Digital Scholarship Seminar @ NUI Galway: new series

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2016 series of Digital Scholarship Seminar! Presentations in this series touch on topics as diverse as electronic poetry, intertextuality, digital ethics, Late Antique epic poetry, and quantitative approaches to book history. Full details of the schedule are available in the attached poster.

The first event of the series takes place on Tuesday 2 February at 12pm in Hardiman Building Room 1001. Two speakers currently based at the University of Bergen, Prof. Scott Rettberg and Dr Anne Karhio, will present papers that explore, respectively, the development and outcomes of the Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP) project, and the prominence of remediation over born-digital writing in the Irish electronic literature landscape. Lunch will be provided after what promises to be a stimulating session. As ever, all are welcome.

12-2pm // Tuesday 2 February // Room 1001 (First Floor) Hardiman Research Building // Facebook event page


Scott Rettberg, University of Bergen

The ELMCIP Project, Electronic Literature Knowledge Base, and Data Visualization Research Outcomes

The HERA-funded collaborative research project Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP) that took place from 2010-2013 was one of the largest European-funded digital humanities research projects led by a Nordic partner in recent years. Led by PL Professor Scott Rettberg and the Electronic Literature Research Group at the University of Bergen, the project included seven partners from six countries, and resulted in outcomes including books, articles, an online anthology of European digital literature, several films, and an open-access research database. This presentation will both provide an overview of this project and focus specifically on one of its ongoing products, the ELMCIP Knowledgebase, and on new types of research outcomes including “distance reading” data-mining and visualization projects that can be derived from it.


Anne Karhio, University of Bergen / NUI Galway

Born Digital, Gone Digital: Irish poetry in the New Media

The role of digital media in poetic production and dissemination in Ireland in recent years has been registered by a number of scholars and institutions, though the wider implications of adopting these new technologies have so far been patchily explored. One of the areas hitherto neglected is the relationship between born-digital poetry (in other words poetry written specifically in, and for, digital media) and the various digital remediations of poems previously disseminated in print. While Irish cultural institutions have been quick to adopt the possibilities offered by new technologies to bring existing poetry to new readers and in curating poetry in various online contexts, born-digital poetry, or e-poetry, has been slower to emerge, and has also attracted less critical attention. Through examples of recent poetry and poetry-related projects, this presentation seeks to outline some of the literary, cultural and institutional dimensions of born-digital and digitally remediated poetry in Ireland.


Scott Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture in the Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature (University of Cincinnati, 2002). Rettberg was the project leader of ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice), a HERA-funded collaborative research project from 2010-2013. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature and other digital narrative and poetry projects including The UnknownKind of BlueImplementation, Toxi*City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project and others. His creative work has been exhibited both online and at art venues, including the Beall Center, the Slought Foundation, The Krannert Art Museum, and elsewhere. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Literature Organization.

Anne Karhio is a holder of Irish Research Council’s ELEVATE International Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship, co-funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Her project on new media technologies and representations of landscape in contemporary Irish poetry is carried out at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is a co-editor of Crisis and Contemporary Poetry (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011) and has published number of critical essays on 20th and 21st century Irish writing.