Dispatches from the Digital Revolution
Next week, MIT’s Communications Forum, the Arts at MIT Visiting Artists Program, the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, and the Angus N. MacDonald Fund are co-sponsoring a FREE symposium titled, “Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book.” This event is incredibly relevant to anyone thinking about entering the book publishing industry, current book industry professionals, or readers with an interest in ebooks and the future of printed media. According to the event’s website:
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.
A couple of the Appazoogle blog staff will be in attendance at many of the events, which start on the evening of Thursday, May 3, and continue all day on Friday, May 4. Events will be held in various buildings on the MIT campus in Cambridge. (See the event link I’ve included above for more details.) We hope to see our readers and colleagues there!
By the way, did I mention that this awesome event is entirely FREE and open to the public?!?