Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age:

Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age:
E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices

12 December 2012. Hotel Parque Central, Havana, Cuba.
Proposals due 15 May 2012.

Digital technology is fundamentally altering the way we rResearch Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: elate 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 one-day gathering explores research foundations pertinent to understanding new practices and emerging media, specifically focusing on work in textual and extra-textual method, in itself and via exemplar, 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, [5] reflecting on interdisciplinary team research strategies pertinent to work in the area, and beyond. Presentations addressing these and other issues in relation to emerging / transforming (digital) infrastructures, in regional, national, and international contexts are also most welcome. Centrally proximate to all the Americas and in the midst of a renaissance, Havana has been selected as an ideal locus for address of these issues by those across the Americas, the Caribbean and adjacent regions.

Featured events include a plenary address by Alan Liu (UCSB) and a discussion panel focusing specifically on digital humanities concerns in a regional context.

We invite paper proposals that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area, as well as all digital humanities concerns in a regional context. 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, for circulation in advance of the gathering. 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 before 15 May 2012 to siemens@uvic.ca.