Digital Literature for Social Good Unconference, Virtual [17-18/1/2023]Marilena Pateraki
For the first time, we are hosting a fully online 2-day “unconference” symposium, hosted by Bournemouth University (UK) in partnership with the Electronic Literature Organization and the British Library. The Unconference will culminate in the awards evening for the New Media Writing Prize on 18 January 2023.
Unconference Theme: Social Good
How can we change our world with our digital art and literature?
We’re looking for events, works, and activities that aim to serve a social purpose (such as projects aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals): “Digital Literature for Social Good”. Activist projects, works for education and sustainability, events to brainstorm new digital lit approaches to improving society and culture—it’s all fair game. How can we change our world with our art and literature?
How It’ll Work
The Unconference will focus not on standard conference presentations, but on an “unconferencing” approach in which all attendees/participants discuss and agree on the agenda (via Discord) leading up to the event.
The Unconference will have two types of participants:
- Named Participants who will contribute work, workshops, activities, events, or other elements to the Unconference. Named participants will be selected from submissions (more below), and will be named in the Unconference documentation. Think of Named Participants as the equivalent of “presenting a paper” at a conference.
- Attending Participants who will take part in the activities and events. There is no need to submit a proposal to be an Attending Participant. Think of Attending Participants as conference-goers who attend talks and panels, but do not give their own.
We are seeking proposal submissions from people who are interested in being Named Participants: leading sessions, events, and/or activities at the unconference. These elements might include (but are not limited to):
- Sharing works and projects in this area
- Panel discussions of good practice and research-informed approaches
- Creative panels and workshops generating new works and new approaches
- Hack-a-thons to code activism bots for social media
- Create-a-thon sessions for dedicated creation of works
- Virtual galleries of digital literature for good
- Virtual activist events