[Air-L] CFC: Workshop: Paratext in Digital Culture: Is Paratext Becoming the Story? University of Bergen 28-29 August 2014

Jill Walker Rettberg Jill.Walker.Rettberg at lle.uib.no
Thu May 8 07:15:03 PDT 2014

Paratext in Digital Culture: 
Is Paratext Becoming the Story?

University of Bergen
28-29 August 2014


In december 2012, a one-day workshop Exploring Paratexts in Digital Contexts was organized at the University of Bergen by the Digital Culture   Research Group. The point of departure of this first workshop was paratextual theory as it was first articulated by Gérard Genette in 1987 (Seuils / English translation Paratexts. Thresholds of Interpretation 1997). This event was followed by the book Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture edited by Nadine Desrochers and Daniel Apollon (forthcoming Spring 2014). These two initiatives have revealed a strong interest in the academic community for appraising the potential and limits of paratextual theory in digital culture.

The Digital Culture and Electronic Literature Research Groups at UiB invite potential contributors and attendants to a new workshop Pasts, Presents and Futures of Paratext in Digital Culture: Is Paratext Becoming the Story? The goal of this workshop is to share ongoing research on paratextual devices, functions and strategies in digital culture and brainstorm about new research opportunities. The participants will explore further how paratext and related concepts may contribute to a better understanding of the nature and function of digital objects.

paratextual theory, paratext, digital culture, digital objects, digital literacy, multiliteracy, multimedia, digital content, electronic literature, digital art, remediation, digital materiality, ebooks, text technology, metadata, markup.


The submission and acceptance of an abstract is required. Attending participants without presentation are also welcome. This workshop is opened to all interested. Feel free to spread this call to whom may be interested.


Digital Culture Research Group and 
Electronic Literature Research Group

Dpt.  of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

Faculty of Humanities
University of Bergen , Norway

Workshop Advisory Committee
Nadine Desrochers, UdeM, EBSI, Montréal

Scott Rettberg, UiB Digital Culture

Patricia Tomaszek, UiB Digital Culture

Jill Walker Rettberg, UiB Digital Culture

Daniel Apollon, UiB Digital Culture

Workshop start: 28 August 2014 09H00

Workshop end: 29 August 2014 13h00

University of Bergen
, Humanities Faculty, HF-bygget, 
Sydnesplassen 7, 
5007 Bergen, Norway

Participation is open to:

	Participants with accepted abstract

	Participants only interested in attending the workshop

Contributions welcomed
- Short oral presentation of maximum 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute discussion (abstract between 300 and 800 words).
- Book or chapter presentation by author(s) or editor(s) of maximum 15 minutes followed by a 5-minute discussion (required: book description maximum one page and /or copy of brochure in PDF format).
- Presentation of resources, metadata tools and technologies 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion (abstract between 300 and 800 words). 


Participation in the workshop is free to all. 
Participants will cover their own travel and lodging expenses. 
Food and beverages will be provided during the workshop.

A dinner will be offered by the University of Bergen to contributing participants Thursday evening 28 
Review form:

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed for acceptance by the Workshop Advisory Committee.

To register to the workshop:

1. Download the workshop package at


2. Email your registration form and your abstract (two MS Word documents) to Daniel.Apollon at uib.no DEADLINE June 5, 2014

Deadline for abstract submission : 5 June
Notification of acceptance: 20 June 
Preliminary program:  21 June 
Final registration of attending non-contributing participants: 7 August 
Arrival of participants: 27 August
Workshop start: 28 August 09h00 
Workshop end: 29 August 13h00
Business meeting(for those who would like to discuss future research collaboration):29 august 15h00-17h00

Daniel Apollon

Digital Culture Research Group

Dpt. of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

University of Bergen

Postal address: PB 7805, 5020 BERGEN, Norway

Office address: Room 349, HF-bygget Sydnesplassen 7, 5007 Bergen

Phone: +47 55 58 24 27

Mobile: (+47) 480 45 347

Email: Daniel.Apollon at uib.no

More information about the Air-L mailing list