Thinking Through the Digital in Literature

Representations+Poetics+Sites+Publications, an International Conference, Linköping, Sweden, 29 nov-1 dec 2017


The research project REP+REC+digit – Representations and Reconfigurations of the Digital in Swe­dish Literature and Art 1950–2010 – and Linköping University, Sweden, invite scholars in media archaeology, digital culture, artistic practice, media history, electronic texts, comparative literature and adjacent fields to the conference THINKING THROUGH THE DIGITAL IN LITERATURE – REPRESENTATIONS+POETICS+SITES+PUBLICATIONS, to be held at Linköping University, Sweden, 29 November to 1 December, 2017.

REP+REC+DIGIT explores different aspects of how digital technology and digital culture have influenced aesthetic and literary expressions since 1950, including digital artifacts, the digi­tization as motif, post-digital aesthetics and digital epistemology.

The topics of this event are derived from the questions that have been asked and explored throughout the project. The conference subtitle suggests four aspects of these explorations: The actual representation in art and literature; Aesthetic forms and critical reflec­tions; The material sites for writing and reading texts; and New interfaces for dissemination.


Confirmed keynote speakers:

KENNETH GOLDSMITH (Department of English, University of Pennsylvania)

Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of numerous books of poetry, among them No.–10.20.96 (1997), Fidget (2000), Day (2003), the trilogy The Weather (2005), Traffic (2007), and Sports (2008), and, most recently, Capital (2015). He has published two books of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age (2011), and Wasting Time on the Internet (2016), and has edited I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews (2004) and co-edited Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Gold­smith teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is, not least, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb.

ELENA LAMBERTI (Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna)

Elena Lamberti is a specialist of Modernist Literature, Cultural Memory, Literature and Media Ecology, and War Literature. She pursues an interdisciplinary methodology of research where literature stands at the core of inno­vative investigations of complex ecosystems. Her book Marshall McLuhan’s Mosaic. Probing the Literary Origins of Media Studies (2012) received the MEA Award 2016 (Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecolo­gy). She serves in a variety of editorial boards including Explorations in Media Ecology (EME); Journal of Mobile Media; and The International Journal of McLuhan Studies. She is affiliated to the Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University di Montreal.

We’re looking forward to meet you in Linköping in November!

RepRecDigit: Jonas Ingvarsson and Cecilia Lindhé, University of Gothenburg and Jakob Lien and Jesper Olsson, Linköping University.