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Digital Humanities Lab


22 - 23 May 2019
University of Turku, Finland, Sirkkala Campus

CfP: Reading Culture and libraries in change

The conference “Reading Culture and Libraries in Change” seeks for answers to the changes in reading cultures and library use, and for new ways of exploring these changes. The conference consists of keynote lectures and sessions by researchers from all career stages.   It will discuss the following or related questions:

  • In what ways and why has the reading culture changed during the past decades?
  • How do digitalization and new reading devices change our reading habits?
  • What do people read nowadays? Which genres and books are most popular and which actors contribute to the preservation of literary culture?
  • How do libraries react to the changes in reading habits, as well as in publishing and marketing?
  • How do schools, especially the secondary and upper secondary level, react to new modes of reading? What are the challenges and problems in students’ reading practices? Is there a need for new methods of instruction? Which aspects should be taken into consideration in teaching literature?
  • In what ways do the digital Big Data and new computational methods enrich and open up new directions in literary and library/information studies? What are the computational methods to analyze and visualize contemporary literary culture?

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

  • Janet Alsup (Purdue University College of Education, USA)
  • Katherine Bode (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Tomas Eklund (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Brigitte Ouvry-Vial (Le Mans Université, France)