Chicago 2014

Experimental Interfaces for Reading 2.0
18-20 September 2014, Chicago, IL, USA
IIT Institute of Design, 350 N La Salle St



Thursday September 18th
6.00pm-7.00pm Registration

7.00pm Expert Panel on the Future of Reading

7.00pm Reception

Friday September 19th
8.30am-9.30am Registration & Breakfast

9.30am-10.30am Plenary Address
1. Jennifer Roberts-Smith (U Waterloo): “Theatrical Interfaces”

10.30am-11.00am Coffee break

11.00am-12.00pm Session 1: Reading Across Media
2. Elika Ortega: “The Remediation of Reading: From the Print to the Electronic Interface.”
3. Dana Milstein: “Manga de dokuha as Visual Novel: Ren’Py and Reading Marx Through Textual Gameplay.”
4. Cynthia Malone: “Noses in Books: Immersion, Orientation, and Paratext.”
5. Paul Conway: “Toward Enhanced Book Surrogates: Word and Image Relationships in 19th Century Photographically Illustrated Books.”

12.00pm-2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm-3.00pm Session 2: INKE ID Panel on Reading at a Distance
6. Stan Ruecker: “Introduction to Reading at a Distance.”
7. Geoffrey Rockwell: “Reading Tools from a Distance.”
8. John Montague & Ryan Chartier: “Abstracting and Visualizing Big Data for Exploration and Discovery.”
9. Tianyi Li, Luciano Frizzera, Stan Ruecker, & Geoffrey Rockwell: “Reading INKE’s Collaborative Publication Network.”
10. Luciano Frizzera: “Decoding Location-Based Information: Mobile Media Approach.”
11. Laurentia Romaniuk, with Ben Carroll, Sarah Vela, and the INKE Research Group: “Visions for a Distant Reading Machine.”

3.00pm-3.30pm Coffee break

3.30pm-4.30pm Session 3: Collections and Publishing
12. Michael E. Sinatra, Marcello Vitali-Rosati, Stéfan Sinclair, and Hélène Beauchef: “Looking at Open Access, ‘Parcours numériques’, and the Centre de Recherche sur les Humanités Numériques (CRIHN).”
13. Matthew Hiebert and William Bowen: “Implementing a Social Knowledge Creation Environment: Iter Community.”
14. Abeer Aloush: “The Psychology of Violence, Pardons, and Forgiveness-related Motives: The Post-Arab Spring Egyptian Army and Paradoxes of Democracy.”
15. Kevin Henry: “The ‘Intraface’ Comes Before the ‘Interface’.”

4.30pm-5.30pm Plenary 2
16. Teresa Dobson (U British Columbia): “The Interface Implications of Understanding Readers.”

5.30pm Dinner

Saturday September 20th
9.00am-9.30am Breakfast

9.30am-10.30am Plenary 3
17. Geoffrey Rockwell (U Alberta): “Reading Tools at a Distance.”

10.30am-11.00am Coffee break

11.00am-12.00pm Session 4: Metadata
18. William Wueppelman: “Metadata and”
19. Alan Darnell: “Metadata and the Scholars Portal.”
20. Jon Saklofske and the INKE Research Team: “NewRadial: Challenging Scales and Standards of Humanities Scholarship through New Knowledge Environment Prototypes.”
21. Peter Organisciak, Sayan Bhattacharyya, and J. Stephen Downie: “Reading via Fragments: Non-consumptive Reading as Practical Necessity and as Post-humanist Performativity.”

12.00pm-2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm-3.00pm Session 5: Interpretation
22. Robert Fletcher: “Teaching Interpretation through the Interface: CommentPress in the Literature Classroom.”
23. Neal Audenaert, Timothy J. McGrew, Christopher Kocmoud, and Roby Fitzhenry: “Exploring Historical Debates: the SDA Concept Browser.”
24. Piotr Michura, Stan Ruecker, and Gerry Derksen: “Operationalizing Subjective Interpretations of Visual Information – Conversational Tool for Research and Practice in Visual Design for Reading.”
25. Alex Christie: “Algorithmic Reading Before the Computer: An Experimental Environment for Modern Manuscripts.”

3.00pm-3.30pm Coffee break

3.30pm-4.30pm Session 6: Digital Demos
26. Andrea R. Harbin & Tamara F. O’Callaghan, with Alan B. Craig, & Ryan W. Rocha: “The Augmented Palimpsest: Engaging Students through AR Encounters with the Past.”
27. Gerry Derksen, John Nychka, Kareem Hindi, Jesus Amor Ballesteros, Zhan Shi, Aaron Plasek, & Stan Ruecker: “The Rich-Prospect Textbook.”
28. Jon Saklofske & the INKE Research Team: “Prototyping Perception: Constellating Meaningful Critical Paths through Large Data Sets within the NewRadial Environment.”
29. David Kelly, Justin Tonra, & Rebecca Barr: “Ossian Online: Crowdsourcing Annotation and the Social Edition.”

4.30pm-5.30pm Plenary 4
30. Kim Erwin (IIT Institute of Design): “Reading Big Data: Batman and the Future of Pattern Language.”

5.30pm-5.45pm Wrap-up & Farewell

Call for Papers
Proposals (abstracts only) due midnight (12.00am) CST June 30, 2014
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2014

Digital documents are now ubiquitous, and the electronic book is a normal part of many people’s lives. However, we have really only scratched the surface of ways to help people read and make use of digital documents. This conference will focus on some of the experimental human-computer interfaces that have been designed and, in some cases, prototyped for use with digital texts, images, and other media.

Featured events include:

  • Keynote lectures
  • Lightning talks, where authors present 10-minute versions of their work, followed by a brief discussion (papers may be conceptual, theoretical, application oriented, and more)
  • Poster and digital demos session

Possible topics include but will not be limited to:

  • ebooks
  • journals and monographs
  • interactive visualization
  • visual analytics
  • cultural analytics
  • social editions

We invite proposals in three categories – lightning papers, panels (4 papers or more), posters, and digital demos – that address the conference topics and other issues pertinent to research in the area. Proposals should indicate one of the above categories, and consist of:

  • a title
  • an abstract of approximately 250 words
  • a list of works cited
  • the names and affiliations of presenters and their coauthors.

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 to

Selected presentations will be invited to submit by November 15 prepared papers for a special issue of the journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR), with guest editor Stan Ruecker.

INKE Interface Design
The Interface Design (ID) team is part of a seven-year research project on the future of reading called Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE). The goal of ID is to produce and study experimental prototypes that are contextualized by research done throughout INKE as well as by environmental scans of existing systems. Different years have focused on different research areas: interdisciplinary citation, corpora, the scholarly edition, and journals and monographs.

Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE)
The Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
IIT Institute of Design

Evening 1: Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:00-7:00 Registration
7:00-8:30 Welcome and opening plenary 1
8:30-10:00 Reception

Day 2: Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30-9:30 Registration and a decent breakfast
9:30-10:30 Plenary 2
10:30-11:00 Coffee break with hot snack
11:00-12:00 Session 1 (4 papers or a panel)
12:00-2:00 Lunch (on your own—we will provide suggestions)
2:00-3:00 Session 2 (4 papers or a panel)
3:00-3:30 Coffee break with hot snack
3:30-4:30 Session 3 (4 papers or a panel)
4:30-5:30 Plenary 3
5:30 Dinner (on your own)

Day 3: Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00-9:30 A decent breakfast
9:30-10:30 Plenary 4
10:30-11:00 Coffee break with hot snack
11:00-12:00 Session 4 (4 papers or a panel)
12:00-2:00 Lunch (on your own—we will provide suggestions)
2:00-3:00 Session 5 (4 papers or a panel)
3:00-3:30 Coffee break with hot snack
3:30-4:30 Posters and digital demos
4:30-5:30 Plenary 5
5:30-5:45 Wrap-up and farewell

Cost: $300 ($350 CDN) regular, $150 ($175 CDN) student or unwaged
Includes opening reception Thur night
Reception only (cost tba)

IIT Institute of Design is located at 350 N LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (on the southwest corner of LaSalle and Kinzie; downtown, not on IIT’s main campus). Cabs are plentiful in Chicago, but if you’re interested in public transportation from either O’Hare or Midway Airport, ID is two blocks from the Clark/Lake stop for the blue train line (to/from O’Hare) and the orange line (to/from Midway) 5-6 blocks from both the State/Grand and State/Lake red line stops, and one block from the brown line stop at the Merchandise Mart. The school is also on the 156 LaSalle bus route, which runs roughly 6a-730p. Single CTA rides are $2.25 (except departures from O’Hare, which are $5); transfers are $0.25 (not available on the bus if paying cash). For more information about the CTA, visit Transit from either airport to the ID vicinity is roughly 30-50 minutes, depending on time of day.