[Air-L] Symposium Announcement: The Future of Reading, RIT, June 9-12, 2010

Amit Ray axrgsl at rit.edu
Tue May 4 10:24:37 PDT 2010

The Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, USA hosts The Future of Reading Symposium, June 9-12th, 2010. Featured speakers include Margaret Atwood, Chris Anderson (Editor in Chief of Wired), Robert Bringhurst (Poet and Scholar), Jane Friedman (Open Road Media) N. Katherine Hayles (Duke), Johanna Drucker (UCLA), and Jon Orwant (Google), amongst others.

This three-day symposium at will be organized around a central question: How will reading change in the coming decade? Evolving technologies and habits of information exchange have profound effects on how societies (their thinkers, writers, scientists, and citizens) envision, create, articulate, distribute, absorb, remember, and assimilate content. Commercial competition and technical innovation, as well as the perpetual desire to create and share, are reshaping the information systems on which reading depends: the private act of writing, the interpretive act of typography, and the social act of publishing.

The aim of this symposium is to foresee where and how new modes of reading will take us—socially, politically, economically and aesthetically—in the coming decade, and will feature provocative and challenging presentations by experts in writing systems, content creation, vision and cognition, typography, visual media, digital publishing and display technology. In addition, smaller interactive breakout sessions will allow participants to engage closely with other participants based on shared interests and themes.

Symposium registration, including meals and banquet, is $295. Full program and registration details can be found on the symposium website: http://futureofreading.cias.rit.edu/2010/index.php

Amit Ray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Rochester Institute of Technology
College of Liberal Arts, 06-2309
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: 585 475-2437 Fax: 585 475-7120
aim: amito2309

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