Affect & Audience in the Digital Age
Affect & Audience in the Digital Age explores emergent modes of creative public scholarship. Specifically, we are interested in scholarly, pedagogical, curatorial, and creative practices that attend to the digitally mediated character of contemporary poetry. While poets have long enjoyed a position as public intellectuals, teaching readers through carefully constructed emotional appeals, much poetic work is now written through impersonal digital methodologies such as crowd sourcing and data mining. Nevertheless, digitally mediated poetics have a particular affective density: even appropriated text from the internet conveys the “powerful feelings” that Wordsworth described as the ideal for poetry. Given the new realities of digital composition and distribution, how has the position of the poet changed? Can digital mediation impact the direction in which knowledge and expertise flow? Where is creativity located now?
The primary activity of the Affect & Audience in the Digital Age crossdisciplinary research cluster for 2014-15 is a series of seminars and colloquia at which we will discuss selected readings and present samples of our ongoing research projects. To supplement and stimulate these discussions, we will invite guest speakers to the UW campuses. Our first speaker will participate in the annual Convergence on Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell. Please stay tuned for further details.