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Programme Details: Friday 6 July 2007

Title: Virtual Reality Literary Magazine

Leader/s: Jennifer Young (University of Hertfordshire)

Theme: E-literacies

Time: 13.30 - 15.00

This presentation will reflect on the process of creating a virtual literary magazine and response of students (particularly mature students) to e-learning content in what had previously been a traditional poetry module. The project Orb: Virtual Reality Literary Magazine has been funded by the English Subject Centre and BLU-Sky Fund (University of Hertfordshire). The project is two-fold: a student-run interactive and dynamic creative writing magazine and a software trial in a poetry module. Colleagues Steve Bennett and David Kraithman created a multi-user dimension software called SmirkVR, which enables audio-visual presentations in a virtual space that viewers inhabit as avatars.


Title: Reading Literature Online

Leader/s: Duncan Campbell (ProQuest Information and Learning)

Theme: E-literacies

Time: 13.30 - 15.00

When Jerome McGann writes that "in the next fifty years, the entirety of our inherited archive of cultural works will have to be reedited within a network of digital storage, access, and dissemination", he points to a key issue in contemporary scholarship: it's not the provision of digital information that is at stake, as the ever-increasing digital archive shows, but our developing ways of understanding and negotiating digital forms of information. This presentation considers the implications of McGann's statement, looks at look at ways in which digital media have been conceptualized, from the memex to hypertext and the current fascination with "web 2.0", and discusses how the digital humanities offer the potential to transform the scholarly analysis of literary texts.


Title: The Poetry Archive

Leader/s: Jean Sprackland (The Poetry Archive)

Theme: E-literacies

Time: 13.30 - 15.00

"A fabulous new resource, which…broadens spectacularly the access
people have to the poetry of the last hundred years and could change the
ways in which it is taught, learned and loved."

This is how PN Review describes the Poetry Archive, the world's foremost
online collection of recordings by English-language poets, contemporary
and historic. This session with Jean Sprackland, poet and Education
Manager for the Archive, offers an opportunity to take a guided tour of
the recordings and the wealth of resources which surround them.


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