OCS Digital Congress begins

(I post this message to strongly encourage all to attend.)

Third Congress of the Observatory for Cybersociety “OPEN KNOWLEDGE. FREE SOCIETY” November 20-December 3.

You will no doubt find one working group to be of particular interest:

Topics include: new interfaces, new works of electronic literature, electronic criticism of literature, and copyright/copyleft concerns.

I have read the papers and know you will find them and discussions about them insightful. So far 3950 people (and counting) have registered for the Congress. Don’t miss out in this exciting international dialogue as the Congress only meets every two years.

(The languages of the congress are English, Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Portuguese. Everyone can comment in their own language and use translators–machine or human–to follow the conversation. I have had no trouble reading many of these papers translated by BabelFish or Worldlingo.¬† Note: Without conversations about digital media across languages and nations, electronic literature will be doomed to redundancy, insularity, and linguistic segregation).

To register go here:

See previous WRT post here:
Recommended papers for WRT readers:

  • “Scholarship and Publishing in the Age of New Media Technology” by Steven Totosy de Zepetnek. Totosy relates experiences from editing and publishing the CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. (Written in English)
  • “N-tier Entertainments: Electronic Literture as an Information System” by Juan B. Gutierrez and Mark C. Marino This paper extends the work in Noah Wardrip-Fruin’s recent dissertation.
  • “Narrative, Game, and Knowledge in Golpe de Gracia” by Jaime Alejandro Rodriguez Ruiz. Here Rodriguez Ruiz theorizes about his recent work, discussed at length here.
  • “Literature on the Internet: The Example of Fanfictions” by Carmen Moran Rodriguez. Rodriguez explores fanfiction’s essential connection to the internet.
  • “Videogames: Considerations about the frontier of digital narrative” by Domingo Sanchez-Mesa.
  • “Acoustic Echoes, digital echoes: Reflections on the literary reception and creation in digital media” by Amelia Fernandez Rodriguez. A complex exploration of the essence of hyperfiction.

Also see essays about other extrordinary works in English and Spanish, including a Wikinovel and a Webnovel. See you at the Congress.

4 Responses to “OCS Digital Congress begins”

  1. 1 Jeremy Douglass

    Mark, thanks for the recommendation - I just registered and read through the hundreds of paper listings - there is indeed a wealth of information at this congress! I’ll have to participate more fully next time around.

    For our Humanities readers, one thing that might be worth noting higher up is that ~80-90% of the Congress looks to be Social Sciences papers - although many of those are fascinating, basically anything in the Humanities looks to be in one of the C working groups.

  2. 2 Mark Marino

    Registration is about to close in just a few hours. If you have not registered yet please do so now. The conference will continue until the end of next week.

  3. 3 Jeremy Douglass

    Mark, is this happening again this year, and if so are you doing it? Free registration last year just for the opportunity to read was well worth it, so I’ll check the papers queue out again if and when it comes around….

  1. 1 Wikinovela — A Tale of Multiple Tongues at WRT: Writer Response Theory

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