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Innovative Interrogations: Modelling, Prototyping and Making
Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Conference @ DHSI 2016
June 10-11, 2016, University of Victoria
Call for Papers
The ways that we model knowledge define the opportunities and limits of understanding, and inventive approaches to critical inquiry bring fresh perspectives to existing assumptions while uncovering new correlations, complexities and challenges. Humanities scholarship in digital arenas benefits from the opportunity to prototype and critically reflect on new knowledge environments which offer unique models of understanding and modes of scholarly communication.
Such modelling and prototyping activities (the products and processes of which are arguments, theories and methods) involve engaged, inventive, and exploratory research practices that overlap with critical making discourses.
Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:
  • ideological and political implications of critical modelling and prototyping practices
  • humanities modelling strategies
  • provocative prototyping
  • ways of modelling data (visualization, db structures, indexing)
  • modelling as mapping
  • critical making and maker culture
  • tool and interface prototyping
  • prototyping as research/rhetoric/argumentation
  • modelling pedagogy
  • prototyping as pedagogy
  • open social scholarship
  • experimental defamiliarization
  • gaming and gamification
  • unconventional knowledge environments
Since the conference sessions will be structured to encourage extensive discussion, we invite proposals for short papers (10 minutes) that address the conference topics and other issues pertinent to research in the area. Poster proposals for a planned poster session are also welcome. Proposals should consist of:
  • a title
  • an abstract of approximately 250 words
  • a list of works cited
  • the names and affiliations of presenters and their coauthors.
We are pleased to welcome proposals in all languages of our community; note that the chief working language of past gatherings has been English.
Please send proposals to Jon Saklofske ( and/or Jon Bath ( by the end of the day on January 29, 2016.


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