Look It Up: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Atlases

20–21 November 2014, The Australian National University, Canberra

The Academy's 45th Annual Symposium, ‘Look It Up: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Atlases’, will be held on 20–21 November 2014 at The Australian National University in Canberra.

The Symposium will explore historical and contemporary approaches to information access and knowledge construction, through dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases. It will demonstrate how the traditional print formats are increasingly used as online interfaces to multimodal, multifaceted information, suggesting new ways to understand the known world and supporting fresh kinds of research. The program will showcase the work of Australian and international scholars in linguistic atlases, cultural encyclopedias and multimodal dictionaries, which not only transcend the boundaries between the traditional formats, but provide a vehicle for many interdisciplinary ventures within humanities and beyond.

Key themes to be explored include:
  • Research and development in established print formats, and the open-ended possibilities provided online
  • New approaches to the preservation of cultural content and expression
  • Multimodal forms of information delivery across the humanities and social sciences, from family law and natural history to Indigenous knowledge
The convenors of the 45th Annual Symposium are Professors Kate Burridge FAHA and John Kinder FAHA, and Emeritus Professor Pam Peters FAHA.

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