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Talks, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and other events mounted by other organizations or programs that may be of special interest to Transliteracies Project participants.

INKE 2009 Birds of a Feather Conference

Call for Papers: INKE 2009
Implementing New Knowledge Environments: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age
23 and 24 October 2009, University of Victoria (http://www.uvic.ca)
Proposals by 1 June 2009 to inke.conference@gmail.com

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 inke.conference@gmail.com. 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 http://www.inke.ca/inke2009, 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).

New Reading Interfaces Roundtable (MLA07)

Friday, 28 December

12:00 noon—1:15 p.m., Missouri, Sheraton Chicago

Program arranged by the Association for Computers and the Humanities (full abstracts online)

Session organizer: Rita Raley, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

1. “Tag Clouds: Reading the Poetic Interface,” Jeremy H. Douglass, Univ. of California, San Diego

2. “Toward a Semantic Literary Web: Three Case Histories,” Joseph Paul Tabbi, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

3. “Reading Shaw’s Legible City,” Elizabeth Swanstrom, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

4. “Reading the Margins of The Magic Book,” Sarah Jane Sloane, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins

5. “Texts in Virtual Contexts: Reading Scholarly Work in 3-D Environments,” Victoria E. Szabo, Duke Univ.

“Evidence of Reading, Reading the Evidence” (University of London, July 2008)

Call for Papers: Sponsored by the Open University and the Institute of English Studies at the University of London.

Title: “Evidence of Reading, Reading the Evidence.”

Description:Studies centred on the history of reading have proliferated in the last twenty years. They have sprung from several different disciplines, encompassed different periods and geographical locations and chosen divergent methodologies, but their common quest has been to recover and understand the traces of a practice which is central to our understanding of human history, yet notoriously elusive.

One such approach is ‘The Reading Experience Database 1450-1945’ (RED), a project run by the Open University and the University of London . While RED is already proving its worth as a digital resource, its methodological parameters are necessarily limited and its vision therefore partial. What is needed in order for the study of the history of reading to progress beyond the boundaries of specific institutions, disciplines, methodologies, geographical locations and time periods is a forum in which as many diverse approaches as possible are brought into energetic debate.

This major 3-day conference, the first of its type, seeks to provide such a forum. We invite 20-minute papers from international students and scholars of any discipline – both within and outside the Humanities — who are interested in the history and practice of reading in any period or geographical location. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

* Theories of reading * Issues of literacy * National and transnational histories * Reading and readers in fiction * Reading communities * Quantitative versus qualitative methodologies * Genre reading * Digital resources and their development * Visual representations of reading * Reading across disciplines/languages * Using historical data in contemporary research fields * The sociology, psychology and neurology of reading experiences * Evidence of reading from private audio recordings and blogs * Finding, compiling, interpreting and preserving the evidence of reading

Type of submission wanted: Paper titles, abstracts of no more than 300 words and short biographies sent to all three organizers.

Deadline: Jan 31, 2008

Contact: Dr Shaf Towheed (S.S.Towheed@open.ac.uk); Dr Rosalind Crone (r.h.crone@open.ac.uk); Dr Katie Halsey (Katie.Halsey@sas.ac.uk).

News 2.0 (UCSB, February 10, 2007)

Newspaper 2.0 was a one-day workshop to explore challenges and opportunities in the new Internet-enabled newspaper marketplace. The workshop brought together journalists, scholars and leading thinkers who shared a common interest in the future of daily and weekly journals – with a particular interest in Santa Barbara as a region where new approaches might be explored.

The workshop was sponsored by the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) and the Transliteracies Project. It was hosted by Doc Searls, a CITS Research Fellow and journalist with feet in both the print and online domains. (more…)

The Journal of Literacy and Technology

Call for Papers: The Journal of Literacy and Technology

Title: The Journal of Literacy and Technology

Description: The JLT is an online academic journal exploring the complex relationship between literacy and technology in educational, workplace, public, and individual spheres. Articles and scholarly reviews span from the historical to the cutting-edge, from critical scholarship to applied theory to practice. The Journal of Literacy and Technology provides a free, accessible scholarly forum for all interested parties to explore and debate issues pertinent to novel literacies and digital culture.

Deadline: Submit article manuscripts for consideration at any time.

Type of submission wanted: The JLT considers original research, feature articles, and all articles should focus overtly on the relationship between literacy and technology. The JLT accepts manuscripts in electronic form. To submit an article for consideration, please send URL, manuscript, or electronic copy (.html, .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format).

Contact: Noemi Marin, Ph.D., Executive Editor
The Journal of Literacy and Technology
School of Communication
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

“Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface” (HASTAC International Conference, Durham, North Carolina, April 2007)

Call for Papers and Panels: HASTAC International Conference

Title: “Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface,” the first international conference of HASTAC (“haystack”: Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory).

Description: Six sessions will be devoted to panels with refereed papers on aspects of “interface” spanning media arts, engineering, and the human, social, natural, and computational sciences. Panels will be topical and cross-disciplinary; they will be comprised of papers that are themselves interdisciplinary as well as specialized disciplinary papers presented in juxtaposition with one another. We will consider proposals for full panels (three or four papers), for paired cross-disciplinary papers on a shared topic, or for single papers. Panels might address interfaces between humans and computers, mind and brain, real and virtual worlds, science and fiction, consumers and producers, text-archives and multi-media, youth and adults, disciplines, institutions, communities, identities, media, cultures, technologies, theories, and practices.

Other possible topics: the body as interface, neuroaesthetics and neurocognition, prosthetics, mind-controlled devices, immersion, emergence, presence, telepresence, sensor spaces, virtual reality, social networking, games, experimental learning environments, human/non-human situations and actors, interactive communication and control, access, borders, intellectual property, porosity, race and ethnicity, difference, Afro-Geeks and Afro-Futurism, identity, gender, sexuality, credibility, mapping and trafficking, civic engagement, social activism, cyberactivism, plus all of the other In|Formation Year topics: in|common, interplay, in|community, interaction, injustice, integration, invitation, innovation.

Type of submission wanted: 500-1000 word paper and/or panel proposals

Deadline: Dec 1, 2006

Contact: Jonathan Tarr, HASTAC Project Manager (info@hastac.org or call 919 684-8471); www.hastac.org

“New Reading Interfaces” (MLA Convention, Chicago, Dec. 2007)

Call for Papers: Association for Computers and the Humanities panel at the 2007 MLA convention in Chicago. The panel will be sponsored by the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Title: “New Reading Interfaces”

Description: Reading in the context of networked and multimedia communication environments. Possible topics include text visualizations, alternative interfaces, immersive or VR environments for text. Proposals welcome from both practical (design, coding) and theoretical perspectives.

Type of submission wanted: abstracts + 1-2 pp. CV

Deadline: March 16, 2007

Contact: Rita Raley
raley [at] english [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Conference: “Text & Image: From Book History to ‘The Book is History'” (UC Irvine, Feb. 1-2, 2007)

Text & Image: From Book History to “The Book is History”
Thursday and Friday, February 1 – 2, 2007
135 Humanities Instructional Building, UC Irvine

Co-sponsored by the PhD Program in Visual Studies, HumaniTech, the Humanities Center, the International Center for Writing and Translation, NACS, and the Departments of History and Comparative Literature.

This conference explores media history from movable type to the most recent debates about text and image, including the tensions between image and writing, from hieroglyphs to the fax, from automatic type-setting to film title sequences, and from motion graphics in broadcast media to issues around images and writing in computer-mediated communication. It will include conversations on book history, library acquisition and archives, the Google library initiative, digital libraries, and copyright.

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