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From: "Humanist Discussion Group \(by way of Willard McCarty              <>\)" <willard-AT-LISTS.VILLAGE.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Subject: 22.078 cfp: Technology-Focused Collaborative Research in English Studies
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                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 78.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:39:58 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <>
         Subject: cfp: Technology-Focused Collaborative Research in 
English Studies

Technology-Focused Collaborative Research in English Studies
From: Laura McGrath
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:12:01 -0400

Do you do collaborative, project-based research? Are you affiliated with
a center or initiative that supports group inquiry? Are you part of an
interdisciplinary research group? Please consider contributing to the
following proposed collection:

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Edited Collection on Technology-Focused
Collaborative Research in English Studies

WORKING TITLE: "Investigating Digital Tools, Texts, and Use Practices:
Collaborative Approaches to Research in English Studies"

Submissions are sought for an anthology of scholarly essays on the
subject of technology-focused collaborative research conducted by groups
of investigators working in English studies, defined broadly.
Submissions from scholars trained in English studies or rhetoric and
composition but working in newer areas such as software studies or new
media studies are welcome. In particular, submissions from scholars
affiliated with research centers and other larger-scale collaborative
research initiatives are encouraged.

This collection is premised on the idea that evolving technologies,
texts, and use practices are impacting not only our research questions
but also our approaches to conducting and disseminating research. Of
particular interest are the ways in which collaborative project-based
research teams or work groups are investigating technology-related
questions and the lessons that can be learned from these cases. This
collaborative research might bring together faculty, graduate students,
and perhaps undergraduates. At times, it is interdisciplinary. In some
cases, it may involve researchers from multiple campuses or even from
beyond the academy.

The anthology will feature two sections:

Part I: Research Models for the Twenty-First Century=ADPart I will focus
on the lessons that can be learned from various collaborative approaches
to investigating digital technologies, texts, use practices, and
culture. Special attention will be paid to technology-focused research
centers, project-based research, initiatives that involve students as
researchers, and multicampus and/or interdisciplinary research groups.
The purpose of Part I is not only to present models but also to reflect
on what these specific cases demonstrate about the challenges involved
in planning, establishing, managing, and sustaining collaborative
research initiatives.

Part II: New Purposes, Audiences, and Contexts=ADPart II will address the
goals, outcomes, audiences, and publication contexts associated with
collaborative research into digital technologies, texts, use practices,
and culture. The goal of Part II will be to provide a variety of
perspectives on why this research is necessary, what it can and should
accomplish (outcomes), who it might benefit both within and beyond the
academy, and how it can and should be disseminated. Attention to topics
such as ethics, the state of scholarly publication, and issues of
authorship, authority, and copyright will be woven throughout the

Although this list is by no means exhaustive, essays might respond to
one or more of the following questions:

What are the advantages and challenges of=20
collaborative inquiry for the study of digital=20
tools, texts, use practices, and culture?
How does research happen within teams or work groups?
Which models of collaborative work are relevant=20
for English studies (e.g., "Big Science,"=20
software development) and how have they been adapted in practice?
How is collaborative research funded, managed, and sustained over time?
In what physical or virtual spaces does this work take place?
What resources are essential?
How does this research provide opportunities for=20
student learning and professionalization?
What are the outcomes or deliverables of collaborative research?
Who are the audiences, clients, or beneficiaries of this research?
Beyond traditional scholarly venues, how are=20
research outcomes being disseminated (e.g.,=20
blogs, Web sites, wikis, multimedia)?
What issues must be considered (ethics,=20
promotion/tenure, authorship, authority, copyright)?

Send original essays or 500-word proposals, with a brief CV, to Laura
McGrath, Assistant Professor of English, Kennesaw State University by
August 31, 2008:

Willard McCarty | Professor of Humanities=20
Computing | Centre for Computing in the=20
Humanities | King's College London |=20 Et sic in infinitum (Fludd 1617, p.  26).=20


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