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Graphemics in the 21st century—From graphemes to knowledge

[IMPORTANT CONFERENCE INFORMATION AND NEW ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Please submit your extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) before February 4th, 2018. All submissions will be peer reviewed and the results will be announced by early April. Complete papers (20-25 pages) [to be submitted approx. six months after the conference] will go through a new review process and those selected will be published in early 2019.]

/gʁafematik/ 2018 is the first conference bringing together disciplines concerned with writing systems and their representation in written communication. The conference aims to reflect on the current state of research in the area, and on the role that writing and writing systems play in neighboring disciplines like computer science and information technology, communication, typography, psychology, and pedagogy. In particular it aims to study the effect of the growing importance of Unicode with regard to the future of reading and writing in human societies. Reflecting the richness of perspectives on writing systems, /gʁafematik/ is actively interdisciplinary, and welcomes proposals from  researchers from the fields of computer science and information technology, linguistics, communication, pedagogy, psychology, history, and the social sciences. 
/gʁafematik/ aims to create a space for the discussion of the range of approaches to writing systems, and specifically to bridge approaches in linguistics, informatics, and other fields. It will provide a forum for explorations in terminology, methodology, and theoretical approaches relating to the delineation of an emerging interdisciplinary area of research that intersects with intense activity in practical implementations of writing systems.

The conference will be held at Pôle numérique Brest Iroise at Brest, France, on June 14-15, 2018.

Conference topics

We welcome proposals from all disciplines concerned with the study of written language, writing systems, and their implementation in information systems. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Epistemology of graphemics: history, onomastics, topics, interaction with other disciplines
  • Foundations of graphemics
  • History and typology of writing systems, comparative graphemics
  • Semiotics of writing and of writing systems
  • Computational/formal graphemics
  • Graphemic theory of Unicode encoding
  • Graphemics as part of linguistics, in particular: graphemics vs. phonology
  • Orthographic reforms, theory and practice
  • Graphemics and multiliteracy
  • Sinographemics
  • Typographemics and interaction of typography and graphemics
  • Texting, latinization, new forms of written language
  • ASCII art, emoticons and other pictorial uses of graphemes
  • The future of writing, of writing systems and styles
  • Graphemics and font technologies
  • Graphemics in steganography and computer security (phishing, typosquatting, etc.)
  • Graphemics in media and communication / Aesthetics of writing in the digital era
  • Graphemics in experimental psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Teaching graphemics, the five Ws and one H
  • Applications of graphemics in natural language processing and text mining
  • Applications of graphemics in optical character recognition and information technologies

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: February 4th, 2018 (extension)
  • Notification of acceptation: April, 2018
  • Conference: June 14-15, 2018

Submission format and proceedings

Extended abstracts must be written in English.

They are to be submitted using the EasyChair site.

Extended abstracts should not exceed 1,000 words (not including bibliography). Complete papers (20-25 pages) [to be submitted approx. six months after the conference] will go through a new review process and those selected will be published in early 2019.

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