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Research Group Electronic Literature

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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.

Speaking at ELO
four leafed clover growing in a crack in the footpath

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.

Collaboration
Photograph of 15 researchers standing on stairs at Berkeley

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.

Disputas
Alvaro Seica
Feb 02

Álvaro Seiça defends his PhD dissertation on kinetic poetry

On Feb. 2, 2018, Álvaro Seiça defends his PhD dissertation titled “setInterval(): Time-Based Readings of Kinetic Poetry” at the University of Bergen.

Awards

Prestigious Award to Scott Rettberg's Hearts and Minds

Scott Rettberg and collaborators' VR narrative Hearts and Minds is the 2016 winner of the Electronic Literature Organization's Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature.