Content circulation

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Today, texts circulate within “online communities” of writers and scholars. The relationships and interactions between community members have become an essential means of circulating content, whose visibility is increasingly dependent on the involvement of online writers and researchers. The objective of this research axis is to examine the reorganization of forms of sociability in the digital age, and to link discussion on virtual communities with studies on literary and scholarly communities.

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Marcello Vitali-Rosati, Servanne Monjour, Joana Casenave[et al.], « Editorializing the Greek Anthology: The palatin manuscript as a collective imaginary », Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 014 / 1, 2020.

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The Directory of Digital Writers

What is a literary work in a digital environment? The Canada Research Chair on Digital Textualities is interested in digital literary forms that do not fall within the definition provided by the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO). Our approach is based on the desire to make visible and accessible works that are not considered a traditional literary form.

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Marcello Vitali-Rosati et Jean-Marc Larrue, Media do not exist, Amsterdam, Institute of Network Cultures, 2019, 107 p., (« Theory on Demand »).

Media Do Not Exist: Performativity and Mediating Conjunctures by Jean-Marc Larrue and Marcello Vitali-Rosati offers a radically new approach to the phenomenon of mediation, proposing a new understanding that challenges the very notion of medium. It begins with a historical overview of recent developments in Western thought on mediation, especially since the mid 80s and the emergence of the disciplines of media archaeology and intermediality. While these developments are inseparable from the advent of digital technology, they have a long history. The authors trace the roots of this thought back to the dawn of philosophy. Humans interact with their environment – which includes other humans – not through media, but rather through a series of continually evolving mediations, which Larrue and Vitali-Rosati call ‘mediating conjunctures’. This observation leads them to the paradoxical argument that ‘media do not exist’. Existing theories of mediation processes remain largely influenced by a traditional understanding of media as relatively stable entities. Media Do Not Exist demonstrates the limits of this conception. The dynamics relating to mediation are the product not of a single medium, but rather of a series of mediating conjunctures. They are created by ceaselessly shifting events and interactions, blending the human and the non-human, energy, and matter.

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