CFP, “Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production”

Call for Proposals

Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production

An INKE-hosted gathering

27-28 January 2015 | Whistler, BC, Canada


Proposals Due: 1 October 2014


Scholarly communication practices are rapidly changing, and this time of transition indicates an opportunity to shape the future of scholarly production in open, flexible, and productive ways that serve the needs of many. As professional work becomes increasingly enmeshed with and supported by digital technology, practitioners have begun to explore different venues and modes for sharing knowledge. Recent scholarly communication developments, including open peer review systems and online academic publishing platforms, reflect this transitional period. For instance, in Planned Obsolescence Kathleen Fitzpatrick considers ways of “opening ourselves to the possibility that new modes of publishing might enable, not just more texts, but better texts, not just an evasion of obsolescence, but a new life for scholarship.”

This one and a half day gathering will provoke conversation and mobilize collaboration in and around electronic scholarly production, as well as issues of (open) access, partnership, dissemination, alternative modes and models, and the shift from prototype to production. This action-oriented event is geared toward leaders in various arenas, including academic and non-academic researchers, members of scholarly associations, and open source practitioners and developers. Taking the success of last year’s INKE-hosted gathering in Whistler, “Building Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Publishing,” as our starting point we hope to both formalize connections across fields and simultaneously open up different ways of thinking about the pragmatics and possibilities of electronic scholarly production.


Featured events include:

  • Keynote lecture & opening presentations
  • Lightning talks, where authors present 5 minute versions of longer papers 
circulated prior to the gathering, followed by a brief discussion (papers may be 
conceptual, theoretical, application-oriented, and more)
  • Show & Tell session, where presenters do digital demonstrations of their projects and / or prototypes
  • Next Steps conversation, to articulate in a structured setting what we will do together in the future

We invite proposals for lightning papers that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area, OR for relevant prototype or project demonstrations.


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 proposal acceptance for circulation in advance of the gathering. We are pleased to welcome proposals in all languages of our community; note that the chief working language of past gatherings has been English. Please send proposals on or before October 1st 2014 to Alyssa Arbuckle at


“Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production” is sponsored by the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group. Some travel assistance may be available as necessary, pending outcome of a separate application to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for this event.


Happily organized by Ray Siemens, Alyssa Arbuckle, Stephen Ross, Jon Bath, and Jon Saklofske.

Alyssa Arbuckle (B.A. Hons, M.A.)

Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development

Electronic Textual Cultures Lab | University of Victoria | @arbuckle_alyssa