Text-nology Idea Jam:
Doing New & Old Things
with Old &New Books
Saturday, January 11th
5:15 to 6:20 pm
Chicago H, Chicago Marriott
Tamara F. O’Callaghan (Northern Kentucky University)
William Germano (Cooper Union)
Andrea Harbin (SUNY Cortland)
Clarissa Ai Ling Lee (Duke University)
Katherine M. Ruffin (Wellesley College)
Eleanor Shevlin (West Chester University)
Sarah Werner (Folger Shakespeare Library)
What is an "idea jam"?
An “idea jam” is a highly interactive brainstorming event typically found at un-conferences (i.e. THATCamp). In this format, facilitators quickly propose open-ended questions on a related topic to an audience. Audience members then sit at the table of the facilitator whose question most intrigued them and together brainstorm ideas, concerns, etc. in response to the question for a set period of time. At the end of the session, each table shares the responses to their question with the other groups. The experience is rather like crowd-sourcing in situ, with the audience driving the session under the guidance of the facilitators.
What is the focus of the Text-nology Idea Jam?
This idea jam focuses on the transition from manuscript to print to digital and considers how new technologies could/should (not) change the textual form and reading experience. How did we/do we/will we create an effective text/object for reading that requires deep thought and engagement rather than reading for simple pleasure? And how can we think “outside the box”—or even “outside the book”—in terms of envisioning texts for the future?
The six facilitators (listed above) come from a breadth of historical fields in literary studies and have diverse backgrounds in terms of textual studies. The proposed questions that they will likely pose are as follows:
- How can digital resources effectively represent the tactile, hands-on processes by which textual objects such clay tablets, papyrus rolls, and parchment and/or paper codices have been produced, disseminated, and preserved? To what extent should we be concerned with fidelity of representation (i.e. touch, taste, smell, and sound)? (Ruffin)
- How does the digital environment alter our sense of the unique copy of a text? On the one hand, EEBO makes thousands of works available electronically, but it also freezes for us a single copy among all extant examples. How do we work with -- and through -- that defining structure? (Germano)
- What are the parallels/differences between texts in a digital archive and those housed in a brick-and-mortar facility? How do these respective environments influence and even change our understanding of research, recherché, and what it means to be "lost in the archives"? (Shevlin)
- How can digital formats help us rethink the mechanics of reading and physically manipulating the page? Are there ways in which the digital is actually fixed and the material is actually flexible? (Werner)
- Given the impact that current technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, Google glasses, etc. are having (or will have) on text design, what possibilities/pitfalls do they offer us as readers, researchers, and teachers? How might they contribute to more immersive readings experiences for us and our students? (Harbin)
- How do we effectively create digital artifacts of non-standard texts, particularly ones that do not adhere to modes of standard reading within the western tradition of writing and printing logic? How do we handle a 'diagrammatic' text or a text with specific character rendering within the current technologies of digitization? (Lee)
Everyone is welcome to attend and, more importantly, participate in this highly interactive event. Please bring smart devices, laptops, and lots of enthusiasm!