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CfP: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: Emerging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices

Call for Proposals
Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: Emerging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices
An INKE-hosted Birds-of-a-Feather Gathering
8 December 2014 | State Library of New South Wales | Sydney, Australia

Proposals due: 15 September 2014

Digital technology is fundamentally altering the way we relate to writing, reading, and the human record itself. The pace of that change has created a gap between core social/cultural practices that depend on stable reading and writing environments and the new kinds of digital artefacts – electronic books being just one type of many – that must sustain those practices now and into the future.

This gathering explores research foundations pertinent to understanding new practices and emerging media, specifically focusing on work in textual and extra-textual method, leading toward:
·      theorizing the transmission of culture in pre- and post-electronic media;
·      documenting the facets of how people experience information as readers and writers;
·      designing new kinds of interfaces and artifacts that afford new reading abilities;
·      conceptualizing the issues necessary to provide information to these new reading and communicative environments;
·      reflecting on interdisciplinary team research strategies pertinent to work in the area;
·      and much more.
 Presentations addressing these and other issues in relation to emerging and/or transforming (digital) infrastructures, in regional, national, and international contexts are welcome.
We invite paper proposals that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area.  Proposals should contain a title, an abstract (of approximately 250 words, plus list of works cited), and the names, affiliations, and website URLs of presenters; fuller papers will be solicited after acceptance of proposals, for circulation in advance of the gathering to registered participants. We are pleased to welcome proposals in all languages in which our community works, and note that the chief working language of past gatherings has been English. Please send proposals on or before 15 September 2014 to Alyssa Arbuckle at

Sponsors of the gathering include the University of Western Sydney, the State Library of New South Wales, the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Earlier gatherings of this group include:
·      New York, September 2013 (sponsored by the NYU Humanities Initiative, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), SSHRC, and INKE);
·      Havana, December 2012 (in conjunction with the THATCamp Caribe group and Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD), the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne pour les humanités numériques (CSDH / SCHN), and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP); sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), INKE and SSHRC);
·      Kyoto, November 2011 (in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Cultures and sponsored by the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures at Ritsumeikan U, INKE, and SSHRC);
·      The Hague, December 2010 (in conjunction with Texts and Literacy in the Digital Age: Assessing the Future of Scholarly Communication conference and sponsored by the National Library of the Netherlands, the Book and Digital Media Studies department of Leiden U, INKE and SSHRC);
·      U Victoria, October 2009 (sponsored by INKE and SSHRC).


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