MORGANTOWN, W.Va. The Center for Literary Computing and the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at West Virginia University will host a free digital writing mini-conference April 10-11.
The conference will feature the Laboratoire NT2 of the Université du Québec à Montréal, which is a leading center for studying digital writing.
“The NT2 lab at the Université du Québec à Montréal is on the cutting edge of the humanities and technology,” said Sandy Baldwin, associate professor of English and director of the Center for Literacy Computing.
“They are studying, cataloging, and celebrating new kinds of writing and art that take advantage of computers and networks. It is a privilege for WVU to be exposed to this exciting, world-class scholarship.”
Baldwin said he hopes those who attend the conference will leave with a better understanding about the diversity of electronic literature, particularly the Francophone electronic literature being studied by NT2.
Sessions at the conference include:
“New Technologies/New Textualities Overview and Introduction of the NT2 Database”
“The NT2 Infrastructure: Open source and Digital Humanities Projects and Achievements”
“Translating Electronic Literature and a Very Short History of Québécois E-Lit”
“From the Hypermedia Directory at NT2 Laboratory-UQAM to the Online Observatory on the Contemporary Imagination: Talking from Experience”
“The Consortium for Electronic Literature”
“Workshop on NT2 database”
The Center for Literary Computing is housed within the Department of English. The department offers courses in digital writing, as well as a study abroad program in Portugal focusing on the topic.
WVU is home to the only book series focused on creative aspects of digital writing, featuring monographs by leading scholars. It is edited and produced by students in the department, and released and marketed through a distribution agreement with the WVU Press.
For more information on the conference, please contact Sandy Baldwin at Charles.Baldwin@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-293-9703.