Research Group Electronic Literature


Electronic Literature Book Cover

The Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group (BEL), led by Professor Scott Rettberg, studies literary works created for digital media and relate digital art forms. An important project for us is the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base, and in recent research we have focused on visualising and analysing the extensive data we have organised in the Knowledge Base. Our research often combines theory and practice, as in the award-winning VR narrative Hearts and Minds, winner of the 2016 Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature. Members of our group frequently publish scholarship on electronic literature, including most recently Electronic Literature by Scott Rettberg (Polity, 2018), described by prominent e-lit theorist N. Katherine Hayles as "a significant and important book by the field’s founder that will be the definitive work on electronic literature now and for many years to come."

BEL frequently organizes international symposia and workshops, such as the Electronic Literature Knowledge Base Symposium and EcoDH seminar in 2018, and welcomes international speakers and visiting researchers. In 2015 we hosted the international Electronic Literature Organization conference and literary arts festival. We embrace innovative forms of scholarly publishing, such as a four-part series of collaborative articles, conversations and interviews on the Metainterface and critical works of artistic digital media published in 2018-19 in the electronic book reviewBEL has published annual reports documenting group activities since 2011, which are available in the Knowledge Base.

We're hiring
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Hiring in electronic literature and games studies/interactive digital narrative

To strengthen Digital Culture's existing expertise in digital narrative, the group will hire two new associate professors in the fields of games studies/interactive digital narrative and electronic literature. The application deadline is 15 Sept.

Book award
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Scott Rettberg won the Hayles award for "Electronic Literature"

The 2019 N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature was awarded to UiB professor Scott Rettberg, for his monograph Electronic Literature.

Speaking at ELO
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ELO 2019 speakers from Bergen

Seven current and nine past members of the Bergen Electronic Literature research group are speaking at the Electronic Literature Organization conference in Cork, Ireland in July.

Two Lectures on Art and Computation
Jussi Parikka and Warren Sacks
Sep 09

Jussi Parikka on Visual Cultures of Machine Learning and Warren Sack on The Software Arts

Two leading researchers offer perspectives on the intersection of arts and computation. Jussi Parikka offers a lecture on "Fake Geography to Video Art: Visual Cultures of Machine Learning and Prediction." Warren Sack introduces his new book "The Software Arts, "which places the...

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Joint Workshop on Electronic Literature as a Framework for Digital Humanities

Supported by a Peder Sather Grant, electronic literature scholars at the University of Bergen and at the University of California, Berkeley are developing a collaboration to explore the connections between electronic literature and the digital humanities.