Beyond Remediation: The Role of Textual Studies in Implementing New Knowledge Environments


  • Alan Galey University of Toronto
  • Richard Cunningham
  • Brent Nelson
  • Ray Siemens University of Victoria
  • Paul Werstine



Textual studies, INKE, Research plan, Digital media, Digital book history, Textuality, Prototyping


This article considers the role of textual studies in a digital world and reviews the work of a particular group of digital textual scholars. Specifically, the article examines the work of the Textual Studies team at the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project (, a group of digital textual scholars working on user experience, interface design, and information management with the goal of better understanding how reading is changing in the context of digital media.  INKE’s work rethinks what the book can become and aims to generate prototypes to be shared on an open-source basis with the public.

Author Biographies

Alan Galey, University of Toronto

Alan Galey is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, 27 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1A1

Richard Cunningham

Richard Cunningham is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Theatre, as well as Director at Acadia Media Centre at Acadia University, 15 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS, Canada B4P 2R6

Brent Nelson

Brent Nelson is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan, 105 Administration Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A2.

Ray Siemens, University of Victoria

Ray Siemens is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities in English with cross appointment in Computer Science at the University of Victoria, PO Box 3070 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3W1

Paul Werstine

Paul Werstine is a Professor in the Department of English at King’s University College, University of Western Ontario, 266 Epworth Ave, London, ON, Canada N6A 2M3