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Past Colloquia on New Technology

Tech Colloquium IV:
Visual Media and the Art of the Book (2005)

The Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing (CEDP) held a two-day seminar on "Visual Media and the Art of the Book," which examined various publishing technologies--ranging from a traditional letterpress project, featuring guest-artist/ papermaker/ book artist John Risseeuw (Arizona State University), to high-tech demonstrations of digital processes in the Class of '41 Studio for Student Communication in Daniel Hall. Professor Risseeuw is recognized as a master of the art of printmaking in both old and new media and is acclaimed for his international, national, and regional exhibitions. This two-day colloquium was meant to foster creative exchange between faculty and students in the departments of Art and English and other constituencies. CEDP Director Wayne Chapman and MAPC Professor Teddy Fishman are the English faculty who organized activities at the Class of '41 Studio. One highlight of "Visual Media and the Art of the Book" was a collaborative project between book artist John Risseeuw and Professor Fishman. Another highlight was a workshop on the art of the Vandercook letterpress in Clemson’s Print Studio, which Professor Sydney Cross directs in Freeman Hall. Other presentations and demonstrations included projects related to the industry of Clemson University Digital Press such as the renovation of its website, electronic and digital production of its journals, programming, and other technology issues.

Tech Colloquium III:
The Media of Publishing: Reading, Writing, and Editing (2003)

"The Media of Publishing: Reading, Writing, and Editing" ends a trilogy that began in 2001, with "New Technology and the Future of Publishing," followed in 2002 by "The Future of New Technology in the Arts and Humanities." "The Media of Publishing" featured both fiction writer Clyde Edgerton (who gave a public reading and conducted a writing workshop) and writer/editor Melvin Sterne. Click here for more information and excerpts.

Tech Colloquium II:
The Future of New Technology in the Arts and Humanities (2002)

Much of the content from this colloquium was published in Literature and Digital Technologies: W. B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelley, and William Gass (ed. Karen Schiff, 2003). As editor Karen Schiff writes, the essays in this monograph "grow out of the intersection of electronic technologies and literary study." "In widening the scope of 'digital technologies' so far as to include the production of literary texts through different kinds of digital machines," she explains, "we have arrived at the heart of the enterprise that has driven this entire endeavor: the use of technologies to promote the circulation and reading of works of literature."

Tech Colloquium I:
New Technology and the Future of Publishing (2001)

While yet taking shape in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities in August 2000, CEDP invited participants from regional colleges and universities to join us for a serious discussion on some of the ways an academic press might go beyond traditional publication programs, avoiding current pitfalls of print journals and books without incurring undue additional ones in the cost of electronic publishing, on the one hand, and considering legal and professional concerns about intellectual property and maintaining editorial standards, on the other. Such topics were aired in the Colloquium on New Technology and the Future of Publishing, held at the Strom Thurmond Institute's Self Auditorium on April 5, 2000. Our goal resembled that of the Iowa Board of Regents' Interinstitutional Task Force on Scholarly Communication, which provocatively issued a bulletin entitled Crisis in Scholarly Communication: What Is the Impact on the Iowa Regents Institutions? The last, however, seems not to have considered that innovative teaching strategies and interdisciplinary scholarship are inherent to the discussion of the current "crisis in scholarly communication" when the new media are involved. Technology, as "new knowledge," is one of the products a university has most to sell. The work of our invited speakers was gathered into a proceedings volume, New Technology and the Future of Publishing, edited by Catherine Paul and freely available online.