Jul
5
Sun
58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL2020) Tickets
Jul 5 – Jul 10 all-day

Date: 05-Jul-2020 – 10-Jul-2020
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Contact Person: Joel Tetreault

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Dec-2019

The 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2020) invites the submission of long and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. As in recent years, some of the presentations at the conference will be of papers accepted by the Transactions of the ACL (TACL) journal. This year’s conference will for the first time also feature presentations of papers accepted by the Computational Linguistics (CL) journal.

Call for Papers:

Important Dates:

Submission deadline (long & short papers): December 9, 2019
Notification of acceptance: April 3, 2020
Camera-ready due: April 24, 2020
Tutorials: July 5, 2020
Conference: July 6-8, 2020
Workshops and Co-located conferences: July 9-10, 2020

Note: All deadlines are 11:59PM UTC-12:00 (”anywhere on Earth”).

ACL 2020 THEME: Taking Stock of Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

The last few years have witnessed an unprecedented growth in NLP since the field began over sixty years ago. The availability of large amounts of data and computing resources have led to new models and representations and exciting results on many NLP benchmark tasks. SOTA systems have approached human performance on several benchmark tasks. As we embrace these new exciting results and advances, ACL 2020 is particularly interested in papers that can provide insights for the community to assess how much we have accomplished in developing a machine’s ability in understanding and generating human language and how far we are pushing the boundaries as a field given the long history of NLP research.

Potential submissions of interest include (but not limited to) position papers, empirical/theoretical papers that:

– Reflect on the progress of the field or a sub-topic area from a larger spectrum and make connections and/or comparisons between the past and the present to provide a holistic view on where we stand today with respect to the past;
– Examine, analyze, and interpret SOTA models and results to shed light on limitations as well as key advances that may have lasting impact;
– Bring novel ideas for advancing the field, e.g., to enable and measure machine’s ability in language processing beyond laboratory benchmarks;

We anticipate to have a special session for this theme at the conference and a best Thematic Paper Award in addition to the traditional Best Paper awards.

Submissions:

ACL 2020 has the goal of a broad technical program. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas (in alphabetical order):

– Cognitive Modeling and Psycholinguistics
– Computational Social Science and Social Media
– Dialogue and Interactive Systems
– Discourse and Pragmatics
– Ethics and NLP
– Generation
– Information Extraction
– Information Retrieval and Text Mining
– Interpretability and Analysis of Models for NLP
– Language Grounding to Vision, Robotics and Beyond
– Theory and Formalism in NLP (Linguistic and Mathematical)
– Machine Learning for NLP
– Machine Translation
– NLP Applications
– Phonology, Morphology and Word Segmentation
– Resources and Evaluation
– Semantics: Lexical
– Semantics: Sentence Level
– Semantics: Textual Inference and Other Areas of Semantics
– Sentiment Analysis, Stylistic Analysis, and Argument Mining
– Speech and Multimodality
– Summarization
– Syntax: Tagging, Chunking and Parsing
– Question Answering

Further Information:

For information on paper submission, anonymity period, double-blind review, authorship, citation and comparison, multiple submission policy, formatting requirements, optional supplementary materials and presentation requirement, see:

https://acl2020.org/calls/papers/

Organizers:

General Chair:
Dan Jurafsky (Stanford University, USA)

Program Co-Chairs:
Joyce Chai (University of Michigan, USA)
Natalie Schluter (IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Joel Tetreault (Dataminr, USA)

Contact:

E-mail: ACL2020ProgramChairs@gmail.com

Sep
16
Wed
‘Violence Elsewhere’: Imagining Violence Outside Germany Since 9/11 Tickets
Sep 16 – Sep 18 all-day

 

‘Violence Elsewhere’: Imagining Violence Outside Germany Since 9/11

An international, Interdisciplinary three-day Conference at University of York, UK

16-18 September 2020

 

We are excited to call a second time for abstracts for this conference – the culmination of the two-year research project: ‘Violence Elsewhere’: Imagining Violence Outside Germany since 1945, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.

From imagining insurgent violence in Syria to reflections on the mobilisation of the Bundeswehr abroad, constructions of violence committed outside the country’s borders hold a particular significance in contemporary Germany. Enquiry into that significance matters globally, because we live in a world in which ideas, discourses and images of violence proliferate and circulate transnationally in unprecedented ways. However, because of Germany’s particular history of violence and war in the twentieth century, imagining, representing and perpetrating violence since 1945 in German culture has been especially fraught. The German case, therefore, demands particular and distinctive attention. We propose that ‘violence elsewhere’ – that is, constructions in recent German culture of violence taking place in distant, imagined or temporally distinct times and places – offers a stage where violence can become imaginable, representable and doable.

This conference turns to the post 9/11 context, with that date marking a significant historical moment, with regard to the cultural meaning of violence amongst other things. Talks, panels and events will explore ‘violence elsewhere’ in different cultural forms and media, and from interdisciplinary and gendered perspectives. While we focus specifically on the post 9/11 context, we also aim to highlight the ways in which ideas and representations of ‘violence elsewhere’ are deeply embedded in longer historical continuities. We will consider artistic, discursive and cultural production from Germany or by subjects and practitioners linked to that country in an expansive range of ways. In addition we analyse the transnational engagement of such productions with other subjects, discourses and works worldwide, as well as the engagement of the wider world with Germany.

Keynote Talk: to be held by William Niven, Professor in Contemporary German History, Nottingham Trent University, UK

The research project ‘Violence Elsewhere’ is led by Dr Clare Bielby of the Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), University of York and Dr Mererid Puw Davies, Department of German, UCL, with participation from expert academics from UK, German and other continental European institutions. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of York and UCL.

Further details about this project are available here:

https://sites.google.com/york.ac.uk/violence-elsewhere/home

Please also follow us on twitter: @V_E_Research

Submission of Abstracts Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words, along with a short CV and biographical outline, to violence.elsewhere@gmail.com by 13th January 2020. Selected speakers will be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

Enquiries Likewise, please send any enquiries to violence.elsewhere@gmail.com.

Sep
30
Wed
Taboo Conference 2020 (TaCo 2020) Tickets
Sep 30 – Oct 2 all-day

Date: 30-Sep-2020 – 02-Oct-2020
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Giulia Magazzù

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2020

The Taboo Conference series (TaCo) is an interdisciplinary conference aimed at bringing together scholars of various aspects of taboo in a variety of academic fields. The project was originated at the Department of Interpretation and Translation of the University of Bologna, Italy, where the first edition was held in 2012. The following editions were held every two years in Durham (UK), Barcelona (Spain) and Bertinoro (Italy). For its fifth installment the conference will be held in Rome. We hope you’ll be able to join us this year to discuss all the multifaceted ramifications of taboo in language, culture and communication.

The Conference will be held at University of Rome, Tor Vergata.
The working language for the conference is English.

For further information, please visit the website:
http://taco2020.grupposymposia.it

If you are interested in submitting a pre-organized panel, please contact us at the site above and by the deadline indicated below.

Call for Papers

In a world that seems continuously to be stretching the line of what is acceptable to the inhabitants of specific linguistic and cultural contexts, this interdisciplinary conference acknowledges the importance of investigating taboos and their reinforcement/breaking in various areas of language, culture, literature and society, and across different cultures. We propose to explore the delicate balance and subtle boundaries between the need for inclusion and respect for different ethnic, religious, sexual backgrounds – which seem to be at the basis of modern multicultural societies – and a conscious (or unconscious) push towards the breaking of existing taboos, for example for shock value, as in the case of comedy and art. In such contexts, investigation of the linguistic, cultural, social, institutional and personal implications of taboo reinforcement/breaking appears of extreme value.

For its fifth edition, the Taboo Conference series will specifically address the intricacies of taboo in language, culture, literature and communication in its various occurrences from the points of view of production, performance, and perception/reception. The subject of taboo in language, culture, literature and communication seems to have become especially relevant in the last few years, in which political correctness at both the institutional and individual level has been seen, on the one hand, as a crucial tool in protecting people from verbal abuse and in preventing the reinforcement of stereotypes and, on the other, as a set of measures and a way of thinking which significantly curtail free speech in many aspects of the public sphere.

The 2020 conference seeks to explore the shifting boundaries of the acceptability of taboo in their various incarnations as produced and perceived in today’s multicultural society, from cinema and television, to news, videogames, literature and different kinds of online content. The study of taboo in the past, for example through the medium of literature, is also relevant to the conference. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, political orientations and political satire, identity and gender politics, ethnic stereotypes, different kinds of non-normative behaviour, political correctness and the discourse surrounding it, and the debate between real and perceived offense through comedy.

We welcome individual proposals or pre-organized panels from different disciplines pertaining – but by no means limited – to the following thematic areas and their intersections in various mediatic forms:

– Sex and sexuality (e.g. nudity, non-normative sexual practices, pornography)
– Racism and sexism (e.g. white supremacy, gender discrimination, transphobia)
– Death and dying (e.g. mortality, ageing, funerals and burials, fatal accidents)
– Sickness, disability, and deformity
– Scatology (e.g. excreta/effluvia)
– Politics (e.g. political corruption, political incorrectness, prejudice, gender discrimination)
– Religions and blasphemy (rituals, prejudice, afterlife)
– Addiction
– Money (greed, graft, exploitation, waste, extravagance, poverty)
– Changing social attitudes towards violence, exploitation and abuse (prostitution, slavery, trafficking, rape, children’s rights)
– Censorship, reactions to it, and its effects.

Each paper presentation should be scheduled for 15 minutes to be followed by 5-minute question time to the panel.

Please submit your contribution (a 300-word abstract and a brief bionote) at the following link:
https://www.conftool.org/taco2020/index.php?page=login&ismobile=true

For further information, please visit the website:
http://taco2020.grupposymposia.it
If you are interested in submitting a pre-organized panel, please contact us at the site above.