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ELMCIP Seminar on Digital Poetics and the Present

The program for the ELMCIP Seminar on Digital Poetics and the Present is now available. The seminar will take place on December 9th and 10th in Amsterdam, Holland at the University of Amsterdam. Readings and performances will be given in the evening at the political and cultural center De Balie (Friday) and the Perdu Theater (Saturday).

Keynotes will be delivered by Jan Baetens, Professor of cultural studies at the University of Leuven, Rita Raley, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Roberto Simanowksi, Professor at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Basel.

Serge Bouchardon, winner of this year’s New Media Writing Prize 2011, and J.R. Carpenter are among the speakers at this event.

‘Digital literature covers a broad spectrum of creative work: from Facebook-poetry to interactive fiction and animated poems written in Flash. In recent years, both criticism and practice of digital literature have created a theoretical basis for the approach of the new artform. Ideas have been brought forward on the historical, contextual and institutional embedding of digital literature. Critics have proposed various ways to analyze the hybrid that digital literature is and have emphasised the necessity of a ‘media-specific analysis’. Now the time has come to look closer at techniques and effects of digital literary works, and at the contemporary contexts in which they are created. Digital literature does not operate in isolation: it is in all respects a contemporary artform. The seminar focusses on this question of digital ‘poetics’, understood as the question to the nature and the value of the work, both in criticism as in practice itself.’

Digital Poetics and the Present is one of a number of events in 2011 and 2012 as part of the ELMCIP project. Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP) is a collaborative research project funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) JRP for Creativity and Innovation. ELMCIP involves seven European academic research partners and one non-academic partner who will investigate how creative communities of practitioners form within a transnational and transcultural context in a globalized and distributed communication environment.


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