Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 123.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 07:12:04 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Busa Award: request for nominations
>From: "C. M. Sperberg-McQueen" <email@example.com>
>Date: 17 July 2000
Nominations for the Busa Award
One of the evergreen topics of Humanist is the unanswerable question "What
is humanities computing?" From time to time our esteemed pot-stirrer and
moderator tries to provoke a discussion on the topic by asking pointed
I write to invite humanists to try their hands at a different way of
defining our field -- namely, by identifying individuals whose work seems
to have exemplary (dare I say paradigmatic?) character.
A few years ago, the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and
the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) agreed to
create an award, to be given every three years, to honor outstanding
achievement in the application of information technology to humanistic
research. The award is named for Roberto Busa, SJ, who is regarded by many
as the founder of the field of humanities computing. The first award was
given to Father Busa in 1998.
The next Busa Award will be given next year, at the ACH/ALLC 2001
conference in New York (13-17 June). The award committee (names listed
below) is seeking nominations for the second Busa award.
This is our chance, as a community, to define our field by saying who
stands at the center of it. Whose work serves as the model we name, when
people ask what we hope to accomplish by the use of computers in the
The recipient will be invited to attend the ACH/ALLC 2001 conference in New
York at the expense of the ACH and ALLC, and to give the Busa Award lecture
in a plenary session.
Nominations may be made by anyone with an interest in humanities computing;
neither nominee nor nominator need be a member of ACH or ALLC (although of
course we encourage you to join!). Nominations should give some account of
the nominee's work and the reasons it is felt to be an outstanding
contribution to the field, worthy of honor. A list of bibliographic
references to the nominee's work is desirable.
Nominations should be sent to the chair of the award committee, C. M.
Sperberg-McQueen, at the address firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible but no
later than 31 August 2000.
-2001 Busa Award Committee
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
voice: +44 (0)20 7848 2784 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 5081
maui gratias agere
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