UCSB Conversation Roundtables on Online Reading
The Transliteracies Project
How are people today "reading" in digital, networked environments? For
example, what is the relation between reading and browsing, or searching?
Or between reading and multimedia? Can innovations in technologies or
interfaces increase the productivity, variety, and pleasure of these new
kinds of reading? How can the historical diversity of human reading
practices help us gauge the robustness of the new digital practices; and,
inversely, how can contemporary practices provide new ways to understand the
technical, social, and cultural dimensions of historical reading? The
Transliteracies 2005 conference
assembles theorists and practitioners from the humanities, arts, social
sciences, computer science, and industry to talk about the fate of reading
in the new media age.
The gathering will feature the following: Three keynote presentations to mark out the diversity of disciplines and
approaches needed to address the problem of online reading: Anne
Balsamo, Walter Bender, Adrian Johns.
Three moderated, plenary conversation
roundtables: Reading, Past and Present; Reading and Media;. Reading as
a Social Practice. A presentation session on "The Art of Online Reading."
The conference launches the Transliteracies research project, which brings
together humanities, social-science, and computer-science researchers to
collaborate on technology development related to the future of textual
experience. The project is an attempt to mesh the humanities--whose core
identity is invested in textual experience in a way that most other
disciplines are not--with the evolving environment of information today.
Friday, June 17, 8:30-6:00
Saturday, June 18, 9:00-5:00
McCune Room, HSSB 6020, UCSB
Full Schedule Here
Selected Past Colloquia
Independent Media Theorist and Net Critic, "Dark Fiber: Tracking Critical Internet Culture"
Professor of Communications, Georgia Tech, "The Web and
Professor of Romance Studies, U. Michigan, Discussion of
Chapter V, "Literary Culture and the Worlds of Science" from
his recently completed book, Literary Culture and the Life
of the World
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UC/Irvine,
Discussion of his Black Holes
Professor of English, UCSB, "Should We Historicize the
Culture of Information?"
M. D. Coverley (Marjorie C. Luesebrink)
Hypertext Fiction Artist & Professor of English, Irvine Valley
C., "The Crimson Orb: Technology and Women on the WWW"
Director, UC Irvine HumaniTech: Computer Resources for Faculty
Research and Teaching, "A Chat with Barbara Cohen"
Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
Professor of English, Univ. of Kentucky, "New Media in
the Curriculum and the Job Market"
Professor of Art History, UCSB, "Narrative, Memory, Archive:
Some Thoughts on Louisa Conolly's Print Room at Castletown,
Professor of English, University of Minnesota [later a member
of the UCSB English Dept.], "Taxonomies of Hypertext Fiction"
Professor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA,
"The Classic Book and Avatar Chat": A Research Overview with
Professor, Visual Arts Dept., UC San Diego, Discussion
with Lev Manovich about New Media