[Humanist] 24.306 events: DH2011; Literacy in Oral Cultures

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Sep 1 22:25:22 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 306.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>           (75)
        Subject: Literacy in Oral Cultures: Call for Papers

  [2]   From:    Katherine L Walter <kwalter at unlnotes.unl.edu>            (182)
        Subject: Digital Humanities 2011 Call for Posters, Short Papers, Long
                Papers, and Sessions

        Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2010 10:48:19 +0100
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>
        Subject: Literacy in Oral Cultures: Call for Papers


*Literacy in oral cultures: conflicts, compromises and complications*

URL: http://www.gla.ac.uk/hatii/
Email: LOCsymposium at gmail.com <mailto:LOCsymposium at gmail.com>
Date: 25 November, 2010.
Location: University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

****** Deadline for submission to Call for Papers: 20^*th* * September 
2010 *******

Before Western colonial intervention, the culture and bureaucracy of 
sub-Saharan Africa was predominantly transmitted orally through ritual, 
storytelling, music, etc. For many years, the literate western colonial 
bureaucracy laboured to transform Africa and the evidence of the 
interaction between these two cultures is documented and preserved in 
the national archives of almost all African countries. This is, however, 
an incomplete record of bureaucratic process and ownership; the voices 
of Africans are largely silent in this official record.

A free two-day symposium, /Literacy in oral cultures: conflicts, 
compromises and complications/, is hosted by the Humanities Advanced 
Technology and Information Institute (HATII) within the School of 
Humanities of the University of Glasgow. This symposium will provide a 
forum for renowned academics in African history both from the UK and 
Africa, surviving British former administrators in colonial Africa, UK 
scholars who have experience in using the archives in Africa, 
archivists, post-graduate students, researchers and many others, to 
discuss a range of critical issues surrounding media and memory in 
pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Africa. The symposium keynote 
speakers will be Ivan Murambiwa, Director of the National Archives of 
Zimbabwe and Professor Kings Phiri of the University of Malawi.

Although the conference is primarily for postgraduate students, everyone 
is invited to submit abstracts of papers and presentations for one of 
the three student panel discussions whose suggested themes are outlined 
below. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be emailed to 
LOCsymposium at gmail.com <mailto:LOCsymposium at gmail.com> by *14*^*th* * 
August 2010*. Applicants should include their names, details of their 
institution and phase of study, and indicate for which panel they 
consider their paper most relevant.

/*Panel 1: Media and memory in oral cultures (pre-colonial era)*/:

      What can we learn from the culture which existed before colonialism?

      What are the dynamics of oral, aural, visual and material
      practices in oral cultures?

      How does this differ from literate cultures?

/*Panel 2: Literacy in oral cultures (colonial era)*/:

      When oral cultures encounter literacy, how do they co-exist and to
      what extent do they cross-pollinate?

      Is postcolonial African culture necessarily a hybrid culture?

      How is this encounter reflected in the archives of colonial
      bureaucracy and tribal memory?

      Whose voices remain silent in either place?

/*Panel 3: Compromises and complications (post-colonial era)*//:/

      How do we include the voices of the people (oral history, internet
      fora, etc.)?

      What ethical, legal, political and economic issues surround such
      an aim?

      Whose responsibility is it?

Professor Andrew Prescott
Director of Research
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute
University of Glasgow
George Service House
11 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 3635
Mobile: +44 (0)774 389 5209
Fax: +44 (0)141 330 1675

        Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 14:42:06 -0500
        From: Katherine L Walter <kwalter at unlnotes.unl.edu>
        Subject: Digital Humanities 2011 Call for Posters, Short Papers, Long Papers, and Sessions

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Digital Humanities 2011
Call for Papers
Hosted by Stanford University

19-22 June 2011

Abstract deadline:  November 1, 2010 (Midnight GMT). 

Please note:  The Program Committee will not be offering an extension to 
the deadline as has become customary in recent years. The deadline of 
November 1 is firm. If you intend to submit a proposal for DH2011, you 
need to submit it via the electronic submission form on the conference 
website by November 1

Presentations include:
Posters (abstract max of 1500 words)
Short papers (abstract max of 1500 words)
Long papers (abstract max of 1500 words)
Multiple paper sessions, including panels (overview max of 500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement

I. General Information

The international Program Committee invites submissions of abstracts of 
between 750 and 1500 words on any aspect of digital humanities, from 
information technology to problems in humanities research and teaching. We 
welcome submissions particularly relating to interdisciplinary work and on 
new developments in the field, and we encourage submissions relating in 
some way to the theme of the 2011 conference, which is Digital Humanities 
2011: Big Tent Digital Humanities. With the Big Tent theme in mind, we 
especially invite submissions from Latin American scholars, scholars in 
the digital arts and music, in spatial history, and in the public 
humanities. The conference web site is in development at 
http://dh2011.stanford.edu will be developing over the next few weeks. The 
program committee aims for a varied program and for that reason will 
normally not accept multiple submissions from the same author or group of 
authors for presentation at the conference. 

Proposals might, for example, relate to the following aspects of digital 

research issues, including data mining, information design and modelling, 
software studies, and humanities research enabled through the digital 

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 be 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 of the associations:  Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), 
Oxford University Press.

The deadline for submitting poster, short paper, long paper, and sessions 
proposals to the Program Committee is November 1, 2010.  Since the 
deadline is firm, we urge you to begin preparing your proposals before the 
submission form is ready.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance on 
February 15, 2011.  The electronic submission form will be available on 
the conference site the beginning of October 2010. See below for full 
details on submitting proposals.   

A separate call for pre-conferences and workshops will be issued by the 
Program Committee next week.  In addition, proposals for non-refereed or 
vendor demonstrations should be discussed directly with the local 
conference organizer, Glen Worthey, as soon as possible.  His email 
address is gworthey at stanford.edu. All other proposals should be submitted 
to the Program Committee through the aforementioned electronic submission 
form on the conference web site. 

For more information on the conference in general, please visit the 
conference web site.

II.  Types of Proposals

Proposals to the Program Committee may be of four types:  (1) poster 
presentations; (2) short paper presentations; (3) long papers; and (4) 
sessions (either three-paper or panel sessions).  This year, the committee 
is approaching submissions in a different way.  The type of submission 
preferred should be specified on the application; however, the committee 
may accept the application in another category based on the number of 
proposals and the nature of the abstracts.  In part this addresses the 
incredible response to recent calls and in part recognizes that all 
applications are refereed and that the types of presentations are 
therefore equal in importance. 

Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian or 

1)  Poster presentations  

Please submit an abstract of 750 to 1500 words.  Poster presentations may 
include any work in progress on any topic of the call for papers as 
outlined above, computer technology, project demonstrations, and software 
demonstrations.  Posters and software demonstrations are intended to be 
interactive, with the opportunity of the presenter 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 will be provided 
with board space to display their work, computer connections may be 
available, and presenters are encouraged to provide a URL, business card, 
or handouts with more detailed information. Posters will be on display at 
various times during the conference, and a separate conference session 
will be dedicated to them when presenters should be present to explain 
their work and to answer questions.  Additional times may be assigned for 
software or project demonstrations. Poster sessions may showcase some of 
the most important and innovative work being done in the digital 
humanities.  In recognition of this, the Program Committee will award a 
prize for best poster. 

2)  Short papers

This is a new category of presentation, allowing for up to five short 
papers in a one-hour session, with the length held to a strict ten (10) 
minutes each in order to allow time for one to two questions per paper. 
Short paper proposals (750 to 1500 words)  are appropriate for reporting 
shorter experiments; describing work in progress; and  for describing 
newly conceived tools or software in early stages of development.   At the 
behest of the Program Committee, short papers may be presented as both a 
short paper and as a poster session.  For research or projects further 
along in development, presenters should consider applying for a long paper 

3)  Long Papers

Proposals for long papers (750-1500 words) are for reporting substantial, 
completed, and previously unpublished research; the development of 
significant new methodologies or digital resources; and/or rigorous 
theoretical, speculative, or critical discussions.  Individual papers will 
be allocated twenty (20) minutes for presentation and ten (10) minutes for 

Proposals about the development of new computing methodologies or digital 
resources should indicate how the methodologies are applied to research 
and/or teaching in the humanities, what their impact has been in 
formulating and addressing the research questions, and should include some 
critical assessment of the application of those methodologies in the 
humanities.  Papers than concentrate on a particular application or 
digital resource in the humanities should cite traditional as well as 
computer-based approaches to the problem and should include some critical 
assessments of the computing methodologies used.  All proposals should 
include relevant citations to sources in the literature. 

4) Multiple Paper Sessions (90 minutes) are either: 

Three long 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, i.e. November 1, 2010.    

Several points about the sessions papers:  papers that are submitted as 
parts of special sessions may *not* also be submitted individually for 
consideration in another category. Session proposers should justify 
bundling the three papers into a special session, i.e., explaining the 
added value of the special session as opposed to including the papers 
separately, particularly how the special session addresses the conference 

III.  Format of the Proposals

All proposal must be submitted electronically using the online submission 
form, found at the conference web site at http://dh2011.stanford.edu 
beginning October 1, 2010.  Anyone who has previously used the confTool 
system to submit proposal or reviews should use their existing account 
rather than setting up a new one.  If anyone has forgotten their user name 
or password, please contact dh2011 at digitalhumanities.org.  As noted above, 
the electronic submission form will be available on the conference site 
the beginning of October 2010.

IV.  Information about the conference venue
Situated on the peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific 
Ocean, Stanford University is in the heart of Silicon Valley, not far from 
magnificent redwood forests and the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma 
Valleys.  Stanford has a special culture and history to offer the Digital 
Humanities, sharing both rich traditions in the humanities, arts, and 
sciences, and a deep kinship with the world of computing, beginning well 
before the late 1930s founding of Hewlett-Packard by two recent Stanford 
graduates in a Stanford professor's now-legendary garage, and continuing 
through the founding of Google by two other Stanford graduate students in 
the late 1990s.  We welcome new pioneers of DH2011 to Stanford. 

V.  Bursaries for young scholars

 A limited number of bursaries for young scholars will be made available 
to those presenting at the conference by the Association of Digital 
Humanities Organizations (ADHO).  Young scholars who wish to apply for a 
bursary will find guidelines on the ADHO website 
http://www.digitalhumanities.org later this fall (roughly November 1st). 
More details will be issued about this subject in the next few weeks.

VI.  International Program Committee

Arianna Ciula (ALLC)
Dominic Forest (SDI-SEMI)
Cara Leitch (SDI-SEMI)
John Nerbonne (ALLC)
Bethany Nowviskie (ACH)
Daniel O'Donnell (SDI-SEMI)
Dot Porter (ACH)
Jan Rybicki (ALLC)
John Walsh (ACH)
Katherine Walter (ACH: Chair)

More information about the Humanist mailing list