On Wednesday, 20 January 2016, Associate Professor Manuel Portela (Coimbra University, Portugal / ERASMUS+ Scholar) will give a talk entitled:
The Book of Disquiet Digital Archive as a Role-Playing Experiment
The talk will take place in Room 308 (School of English Library, New Philosophy Building) at 19:15 pm.
Below you can find the speaker’s bio and paper abstract.
Please advertise the event to your students, colleagues and friends.
Hoping to see you all there.
“The Book of Disquiet Digital Archive as a Role-Playing Experiment”
Making a complex network of literary materials accessible and intelligible for common users is a major problem faced by digital scholars. Despite their high value as teaching and research resources, many digital projects remain confined to the expert scholarly community. In the digital archive devoted to Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet (Arquivo LdoD, 2016, forthcoming) we experimented with the use of Web 2.0 techniques in constructing a social edition where expert and common users can engage on the social construction of new versions of the book. In this reading and writing space, users are invited to engage with the Book of Disquiet by playing different roles. In this talk I will show how the simulation rationale of the project is a way of rethinking literary experience in digital media.
Dr. Manuel Portela teaches in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Coimbra, where he directs the FCT PhD Programme “Advanced Studies in the Materialities of Literature”. He was director of the University Theatre between 2005 and 2008. He collaborates in the project “Arquivo Digital da POEX: A Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Literature' (http://po-ex.net/), and he is the principal researcher of the project 'A Digital Archive of the Book of Disquiet' (http://ldod.uc.pt/). He is the author of two scholarly books: Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-Reflexive Machines (MIT Press, 2013), and O Comércio da Literatura: Mercado e Representação [The Commerce of Literature: Marketplace and Representation] (Antígona, 2003).