[UPDATE] Extended deadline (April 30, 2013) - CFC: Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Nadine Desrochers/Universite de Montreal
contact email: 
nadine.desrochers@umontreal.ca

Editors: Nadine Desrochers, Assistant Professor, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal, and Daniel Apollon, Associate Professor in Digital Culture, University of Bergen

The editorial team invites chapter proposals for a collective interdisciplinary work to be published in 2014 by IGI Global.

Having received many requests to extend the deadline for proposals, we will be accepting submissions until April 30, 2013.

Introduction:
Inspired by narratologist Gérard Genette’s seminal work Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation (translated by Jane E. Lewin, Cambridge University Press, 1997), the paratext framework is now used in many fields in order to assess, measure, analyze, and understand the elements that provide the thresholds allowing us to “step inside” digital objects. When it was originally published in 1987, Genette’s theory pertained to the book, and Genette defined the paratext as those liminal devices which wrap or accompany the text in order to make it both present and presentable – from titles to tables of content and from footnotes to notebooks. Yet even in 1987, Genette envisioned extensions of the concept of paratext for new applications to other medias. Today, this important and far-reaching framework is recognized by scholars in many disciplines as a means to study our access to, and understanding of Web content, digital arts, online catalogues, database architecture, and information practices, to name a few. This book seeks to revisit Genette’s seminal theory for the digital age through a collaborative outlook and an interdisciplinary perspective.

Objective of the Book:
The overarching goal of this book is to help scholars from various fields find an interdisciplinary framework and common language with which to study digital objects.

Papers should support one or more of the following objectives:
- To review and assess the potential and parameters of paratextuality in relation to theoretical frameworks originating in various disciplines, with special attention given to digital objects;
- To offer examples of current uses of paratextuality in the study of digital culture and digital objects;
- To show and assess critically the value of paratextuality as a unifying framework for studying various aspects of digital environments from their architecture to their use;
- To propose frameworks with potential applications in many disciplines and to discuss analytical, practical and aesthetic implications from an interdisciplinary perspective;
- To offer a rereading of Gérard Genette’ work for the digital context, in order to address some of this key theorist’s own, avowed omissions (such as the paratext pertaining to translations, accompanying documentary dossiers, illustrations, and non-textual material);
- To provide an exploration, and possibly an extension of some of the suggested limits proposed by Genette, such as authorial sanction, which now is being challenged in the digital context;
- To present an assessment of the necessary considerations needed to make this theoretical framework transfer from its original object of study (the printed book) to its current, multiple, hybrid, and digital objects of study, which include: scholarly communication, citations, born-digital literature, e-publications, movies, games, retrieval systems, keyword creation, etc.
- To provide a reference work permitting scholars and students from the multiple disciplines using the paratext framework to share a common lexicon and conceptual toolbox when referring to the boundaries, limitations, and applications of this framework to digital culture.

Target Audience:
This book is aimed at scholars, students, and professionals working in the following fields:

Bibliometrics
Cultural Studies
Digital Arts
Digital Literature
Database Design
Information Architecture
Library and Information Science
Literary Studies
Media Studies
Scholarly Communication
Text Encoding, Markup, and Metadata

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Transfer of paratextual theory to the digital age
Competing concepts and frameworks
Texts and documents
Digital culture and materiality
Authorial sanction in the digital age
Authorship
Copyright
Illustrations
Creators and information-sharing paratext
Publisher paratext in online environments
E-books and e-publishing
Markup / text encoding
Metadata
Classification schemes, keywords, and controlled vocabularies
Non-text retrieval
Online catalogues
Tagging
Folksonomies
Paratextual Web
Databases
Archives
Digitalization
Platforms and interfaces
Digital obsolescence
Born-digital objects
Non-textual objects, music, and video
Gaming
Digital literature
Digital critical apparatus
Digital editions
Digital collections
Digital Libraries
Encoding strategies and standards
Bibliometrics
Web usage and analytics
Semantic Web
Digital Humanities
Big data
Computer ontologies
Paratext-driven news and event coverage, news syndication
Paratext and trends in social media
Readers and the reading experience
Social media
Collaborative information seeking and sharing as paratext
User comments as mediated paratext
Affect-based paratext

Submission Procedure:
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2013, a 1,000-1,200-word (excluding references) chapter proposal clearly outlining the objective and proposed methodology, if applicable. The proposal should be submitted in English and follow APA guidelines. Full chapters (7,000-9,000 words in length before references) will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Submissions guidelines will be provided. Contributors may also be asked to serve as reviewers for this project.

Publisher
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.) For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com.

Important Dates
April 30, 2013 - Extended Submission Deadline
May 15, 2013 - Notification of Acceptance
July 30, 2013 - Full Chapter Submission
Sept. 30, 2013 - Review Results Returned
Oct. 30, 2013 - Revised Chapter Submission
Nov. 30, 2013 - Revised Chapter Notice of Acceptance
Dec. 15, 2013 - Final Chapter Versions Submitted

Inquiries and submissions (Word document, author name removed) should be forwarded electronically to:
Corresponding editor: Nadine Desrochers, Assistant Professor, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal
E-mail: nadine.desrochers@umontreal.ca
or:
Co-editor: Daniel Apollon, Associate Professor in Digital Culture, University of Bergen
E-mail: Daniel.Apollon@uib.no

You can find the CFC on the Digital Culture Research Group website (https://www.uib.no/fg/digitalkultur/forskning/call-for-chapter-proposals...) or on the publisher’s website (http://bit.ly/13WdT1f).

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bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
science_and_culture
theory