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Graphemics in the 21st century—From graphemes to knowledge

/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 IMT Atlantique (formerly Télécom Bretagne) at Brest, France, on June 14-16, 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: November 15, 2017
  • Notification of first round reviews: February 5, 2018
  • Revised Manuscripts due: February 26, 2018
  • Second Round Notification (if necessary): March 26, 2018
  • Final Version Due: April 9, 2018
  • Conference: June 14-16, 2018

Submission format and proceedings

Papers must be written in English.

Papers are to be submitted using the EasyChair site.

Submission format is PDF, preferably compiled in LaTeX with article class (10pt). Papers should not exceed 20 pages. Authors submit the complete text of their contribution on November 15, 2017. If their contribution is accepted, they submit, at the latest on April 9, 2018, the definitive version of their article. This version will be typeset and published before the start of the conference. A printed copy of the proceedings will be handed to all registered participants at the start of the conference.

Proceedings will be published by Gorgias Press, NJ, USA.

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