What contributions may literary, poetic, and aesthetic idioms of humanist inquiry -- traditionally associated with problems of lyrical expression, narrativity, linguistic subjectivity, and authorial and readerly agencies -- continue to offer to the analysis of medial practices and systems in the era of mobile, distributed, and social media? The crux of this question, we propose, lies in the specifically historical purchase of humanist method: its ability to (re)situate new symbolic practices in complex and nuanced relation to prior traditions and atavisms of expressive language and action -- in contrast to the reductively progressivist, de-historicizing impulses of much of contemporary digitalism.
Terry Harpold, Assoc. Professor of English, Film & Media Studies, University of Florida (USA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisbeth Klastrup, Assoc. Professor, Innovative Communication Research Group, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark) email@example.com
Susana Tosca, Assoc. Professor, Digital Design & Communication, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark) firstname.lastname@example.org