Keynote speakers

m.c. schraefel (shared with ACM WebSci 2022)

Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance
University of Southampton

m.c. schraefel holds the post Professor of computer science and human performance- at the University of Southampton, and leads the Wellthlab (https://wellthlab.ac.uk) where the mission is to explore if how and where interactive technology can help #makeNormalBetter for all.

In support of this mission, m.c. has developed the “inbodied interaction” approach (https://interactions.acm.org/archive/section/march-april-2020/special-topic-inbodied-interaction)- to help designers and engineers who are developing health tech align their designs with the complexity of the body, to work with the body. We challenge ourselves with questions like, how redress a cultural status quo that supports being over-caloried yet under-nourished, over stressed and under slept, and where our social communication technology seems to privilege over-talking and echoing rather than listening?

In this conversation, questions m.c. invites web scientists and hypertext researchers to explore:

  • What is the role of web science generally, and hypertext in particular in helping to create the infrastructure of radical cultural shift towards health?
  • How do we help people build resilience of knowledge skills and practices of health on the one hand, and support the infrastructure of health and healthful practices on the other, so health is as accessible as clean water?
  • how do we help people connect practice with experience of that practice so we can connect how we feel, with the pragmatics of how to feel better; and connect the pragmatics with the systems/infrastructures to enable access to those resources of wellbeing?

Dene Grigar

Director, Electronic Literature Lab
Professor, Creative Media & Digital Culture
Washington State University Vancouver

Dene Grigar is Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of born-digital literature and net art.

“Reconstructing Hypertexts”
Over the last decade the Electronic Literature Lab has been working to document, restore, and reconstruct hypertext literature and other forms of born-digital media in order to ensure their continued accessibility to the public. In some cases, the activity involves simply converting unsupported sound formats and re-coding the webpage to reflect this change, as in the restoration of M. D. Coverley’s 2000 narrative, “Fibonacci’s Daughter.” Much of our effort, however, has centered on reconstructing works. Richard Holeton’s Figurski at Findhorn on Acid, originally created on the Storyspace platform and published on CD-ROM in 2001, was rebuilt as an archival edition for the web using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. While the text from the original was migrated into the new edition, the UX/UI was re-conceptualized into two modes of reading, one that updates the novel for a contemporary audience and another that retains a semblance of the original Storyspace experience. Other projects the lab has reconstructed over the last three years include Deena Larsen’s Kanji-Kus (1999-2002, 2019), Annie Grosshans’ “The World Is Not Done Yet” (2013, 2020), Thomas M. Disch’s Amnesia (1986, 2021), Sarah Smith’s King of Space (1991, 2022), Stuart Moulthrop’s Victory Garden (1991, 2022), and David Kolb’s “Caged Texts” (1994, 2022).

While this presentation details the lab’s efforts to preserve these cultural artifacts, it also argues that reconstructing hypertexts fits into a larger notion of digital conservation and the act of media translation; moreover, it demonstrates what Abby Smith Rumsey sees as a commitment to future generations of readers to be able decide for themselves what is valuable” (176). It is not nostalgia nor personal preferences that drives the preservation and conservation of digital literary art, but rather this ethic Rumsey articulates.