Coming soon — the first in a series of talks on the Digital Humanities!
The Future of Authorship: Writing in the Digital Age
Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association
September 24th, 2012, Common Hour
Description of Talk:
In her 2011 book, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, Kathleen Fitzpatrick argues that the transformations that digital publishing will require are less technological than they are social and institutional; scholars will need to understand the work that they are doing differently in networked environments, and their universities will need to think about it differently as well. Among the changes that becoming fully digital will require is a reconception of authorship, its purposes, and its grounding in the scholarly environment. This talk will explore several of the ways in which authorship is changing in the digital age, with an eye toward the new kinds of projects that such a reconception of our work as authors might inspire.
Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and is on leave from a position as Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. She is the author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, which was published by NYU Press in November 2011; Planned Obsolescence was released in draft form for open peer review in fall 2009. She is also the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press (and of course available in print), and she is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons. She has published articles and notes in journals including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.