TEI Conference 2014: First Call for Papers

Dear Colleague,

This is a first call for submissions of papers and posters for the 2014
TEI meeting, which will be held at Northwestern University, October 22-24,
2014. Northwestern is located in Evanston, a northern suburb of Chicago
with excellent public transportation to Chicago’s “Loop.”

The deadline for submissions will be April 30, 2014. More soon about the
details of the submission process. As in previous years, we welcome
submissions on anything plausibly related to the Text Encoding Initiative,
but we have a special interest in the following topics:

1. The TEI is about text “encoding,” but encoded texts need to be
“decoded” by readers who put the encoding to various uses, increasingly
with the aid of digital tools of one kind or another. What is the
scholarly value added by encoding? What can people do with TEI encoded
texts (and what have they done) that they could not otherwise do or have
done?

2. In 2015 some 25,000 TEI-encoded Text Creation Partnership (TCP) texts
printed before 1700 will be released into the public domain, and another
45,000 texts will be released in the five years to follow, producing by
2020 a deduplicated, structurally encoded, and open source library of just
about every English book printed before 1800. This is a very
consequential event for the documentary infrastructure of Early Modern
Studies in the Anglophone world. It is also an important event for the
TEI.

3. As announced earlier, the TEI meeting will partly overlap and share
some programming with the Chicago Digital Humanities and Computer Science
Colloquium, a lively regional conference. Music will be one of its
featured topics and may be a good topic for shared programming. We will
welcome submissions about TEI and MEI in the context of music in a digital
world.

We have not yet decided on keynote speakers, and I would very much welcome
off-line suggestions about suitable candidates.

With best wishes

Martin Mueller
Chair, Programming Committee, TEI Conference 2014
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University

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