All panel sessions will take place in seminar rooms G010 and G011 on the ground floor of the Hardiman Research Building, at NUI Galway main campus.


Thursday, 11 May


8.30 Registration

Hardiman Research Building foyer


9.30 Welcome and conference opening (G010)


10.00 Keynote (G010): Jessica Pressman (San Diego State University, US): “Contexts of Digital Literature Criticism: Feminist, Queer, Materialist”

Chair: Anne Karhio (NUI Galway)


11.00 Panel session


G010: Reading and Writing Across Media

Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France): “81 Austerities: Sam Riviere’s new aesthetics”

Caleb Andrew Milligan (University of Florida, US): “Locked in Translation: ‘Digital’ Literature and the Embodied Frameworks of Language”

David Kelly, Lindsay Reid and Justin Tonra (NUI Galway, Ireland): “Patterns of character and structure in Shakespeare: Exploring approaches to data visualisation”

Chair: Brian McGrath (Clemson University / NUI Galway)


G011: Re-thinking Narrative

Edward Kearns (NUI Galway, Ireland): “Sprawling gardens and direct data surges: medium, narrative and genre in hypertext and Twitter fiction”

Anna Nacher (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland): “‘Join the conversation’ – the power of hashtag and the participatory transmedia storytelling”

Francesca Benatti (The Open University, UK): “Superhero Comics and the Digital Social Text: a case study of Strong Female Protagonist”

Chair: Sean Ryder (NUI Galway)


12.30 Lunch


13.30 Keynote (G010): Sandy Baldwin (Rochester Institute of Technology, US): “E is for Empire: E-Lit and What to Do about It”

Chair: Sorcha Gunne (NUI Galway)


14.30 Coffee


14.45 Panel session


G010: Texts, Platforms, Territories

Odile Farge (UNESCO ITEN Chair, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme/University of Paris 8, France): “In the beginning was the software-tool…”

Susie Cronin (University of Cambridge, UK): “Can we (still) speak of a French digital literature?”

Álvaro Seiça (University of Bergen, Norway): “Control and the #black_box Critique: A Modifying Deformance of Ian Hatcher’s TRO

Chair: Anna Nacher (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)


G011: Digital Authorship and Literary Aesthetics

Justin Tonra (NUI Galway, Ireland): “Social Media Poetics”

Brian McGrath (Clemson University, US / NUI Galway, Ireland): “Keats Bots: Reading after Algorithms”

Jeneen Naji (Maynooth University, Ireland): “Digital Poetry as an Art World”

Chair: Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway)


15.45 Coffee


16.00 Artist’s talk (G010): Scott Rettberg: “Practices in Combinatory Digital Poetics”

Chair: Seán Crosson (NUI Galway)


17.00 Exhibition opening (G010 and Hardiman Research Building Foyer)


Friday 12 May


9.30 Panel session


G010: Talking Back: Literature, Technology and Resistance

Karl Wolfgang Flender (University of the Arts Berlin, Germany): “Literary forkbombs. Kindle’voke Ghostwriters as interventionist Conceptual Writing”

Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK): “A critique of linguistic capitalism : reclaiming poetry from the algorithmic market”

Julian Hanna (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal): “We / the People: Digital Manifestos and Online Activism”

Chair: Adrian Paterson (NUI Galway)


11.00 Coffee


11.15 Panel session


G010: Telling Stories

Mez Breeze and Andy Campbell (Australia): “All the Delicate Duplicates: Mezangelle and alternative storytelling”

Judy Malloy (Rutgers University, Camden, US): “As if the memory was a song: From Ireland with Letters

Chair: Jeneen Naji (Maynooth University)


12.30 Lunch


13.15 Panel session


G010: Borders of the Literary

Siobhan O’Flynn (University of Toronto, Canada): “Media Fluid and Media Fluent, E-Literature in the Era of Experience Design”

Sam Cutting (University of Brighton, UK): “Cacophonous and consonant”: Reading literary texts with/through Donna Haraway

Michael J. Maguire (Dublin, Ireland): “The Great Works: MacLiammóir & McNamara”

Chair: Justin Tonra (NUI Galway)


14.45 Coffee


15.00 Panel session


G010: Space, Practice and Performance

Ben Gwalchmai (NUI Galway, Ireland): “Architectural literature, ambient literature”

Mark Leahy (Plymouth University, UK): “’his voice’ – live voicing a Twitter intervention”

Michael J. Maguire (Dublin, Ireland): “Riding west of digital doubt while pulling on the reigns of that pantomime horse that threw solemnity”

Chair: Francesca Benatti (Open University, UK)


16.30 Artist’s talk and performance (G010): María Mencía (Kingston University, London, UK): “Gateway to the World: Ireland (Dublin, Galway, Cork)”

Chair: Anne Karhio (NUI Galway)


19.00 Conference dinner: Il Vicolo, Bridge Mills