Call for Papers - TEI 2022

The TEI2022 Program Committee is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the 22th annual Conference and Members’ Meeting of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI), which will be held 13-16 September 2022 (Tue-Fri) at Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom with pre-conference workshops 12-13 September 2022 (Mon-Tue).

This year’s theme is:

  Text as data

The past decade has seen a huge increase of data produced by (social)media platforms, digital literary outputs, and various mass digitization efforts of cultural heritage and administrative records. Though these vast data collections hold enormous potential for diverse research, collecting and analyzing text-based data also presents unique challenges that need to be addressed. The increasing quantity of the textual data coincides with its improved availability and accessibility, but also the continuously progressing development of data models, tools, text-mining, and machine-learning techniques. The TEI community is working at the intersection of many of these areas. 

If we want the computer to “understand” a text we must either mark textual phenomena or instruct a computer to identify them. In their acclaimed work “The Shape of Data in the Digital Humanities” from 2018, Julia Flanders and Fotis Jannidis refer to this as “a choice between an algorithmic approach […] or what we might call a “metatextual” approach, in which information is added to the text in some explicit form that enables it to be processed intelligently”.

This call invites contributions dealing with text-related tasks in all aspects of the research process: discovery, analysis, representation, visualization, prediction, causal inference, etc.

Possible topics related to this theme include: 

  • TEI for analysis, annotation or visualization
  • TEI and machine learning, data science, or text mining
  • TEI and literary analysis
  • TEI and linked open data
  • TEI and complex data structures
  • TEI and computer-mediated communication or social media
  • TEI and computer vision or handwritten text recognition
  • TEI and formal ontologies or stand-off annotation
  • TEI and models of text
  • TEI and galleries/libraries/archives/museums

but submissions in other areas are also welcome.

Submission Information

Each submission should include a title, an abstract, up to five keywords, and a brief biography for each of the authors. (Each biography should be no more than 500 characters, and should include current affiliation, research interests, and projects).

The following word counts apply to the text of the abstract excluding titles, bibliography, keywords, and biographies.


The proposals must be submitted in English. The conference language is English.

Submission Procedure  

  • Proposals must be submitted online via ConfTool: You will need a (free) account to submit a proposal.
  • The deadline for submissions is 20 June 2022 by 23:59 HAST.
  • All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 25 July 2022.
  • The deadline for submissions of the final abstracts is 22 August 2022.
  • Final abstracts have to be in DOCX or ODT format.
  • For further information please contact the local organizers at 
  • Late-breaking research posters can be proposed 

Note: The deadline for late-breaking research posters and virtual research posters is 22 August 2022 by 23:59 BST; Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 26 August 2022.


Short papers

Speakers will be given 15 minutes each: 10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion. This type of presentation is suited for the introduction of tools, raising of new ideas, and experimental topics. Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

Long papers

Speakers will be given 30 minutes each: 20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals should not exceed 500 words. This presentation type is suitable for substantial research, theoretical or critical discussions.

Session proposals

Proposed sessions will be given 90 minutes, which can be used flexibly to include, for example, 3 individual papers followed by questions, or a roundtable discussion. This type of presentation is suited to coordinated approaches or discussions relating to a single theme. Proposals for a session must include a list of speakers and their biographies. Proposals for a session should not exceed 800 words in total.


A “poster slam” session will be dedicated to poster presentations of 1 minute each. Subsequently, poster presenters will have the chance to tell interested parties more about their project during the poster exhibition, where the audience can browse freely. This type of presentation is suited to introducing new work, projects, or software. Proposals for poster presentations should not exceed 300 words. Accepted poster presenters will be eligible to present in the Virtual Poster session as well and do not need to submit a separate proposal for this.

The deadline for late-breaking research posters is 22 August 2022 by 23:59 BST; Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 26 August 2022.

Virtual Posters

A Virtual Poster session will be held in on the Thursday after the conference (September 22, 2022) to enable people to participate who are not able to physically attend the conference. Accepted poster presenters from the conference will automatically be eligible to present in the Virtual Poster session as well. Scheduling of the Virtual Poster Session(s) will be based on timezones of presenters. Proposals for virtual poster presentations should not exceed 300 words.

The deadline for late-breaking virtual research posters is 22 August 2022 by 23:59 BST; Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 26 August 2022.


A dedicated demonstration session will provide presenters of tools or software outputs with an opportunity to show the software they are working on and with. Demonstrators will be given 10 minutes: 8 minutes each for presentation with 2 minutes for quick follow-up questions. Proposals for demonstrations should not exceed 300 words.


Workshops will be held before the conference, September 12–13, 2022 (Mon-Tue). They provide an opportunity for participants to work together on TEI-related topics. Proposals for workshops should not exceed 800 words (excl. bibliography, biography etc.) and must include:

  • A brief outline of the proposed topic and its appeal to the TEI community
  • The duration of the proposed workshop or seminar (half day, full day)
  • Any special requirements (e.g. participant-supplied laptops, projector, flipchart)

A list of proposed workshop leader(s) with a brief biography of each one is required too. Each biography should be no more than 500 characters, and should include current affiliation, research interests, and projects.

Registration to the workshops is handled via the conference registration. The conference organisers will not charge for the workshops. Any fees considered by the workshop organisers will have to be managed by themselves.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

If you are interested in holding a SIG meeting during the conference, please contact the local hosts to book a room:


 Local Organising Committee

The decisions concerning the day-to-day running of the conference are decided by the Local Organising Committee at Newcastle University. Primarily, this is: 

Programme Commitee

The content of the programme itself is determined by the Programme Committee: 

  • Bernhard Bauer (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Syd Bauman (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Elisa Beshero-Bondar (Penn State Behrend, USA)
  • Elli Bleeker (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Netherlands)
  • Meaghan Brown (NEH Research Division, USA)
  • Gabriel Calarco, (CONICET, Argentina)
  • Hugh Cayless (Duke University, USA)
  • James Cummings (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
  • Gimena del Rio Riande (CONICET, Argentina)
  • Gustavo Fernández Riva (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Christiane Fritze (Vienna City Library, Austria)
  • Ulrike Henny-Krahmer (University of Rostock, Germany)
  • Martin Holmes (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University, USA)
  • Dario Kampkaspar (Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Johannes Kepper (Paderborn University, Germany)
  • Frederike Neuber (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany)
  • Trisha O’Connor (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Laurent Romary (INRIA, France)
  • Martina Scholger (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Peter Stadler (Paderborn University, Germany)
  • Kathryn Tomasek (Wheaton College Massachusetts, USA)
  • Yifan Wang (International Institute for Digital Humanities, Japan)