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CALL FOR PAPERS / APPEL À COMMUNICATIONS: Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory Launch Conference, Sept. 20-22, 2016.


Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory Launch Conference, Sept. 20-22, 2016

Papers on the intersection of text and the digital in the Canadian context are invited for a two-day conference celebrating the launch of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) at the University of Alberta. 

Keynote: Lori Emerson (University of Colorado at Boulder)

The conference provides an occasion to take stock of digital approaches to writing and culture in Canada, whether they focus on Canadian artifacts or digitally investigate literary and cultural matters from within the Canadian academic context. How have the particulars of Canadian culture, infrastructure, and academic structures impacted digital literary and cultural studies? What kinds of local, regional, organizational, institutional, or national factors have inflected the relationship between culture and technology in Canada? Are our diverse identities, histories, politics, and infrastructures reflected in how we read, write, and research digitally? What have digital approaches contributed to our understanding of Canadian literature, culture, and identity categories? 

CWRC is an online environment for scholarly research, bringing together Canadian and international researchers who work with online technologies to investigate writing and related cultural practices relevant to the Canadian context. CWRC supports the creating, uploading, sharing, enhancing and curating of research materials by interlinking the contents of individual projects and by supporting team-based collaboration. It brings together bibliographical, biographical, critical, and prosopographical work, scholarly transcription and editing, and multi-media collections, supporting scholars interested in exploring the potential of digital knowledge production to advance their research agendas. 

For those interested in trying out the CWRC research space, free workshops will be offered on Tuesday September 20th and Thursday September 22nd.

We are interested in papers that take up digital literary or cultural research, broadly conceived, in Canada, including, for instance,
* digital humanities research in and on Canadian literature and culture: histories, trends, practices, possibilities, resources
* reading and writing (about) Canadian literature in the digital age
* Indigeneity and digital culture
* Canadian e-literature
* digital collaboration: working collectively in the academic context
* online research and the academy: support, structures, protocols

* producing and reading digital texts
* technologies of image, text, and sound preservation and presentation
* intellectual property
* gender and marginalized identities in a digital context
* invisible research and development: digital researcher as academic avatar

* reading and writing digital games 
* interfaces: design, politics, subjectivities
* digital readership: identifying constituencies for research 

* close and distant readings of digital texts
* digital self-publishing
* the borders and the shape of the digital nation
* area studies and digital scholarship in Canadian contexts: who is digital and why?
* crossing disciplinary, institutional, and community divides; public facing digital humanities
* the contexts, challenges and discontents of collaboration
* new technologies and old scholarship: bibliography in the digital context
* the impact of digital humanities resources in and on Canada on literary and cultural study; anthologies and datasets
* Canadian innovations in text analysis and text mining

Please send 250-word proposals in English or French for 20-minute papers along with a 150-word biographical statement by email to
by March 20, 2016. 

Ce colloque consacré au lancement du Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CSÉC) invite des propositions portant sur le croisement du texte et du numérique dans le contexte canadien. Le colloque se tiendra les 20 et 22 septembre à l’Université de l’Alberta. 

Conférencière d’honneur : Lori Emerson (Université du Colorado à Boulder)

Le colloque permettra de réfléchir aux approches numériques dans le champ de l’écriture et de la culture canadienne, qu’elles traitent des artefacts canadiens, ou qu’elles explorent des questions littéraires et culturelles dans le contexte universitaire canadien.  Comment les particularités de la culture, de l’infrastructure et des institutions académiques canadiennes ont-elles déteint sur les études culturelles et littéraires numériques ? Quels facteurs locaux, régionaux, organisationnels, institutionnels ou nationaux ont modulé les rapports entre la culture et la technologie au Canada ? Les identités, histoires, politiques et infrastructures diverses se reflètent-elles sur nos habitudes de lecture, d’écriture et de recherche numérique ? Quelle est la contribution des approches numériques à notre connaissance de la littérature, de la culture et des identités canadiennes ? 

Le CSÉC est une infrastructure de recherche scientifique en ligne qui a pour objectif de rassembler des chercheurs canadiens et internationaux qui s’intéressent aux technologies en ligne qui leur permettent d’examiner l’écriture et d’autres pratiques culturelles connexes dans le contexte canadien. Le CSÉC soutient la création, le téléchargement, le partage, l’amélioration et la conservation des matériaux de recherche en établissant des liens entre des projets individuels et en soutenant la collaboration en équipe. Le CSÉC rassemble des œuvres bibliographiques, biographiques, critiques et prosopographiques, des transcriptions et éditions scientifiques ainsi que des collections multimédia et offre un soutien aux chercheurs qui s’intéressent à la puissance de la production des connaissances numériques afin d’avancer leurs programmes de recherche.   

Ceux et celles qui souhaitent essayer l’infrastructure de recherche du CSÉC peuvent assister aux ateliers gratuits du mardi 20 septembre et du jeudi 22 septembre.  

Nous sollicitons  des interventions qui portent sur la recherche en littérature ou culture numérique au Canada. Les communications proposées pourront aborder les questions suivantes :
* la recherche numérique au Canada et sur la littérature et culture canadiennes : histoires, tendances, pratiques, possibilités, ressources
* lire et écrire  (sur) la littérature canadienne à l’ère numérique
* l’indigénéité et la culture numérique
* la littérature informatique (e-littérature) canadienne
* la collaboration numérique : travailler collectivement dans le contexte scientifique
* la recherche en ligne et l’université : soutien, structures et protocols

* la production et la lecture des textes numériques
* les technologies pour garder et présenter des images, des textes et des sons
* la propriété intellectuelle
* la question du genre sexuel et des identités marginalisées dans le contexte numérique  
* la recherche et le développement invisibles : le chercheur numérique en tant qu’avatar scientifique 

* la lecture et l’écriture des jeux numériques
* les interfaces : conception, politique, subjectivités
* les lecteurs numériques : pour identifier les groupes cibles pour la recherché

* la lecture attentive et éloignée des textes numériques
* l’auto-édition numérique
* les frontière et la forme de la nation numérique
* les études régionales et le savoir numérique dans le contexte canadien : qui est numérique et pourquoi ?
* traversée des fossés disciplinaires, institutionnels et communautaires ; le public confronté aux humanités numériques 
* les contextes, défis et mécontentement de la collaboration 
* les nouvelles technologies et le vieux savoir : la bibliographie à l’ère numérique 
* l’impact des ressources humanitaires numériques au Canada sur les études littéraires et culturelles ; les anthologies et les bases de données
* les innovations canadiennes dans le domaine d’analyse de texte et la fouille de textes 

Nous vous invitons à soumettre vos propositions de communication (250 mots) d’une durée de 20 minutes en anglais ou français, accompagnées d’une courte biographie (150 mots). Les propositions sont à envoyer par courriel  à avant le 20 mars 2016.


Susan Brown
Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship
Director, Orlando Project; Project Leader, Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory
President, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques

Professor                                             Visiting Professor
School of English and Theatre Studies    English and Film Studies
University of Guelph                             University of Alberta
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada           Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E5
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