Hello, HASTAC members!
The last two days, I’ve been reading the flurry of activity and thought it was time that I follow suit and introduce myself as well.
I am a first year Ph.D. candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and have previously earned graduate degrees in Creative Writing and Publishing from the University of Baltimore and the Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
My journey to HASTAC is similar to many of the earlier posts. We were very late to acquire Internet access in my family, so I wasn’t introduced to seemingly small things like email until college. My first year at undergrad I read Sven Birkerts’ The Gutenberg Elegies and was ultimately seduced by the last line of the work…Reflecting on the Internet and related emerging technologies (and its damaging effects on literature, on reading, on our very souls), Birkerts hears this murmuring: “Refuse it.”
In the past year, however, I hear this echoing differently: “Re/Fuse it.” New questions and new curiosities have emerged within me because of the digital age in which we live, and I hope that my participation in HASTAC will continue to fuel my interests and understanding.
My interests largely lie in the history of the book (whatever this might mean) and in publishing. I am especially interested in how technology in used in the publishing world and what this means to readers and writers. One of my first goals in the HASTAC program is to create a new group where all members can join in to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing publishers and editors in the digital age. In addition, I’d like to interrogate what scholarship means today and how we can most effectively foster (and evaluate) multimodal publications.
I’m always interested breaking new ground with my research and writing and am excited discovering new ideas and finding new communities. If you’re interested finding out more about my work or in collaborating, please contact me.
And please, in the upcoming weeks, check out the new group on digital publishing.
I’m encouraged by all of the posts so far and hope that this is just the start of good things to come!