Birds of a Feather Gathering: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age, Deadline June 1, 2009

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INKE 2009: Implementing New Knowledge Environments:
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23 and 24 October 2009, University of Victoria (
Proposals by 1 June 2009 to

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 artifacts--electronic books, being just one type of many--that must sustain those practices now and into the future.

This conference explores research foundations pertinent to understanding those new practices and emerging media, specifically focusing on work leading toward [1] theorizing the transmission of culture in pre- and post-electronic media, [2] documenting the facets of how people experience information as readers and writers, [3] designing new kinds of interfaces and artifacts that afford new reading abilities, [4] conceptualizing the issues necessary to provide information to these new reading and communicative environments, and [5] reflection on interdisciplinary team research strategies pertinent to work in the area.

We invite paper and poster/demonstration proposals that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area to INKE 2009, to be held at the University of Victoria, 23-24 October 2009. 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 the proposal.

Some funding is available to assist in graduate student travel to this event; if you wish to apply for this, please indicate this when submitting your proposal.

Please send your proposals before 1 June 2009 to Proposals will be reviewed and participants contacted by 1 July 2009, and papers for publication in the conference volume will be due 15 August 2009. Conference details will be posted as they are available to, beginning 1 May 2009.

Programme Committee: Ray Siemens (U Victoria), Stan Ruecker (U Alberta), Alan Galey (U Toronto), Richard Cunningham (Acadia U), Claire Warwick (U C London), Tassie Gniady (U Victoria, Coordinator).

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