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April 23, 2012 EXTRA issue. This file presents an archive copy of the EXTRA issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on April 23, 2012 - and, a little later, on http://fyifrance.blogspot.com/, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Notes
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The event offers interesting ideas, speakers, resources -- including some ideas perhaps not encountered at other sessions you've attended on these popular topics. For example -- the following from the two Symposium organizers themselves --
Amaranth Borsuk (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Media Studies and Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT) :
Gretchen E. Henderson (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT) :
These are free-thinking folks, at MIT now -- also far-thinking, perhaps. The symposium they have assembled appears to reflect their sensibilities & flexibilities:
"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?"
-- but these people seem, as well, to be aware of the past -- so often a major drawback of such futurology, and a major task now, seeing the past clearly for a technology over 500 years old -- something does get learned, in 500 years --
"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..."
The speakers, for this event, seem remarkable for both the breadth and the depth of the promised discussion:
And there's a blog! So you yourself can participate, and contribute, even if currently you are in Montferrand-du-Perigord, or Noe-Valley-de-la-Californie, and can't make it to Boston --
Recent Unbound Blog postings:
-- that last & most recent being moi, naturellement / Úvidemment, people here know my predilections...
From here, then, out in the West Coast California "antipodes" -- as Australians like to label their Oz -- Cambridge Mass seems a world away , maybe... Someone in Brisbane, starting now, might just arrive there on-time -- well jet-lagged... folks down-under are heartier than most, when it comes to jet-lag...
But for the rest of us: if you can head Out East to Boston, week after next -- or north or south or even west if you are in Lyon -- there's a train, up from Mannahatta... -- then check out, "Unbound : Speculations on the Future of the Book", week after next, at MIT!
I wish I could be there -- New England is beautiful in the Springtime -- but I do have my iPhone, and they have that blog, so at least la Californie is connected.
Jack Kessler, firstname.lastname@example.org
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