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"Digital Writing and Editorialisation" Seminar - Cycle 2013-2014

mercredi 16 octobre 2013


The program for 2014-2015 is still to be translated in English

Here’s the program for last year’s cycle (#edito13)

- November 22, 2013 : What is Support
The concept of support in the digital age can hardly be reduced–like the printed object–to a simple interface for writing and reading (inscription and the interpretation of inscription). Of all the objects connected to the act of reading, the omnipresent screen is now considered more important than the medium of paper in terms of knowledge transfer. Yet, with regards to networks and services which connect interface users, we know that the digital medium presently invests (or rather is invested) in all aspects of technical organology, and underlying this is the fact that we are called to observe and act both through and beyond the screen. We should thus question how well the technical features of these new support systems help improve editorial devices, and how new properties of digital support help shape our practices of reading and writing and even the very foundations of our knowledge.

- January 16, 2014 : Annotation : Knowledge in the Margin
An important feature of digital media is that it converges reading and writing within the same editorial system. The practice of annotation, in all its forms and media, is commonly seen on the Web.
Essentially publishable, annotations enrich content and contribute to knowledge production.
Since annotation is gaining more ground in the digital publishing circles , we ask whether it is in the process of becoming a privileged site of intellectual creation by enabling a paradigm shift in writing practices and knowledge exchange.

- February 13, 2014 : Translation : At the Heart of New Editorial Practices
Translation is one of the central activities structuring intellectual spaces and one could even argue that it is a sort of matrix. A book published on paper often has supplemental translation notes online which serve to enrich the reading experience. Shared online spaces between translators create long-lasting interactions. Networks of cultural journals such as the Eurozine ( have set up on-going translation systems that follow European debates. Various paratexts thus form ties that enrich a work and emphasise the multilingual character of digital cultures.

- March 13, 2014 : The Convergence of Platforms, or the Support Environment
Please note that the seminar in Montreal begins at 12:30 PM Montreal time and 5:30 PM Paris time
A few years ago, the principle of convergence represented the decompartmentalisation between the actors of content and the containers. It has finally been transformed into what is now referred to as a transmedia experience. The latter consists in either individual or collective experience of access to the content through equipment, interfaces and diversified uses, each creating new entry points in the data exchanges and flow.
The transmedia experience described above by Louise Merzeau is directly related to the environment ; namely the spatial, material and software configurations in which the user is set. The support thus becomes the environment, thanks to the way in which we (inter)act.
Considering the diversity of practices, supports and representations that together create the support-environment, what is the unity factor ? What is the smallest common denominator that allows this environment to be meaningful ?
What are the new dynamics operating within knowledge circulation ?

- April 24, 2014 : Algorithms and Automated Editorialisation
Behind our reading experience lies data structured by algorithms (often proprietary) which create the meaning of content. Algorithms and editorial devices have become more and more present and powerful and create important reading trajectories. Aside from Google PageRank, what are the new metrical and statistical paradigms that shape by default (willingly or not) our informational world and themeaning of that world ? Is the algorithm a plausible (and sole) answer to the proliferation of data on the Web ? Has the Web become “un immense bazar où il serait impossible de trier l’information de qualité ?” [an immense bazaar where it is impossible to access quality information ? [1]]

- June 19, 2014 : Study Workshop : Current Trends and Issues at Stake
Special Schedule : 2:00–6:00 PM in Paris, 8:00–12:00 AM in Montreal
This session will be dedicated to a workshop summarising themes addressed in the previous five sessions. We will re-examine the issues pertaining to each session,identify current trends and draw conclusions. The detailed program is presented on the seminar website.

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