TEI 2017 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada November 11 - 15

Call for Papers (now closed)

The Program Committee is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the 17th annual Conference and Members Meeting of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI), which will be held November 13-15, 2017, at the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada; with workshops November 11-12.

This year's theme, Pedagogy and Praxis, is particularly apt since we are meeting at the home of the widely celebrated Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

All TEI-related proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, posters, and demonstrations are welcome. Special consideration will be given to proposals related to this year's theme, Pedagogy and Praxis.

In teaching and learning TEI, we engage students in real research partnerships, giving them opportunities to produce the editions they use in the classroom. Yet materials for teaching TEI are still nascent and consist mainly of project documentation, the TEI’s own introductory materials, online tutorials, and collected examples. The crucial next phase of DH work is training. Pedagogy is closely allied to praxis, the ways in which ideas become digital objects. The majority of current practitioners of TEI have acquired their skills in haphazard ways, via what Diane Jakacki has called a “second education.” However, as the tools and technologies have matured and the practices have become more rigorous and theoretically-inflected, we have a disciplinary obligation to develop equally rigorous and standardized training methods for new learners. Our CFP therefore invites proposals that interrogate, theorize, and model how we might best transform TEI standards into collaborative knowledge construction. We encourage submissions that describe pedagogical experiments (failed or successful), showcase tools and materials that encoding classes will need, propose ways of embedding encoding classes into current curricula, theorize the relationship between TEI practice and classroom praxis, reflect on what collaboration means in the pedagogical environment, describe partnerships between classrooms and DH projects, and imagine future training opportunities. Our conference theme thus foregrounds the development of skills and activities of future scholars.


All submissions should include a title, an abstract, a brief biography of all the author(s)/speaker(s), and up to five keywords.

Word counts apply to the text of the abstract, excluding titles, biographies and keywords.

Individual papers

Speakers will be given 30 minutes each: 20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

Panel sessions

Panels will be given 90 minutes, which can be used flexibly to include, for example, 3 individual papers followed by questions, or a roundtable discussion. Panel proposals must include a list of speakers and their biographies.

Proposals for 3 papers should not exceed 3 x 300 words, plus a 200-word introduction. Proposals for discussion panels should not exceed 600 words.


A “poster slam” session will be dedicated to poster presentations of 3 minutes 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. Proposals for poster presentations should not exceed 300 words.


A dedicated demonstration session will provide tool presenters with an opportunity to show the tools they are working on and with. Tool demonstrators will be given 15 minutes each: 10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions. Proposals for tool demonstrations should not exceed 300 words.


Workshops will be held before the conference, November 11-12, 2017. They provide an opportunity for participants to work together on TEI-related topics. Proposals for workshops should not exceed 800 words and must include:

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: mholmes@uvic.ca.


The proposals must be submitted in English. The preferred conference language is English. French is also possible.

Submission Procedure

Proposals must be submitted online via ConfTool: https://www.conftool.net/tei2017/. If you have previously had an account on the ConfTool system to submit to a prior TEI conference, your login should still work.

You will need an account to submit a proposal. Participants of the 2016 TEI Conference and Members Meeting can re-use their ConfTool account.

The deadline for submissions is May 23, 2017 by 23:59 PDT (UTC -8).

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee. Acceptances will be notified by June 17, 2017.

The deadline for submissions of the final abstracts is July 11, 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Conference papers and posters will be considered for inclusion in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings, edited as a special issue of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative.