LINGUIST List 13.2778

Mon Oct 28 2002

Calls: Anglistik/Legal Ontologies

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  1. Andrea Gerbig, Reconciling Anglistik, Trier Germany
  2. Aldo Gangemi, Special Issue of AI&Law on Legal Ontologies

Message 1: Reconciling Anglistik, Trier Germany

Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 16:58:56 +0100
From: Andrea Gerbig <>
Subject: Reconciling Anglistik, Trier Germany

Call for Papers

Reconciling "Anglistik": Didactic Strategies for an
Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature, Linguistics and Cultural
Universit�t Trier, Germany, 2-4 Oct 2003

The German university system, like academia world wide, is facing a
serious identity-crisis. Changing intellectual fashions, a
transforming student population with new interests and needs and an
unfavourable economic climate have called into question the
traditional role and structure of the institution. This crisis
weighs most heavily on the humanities which, to a greater extent
than more lucrative fields, must reconsider their goals and
scope. The humanistic educational ideals that have traditionally
informed language departments like Anglistik (English Language and
Literature) seem less relevant and applicable in the first decade
of the twenty-first century. The humanities have reacted to their
loss of appeal by revamping their curricula and approaches to
teaching: "culture," "interdisciplinarity" and "didactics" are
among the keywords invoked as a response to the current challenges.

This international conference at the University of Trier aims to
evaluate these developments and explore their potential in English
Studies from a critical perspective. We seek the middle-ground
between the innovators, who have enthusiastically embraced new
trends as remedies for institutional malaise, and the cultural
pessimists, who critique the same tendencies as symptomatic of a
social dumbing down. The conference aims to provide a platform for
a critical assessment of those academic trends and a differentiated
discussion of the future of the humanities. It hopes to initiate a
vibrant debate around "culture," while remaining critical of
jargonistic applications of the term. Above all, we take culture as
a crucial point of contact between linguistics and literature, a
catalyst for developing new didactic strategies and a promising
avenue for integrative reconceptualisations of the study of

The conference organisers are looking for original contributions
(30-min presentation plus discussion) on thematic and
methodological aspects of cultural studies, questions of
interdisciplinarity (especially regarding the conjunction of
linguistics and literature) and the didactic realisation of such
projects, whether from a purely theoretical or more concrete
perspective. Please submit a 300-word abstract (by e-mail - word, RTF
or plain text format - or in hard copy) to either of the conveners
by 31 Dec 2002.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Andrea Gerbig,
Dr. Anja M�ller-Wood,

Universit�t Trier
FB II-Anglistik
D-54286 Trier
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Message 2: Special Issue of AI&Law on Legal Ontologies

Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 18:51:28 +0100
From: Aldo Gangemi <>
Subject: Special Issue of AI&Law on Legal Ontologies

Call for contributions

For a SPECIAL ISSUE of the
Artificial Intelligence and Law Journal (Kluwer), on

(Aldo Gangemi (ISTC/CNR), Daniela Tiscornia (ITTIG/CNR), Italy, guest editors)

Legal ontologies are an important and fruitful field of research for
people working in legal information systems. They are also an
interesting topic for scientists who traditionally do not belong to
the AI and Law Community, such as those who develop standards,
ontologies, or methodologies for information exchange (as in Semantic
Web initiatives), as well as those studying the social behaviour of
electronic agents and of multiple agents interaction, will find this
topic of interest. However, the definition of the components and
basic features of an ontology for law still needs solid theoretical
grounds, which should be acceptable for legal philosophers and
theorists. The aim of the issue is to provide an investigation of the
state of the art in the field, and to collect contributions from
different perspectives and from various experienced experts, with the
goal of identifying an international community aimed at reaching a
common methodology. Authors are strongly encouraged to present
extended examples illustrating how their ontologies are used.

As pointers to some previous or current initiatives in the field, the
Legont Workshops []
and the LegOntoWeb Working Group within the OntoWeb IST Thematic
Network [] should be

Topics of interest may include:


Ontologies for general legal concepts
Ontologies for specific legal domains
Applications of legal ontologies
Reasoning with legal ontologies
Languages and tools for representing legal ontologies


NLP techniques for legal ontology learning
Ontologies and legal metadata standards


Ontological characterization of norms and norm dynamics
Ontology of legal persons and institutions
Reality and the Law
Epistemology vs. ontology in the legal domain
Ontological treatment of legal open-textured concepts
Ontologies for ethical concepts and specific domains of professional ethics


Contributions should be submitted via e-mail to one of the two editors by
March 30, 2003.

Aldo Gangemi
Laboratory for Applied Ontology
ISTC-CNR (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione)
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council
Viale Marx 15
00137 Roma Italy
tel +39.06.86090249
fax +39.06.824737

Daniela Tiscornia
ITTIG-CNR (Istituto di Teoria e Tecniche dell'Informazione Giuridica)
Institute of Legal Information Theory and Technologies, National 
Research Council
via Panciatichi, 56/16
50127 Firenze Italy
tel +39.055.4399632
fax +39.055.4221637

Aldo Gangemi
Research Scientist
Laboratory for Applied Ontology
ISTC-CNR (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione)
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, C.N.R.
Viale Marx 15, 00137
Roma Italy
+3906.824737 (fax)
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