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Share Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book

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This symposium explores the future potential of the book by engaging practitioners and performers of this versatile technology to ask some key questions: is the book an artifact on its deathbed or a mutable medium transitioning into future forms? What shape will books of the future take? Grounded in this technology’s history, we will reflect critically on possible futures, promises, and challenges of the book, showcasing practices by writers and artists, putting them in conversation with scholars and thinkers from across the disciplines who are framing discourse and questions about book-related technotexts. This symposium hopes to foster a lively discussion where audience members participate and invoke their multiple perspectives on the book.

Keynote speakers include:

Christian Bök (University of Calgary)

N. Katherine Hayles (from Duke University)

Bonnie Mak (University of Illinois)

Rita Raley (University of Santa Barbara)

James Reid-Cunningham (Boston Athenaeum)

and Bob Stein (SocialBook)

 

In addition to keynotes, there will be a number of participants from MIT and the wider community.

 

Christian Bök will kick off the event with a performance Thursday, May 3rd, at 6:00 PM (in 6-120). No registration is necessary for this event.

Friday's activities include an Open House in MIT's archives (10:00-11:30 AM) and a series of panels in Bartos theater (1:00-8:00 PM). Related campus initiatives include an exhibit of artists’ books in Rotch Library.

More details can be found at: http://futurebook.mit.edu.

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