Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in a Digital Age: Text and Beyond (@Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan)

18 Oct 2011 (All day)

18 November 2011
Soushi-kan Conference Hall (Building number 23 on the map<> )
Ritsumeikan University (access map<> )
Kyoto, Japan.

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 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] reflection on interdisciplinary team research strategies pertinent to work in the area, and beyond.

The gathering is offered in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Cultures (DH-JAC2011) (19-20 November 2011; ) and is sponsored by the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures at Ritsumeikan University, the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  Earlier gatherings of this group have taken place in conjunction with the Text & Literacy conference (December 2010; sponsored by the National Library of the Netherlands, the Book and Digital Media Studies department of Leiden University, INKE and SSHRC), and at the University of Victoria (October 2009; sponsored by INKE and SSHRC).

To register to attend the gathering, please be in touch by email with Ray Siemens, siemens [at] .


[Note : With the exception of the plenary panel, papers circulate in advance to registered participants; presentations consist of a 5 minute overview followed by 10 minutes of discussion, question and answer.]

8.45-10.15 (1): Plenary Panel Presentations, Welcome (Ray Siemens [U Victoria])

1.      Mitsuyuki Inaba (Ritsumeikan U) : "Welcome to 'the Place to Establish Your Destiny' [Ritsumeikan]"
2.      Masahiro Shimoda (U Tokyo): "Creating New Research Environments in International Alliance"
3.      Kozaburo Hachimura (Ritsumeikan U): "Digital Archiving of Intangible Cultural Properties: Measurement, Analysis, and Representation of Body Motion"
4.      Neil Fraistat (U Maryland): "Textual Addressability and the Future of Editing"

10.30-11.30 (2): The Nature of Reading

5.      Emile Fromet de Rosnay  (U Victoria): "The Circuits of Reading the Digital: Some Models"
6.      Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan) and Craig Harkema (U Saskatchewan): "There's More than One Way to Skin a Book: Experimental Interfaces for Reading Illustrated Books"
7.      Christian Wittern (U Kyoto): "Towards an Architecture for Active Reading"
8.      Hussein Keshani (U British Columbia Okanagan): "Reading Visually: Can Art Historical Reading Approaches be Digitized?"

11.45-1.00 (3): Editing and Interaction

9.      Christian Vandendorpe (U Ottawa): "The Scholarly Book as a Special Case of Wiki"
10.  Daniel Paul O'Donnell (U Lethbridge), Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (U Torino), Catherine Karkov (U Leeds), James Graham  (U Lethbridge), Wendy Osborn (U Lethbridge): "'Nor doubted once': Editing Text and Context"
11.  Constance Crompton (ETCL, U Victoria), Ray Siemens (ETCL, U Victoria): "The Social Edition in Social Conditions: Editing the Devonshire Manuscript"
12.  Stan Ruecker (Illinois Institute of Design), Geoffrey Rockwell (U Alberta), Stéfan Sinclair (McGill U), Milena Radzikowska (Mt Royal College), Teresa Dobson (U British Columbia) and Ann Blanford (University College London) with Daniel Sondheim (U Alberta), Mihaela Ilovan (U Alberta), Jennifer Windsor (U Alberta), Mark Bieber (U Alberta), Sara Faisal (U Alberta), Alejandro Giacometti (University College London), Piotr Michura (Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow), Luciano Frizzera (U Alberta), and the INKE Research Team: "The Beginning, the Middle, and the End: New Tools for the Scholarly Edition"
13.  Geoffrey Rockwell (U Alberta), Stan Ruecker (Illinois Institute of Design), Mihaela Ilovan (U Alberta), Daniel Sondheim (U Alberta), and the INKE Research Group: "The Face of the Scholarly Corpus and Edition"

1.00-2.15. Lunch Break

2.15-3.30 (4): Analysis and Environment
14.  Tomoji Tabata (U Osaka): "Using Random Forests to Spotlight Dickensian Style: Text-mining in Digital Humanities"
15.  Kyoko Omori (Hamilton College): "Analysis of Silent Cinema and Benshi Narration in Digital Humanities"
16.  Harvey Quamen (U Alberta): "The Limits of Modelling: Database Culture and the Humanities"
17.  Richard Cunningham (Acadia U), Alan Galey (U Toronto), Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan), Brent Nelson (U Saskatchewan), Scott Schofield (U Toronto), Ray Siemens (U Victoria), Paul Werstine (U Western Ontario), and the INKE Research Group: "Ready, Set, Populate: The Architectures of the Book Online Reference Resource"
18.  William R Bowen (U Toronto): "Changing Paradigms in Digital Humanities: A Case Study Looking Forward to Iter's 20th Year"

3.45-5.00 (5): Archiving and Repository

19.  Takaaki Kaneko (Ritsumeikan U): "Digital Archiving of Printing Blocks and Bibliography Based on It"
20.  Susan Brown (U Alberta / Guelph), Milena Radzikowska (Mount Royal College), Geoffrey Rockwell (U Alberta), Stan Ruecker (Illinois Institute of Design), and members of the INKE Research Team: "From CRUD to CREAM: Imagining a Rich Scholarly Repository Interface"
21.  Jon Saklofske (Acadia U): "Fluid Layering: Reimagining Digital Literary Archives through Dynamic, User-Generated Content"
22.  Brent Nelson (U Saskatchewan), Stan Ruecker (Illinois Institute of Design), Milena Radzikowska (Mt Royal College), and Mark Bieber (U Alberta): "A Short History and Demonstration of the Dynamic Table of Contents"
23.  Lynne Siemens (U Victoria) and the INKE Research Group: "'Firing on all cyclinders': Progress and Transition in INKE's Year 2"

5.00-5.15 (6): Closing Comments

24.  Ray Siemens (U Victoria), with Corina Koolen (Leiden U), Alex Garnett (U British Columbia), and the INKE, ETCL, and PKP Research Groups: "Editing-Reading-Writing-Analysing-Archiving?  Ways to Approach Scholarly Books and Professional Reading in the Digital, Social Age"