Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Location: 6-120 (Building 6, room 120)

6:00 PM — Welcome remarks

Amaranth Borsuk and Gretchen Henderson

6:05-7:30 PM — Performance

In conjunction with the Purple Blurb reading series.
Participants: Christian Bök, with opening poems by MIT undergraduate writers Alvin Mwijuka and Aimee Harrison.
Registration is NOT REQUIRED for this event

Friday, May 4, 2012

Morning Location: 14N-118 (Building 14, North Wing, Room 118)

10:00-11:30 AM — Open House at MIT Institute Archives, Special Collections, and Conservation Lab

Participants: Stephen Skuce, Pat Olson, and other MIT archivists and conservators.

Afternoon Location: Bartos Theater and Lower Atrium (Building E15–former Media Lab, 20 Ames Street), lower level, directions here)

11:30 AM — Check-in opens at the registration desk in the lower atrium

Please check in early to ensure seating in the Bartos Theater.

12:45-1:00 PM — Welcome remarks

Amaranth Borsuk and Gretchen Henderson

1-2:30 PM — Unbinding the Book

Participants: Bonnie Mak (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), James Reid-Cunningham (Boston Athenaeum), Wyn Kelley (MIT Literature), Mary Fuller (MIT Literature)
Moderator: Gretchen Henderson (MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies)

2:30-3:00 PM — Coffee Break / Interactive Showcase

Interactive Showcase participants will be on hand to discuss their projects.

3-4:30 PM — Reshaping the Book

Participants: Christian Bök (University of Calgary), Bob Stein (ifBook, New York), Gita Manaktala (MIT Press)
Moderator: Amaranth Borsuk (MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies and Comparative Media Studies)

4:30-5:00 PM — Coffee Break / Interactive Showcase

5:00-6:00 PM — Electronic Literature and Future Books

In conjunction with The MIT Communications Forum
Participants: N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University), Rita Raley (University of California Santa Barbara), Nick Montfort (Comparative Media Studies and Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, MIT)
Moderator: David Thorburn (MIT Literature and Comparative Media Studies)

6:00-7:00 PM — Q&A including all participants

7:00-8:30 PM — Reception / Interactive Showcase / MIT Press Book Fair

Participant books for sale along with related titles.

In addition to these events, an accompanying exhibit of artists’ books from MIT’s collection will be on display in MIT’s Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning (Building 7-238). For more information, please see the “Exhibitions” page.