Since transliteracy research began at DMU in 2005 under the umbrella of PART (Production & Research in Transliteracy), group members have produced a significant range of projects, events, presentations and publications, stimulating an informal research network around the theory and practice of transliteracy.
My colleague, Sue Thomas, and I have now established The Transliteracy Research Group with the aim of focusing PART’s work yet more closely. TRG will continue to draw in a broad coalition of theorists and practitioners, both from DMU and other international institutions and organizations, whilst continuing to develop our already strong links with business, local community, and the broader cultural sector. A major strength of transliteracy events at DMU is that participants have come from academia, the arts, information sciences, pedagogical researchers, and the creative industries, and this has impacted in many different areas.
The Transliteracy Research Group (TRG), is a research-focussed think-tank and creative laboratory. The public face of the group resides on a new blog. This blog will be run by Thomas and me, with regular contributions from the following De Montfort staff, Phd students, and graduates of the online MA in Creative Writing and New Media: Tia Azulay, Heather Conboy, Gareth Howell, Anietie Isong, Jess Laccetti, Kirsty McGill, and Christine Wilks.
Please join us as we develop this new field of academic research. You can contribute via comments to the blog or join the community ‘Transliteracy Notes’, designed by Gareth Howell.
As well as the new research group, we would like to bring to your attention a new resource, the Creative Writing and New Media Archive, an archive of all the Guest Lectures given during the four years of the online MA in Creative Writing and New Media. This archive contains lectures from theorists and practitioners as varied as Christy Dena, Rita Raley, Alan Sondheim, Caitlin Fisher, and John Cayley. Created by CWNM graduate and digital artist Christine Wilks, this resource will be of value to practitioners, students and academics with an interest in transliteracy, digital fiction, digital art, e-poetry, and cross-media. Please feel free to use this archive and discuss it in ‘Transliteracy Notes’.
We will be hosting a day-long Transliteracy Conference on Tuesday 9 Feb, 2010, at the brand-new Phoenix Square Digital Media Centre, Leicester, UK. Please watch for our Call for Presentations which we will be sending out next week.