick Juola pointed out some time ago, practically nobody in the
humanities at large reads anything in LLC.The  literary scholars are partly
at fault here. But what about the astonishing arrogance of a statement like
"without computational modeling, the science of a complex human phenomenon
such as narrative will never be successful"? If LLC aims at being "The
Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities" will it help the
conversation between "digital humanists" (a term I abhor) and plain old
humanists if a special issue on so fundamental topic as narrative takes such
a narrow and aggressively possessive approach towards its topic?

I am far from hostile to quantitative or computational approaches to the
study of literature or other disciplines in the humanities. And I could
understand a special issue of LLC that concerned itself with in a more
modest note with the question how far computational approaches can take us
towards a better understanding of narrative.

But this is not the way to go for LLC, at least not if it wants to reach out
to a wider audience.

On 6/5/13 3:54 PM, "Humanist Discussion Group"<willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 96.
>            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                       www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>        Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:41:58 -0400
>        From: Mark Finlayson <markaf at MIT.EDU>
>        Subject: CfP: LLC Special Issue on Computational Models of
>Narrative (2nd call)
>2nd Call for Papers
>Special Issue on Computational Models of Narrative
>Literary & Linguistic Computing: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in
>the Humanities
>**Submissions due Friday, September 27, 2013**
>Edited by:
>Mark A. Finlayson, MIT, USA (lead editor)
>Floris Bex, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
>Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
>Deniz Yuret, Koç University, Turkey
>The past fifteen years has seen a resurgence of interest in a formal
>understanding and computational applications of the phenomenon of
>narrative. Since 1999 there have been more than forty conferences,
>workshops, symposia, and other meetings focusing on applying
>computational and experimental techniques to understanding, using, and
>generating narrative. Researchers across the humanities, social
>sciences, cognitive sciences, and computer sciences have turned their
>attention back to narrative, and are eager to make progress. With this
>momentum, the coming decade promises dramatic advances in the
>understanding of narrative.
>With this growing interest and building momentum in mind, Literary &
>Linguistic Computing: the Journal of Digital Scholarship in the
>Humanities (LLC) invites submission for a special issue on the topic of
>³Computational Models of Narrative².  The issue is so named because we
>believe that a true science of narrative must adhere to the principle
>espoused by Herbert Simon in his book The Sciences of the Artificial:
>that without computational modeling, the science of a complex human
>phenomenon such as narrative will never be successful, and that
>computational models are the proper lingua franca of the scientific
>study of narrative. The purview of the issue, then, is more than just
>the limited body of effort that directly incorporates computer
>simulation: it also includes work from a cognitive, linguistic,
>neurobiological, social scientific, and literary point of view.  The
>special issue is open to any work where the researchers have
>successfully applied their field¹s unique insights to narrative in a way
>that is compatible with a computational frame of mind. We seek work
>whose results are thought out carefully enough, and specified precisely
>enough, that they could eventually inform computational modeling of
>narrative.  As such, authors should explicitly discuss in their paper
>how their work could support or inform computational modeling.
>Full papers should not normally exceed 9,000 words. Shorter articles
>(containing material of a more general nature) should not exceed 5,000
>words and reports on research in progress should not be longer than
>3,000 words.  Authors  should review and conform to the following
>Information for authors:
>Online submissions:
>Self-archiving policy:
>Authors should submit their papers in .doc format (per LLC preferences)
>to Mark Finlayson, the lead editor, at markaf at mit.edu by 27th September
>2013. After this initial submission the editors will signal any major
>problems with style or content.  Revised versions addressing these
>concerns will be due as an online submission to the LLC manuscript
>system on Friday, November 22, 2013. When submitting to the LLC online
>system, authors should explicitly state in their cover letter to the LLC
>editor that their paper is part of this thematic issue. Papers will then
>be peer-reviewed, and final decisions will be issued Friday, February
>14, 2014.  The final copy, including all style and content corrections
>indicated by the editors, will be due Friday, March 14, 2014.  We expect
>the issue to appear as either the 2nd or 3rd issue of the 2014 volume.
>Any questions should be addressed to Mark Finlayson at markaf at mit.edu.

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