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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 475.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: catac@dijkstra.murdoch.edu.au (126)
             Subject: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and
                     Communication Conference

       [2] From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu> (70)
             Subject: 2002 Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP--
                     Preliminary CFP

             Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 10:01:36 +0000
             From: catac@dijkstra.murdoch.edu.au
             Subject: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication


    International Conference on
    12-15 July 2002
    University of Montral, Quebec, Canada

    Conference theme:
    The Net(s) of Power: Language, Culture and Technology

    The powers of the Nets can be construed in many ways - political, economic,
    and social. Power can also be construed in terms of Foucault's "positive
    power" and Bourdieu's notion of "cultural capital" - decentered forms of
    power that encourage "voluntary" submission, such as English as a _lingua
    franca_ on the Net. Similarly, Hofstede's category of "power distance"
    points to the role of status in encouraging technology diffusion, as
    low-status persons seek to emulate high-status persons. Through these
    diverse forms of power, the language(s) and media of the Net may reshape
    the cultural assumptions of its globally-distributed users - thus raising
    the dangers of "computer-mediated colonisation" ("Disneyfication" - a la
    Cees Hamelink).

    This biennial conference series aims to provide an international forum for
    the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge research on how diverse
    cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of information and
    communication technologies (ICT). "Cultural attitudes" here includes
    cultural values and communicative preferences that may be embedded in both
    the content and form of ICT - thus threatening to make ICT less the agent
    of a promised democratic global village and more an agent of cultural
    homogenisation and imperialism. The conference series brings together
    scholars from around the globe who provide diverse perspectives, both in
    terms of the specific culture(s) they highlight in their presentations and
    discussions, and in terms of the discipline(s) through which they approach
    the conference theme.

    The first conference in the series was held in London in 1998
    (http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac98/). For an overview of the
    themes and presentations of CATaC'98, see
    http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac98/01_ess.html. The second
    conference in the series was held in Perth in 2000

    Original full papers (especially those which connect theoretical frameworks
    with specific examples of cultural values, practices, etc.) and short
    papers (e.g. describing current research projects and preliminary results)
    are invited. Papers should articulate the connections between specific
    cultural values as well as current and/or possible future communicative
    practices involving information and communication technologies. We seek
    papers which, taken together, will help readers, researchers, and
    practitioners of computer-mediated communication - especially in the
    service of "electronic democracy" - better understand the role of diverse
    cultural attitudes as hindering and/or furthering the implementation of
    global computer communications systems.

    Topics of particular interested include but are not limited to:

    - Impact of information and communication technologies on local and
    indigenous languages and cultures.
    - Politics of the electronic global village in democratising or preserving
    - Communicative attitudes and practices in industrialised and
    industrialising countries.
    - Role of gender in cultural expectations regarding appropriate
    communicative behaviours.
    - Ethical issues related to information and communication technologies, and
    the impact on culture and communication behaviours.
    - Issues of social justice raised by the dual problems of "the digital
    divide" and "computer-mediated colonisation," including theoretical and
    practical ways of overcoming these problems.


    All submissions will be peer reviewed by an international panel of scholars
    and researchers. There will be the opportunity for selected papers to
    appear in special issues of journals and a book. Papers in previous
    conferences have appeared in special issues of a number of journals
    (Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de
    Communication, AI and Society Journal, Javnost- The Public, Journal of
    Computer Mediated Communication, and New Media and Society) and a book,
    "Culture, Technology, Communication: towards an Intercultural Global
    Village", edited by Charles Ess with Fay Sudweeks, SUNY Press, New York, 2001.

    Initial submissions are to be emailed to catac@it.murdoch.edu.au as an
    attachment (Word, HTML, PDF). Guidelines for submission, including
    templates, are on the web site. Submission of a paper implies that it has
    not been submitted or published elsewhere. At least one author of each
    accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference.

    Important Dates

    Full papers: 15 March 2002
    Short papers: 29 March 2002
    Notification of acceptance: 5 April 2002
    Final formatted papers: 26 April 2002


    Susan Herring (Associate Professor of Information Science, Adjunct
    Associate Professor of Linguistics, Indiana University): "The language of
    the Internet: English dominance or heteroglossia"

        Charles Ess, Drury University, USA, ejcrec@lib.drury.edu
        Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia, catac@it.murdoch.edu.au
        Lorna Heaton, University of Montreal, Canada, lheaton@videotron.ca
        Jose Abdelnour-Nocera, Open University, UK
        Tom Addison, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
        Phil Agre, University of California San Diego, USA
        Poline Bala, University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
        Steve Benson, Edith Cowan University, Australia
        Gunilla Bradley, Mid Sweden University/Ume University, Sweden
        Hans-Jrgen Bucher, Universitt Trier, Germany
        Michael Dahan, Israel
        Dineh Davis, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
        Gretchen Ferris Schl, College of William and Mary, USA
        John Gammack, Murdoch University, Australia
        Satinder Gill, Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research, Finland
          and Stanford University, USA
        Sara Gwynn, University of the West of England, UK
        Soraj Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
        Herbert Hrachovec, University of Vienna, Austria
        Jeremy Hunsinger, Virginia Tech, USA
        Lawrie Hunter, Kochi University of Technology, Japan
        Steve Jones, University of Illinois Chicago, USA
        Helen Nissenbaum, Princeton University, USA
        Leslie Regan Shade, University of Ottawa, Canada
        Gill Sellar, Edith Cowan University, Australia
        David Silver, University of Washington, USA
        Malin Sveningsson, Linkping University, Sweden
        Peter Sy, University of the Philippines, Philippines
        Wal Taylor, University of Central Queensland, Australia
        Richard Thomas, University of Western Australia, Australia
        Leslie Tkach, University of Tsukuba, Japan
        Arun-Kumar Tripathi, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
        Alexander Voiskounsky, Moscow University, Russia
        Andrew Turk, Murdoch University, Australia
        Yvonne Waern, Linkping University, Sweden
        Ann Willis, Edith Cowan University, Australia

             Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 10:02:20 +0000
             From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu>
             Subject: 2002 Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP--Preliminary CFP

                    2002 Conference on Empirical Methods
                       in Natural Language Processing
                                (EMNLP 2002)

                        Preliminary Call for Papers

    SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics' special
    interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP,
    invites submissions to EMNLP 2002. The conference will be held at
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA on July 6-7,
    immediately preceding the anniversary 40th meeting of the ACL (ACL

    We are interested in papers from academia, government, and industry on
    all areas of traditional interest to the SIGDAT community and aligned
    fields, including but not limited to:

    - information extraction
    - information retrieval
    - language and dialog modeling
    - lexical acquisition
    - machine translation
    - multilingual technologies
    - question answering
    - statistical parsing
    - summarization
    - tagging
    - term and named entity extraction
    - word sense disambiguation
    - word, term, and text segmentation
    - general NLP-related machine learning techniques:=20
                theory, methods and algorithms
                (incl. text mining, smoothing, etc.)

    As a follow-up to last year's focus on analyzing the current "Successes
    and Challenges" in the corpus-based methods, we encourage submissions=20
    on the theme=20

                       "The Next Big Thing in Data-driven NLP"

    We solicit papers that describe attempts to substantially and
    radically deviate from current practice of simple adaptations of
    existing and usually well-studied methods. All directions of a venture
    to a territory previously unknown (or once abandoned for one reason or
    another) to NLP are welcome, such as but not limited to

    - using Really Large Corpora (cf. last year's Brill's talk);
    - using previously neglected methods, including those from non-NLP=20
        fields, such as biology, nuclear physics, or finance, with promising=20
        results and/or reasonable potential for the future;
    - employing known methods in a radically different way or on
        problems they were not tried upon previously, with truly significant
    - combining intuition-based and data-based methods (finally!) with=20
        substantially improved results on known problems.

    We stress though that such papers, however radical their content might
    be, stick to the usual practice of documenting the results using
    standard experimental and evaluation practice. That does not exclude
    that authors provide extended final section in their submissions,
    discussing perhaps even slightly speculatively what the future might
    look like.


    Submissions should take the form of full papers (3200 words or less,
    excluding references) describing original, unpublished work. Papers
    being submitted to other meetings must provide this information on the
    title page.

    More info will be coming soon; see also last year EMNLP's website at

    Important Dates:

    Submission deadline: April 4, 2002=20
    Acceptance notification: May 8, 2002=20
    Camera-ready copy due: June 6, 2002=20
    Conference: July 6-7, 2002=20

    Conference Organizers:

    - Jan Hajic (chair), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    - Yuji Matsumoto (co-chair), Nara Institute of Science and Technology

    Conference URL http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/~hajic/emnlp02

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