Sunday, May 18, 2008

CFP: Literary Education and Digital Learning: Methods and Technologies for Humanities Studies

CFP: Literary Education and Digital Learning: Methods and Technologies for Humanities Studies

Proposal Submission Deadline: 05/30/2008
Full Chapters Due: 10/31/2008

A book edited by Willie van Peer, University of Munich, Germany
Sonia Zyngier, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vander Viana, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


We live at a time of enormous realignments in the use of media. Each day
more information can be retrieved from the Internet. The world is not one of
knowing how to access and manage information rather than storing and
processing it. In the area of literature, ever more information on literary
production is being disseminated and retrieved in electronic form. This has
considerable consequences for the form and use of such information. It also
has consequences for learning and research environments at educational
institutions. Today’s popularization of modern technologies has allowed
scholars in the Humanities, including literature specialists, to access an
array of novel opportunities in the digital medium, which have brought about
an equal number of challenges and questions. In spite of the vast amount of
information now at hand, very little has been provided for the advance of
literary education.

Objective of the book

This volume aims at providing a deep probe into the most relevant issues in
literary education and digital learning. The chapters will be organized into
two categories: research and education. The first group will collect studies
investigating the impact of technologies in literary research. Its main aim
is to understand how computers and other new technologies may help scholars
investigate literary works in novel ways, thus bringing new perspectives to
the area. The second group will look into the potential of applying distance
learning methods/concepts/environments to the field of literature. In other
words, it will collect contributions on how these resources may be used by
scholars and students either inside or outside regular classrooms, provided
that these classroom applications are not accounts of experience but based
on research. In sum, the volume will offer a survey of how digital literary
education has developed, where it stands now, how research in this area has
progressed, and what the prospects are for the future.

Target audience

This volume will be of interest to those interested in digital
learning/teaching and/or literature, especially in the university context.
This book will also interest literature professionals who would like to see
how digital learning works in practice. In addition, the book will be highly
valuable to those researchers in the field interested in keeping abreast
with current developments in the confluence of their fields of expertise and
technological settings.

Recommended topics

The topics to be covered in Parts I (Research) and II (Education) should
encompass literature and one of the following aspects (the list below is not
comprehensive, other topics may be welcomed, and especially those in which
authors are considered specialists):

*Applications in Distance Learning

*Authoring Tools

*Collaborative Learning

*Corpus-based Research

*Empirical Research on Digital Learning/Teaching

*Future Challenges

*Learning Technologies

*Methods in Distance Education Teaching

*Online Education Tools and Technologies

*Online Learning

*Shortcomings of Distance Learning Applications and Technologies

*Web-Based Course Authoring Tools

Submission procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30,
2008, a 2-4 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will
be notified by July 31, 2008 about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October
31, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review
basis. This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea
Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea
Group Reference) and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints. For
additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

Vander Viana
Sonia Zyngier