16.519 e(X)literature & Oxford Shock conferences

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 519.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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       [1] From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mk235@umail.umd.edu> (144)
             Subject: e(X)literature: the Preservation, Archiving and
                     Dissemination of Electronic Literature

       [2] From: "Nancy Weitz" <nancy.weitz@computing- (53)
             Subject: Oxford 'Shock' conference -- new date!

             Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 09:18:26 +0000
             From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mk235@umail.umd.edu>
             Subject: e(X)literature: the Preservation, Archiving and
    Dissemination of Electronic Literature

    e(X)literature: the Preservation, Archiving and Dissemination of
    Electronic Literature

    University of California Santa Barbara, April 3-4, 2003


    Thursday, April 3

    9:00 - 9:15:
    Welcome and Introductory Comments
    Dean David Marshall (Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, English, UCSB)
    Bill Warner (English, UCSB)
    Jeff Ballowe (co-founder, Electronic Literature Organization)

    9:15 - 10:25
    "The Opposite of Property"
    Keynote Speaker: James Boyle (Duke University Law School)

    10:30 - 12:00
    Archiving Digital Work: Defining the Present
    Howard Besser (Director of Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program
    New York University)
    Alan Divack (Archivist for the Ford Foundation)
    Presentation of Endangered Works:
    Marjorie Luesebrink (M.D. Coverley; Hypermedia author (Califia) and
    President, ELO Board of Directors)

    12: 00- 1:30

    1:30 - 2:45
    Library of Congress to the Rescue
    Keynote Speaker: Stewart Brand (Co-founder, Global Business Network;
    president, The Long Now Foundation)

    2:45 - 4:15
    Other Digital Preservation and Archiving Initiatives: Panel
    Chair, Jeff Ballowe (co-founder, Electronic Literature Organization)
    Howard Besser (Director of Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program
    New York University)
    Julia Flanders (Women Writers Project Director, Associate Director for
    Textbase Development, Brown University)
    Merrilee Proffitt (Digital Library Development Specialist, The Bancroft
    Library, University of California, Berkeley)
    Joseph Tabbi (English, University of Illinois, Chicago)

    4:30 - 5:15
    The New Media Reader (MIT, 2003): Overview of Migration Strategies
    Noah Wardrip-Fruin (Creative Writing Fellow Brown University)
    Nick Montfort (Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer and Information
    Science, University of Pennsylvania)

    5:15 - 6:00
    Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres

    6:00 - 7:30
    Good Vibrations: Writers, Artists, the Works
    Marjorie Luesebrink (M.D. Coverley; Hypermedia author (Califia) and
    President, ELO Board of Directors)
    Scott Rettberg (Assistant Professor of New Media Studies, Literature
    Program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)

    Thomas Swiss (English and Rhetoric of Inquiry, University of Iowa;
    Editor of
    The Iowa Review Web), Rediscovers selections from The Iowa Review Web
    Lisa Jevbratt (Studio Arts & Media Arts and Technology, UCSB)., Demos
    Softbot 1:1
    Stephanie Strickland (Print and new media poet), reveals "V:Vniverse"
    George Legrady (Studio Arts & Media Arts and Technology, UCSB),
    Melanie Wein's (Media Design, BA Ravensburg) "The Fleetingness of Bits"
    Jason Nelson (Author of Flash narratives), A Flash Reading

    Friday, April 4

    Coffee and bagels

    9:00 -10:00
    Chair, Bill Warner (English, UCSB)
    Matt Kirschenbaum (English, University of Maryland) "The Anatomy of a
    Digital Object"
    Geof Bowker (Communications, UC San Diego) "Remembrance, Commemoration,
    Oversight and Oblivion: Collective Cultural Archives over the Millennia"

    10:00 - 11:30
    The Technology of E-Literature Preservation: The Shape of a Solution
    Chair, Alan Liu (English, UCSB) PAD Technology Plan Overview: Issues and
    Nick Montfort(Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer and Information
    University of Pennsylvania), "Reading" Works That Are No Longer
    Emulators and Interpreters
    David Durand and Liam Quin, X-Literature: Building XML Representations
    Robert Kendall and Noah Wardrip-Fruin (Creative Writing Fellow Brown
    University), X-Literature Authoring and Reading Solutions

    11:45 - 1:00
    Copyright/ Open Source roundtable
    Chair, Bill Warner (English, UCSB)
    Rob Swigart (English., San Jose State University)
    Harvey Harrison, (UCLA and Liquid Knowledge)
    Geert Lovink

    Conference rationale:
    At the 2002 Electronic Literature Online conference in Los Angeles,
    Katherine Hayles' keynote address warned that the incessant development
    the software and hardware is rendering old computer based works obsolete
    inaccessible. Although obsolescence is a problem for every form of
    production, the reliance of computer-based creations upon a constantly
    evolving delicate matrix of software and hardware, makes preserving and
    archiving digital work especially challenging. Out of last Spring's
    discussions emerged the "PAD" initiative, and acronym for "preservation,
    archiving, and dissemination." PAD is an effort to develop a software
    standard (and perhaps eventually software products) that would give
    and artists some influence over the future development of the
    hardware/software interface, especially with regard to three practical
    of preservation, archiving, and dissemination.

    In the discussions of the last year, apparently available and relatively
    simple solutions--for example, preserving digital works by creating
    emulators that allow us to migrate them to new platforms--end up
    complex, and implicated in many other issues. Here are a few: the value
    earlier works (are they worth saving?); cost (at what expense?);
    feasibility (how can it be done?); ownership of works and software
    (what sort of open-ness and access is necessary for this project). Such
    project requires constant attention to creators and users (who benefits,
    it what ways?).

    The April conference has two primary purposes: to address the general
    surrounding an attempt to preserve, archive and disseminate works
    created on
    the computer, and, in dialogical spirit, by offering a public account of
    PAD project, we hope learn from those participating in the conference.

    For information contact Professor William Warner (English, UCSB) at


    William B. Warner
    Director, the Digital Cultures Project Professor English
    University of California/ Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, 93106

             Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 09:19:31 +0000
             From: "Nancy Weitz" <nancy.weitz@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
             Subject: Oxford 'Shock' conference -- new date!

    * Please forward to relevant lists and individuals *


    Due to a change of date, we are reopening the CFP for

    The Shock of the Old 3: Designing and Developing for the Disciplines
    24th July, 2003
    University of Oxford
    Said Business School

    The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services is
    pleased to announce our third annual conference on educational technologies.
    Shock 3 will explore the problems and issues involved in designing and
    developing learning technologies for particular disciplines and subjects.

    We are interested in receiving proposals for talks that consider one or more
    of the following questions:
    - What kinds of technologies are becoming most widely used to teach
    sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences? Why?
    - What are the particular requirements for creating materials suited to
    various disciplines/subjects?
    - Are truly generic or completely non-disciplinary materials possible (or
    - Should we be striving for the generic "ber-tool" or making the most of
    disciplinary differences?
    - In seeking to make generic tools might we be imposing the methodologies of
    one discipline onto another?
    - How can discipline- or subject-specific materials be adapted for different
    disciplines or subjects? Are there any commonalities in tools for teaching,
    say, literature, chemistry, economics?
    - What differences are thus exposed or created in the underlying teaching
    (and research) practices?
    - Conversely, can disciplinary differences expose methodological assumptions
    in the technologies?
    - Do disciplinary differences affect the ways new technologies are best
    integrated into teaching practice?
    - Are proprietary solutions and "corporatization" of learning technologies
    shaping the way subjects are taught? If so, is this leading to increased or
    decreased choice and flexibility?
    - What are the possible benefits and/or dangers of off-the-shelf "content"?

    Talks that describe or demonstrate specific projects, tools and technologies
    are welcome, but we will give priority to those that do so within the
    context of
    the conference questions.

    Please send 300-word abstracts (in-message or RTF) to ltg@oucs.ox.ac.uk
    Email submissions strongly encouraged! (but address and fax below)
    DUE DATE: 10th MARCH, 5:00 pm.

    The conference website is: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/events/shock/
    [More information and registration instructions will be added to this site

    If you have questions, please contact the coordinator:

    Dr. Nancy Weitz: nancy.weitz@oucs.ox.ac.uk

    Learning Technologies Group
    Oxford University Computing Services
    13 Banbury Road | Oxford OX2 6NN
    Tel: 01865 273221 | Fax: 01865 273275

    * supported by the Association for Learning Technology *

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