Conference/CFP - Computational Methods for Literary- Historical Textual Studies 3-5 July 2018, UK

Publish Date: Feb 20, 2018

Deadline: May 01, 2018

Event Dates: from Jul 03, 2018 12:00 to Jul 05, 2018 12:00

Conference/CFP - Computational Methods for Literary- Historical Textual Studies

The Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, is running a three-day international conference to showcase and explore the latest methods for analyzing literary and historical texts using computers. A particular focus will be the ways in which literary and historical scholarship will turn increasingly algorithmic in the future as program invents wholly new kinds of questions to ask of texts because the program has wholly new ways to investigate them. The conference will bring together and put into fruitful dialogue, scholars using traditional literary and historical methods and those exploring and inventing new computational methods, to their mutual benefit.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Hugh Craig (Newcastle University, Australia) on
    a topic to be confirmed Willard McCarty (King's College London) on
    "What happens when we intervene?"
  • Gary Taylor (Florida State University) on "Invisible writers: Finding 'anonymous' in the digital archives"

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on topic, which might cover such matters as:

  • More markup or smarter algorithms?: The future
    of text analysis.
  • Is anything just not computable in literary-historical
    textual studies, and does it matter?
  • Where are we with Optical Character Recognition?
  • Are texts Orderly Hierarchies of Content Objects,
  • Can (should?) one person try to learn traditional
    and digital methods of textual scholarship?
  • XML but not TEI: Using roll-your-own schemas
  • New developments in Natural Language Processing
  • Regularizing historical spelling variation: Is
    it necessary? How can we do it?
  • Getting started with digital textual analysis: Reports
    from unwearied beginners
  • Is it too easy to get results with computers and
    too hard to avoid big errors?
  • Teaching textual analysis using computers
  • Does it matter if non-computational colleagues
    don't understand our work?
  • Showcasing new technologies
  • Is digital practice changing textual theories?
  • When is a source text digital transcription good
  • Teamwork versus lone scholarship: Does working
    digitally make a difference?
  • Where does textual analysis meet digital editing?

The conference is generously funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council, which includes the provision of eight student bursaries, worth 200 GBP each, to help cover the costs of attending to give a paper. Students wanting to apply for bursaries should indicate so in the paper proposal.


To apply to give a paper, please send the title of the paper and a description (200-300 words) to Prof Gabriel Egan <>. If you are
a student applying for one of the bursaries, please say so in your proposal and add a couple of sentences describing your circumstances in a way that makes committee want to give you the bursary.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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