Electronic Literature Collection — Call for Works

The Electronic Literature Organization seeks submissions for the first Electronic Literature Collection. We invite the submission of literary works that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the computer. Works will be accepted until January 31, 2006. Up to three works per author will be considered.

The Electronic Literature Collection will be an annual publication of current and older electronic literature in a form suitable for individual, public library, and classroom use. The publication will be made available both online, where it will be available for download for free, and as a packaged, cross-platform CD-ROM, in a case appropriate for library processing, marking, and distribution. The contents of the Collection will be offered under a Creative Commons license so that libraries and educational institutions will be allowed to duplicate and install works and individuals will be free to share the disc with others.

The editorial collective for this first volume of the Electronic Literature Collection, to be published in 2006, is:

N. Katherine Hayles
Nick Montfort
Scott Rettberg
Stephanie Strickland

This collective will review the submitted work and select pieces for the Collection.

The editorial collectives for each volume will be chosen by the Electronic Literature Organization’s board of directors. The tentative editorial collective for the second Collection, to be published in 2007, includes Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Marjorie C. Luesebrink, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin.

Literary quality will be the chief criterion for selection of works. Other aspects considered will include innovative use of electronic techniques, quality and navigability of interface, and adequate representation of the diverse forms of electronic literature in the collection as a whole.

For the first Collection, the collective will consider works up to 50 MB in size, uncompressed. Works submitted should function on both Macintosh OS X (10.4) and Windows XP. Works should function without requiring users to purchase or install additional software. Submissions may require software that is typically pre-installed on contemporary computers, such as a web browser, and are allowed to use the current versions of the most common plugins.

To have a work considered, all the authors of the work must agree that if their work is published in the Collection, they will license it under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License, which will permit others to copy and freely redistribute the work, provided the work is attributed to its authors, that it is redistributed non-commercially, and that it is not used in the creation of derivative works. No other limitation is made regarding the author’s use of any work submitted or accepted.

To submit a work:

  1. Prepare a plain text file with the following information:
    • The title of the work.
    • The names and email addresses of all authors and contributors of the work.
    • The URL where you are going to make your .zip file available for us to download. The editorial collective will not publish the address of this file.
    • A short description of the work — less than 200 words in length.
    • Any instructions required to operate the work.
    • The date the work was first distributed or published, or “unpublished” if it has not yet been made available to the public.
  2. Prepare a .zip archive including the work in its entirety. Include the text file from step (1) at the top level of this archive, and name it “submisson.txt”.
  3. Upload the .zip file to a web server so that it is available at the specified location.
  4. Place all of the text in the “submisson.txt” file in the body of an email and send it to collection@eliterature.org with the name of the piece being submitted included in the subject line.

The Electronic Literature Collection is supported by institutional partners including the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW) at the University of Pennsylvania, ELINOR: Electronic Literature in the Nordic Countries, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.

Assistant or Associate Professor in History & Applications of Media, Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a joint tenure-track position in the departments of English and History focusing on the historical evolution of media, their interactions and impact on communication and culture. Linked to the proposed Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text, this Media Studies position will emphasize convergences among various traditional and new media. VCU is especially interested in candidates with expertise in at least two of the following areas:

–History of the book
–History of film
–U.S. history with a focus on the evolution of media
–Verbal and visual rhetoric and literacy in the digital age

Ph.D. required in either English, History, American Studies, Media Studies, or other appropriate field. Application materials due November 28, 2005. For details and application requirements, contact Richard Fine in the VCU Department of English.

Ad Verbum

Ad VerbumAd Verbum is a piece of text-based interactive fiction for which wordplay is the primary game mechanic. Inspired particularly by the Oulipo’s explorations of writing under constraint, Ad Verbum adds another layer — readers must respond with examples of constrained writing in order to move forward, and also determine the nature of each scene’s constraint via careful reading and experimentation. See the Directory entry for more information about this piece.

noulipo Experimental Writing Conference

On October 28-29 (today and tomorrow) the second annual experimental writing conference hosted by the CalArts MFA Writing Program focuses on the legacy of Oulipo — the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (“workshop of potential literature”) founded in Paris 45 years ago. Comprising writers, poets, mathematicians and logicians, the group has formulated playful and exotic new “constraints” as alternatives to the hidebound rules of traditional literary forms. This conference presents two members of the group, including its current President, as well as a host of American, Canadian and English writers influenced by them in varying degrees: Caroline Bergvall, Christian Bök, Johanna Drucker, Paul Fournel, Tan Lin, Bernadette Mayer, Ian Monk, Harryette Mullen, Douglas Nufer, Vanessa Place, Janet Sarbanes, Juliana Spahr, Brian Kim Stefans, Rodrigo Toscano, & Rob Wittig (see schedule for details).

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies has announced its first annual competition for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships, underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program invites applications to pursue “digitally-based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.” ACLS will award up to five fellowships to support an academic year “dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form.” Each fellowship carries a stipend of up to $55,000 toward an academic year’s leave, and provides for project costs up to $25,000.

Projects might include, but are not limited to:

–Digital research archives
–New media representations of extant data
–innovative databases
–Digital tools that further humanistic research

ACLS does not support creative works (i.e., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects.

For complete information and application instructions, visit the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships online. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 10, 2005.

CFP: Special Issue of Convergence to Commemorate trAce’s 10th Anniversary

Guest-editors Simon Mills, Gavin Stewart and Sue Thomas invite submissions to a special issue of Convergence: The International Journal of New Media Technologies, commemorating trAce’s 10th anniversary. The theme of the Winter 2006 issue will be “An End to the New? Re-Assessing the Claims for New Media Writing”. The editors seek essays that re-assess claims made for new media writing over the last decade; challenge the dominant ideologies and terminologies of the field; and provide a critical re-evaluation of new media writing in all its forms. The deadline for receipt of final drafts of papers is January 30, 2006. For the full call, contact Gavin Stewart.

Associate Professor Position in NCSU Dept. of Communication

North Carolina State University Department of Communication seeks to hire a media scholar for an Associate Professor position to teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as conduct communication research.

Requirements include a PhD in Communication, a substantial research program, and teaching experience in a specialty, including all aspects of digital and media studies, that enhances one or more of the Department’s emphases: Communication technology, health communication, intercultural & international communication, interpersonal, organizational communication, public relations, political communication and rhetoric.

The position begins August 16, 2006.Applications received will begin being reviewed by December 1, 2005 until position is filled. For application procedures, contact Sara Reese.

Vectors 2 Now Online

“Mobility,” issue #2 of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, is now online.

“Mobility” includes work ranging from a rhizomatic exploration of the historical representation of the Irish to a manifesto for creating academic superheroes. Featured scholars include David Lloyd, JaneMcGonigal, the Labyrinth Project, Julian Bleecker, the Guantanamobile Project, Todd Presner, and Dietmar Offenhuber. Vectors is edited by Tara McPherson and Steve Anderson with creative direction by Erik Loyer and Raegan Kelly.

Vectors is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to expanding the potentials of academic publication via emergent and transitional media. Vectors brings together visionary scholars with cutting-edge designers and technologists to propose a thorough rethinking of the dynamic relationship of form to content in academic research, focusing on the ways technology shapes, transforms and reconfigures social and cultural relations.

Also available in the Vectors Archive: Issue #1: “Evidence”.