Electronic Literature Organization 2007 Symposium: The Future of Electronic Literature

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02.05.2007 to 03.05.2007
Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities College Park
United States
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The Electronic Literature Organization’s Future of Electronic Literature Symposium at MITH at the University of Maryland, College Park was an event that brought e-lit writers, scholars, and an interested public together for an open mouse/open mic, a daylong symposium, and an ELO board meeting. Highlights included Katherine Hayle’s keynote (nicely summarized at jilltxt), considering the idea of “literary” vs. “literature” and providing very intelligent close readings of a variety of works of electronic literature, readings from new works by Stephanie Strickland, Rob Kendall, Nick Montfort, Deena Larsen, and others, as well as three very good panel discussions. The process-intensive panel looked at the idea of process from several different angles ranging from process-intensive collaboration, to natural language interface processing, to story generation. The international panel featured demonstrations of electronic literature from around the world, including works in Spanish, French, Catalan, and Nordic languages, and also highlighted the fact that electronic literature is a global movement—ELO isn’t the only organization concerned with this work, but has shared interests and opportunities for collaboration with organizations including nt2, Elinor, Hermeneia, and others.

The Future of Electronic Literature panel was also an engaging discussion of how new technologies might effect electronic literature, and how new ways of organizing material and collaborating might effect the way that we shape the field.

(Summarized from Scott Rettberg’s post on Grand Text Auto)

Critical writing presented:

Title Author Tags
Process-Intensive Literature Susan Schreibman, Robert Kendall, Talan Memmott, Nick Montfort, Stephanie Strickland, Noah Wardrip-Fruin process-intensive, process, writing process, collaboration, expressive processing
Is the Future of Electronic Literature the Future of the Literary? N. Katherine Hayles literary, literariness, institution, institutionalization
International Electronic LIterature Sandy Baldwin, Laura Borràs Castanyer, Bertrand Gervais, Juan B. Gutiérrez, Mark C. Marino, Jill Walker Rettberg international, collaboration, translation, diversity, language diversity
Electronic Records at the National Archives Kenneth Thibodeau archives, digitization, preservation
Electronic Literature in the 21st Century Neil Fraistat, N. Katherine Hayles, Thomas Swiss, Joseph Tabbi, Kenneth Thibodeau, Emily Warn, Josh Weiner electronic literature, future, trends, 21st century
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