Innovative Interrogations: Modelling, Prototyping and Making

Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Conference @ DHSI 2016
June 10-11, 2016, University of Victoria


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Friday, 10 June

“Prototyping Resistance: Wargame Narrative and Inclusive Feminist Discourse”
Panel Discussants: Stephanie Boluk (Pratt Institute), Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U), Elizabeth Losh (UC San Diego), and Anastasia Salter (U Central Florida)
Co-Chairs: Dene Grigar (Washington State U, Vancouver), Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan), Ray Siemens (U Victoria)

  • 5.00pm–6.00pm Joint Reception and Poster Session: ELO, INKE, and DHSI (University Club)

*Be sure to check out Kelly Colht’s poster (Information School, University of Washington):Genre-based approaches to domain modeling: a case study involving rulebooks.”

Saturday, 11 June

*Please note, conference sessions are structured to support short paper presentations (10-15 minutes) and to encourage extensive discussion.

  1. “TWiC – Topic Words in Context.” Jonathan Armoza (McGill, NYU)
  2. “TopoText 2.0: Prototyping Modes of Interactive Mapping and Social Knowledge Creation.” Randa El Khatib (UVic), Julia El Zini, Shady Elbassuoni, Mohamad Jaber, David Wrisley (American University of Beirut)
  3. “Linked Data and The Way We Argue Now: A Case Study of Orlando and HuViz (Humanities Visualizer).” Jana Smith Elford, Susan Brown, Chelsea Miya, Mihaela Ilovan, Shawn Murphy, and John Simpson (UAlberta)
  4. Inhabitable visualizations: Rethinking scholarly communication through innovative digital frames.” Jon Saklofske (Acadia U) and the INKE research team
  • 10:30am–12:00pm Session 2: Modelling Theory, Prototyping Practice (Hickman Building 120)
  1. “Modelling activity focus in multi-tasking among digital tools – Prototyping to capture user activity and produce digital reflections in FlowSpaces.” Aaron Smith, Steve DiPaola (SFU)
  2. “Prototyping (a) Movement: Third Cinema and its Pro(to)leptic Heirs.” Lincoln Shlensky (UVic)
  3. Modelling between digital and humanities: a project and its case studies.” Øyvind Eide (Universität Passau/Universität zu Köln), Arianna Ciula ( Roehampton University), Cristina Marras (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Patrick Sahle (Universität zu Köln)
  4. “Algorithmic Provenance of Data.” Jim Smith
  • 12:15pm–1:15pm Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30pm–3:00pm Session 3: Production, Process, Product (Hickman Building 120)
  1. “Re-modeling the ‘project’: escaping project-based culture in digital scholarship.” Anna-Maria Sichani (Huygens KNAW)
  2. Useless Humanities, Useless Machines” Emile Fromet de Rosnay (UVic)
  3. “Breaking out of the Box – Prototyping Mailable Makerspaces.” Christina Boyles, Lindsay Mattock, and Andrew Petersen (U Iowa)
  4. “Understanding Prototyping in the Humanities: Examples from the Classroom.” Jentery Sayers (UVic)
  • 3:30pm–5:00pm Session 4: Environments, Users, Experiences (Hickman Building 120)
  1. The Design of an Interpretive Environment for Theatre Lobbies.” Stan Ruecker (IIT Institute of Design), Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Andrea Zehr (UWaterloo), and the INKE Research Group
  2. A Guide to Users: Empathic Design in the Humanities.” Chelsea Miya, Kim Martin, Susan Brown, Mihaela Ilovan, Shawn Murphy, John Simpson and Jana Smith-Elford (UAlberta)
  3. From Prototype to Production: Usability Testing of the Dynamic Table of Contexts.” Anita Cutic (UAlberta), Susan Brown (UGuelph, CWRC), Mihaela Ilovan (UAlberta, CWRC), Andrew MacDonald (Open Sky Solutions), Milena Radzikowska (Mount Royal U), Stan Ruecker (UAlberta, INKE), Stéfan Sinclair (McGill)

Conference Farewell and Debriefing

  • 7:00pm– 9:00pm ELO Informal Banquet (University Club)
    (INKE participants are invited to hang out with our ELO pals!)

Call for Papers

The ways that we model knowledge define the opportunities and limits of understanding, and inventive approaches to critical inquiry bring fresh perspectives to existing assumptions while uncovering new correlations, complexities and challenges. Humanities scholarship in digital arenas benefits from the opportunity to prototype and critically reflect on new knowledge environments which offer unique models of understanding and modes of scholarly communication.

Such modelling and prototyping activities (the products and processes of which are arguments, theories and methods) involve engaged, inventive, and exploratory research practices that overlap with critical making discourses.

Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • ideological and political implications of critical modelling and prototyping practices
  • humanities modelling strategies
  • provocative prototyping
  • ways of modelling data (visualization, db structures, indexing)
  • modelling as mapping
  • critical making and maker culture
  • tool and interface prototyping
  • prototyping as research/rhetoric/argumentation
  • modelling pedagogy
  • prototyping as pedagogy
  • open social scholarship
  • experimental defamiliarization
  • gaming and gamification
  • unconventional knowledge environments

Since the conference sessions will be structured to encourage extensive discussion, we invite proposals for short papers (10 minutes) that address the conference topics and other issues pertinent to research in the area. Poster proposals for a planned poster session are also welcome. Proposals should 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 Jon Saklofske ( and/or Jon Bath ( by the end of the day on February 8, 2016.

This conference will be held in conjunction with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the annual conference of the Electronic Literature Organization. Featured collaborative events include a joint institute lecture on Friday June 10th by Jon Saklofske (Acadia U), “Prototyping Resistance: Wargame Narrative and Inclusive Feminist Discourse,” with panel discussants Stephanie Boluk (Pratt Institute), Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U), Elizabeth Losh (UC San Diego), and Anastasia Salter (U Central Florida), and a joint reception on Friday evening at the UVic University Club.

Journal publication following conference

We have planned for selected articles based on conference talks to be published in a special issue of Digital Studies / Le champ numérique.

INKE Modelling and Prototyping

The Modelling and Prototyping team (M&P) is part of a seven-year research project on the future of reading called Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE). The goal of M&P is to reconsider the form and content of current options for humanities data distribution and explore how such options can be expanded upon and pluralized through imaginative and combinative work that thinks and argues through tool building. Our models and prototypes self-reflexively engage with the ways that the traditional politics and habits of scholarly communication can be extended, ignored, or challenged by digital humanities initiatives, tools, and environments.


Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI)
Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria