LINGUIST List 15.1245

Sun Apr 18 2004

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  1. x.shi, Discourse and Cultural Transformation
  2. Mustafa Jarrar, Workshop on Regulatory Ontologies

Message 1: Discourse and Cultural Transformation

Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 16:41:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: x.shi <>
Subject: Discourse and Cultural Transformation

Discourse and Cultural Transformation
Short Title: Discourse 

Date: 09-Oct-2004 - 13-Oct-2004
Location: Hangzhou, China
Contact: xu Shi
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2004 

Meeting Description:

Cultural imperialism is one of the most fundamental and pressing
problems in contemporary ordinary and disciplinary life. To initiate
an international forum on how discourse research can help enhance
cultural cohesion and common progress, we are organising an
international conference at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)
between 9th and 13th of October, 2004. Through this forum, we hope to
bring together scholars in language and communication, cultural
studies, literary criticism, anthropology, education, sociology,
psychology and other social disciplines and from a diversity of
cultural backgrounds. In particular, we invite scholars to take up
philosophical, theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives
on discourse studies, all with a view to undermining discourses of
cultural discrimination, repression and exclusion on the one hand and
advocating subversive, alternative and creative discourses in favour
of cultural solidarity on the other hand. The deadline of submitting
proposals has been extended to 30 April 2004 and notification of
acceptance will be made by 31 May 2004.

International Conference on
Discourse and Cultural Transformation
9-13 October 2004, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, CHINA
Last Call for Papers

Topics include (but are not confined to):
*The relationship between discourse and culture
*Cross-fertilisation between cultural studies and discourse studies
*Postcolonialism, diasporicism and discourse theory 
*Cultural imperialism in language/communication/discourse scholarship
*The international position of non-western scholarship in
*The study of non-western discourses
*Intercultural communication and critical pedagogy
*Discourse studies in China

Please submit a full A4 page abstract of ca 300 words, indicating:

1) intellectual backgrounds
2) the central topic and thesis
3) the type of text and talk as research material

The selection process will match these contents against the proposed
themes of the conference.

Currently, the following panels are being planned and more
participants invited:

Travelling with Media'': On the genres of travel discourses before and
after globalization (Anthony Gunerathne:

Research on Professional Discourse and Intercultural Communication:
New Directions, New Challenges (Zhu Yunxia & Kerry London: )

What (post)communism? Discourse and transformations in Eastern Europe
and China (Darek Galasinski:

(Mis)representing the West: muslim perspectives post 9/11 (Adrian

All abstracts should be received by 30 April 2004. You will receive
notification of the acceptance of your proposal by 31 May 2004.

We seek to publish a selection of the papers with an international

For further information and submission please see:


'Discourse and Cultural Transformation' Conference
Zhejiang University
School of International Studies
Zijingang Campus
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, CHINA
Tel:(0086) 571 88206252 88206044 
Fax:(0086) 571 88206179
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Message 2: Workshop on Regulatory Ontologies

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 20:15:40 +0200
From: Mustafa Jarrar <>
Subject: Workshop on Regulatory Ontologies

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for submissions: June 25, 2004

Workshop on Regulatory Ontologies
Part of the International Federated Conferences (OTM '04)

Proceedings published by Springer LNCS 

October 25-29 2004
Larnaca, Cyprus

In many application areas (such as e-commerce, e-governments, content
standardizations, legal information systems etc.), the modeling of
regulatory and legal knowledge is a critical. Modeling and deploying
regulatory knowledge has some specifics that differentiate it out from
other kinds of knowledge modeling: reasoning methods and application
scenarios, the legal weight (/order) of regulations, parsing legal
texts requires special semantic patterns, the sensitivity in
cross-boarder regulations, etc. This workshop aims at bringing
together academics, researchers, professionals and industrial
practitioners to discuss issues involved in modeling regulatory
ontologies. Regulatory ontologies typically involve the description of
rules and regulations within the social world. In particular, we seek
original contributions on the following issues of interest, but not
limited to:

- Engineering of regulatory ontologies: conceptual analysis,
representation, modularization and layering, reusability, and
dynamics, etc;
- Multilingual and terminological aspects of regulatory ontologies;
- Models of legal reasoning (from ontological viewpoint): regulatory
compliance, case-based reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty, etc.
- Sensitivity on and harmonization of regulations;
- Regulatory metadata and content standardization
(e.g. legal-XML/LeXML, ADR/ODR-XML,...);
- Regulatory ontologies of: property rights, persons and
organizations, legal procedures, contracts, legal causality, etc;
- Task models for socially regulated activities;
- Experiences with projects and applications involving regulatory
ontologies in legal knowledge based systems, legal information
retrieval, e-governments, e-commerce;
- Automated extraction of Information from regulatory documents.

Invited Speaker To be announced


We invite papers of no more than 14 pages length (Springer style
format) Describing original completed work, work in progress,
interesting problems or use cases, or trends in this research
area. Submitted papers will be fully refereed based on the originality
and significance of the ideas presented as well as on technical

Accepted papers will be published by Springer as a part of Proceedings
of the On The Move Federated Conferences. Please email your submission
by 25-June-2003 in PDF or Postscript format to

Mustafa Jarrar
Aldo Gangemi

Important dates
- June 18, 2004 : Deadline for submission of Abstracts
- June 25, 2004 : Deadline for submission of papers
- July 25, 2004 : Notification to paper authors
- August 20, 2004 : Final version of accepted papers
- Oct 28, 2004 : Workshop
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