On Mon, 2006-23-01 at 10:27 +0000, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> I don't disagree with what most of what Daniel writes, but
> > Moreover, people need outlets for papers:
> > it is hard enough explaining to a dean what it is you do. I doubt very
> > much we would have a hard time getting papers.
> Last night I read my partner's analysis of academic motivation
> in the light of the Research Assessment Exercise coming up
> in the UK. This clarified my understanding, and I realized
> that participation in a TEI conference would count for
> more or less nothing until it became seriously peer-reviewed
> and published, with a high rejection rate. Apparently,
> conferences with higher than 20% acceptance provide no points:-}
That's a U.K. thing, though. Conference papers aren't going to get you
tenure at Harvard, either, but in North America they can be enough at
annual professional activities report time (in the absence of other
evidence) that you are alive at all. And also they are productive from a
personal research programme perspective. Your audience might be full of
grumpy information managers asking why you did things the way you did or
with alternate suggestions, after all.
> And here's the rub - in an academic context, the TEI _per se_
> is not in the right brownie point area. A
> conference about the technology you use to do Caedmon
> is not half as useful as a conference full of Caedmonists, no?
No. Because the TEI/Markup/technical aspects of a Caedmon edition is
irrelevant to most Caedmonists, but of general interest to digital
alcuin-ists, Donne-ists, and classic-ists. I.e. End users are mostly
interested in the content, leaving no outlet for the research that goes
into designing a special kind of TEI encoded apparatus, or a metrical
markup scheme for Old English. Those kinds of papers are (theoretically)
of interest to people not in the content discipline, but the markup
> Also, about the votes - this would only work if we used
> votes for more than elections, I reckon; but what else
> could the members vote on? drafts of chapters?
I don't see why: votes at the MLA or International Society of
Anglo-Saxonists is mostly about elections to boards and committees too.
If we wanted we could occasionally throw in a motion about not holding
the TEI conference in cities that allow nuclear armed ships or something
just to keep things interesting, but mostly my experience is that the
votes are for housekeeping and the board. P'raps members could vote on
candidate cities for the next meeting or something.
Daniel Paul O'Donnell, PhD
Acting Chair and Associate Professor of English
Director, Digital Medievalist Project
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4
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