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Date:    Fri, 16 Feb 2001 11:07:25 -0500
From:    H-NET Announcements Editor <>
Subject: CFP: Digital Resources in the Humanities, London
         (8-10 July 2001)


The DRH conferences

The annual Digital Resources for the Humanities conference is the
major forum for all those involved in, and affected by, the
digitization of our cultural heritage: the scholar creating or using
an electronic resource to further research; the teacher gathering Web
resources into an online learning environment; the publisher or
broadcaster integrating print or analogue with the digital to reach
new audiences; the librarian, curator or archivist wishing to improve
both access to and conservation of the digital information that
characterizes contemporary culture and scholarship; the computer or
information scientist seeking to apply new developments to the
creation, exploitation and management of humanities resources. A
volume of select papers from the conferences is published annually.

DRH 2001

DRH 2001 will be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London, Malet Street, London WC1 from 8-10 July 2001.


The academic programme of the conference will comprise academic
papers, panel discussions, and poster presentations. An exhibition of
products and services of interest to participants will form an
important part of the conference. The conference is known for its
friendly atmosphere and welcomes developers and users of digital
resources from, amongst others, universities, libraries,archives,
museums, galleries, broadcasters, publishers and community groups. The
conference social programme will, we hope, encourage informal
discussion and the chance to make lasting contacts between members of
the different groups represented.


The Conference Programme Committee seeks proposals for papers, panel
sessions and posters relating to the creation and use of digital
resources in all aspects of work in the humanities. Prospective
speakers are asked to bear in mind the following points: - Paper and
session proposals should seek to develop themes and intellectual
approaches which will be of interest and relevance across the subject
domain; it is not sufficient simply to outline recent work on an
individual project. Papers should take account of, and seek to
address, strategic themes across the subject domain. Preference will
be given to papers which outline innovative technical approaches or
explore subject areas which have been generally neglected by the
humanities computing community. Areas on which DRH conferences have
particularly concentrated in the past have included the creation of
digital resources, providing access to digital projects, and digital
preservation. The Conference Programme Committee from DRH 2001 will
particularly also welcome proposals which relate to the following

Visualisation of data: the use of graphical interfaces, GIS and other
techniques for the exploration of data sets. What are the major issues
for the use of these technologies by humanities scholars? What new
insights do they offer for those working in the humanities?

A managed digital environment: How far and in what ways do the
initiatives to knit together, coordinate and develop existing
initiatives for the creation of digital resources address the needs of
humanities researchers? What shape should the future digital
humanities environment be? How can digital initiatives be used to
create new communities and to support initiatives to consolidate such
communities (as, for example, in the use of digital technologies in
support of an e-Europe)?

Diversity and multi-culturalism: How can the creation and
dissemination of digital resources in the humanities help to underpin
and further a multi-cultural society? What are the major issues in
creating and accessing digital resources for different groups in
society? What technical issues affect the use of digital resources to
further a policy of social inclusiveness? How can network technologies
be used to support community programmes?

World Wide access: How can the development of humanities digital
resources support the creation of genuinely international access to
the new e-culture? How can digital technologies suport the work of
humanities scholars working on subjects connected with Asia and

Convergence: How will the anticipated convergence between
televisual,comunication and computing media affect research in the
humanities? What new opportunities does it offer?

Submitting Proposals

The deadline for submitting proposals is 24 February 2001 and
notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 30 March 2001. Please
note that all participants in the conference, including speakers, are
expected to pay their own conference and accommodation costs. We hope,
however, to offer a limited number of bursaries covering the
conference fee for certain categories of participant. All proposals
will be reviewed by at least two referees with relevant expertise. The
final decision on acceptance into the conference programme rests with
the Programme Committee.

For all type of proposal, authors are encouraged to provide a clear
overview of the work to be presented; state how the proposal relates
to the themes of the conference; outline any original or innovative
methods, technical solutions or conclusions; outline the demonstrable
value of the work to the broad humanities community. All proposals
should be submitted in English. All proposals should include full
name, institutional affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax and
e-mail details for all participants. All abstracts will be printed in
the conference book of abstracts.

Papers: We invite proposals for conference papers lasting no more than
20 minutes.  Proposals should be between 750 and 1,000 words. Papers
will be grouped into sessions of three papers. You are welcome to
propose a session of three papers relating to a specific theme. In
this case, session organisers should provide a clear description
(c.250 words) of how the papers relate to each other, in addition to
the three abstracts. Please note that all proposals for papers,
whether individual submissions or part of a themed session, will be
independently reviewed.

Themed Panel Sessions: We invite proposals for themed panel sessions
lasting no more than 90 minutes. Proposals should be between
1,000-1,500 words. The panel organiser should include details of the
individuals or organisations who have agreed to form the panel. Panel
sessions are intended to provide a forum for discussion of a specific
theme or issue, introduced by panel members.

Posters: We invite proposals for posters. Proposals should be between
750 and 1,000 words. Posters provide the opportunity for a visual,
rather than oral, presentation of work within an informal atmosphere.
Posters will be on display throughout the conference in a prominent
area. Posters should not include software demonstrations. Where a
software demonstration is required, the proposer should apply to be an
exhibitor at the academic rate.

Please forward all proposals and abstracts to the Chair of the
Programme Committee, Professor Andrew Prescott, University of
Sheffield (

Conference Publications: A book of abstracts, containing the revised
versions of all accepted papers, panel sessions and posters, will be
provided to all conference delegates.  These abstracts will also be
published on the conference web site. A volume of Selected Papers will
be published following the conference. Everyone who presents a paper
at the conference will be invited to submit a full version of their
paper for consideration for the publication.

Organisation: The Programme Committee, which has responsibility for
the academic programme of the conference, is chaired by Professor
Andrew Prescott of the Humanities Research Institute, University of
Sheffield. A list of the programme committee will shortly be posted on
the DRH website .

Call for hosts for DRH 2003

The DRH Standing Committee warmly invites proposals to host the DRH
conference in 2003 Prospective applicants should refer to the
conference Protocol and to other information on the DRH web site. 
Colleagues wishing to host the conference should write in the first
instance to the Chair of the Standing Committee, Dr Marilyn Deegan, at

AHC Strand

The 1999 DRH conference, at King's College London, was held in
conjunction with the annual conference of the Association for History
and Computing (UK).  DRH 2001 will follow this very successful
experience by including a substantial AHC strand of sessions, lasting
for at least one day.  The AHC strand will represent a conference
within a conference, in which AHC members will have an opportunity to
give and to hear papers on historical computing, while benefiting from
cross-fertilisation with other humanists with similar interests. 
Proposals for papers in the AHC strand will be sent to the AHC (UK)
committee, who will arrange for them to be refereed.

The AHC's aims are to promote and develop interest in the use of
computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both
teaching and research.  Recent years have seen the Association move
from its traditional emphasis upon quantitative methods and database
management to greater concern with such issues as digitisation,
Web-based publication, teaching and learning with digital resources,
and improving access to digital resources and archival holdings.  The
AHC invites papers on these and other aspects of the application of
computers, whether for research, teaching or archives.  In line with
the rest of the DRH conference, African and oriental topics are
particularly welcome, but papers may be submitted on any historical

Andrew Prescott Humanities Research Institute Floor 14, Arts Tower
University of Sheffield Sheffield S10 2TN

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