UCLDH: Rethinking Text-Dictionary Interfaces by Toma Tasovac

By Julianne Nyhan, on 30 October 2012

UCLDH is pleased to announce the following lecture by Toma Tasovac on 29th November 2012 at 17:30.

Title: Rethinking Text-Dictionary Interfaces: Deformative Lexical Annotations in Digital Editions

Abstract: Despite claims about the radical nature of electronic textuality, on-screen texts in digital editions remain largely static. Most annotated digital editions of literary works follow the typographic and editorial conventions of the print medium: they reinforce a clear separation of text and paratext while ignoring the potential of more playful strategies, such as Jerome McGann’s deformative criticism. In this talk I explore a new kind of text-dictionary interface that embeds and animates lexical annotations directly inside the on-screen text. The result is a dynamic, deformative interface that destabilizes the text’s self-enclosed identity and becomes a platform for the user’s cognitive, aesthetic and performative interaction with the digital object.

About the speaker: Toma Tasovac is the Director of the Center for Digital Humanities (Belgrade, Serbia). Further information about his work is available:  http://humanistika.org • http://transpoetika.org

The talk will be followed by a reception at 6:30pm, in the Foster Court, Arts and Humanities Staff Common room, UCL.

Please register here in order to reserve a place: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4703134201

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