Interstitial Italy: Reassessing Global Questions through the ‘Peculiar’ Italian Case (an Interim SIS conference)

 

The conference will take place at the British School in Rome on 27-28 March 2014. For inquiries, please contact F.Camilletti@warwick.ac.uk and J.E.Burns@warwick.ac.uk

Organised by the UK Society of Italian Studies Continue reading Interstitial Italy: Reassessing Global Questions through the ‘Peculiar’ Italian Case (an Interim SIS conference)

Rosanna De Rosa, Cittadini digitali. L’agire politico al tempo dei social media

Rosanna De Rosa
Milano, Apogeo, ISBN: 8850332696, p 156

From the author of The Five Stars Movement in the Italian Political Scenario. A Case for Cybercratic Centralism?, eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM), Vol 5, No 2 (2013)
Abstract: With the rapid diffusion of Social Media, grassroots political organizations are starting to use supportive technologies to avoid party representation. The Pirate Party in Germany and the Five Stars Movement (5SM) in Italy are trying to use the interactive democracy paradigm to renew the institutional framework of political representation from the bottom up. Continue reading Rosanna De Rosa, Cittadini digitali. L’agire politico al tempo dei social media

Macroanalysis, by Matthew Jockers (Review)

This review has been originally published in Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique

Jockers, Matthew L. 2013. Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History. University of Illinois Press. Kindle Edition

Jockers’ Macroanalysis is an inspiring book that gives a well-rounded description of digital techniques in the field of literary studies.

Simon Cunningham, Analysis
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The book is divided into three parts:

 

Foundation: an account of the basis on which his approach is built upon

Analysis: the bulk of the book, is a description of the methodological landscape of macro-analysis, and is divided into five sections of increasing complexity, culminating in an interesting and innovative discussion of literary influence

Prospects: highlights some issues that digital literary scholars are facing or will face in the near future.

Books are Falling Apart

We speak all the time about the future of the book, but this is not the real issue. The real issue is how we will read in the future, how computing and the digital (and new media in general) have changed our reading habits. The book is just one support among many others that we used for reading, and to have a full understanding of the process we should go beyond a specific support and start with more basic cognitive issues involved. This kind of research is particularly important in situation in which the cultural landscape and framework is being radically transformed, such as the present we are living in.
This is the object of this blog. The field in which this kind of inquiry is taking place is Digital Humanities, an interdisciplinary area of research that entered the academic battlefield quite recently, and it is still in search of a shared definition and position in universities all over the world. The novelty and openness of this field provides a possibility for interdisciplinary (and possibly experimental) work, involving different disciplines and different areas of expertise.

Memory, texts, and storytelling. The dissemination of reading.