[Humanist] 27.964 events: digital fiction; machines were texts

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Apr 12 09:27:39 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 964.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Graeme Gooday <G.J.N.Gooday at LEEDS.AC.UK>                  (21)
        Subject: Public Lecture: Mario Biagioli (UC Davis): 'When Machines
                were Texts', University of Leeds, Thursday 15th May 2014

  [2]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                             (49)
                2014 @ SFU Vancouver

        Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:30:38 +0100
        From: Graeme Gooday <G.J.N.Gooday at LEEDS.AC.UK>
        Subject: Public Lecture: Mario Biagioli (UC Davis): 'When Machines were Texts', University of Leeds, Thursday 15th May 2014

                                 AHRC Research Network: 'Rethinking Patent Cultures'

PUBLIC LECTURE : "When Machines were Texts: The Strange History of the Idea/Expression Distinction"

By Prof. Mario Biagioli,  Director of the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, University of California, Davis

                    THURSDAY 15th MAY 6 -7pm , Centenary Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds

                                     ****ADVANCE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL****

To register for attendance visit the public lecture page at www.rethinkingpatentcultures.com http://www.rethinkingpatentcultures.com

ABSTRACT:  The idea-expression distinction provides the crucial demarcation between the subject of patent law and that of copyright. In the US, that distinction is deemed settled in Baker v. Selden (1879), but has been subsequently challenged by technological developments, like software, involving inventions that look like texts or others, like computer interfaces, that seem to merge software and hardware. I argue that these new technologies do not induce local destabilizations of the idea-expression divide, but rather activate tensions that have been there all along - tensions that are both problematic and unavoidable.
For enquiries, please email our Network Administrator at rethinkingpatentcultures at gmail.com<mailto:rethinkingpatentcultures at gmail.com>
(to which address all replies will be directed)

Graeme Gooday, (on research leave 2013-14)
PI for AHRC Research Network 'Rethinking Patent Cultures'
Professor of the History of Science and Technology
School of Philosophy, Religion  and History of Science
Woodhouse Lane
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

E-mail: g.j.n.gooday at leeds.ac.uk<mailto:g.j.n.gooday at leeds.ac.uk>
 Phone: 0113 343 3274

 www.rethinkingpatentcultures.com http://www.rethinkingpatentcultures.com

        Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:12:41 +0000
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: CREATING DIGITAL FICTION WITH KATE PULLINGER, June 9-13, 2014 @ SFU Vancouver

June 9-13, 2014 @ SFU Vancouver


Join us for this special week-long immersive writing/authoring
workshop with award-winning author and digital fiction pioneer Kate
Pullinger. This workshops is a unique learning opportunity aimed at
writers who wish to explore digital fiction, developers who want to
explore literary works, and publishers interested in new models for
writing, reading, and collaborating in fiction.

Over the five days, participants will work together to collaboratively
author a work of interactive, multimedia literature, which will
subsequently be available online inviting further participation from a
wider public.

Participants will work collaboratively with faculty to plan, compose,
design, assemble, and promote the work over the course of the week. A
series of short morning seminars with faculty will elaborate the
dynamics, opportunities, and challenges of composing and producing for
networked digital media. Afternoons will be devoted to collaborative
work on writing, design and graphic production, audio and video
production, and technical development. The goal for the week is the
production of a prototype work which forms the basis for an ongoing,
collaborative work which gathers an online audience.


Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms. Her new
novel, Landing Gear, published in the spring of 2014, takes the story
told in Pullinger’s collaborative multimedia digital work, co-created
with Chris Joseph, Flight Paths: A Networked Novel, and develops it
further. Her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the 2009 Governor
General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious
literary prizes. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects, Inanimate
Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel, have reached audiences
around the world. Pullinger’s other books include A Little Stranger,
Weird Sister, The Last Time I Saw Jane, Where Does Kissing End?, which
are all being published in new ebook editions in the spring of 2014.

John Maxwell is Associate Professor in the Publishing Program at SFU.
His research & teaching focus is on the impact of digital technologies
in the cultural sector (and particularly books and magazines), the
history of digital media, and the emergence of digital genres and

Haig Armen is one of Canada’s most respected and innovative digital
designers. He is a faculty member in Design & Dynamic Media at Emily
Carr University. Haig has had the honour of winning a variety of
awards throughout his design career, including three Webby Awards, two
Prix Italia for Web Arts and Drama and a Gold Medal from the Art
Director’s Club of New York to name only a few.


- John Maxwell
Publishing @ SFU
jmax at sfu.ca

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