Postdigital Scholar Conference

Publishing between Open Access, Piracy and Public Spheres: New media is dead! Long live new media! For three days, publishers, researchers, programmers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs will discuss how research and publishing in the humanities have changed over the past decade. The conference will explore new tools for gathering knowledge, examine platforms for multimedia publishing, or collaborative writing experiments.

Participants will focus on the interplay between pixels and print, and discuss open and closed modes of knowledge, in order to seek out what this elusive thing could be: post-digital knowledge.

You can download the conference poster here and the final program (PDF) here.

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Jonas LiepmannJonas Liepmann is the founder of iversity. He studied cultural studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin as well as comparative literary sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin. During his studies he developed the concept of iversity, for which he earned the financial support of EXIST – Gründen aus der Wissenschaft as well as of the EU, the state Brandenburg and private capital investors. Since the end of 2013 iversity offers MOOCs that have attracted more than 500.000 registered users to the platform.

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LandgrebeJonathan Landgrebe studied in Göttingen, Lyon, Berkeley and Munich and obtained his Ph.D. in Munich in field of economics, political sciences and law. In 2001 Jonathan joined the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), an interdisciplinary institute of LMU and TU Munich, to build up CDTM as a research institution and study program in digital technology management and entrepreneurship and became co-founder of a company in the converging field of digital publishing. His passion for books and literature and his experience in digital publishing made Jonathan join Suhrkamp, where he has been Managing Director since 2008. His work focuses on literature as well as non-fiction. He also he took over responsibilities for digital publishing at Suhrkamp.

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Bodó Balázs, is an economist and piracy researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. His academic interests include copyright and economics, piracy, media regulation, peer-to-peer communities, underground libraries, digital archives, and informal media economies. His recent book is on the role of P2P piracy in the Hungarian cultural ecosystem.

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Dr Julianne NyhanNyhanJ is lecturer (assistant Professor) in Digital Information Studies in the Department of Information Studies, University College London. Her research interests include the history of computing in the Humanities and most aspects of digital humanities with special emphasis on meta-markup languages and digital lexicography. She has published widely, most recently Digital Humanities in Practice (Facet 2012), Digital Humanities: a Reader (Ashgate 2013) and Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on Medieval Ireland (Four Courts, at press). Among other things, she is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College, the communications Editor of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and a member of various other editorial and advisory boards. She is also PI of the ‘Hidden Histories: Computing and the Humanities c.1949–1980’ project. You can follow her on Twitter and on her Blog.

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posavec.stefanieStefanie Posavec moved from Denver, Colorado to London, UK for to complete an MA in Communication Design (Central Saint Martins) in 2004 and never went home. With a background in book/book cover design and text visualisation, she now mainly works as a designer with a focus on data-related design, with work ranging from data visualisation and information design to commissioned data art for a variety of clients. Her personal work often explores ideas of data craftsmanship and focuses on the visual representation of language, literature, or scientific topics. This work has been exhibited internationally at galleries including at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Somerset House (London).

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SQ_crRené König is a sociologist researching at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He is interested in online knowledge hierarchies and focuses on transformation processes in academia triggered by Web 2.0. Together with Miriam Rasch he co-edited the “Society of the Query Reader. Reflections on Web Search” (Institute of Network Cultures, 2014) and he wrote “Cyberscience 2.0: Research in the Age of Digital Social Networks” (Campus, 2012) with Michael Nentwich. René was a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and studied Sociology in Bielefeld (Germany) and Linköping (Sweden). You can follow him on Twitter.

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Corinna HaasCorinna Haas is head of the ICI Library at ICI Berlin since 2007. The ICI Library is an in-house reference library specialized in library services for fellows in residence. Corinna studied European Ethnography, Comparative Literature, and Library and Information Science in Stuttgart, Tübingen, and Berlin. She has published on One-Person Libraries, ethnographic research methods in User Studies, and professional cross-disciplinary exchange. She is interested in new practices and technologies to improve and extend library services.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: From your perspective, how do new digital technologies have affected the role of the library?
Corinna Haas: In short, the role of the library has shifted from collection manager to service provider. Maybe I could expand on this on the library panel :-)

HPL: What recent changes do you see in scholarly communication and production, and how do these changes affect the role of libraries?
Haas: Scholarly communication and production have become fluid, and the role of the library today is to support the whole process from research to publication instead of just providing the means for research and scholarly literature as before.

HPL: Which book will you always have as an analogue copy in your bookshelf?
Haas: Don Quijote, Madame Bovary, Der Zauberberg – in short, all works of literary fiction! I’m happy to read articles, scholarly literature and all types of information online, but for works of fiction I clearly prefer print books. Maybe one day I’ll read/watch/listen to digital-born fiction online, but today it doesn’t make much sense to me to read digital twins of print-born novels.

HPL: Are there any specific topics you are currently concerned with in your work that relate to our conference on post-digital scholarship?
Haas: As an Academic librarian, I work a lot with post-digital scholars; I’m very interested in what they are actually doing, and therefore in (Library) User Studies and information behavior. I also try to mingle with the digital intelligentsia as a kind of participant observer, in order to see the library from new angles. However, I’m currently not involved in a project that relates to the conference in a strict sense.

Read our next introduction interview with René König, sociologist researching at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Our upcoming Conference on Publishing between Open Access, Piracy and Public Spheres is up for registration now. You can read all Interviews here.

tkacz.nateNathaniel Tkacz is an assistant professor at the University of Warwick. His work lies at the intersection of network cultures, software studies and politics. He has published on: the political and organizational dynamics of openness; collaboration; software forking; trolling; dashboard interfaces and platform economies. His books include Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness; Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader (with Geert Lovink); Digital Light (with Sean Cubitt and Daniel Palmer) and The MoneyLab Reader (with Geert Lovink and Patricia De Vries, forthcoming 2015). He is currently PI on the ESRC funded project, ‘Interrogating the Dashboard’.

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post-digital-scholar-2014 From 11th to 14th November 2014 the Post Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg brings together the library community, the scientific community and other stakeholder groups affected by the changes in scholarly communication. For three days, publishers, researchers, programmers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs will discuss how research and publishing in the humanities have changed over the past decade. The conference will explore new tools for gathering knowledge, examine platforms for multimedia publishing, or collaborative writing experiments.

The final conference program including nine sessions and three workshops is now available here and you can still register for the conference here.

Dr. Thomas Stäcker is deputy director of the Herzog August library in Wolfenbüttel and head of the new media department. His fields of expertise cover new media, the digitalization of literary inheritance, digital editions as well as library and book history. He is also a member of the steering committee of “Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum ( DHd)”.

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick is an American scholar of digital humanities and the director of scholarly communication of the Modern Language Association. She specializes on scholarly publishing in the age of the Internet and researches the effect of network communication on texts. Her last book “Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy” was published 2011 with NYU Press.

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Martin Haspelmath is an expert on open access, and a senior scientist at the linguistics department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA). He studied linguistics in Vienna, Cologne, Buffalo and Moscow, and received his Ph.D. and habilitation degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin. Before moving to Leipzig in 1998, he worked at the Otto-Friedrichs-Universität Bamberg and the Università degli Studi di Pavia.

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lorusso.silvioSilvio Lorusso is an Italian artist and designer. His on-going PhD research in Design Sciences at Iuav University of Venice is focused on the intersections between publishing and digital technology from the perspective of art and design. Some of his works are included in the Rhizome ArtBase Selection. He has written for blogs and magazines such as Progetto Grafico and Doppiozero. Since 2013, he manages the Post-Digital Publishing Archive (

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culture machineGary Hall is a critical theorist working on politics, philosophy, and new media technologies. He is a professor of Media and Performing Arts at the School of Art and Design, Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK, and visiting professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab, Leuphana University. He has also been part of several outstanding publishing projects, among others he is the co-founder of the open access journal Culture Machine (in 1999), and the co-founder of Open Humanities Press, the first open access publisher dedicated to critical and cultural theory.

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