Call for submissions for “New Directions in Text Analysis”

The organizing committee of CaSTA 2008 also invites proposals from Canadian and international scholars and practitioners working in any area of technical or textual studies addressing the conference theme, “New Directions in Text Analysis.” This will be the sixth annual CaSTA conference, held in association with TAPoR (the Text Analysis Portal). The two days of the conference (17-18 October) will feature keynote and plenary addresses, papers, panels, and posters on a wide range of topics related to the future of digital text analysis. Presentations might address such topics as

• changing notions of what constitutes a text

• the relationship of the material text (its physical manifestation) to the ideal text (the text as an abstraction of words in a particular combination)

• editing and publishing digital texts for a changing readership

• new media and digital textual scholarship

• new tools and methodologies for text analysis

• digital texts and analysis in the scholarly mainstream

• working with graduate students and research teams

Abstracts of 500-700 words should propose presentations in one of three forms:

• Single papers (max of 3,000 words)

• Panels (three to five papers on a common theme)

• Posters (max of 750 words), either hard copy (approximately two square metres of board space)

or digital with terminal access provided. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference and there will be a designated session time for presenters to discuss their work. Abstract proposals should include the following information: title of paper, author's name(s); complete mailing address, including e-mail; institutional affiliation and rank, if any, of the author; statement of need for audio-visual equipment. Abstracts of papers should clearly indicate the paper's thesis, methodology and conclusion. CaSTA 2008 especially wants to encourage the participation of graduate students, whose work is even now incubating many of the new directions that this conference will begin to explore. Cara Leitch (PhD candidate, University of Victoria) will conduct sessions of particular interest to graduate students and to projects that involve significant student training and participation. Travel grants will be available to students who travel to attend the conference.

All accepted papers and posters will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be

available subsequently through the conference Web-site. Abstracts will also be published on the

conference Web-site prior to the conference. Selected papers from the conference will be included in a special issue of the peer reviewed journal, Text Technology.

Proposal abstracts should be sent electronically as a MS Word, WordPerfect, or pdf file to:

Brent Nelson, conference committee chair, brent.nelson AT The deadline for proposal submissions is 15 May 2008.

Please see the conference website for further developments: