11.0315 books & digital media conference at MIT

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 2 Oct 1997 21:17:51 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 315.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Thu, 02 Oct 1997 07:47:37 +0100
From: David Thorburn <thorburn@mit.edu>
Subject: mit conference on books and digital media

Dear colleagues --

I write to invite you to attend our forthcoming conference, "Transformations
of the Book," on Friday and Saturday, October 24-25.

The conference will consider the ways in which digital technologies are
transforming traditional literary and humanistic materials. Pioneering
scholars and designers will demonstrate hypertext and web-based projects
involving some of the landmark texts and materials of humanist culture. The
event will cover a fascinating range: from classical literature, Chaucer and
Shakespeare to Hitchcock's films. Other presentations will center on the
visual arts, and on Friday evening two leading hypertext fiction writers,
Michael Joyce and Shelley Jackson, will discuss their work and the future of
the cyber-novel. Other speakers include Peter Robinson, co-editor of the
Canterbury Tales Project; Jerome McGann, Director of the Rosetti hypermedia
archive at the University of Virginia; Robert Stein, founder of the Voyager
Company, leading producer of serious CD ROM and videodisc materials; and
William J. Mitchell, author of _The Reconfigured Eye_ and Dean of MIT's
School of Architecture and Planning.

Each session will conclude in an open discussion with the audience, and
we're anticipating lively and provocative discourse throughout the conference.

The complete schedule, brief sketches of the participants and a registration
form are available on the "Media in Transition" web site:

You may also register by sending email to Ann Rowbotham (annr@mit.edu),
listing name, address, email address and your plans for attending on a
single day or for the entire conference.

We will supply significant amenities as well as stimulating discourse: a
reception Friday after the afternoon panels; lunch on Saturday. There is no
charge for registration.

I hope many of you will be able to attend.


David Thorburn
Professor of Literature
Director, Communications Forum
14N-335, MIT
Cambridge, MA 02139
617 253-6950

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