Provisional Program

Digital Textualities/Canadian Contexts

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Sept. 21-22, 2016

Optional, free CWRCshops are scheduled for Tuesday September 20 and Friday September 23 9:30-12:00 and 1:30-4:00. Participants may register for any or all CWRCshops on the conference registration site.


Tuesday September 20
Optional Pre-conference CWRCshops

9:30-12:00: CWRCshop 1 Intro to CWRC          Digital Humanities Research Studio, 1st floor

1:30-4:00:   CWRCshop 2 Working in CWRC    Humanities Centre, 11153 Sask. Drive (map)

Snacks and beverages will be provided for CWRCshop participants; lunch on your own in HUB Mall (or anywhere near the U of A campus! — 87th Ave)                                      


Wednesday, September 21 ~ Conference Day 1

8:30-9:00        Coffee, tea, nourishment, registration        Alumni House, 11515 Saskatchewan Dr. (map)

9:00-9:15        Welcome  (Aon Room – all papers will be presented in this room)

9:15-10:45       Session 1~ Networks, Collaboration, Combination 

David Buchanan (U of A) ~ Popular Print Edmonton

Bart Vautour/Kaarina Mikalson (Dalhousie) ~ Negotiating Public Enquiry and Academic Objectives in a Digital Research Environment

Joel Katelnikoff (U of A) ~ Inhabitation: Johanna Drucker: “no file is ever self-identical” :

10:45-11:15           Break

11:15-12:45        Session 2~ Digitizing Canadian Literature: Editions, Archives,Challenges

Joel Salt/ Craig Harkema (USask) ~ The Al W. Purdy Digital Archive: Archival or Scholarly?

Nora Stovel (U of A) ~ Ivory Tower or Grass Roots? Digitizing Margaret Laurence’s Essays

Lee Hannigan (U of A) ~ In/Audible History: Developing a Literary Audio Archive at the University of Alberta

12:45-1:45         Poster Session (lobby) –  Lunch (provided) 

        Treena Chambers and Alix Shield (SFU) ~ The People and The Text: Indigenous Writing in North America up to 1992

Paula Johanson ~ Where Heidegger and Doctorow Intersect in the Creative Commons Licensing of Pirate Cinema (poster via Skype)

Carole Gerson and Karyn Huenemann (SFU) ~ Canadian Early Women Writers Project

Chelsea Miya (Univresity of Alberta) ~ HuViz Linked Data Visualization Interface

Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, Dynamic Table of Contexts Reader

Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory videos

1:45-3:15           Session 3 ~ Linking Up: Networked Knowledge in Canada

Stéfan Sinclair (McGill) and Geoffrey Rockwell (U of Alberta) ~ The CWRC Catalogue

Susan Brown (Guelph) ~ Dynamic Scholarship and Emergent Linked Knowledge

Dean Irvine (Agile Humanities Agency) ~ Iterative Networks: An Agency and Engine for Agile Publishing

3:15-3:30             Break

3:30-5:00        Keynote 

Lori Emerson (Boulder) ~ Writing Telematics // Other Networks in Canada

6:00                      Dinner: Remedy Café, 109 St. and 87 Ave.                          


Thursday September 22 ~ Conference Day 2

9:00-10:30          Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory Launch       Alumni House

Coffee, tea, nourishment, a few short speeches, mingling

10:30-12:00       Session 4~ Canadian Digital Poetics

Dani Spinosa (York) ~ Towards a Theory of Canadian Digital Poetics

Paul Barrett (McMaster) ~ Surviving Surviving the Paraphrase: Problems of distant reading in Canada

Alois Sieben (SFU) ~ Haunted Pasts, Haunted Software: The Intrinsic Criticism of Mediality in Janey’s Arcadia

12:00-1:30           Lunch (provided)

Roundtable lunch session Emergent Scholars Group (small conference room)

1:30-3:00         Session 5 ~ Teaching and Learning: Pedagogies and Practices

Joseph Pivato (Athabasca) ~ Canadian Literature and Hypertext: Slow Food vs Fast Food

Daniel Powell (King’s/UVic) ~ Usable Texts: The Anthology of Medieval and Early English Drama, 900-1576

Geoffrey Rockwell, Mark McKellar, Jinman Zhang, Grady Zielk (U of Alberta)~ Introduction to a class-based online writing environment: GWrit (Game of Writing)

3:00-3:15         Break

3:15-4:45        Session 6~ Memory Work, Remediation

Amanda Montague (U of Ottawa) ~ Mobile Memories: Locative Media and Cultural Memory in Canada’s National Capital Region

Jordan Bolay (U of Calgary) ~ Digitisation vs. Digital Re-mode-ification: A Meta-Cognitive Engagement with the Production of a Digital Exhibit

Lindsay Bannister (SFU) ~ Peering into the Margins: The Canada’s Early Women Writers Project and the Unusual Story of Martha Craig

4:45-5:00        Review, Conclusion: Thinking about Digital Futures


Friday September 23
Optional Post-conference CWRCshops

9:30-12:00: Orlando Project                 Digital Humanities Research Studio, 1st floor

1:30-4:00: Modernist Commons (EMiC)     Humanities Centre, 11153 Sask. Drive (map)

  • Snacks and beverages will be provided for CWRCshop participants; lunch on your own in HUB Mall (or anywhere near the U of A campus!)