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Transliterate spaces - Sue Thomas - 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career

Keynote, 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career, March 15 2013, SUNY Empire State College. #3tsconf

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Transliterate spaces - Sue Thomas - 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career

  1. 1. TRANSLITERATE SPACES 15 March 2013 Transliteracy from Cradle to Career SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning Professor Sue Thomas De Montfort University
  2. 2. Past, present & future
  3. 3. PASTTransliteracy Colloquium 2007 Photo: Jess Laccetti
  4. 4. What is transliteracy?“The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks”Thomas, S. Joseph, C. Laccetti, J. Mason, B. Mills, S. Perril, S. and Pullinger, K. "Transliteracy: Crossing divides" First Monday [Online], Volume 12 Number 12 (12 December 2007) index.php/fm/article/view/2060/1908
  5. 5. Transliteracy was born from a problem 6hzZek&list=PL925763F45FF18201&index= 7&feature=plpp_video
  6. 6. Origins 1:Online Writing, trAce, 1995-2005 trAce Online Writing Centre Nottingham Trent University
  7. 7. Origins 2: Online Reading, UCSB 2005 Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading,Transliteracies Project, University of California at Santa Barbara
  8. 8. Origins 3: TRG @ DMU 2006Transliteracy Research Group (TRG) Institute of Creative Technologies De Montfort University
  9. 9. So many questions about literacy...
  10. 10. There’s more to literacy than readingChauvet Horsesapprox 32,000 years old Karaja Indians, Brazil, 2005
  11. 11. There’s more to literacy than writingSocrates Computer gamersc. 370 BC c. 2005Writing is an aid “not tomemory, but toreminiscence” providing“not truth, but only thesemblance of truth.” Http:// amers.jpg
  12. 12. Many theories“Part of the confusion - technologicalabout media convergence - economicstems from the fact that - social or organicwhen people talk about it,they’re actually describing - culturalat least five processes” - global(Henry Jenkins, 2001) WWW.TRANSLITERACY.COM
  13. 13. Transliteracy is a unifying concept• Its focus is on interpretation via practice and production• Its interest in lived experience, history, context and culture• Convergent• Transdisciplinary• Holistic• Networked Professor Sue Thomas | De Montfort University15 March, 2013
  14. 14. Transliteracy in the network Professor Sue Thomas | De Montfort University15 March, 2013
  15. 15. PRESENT
  16. 16. Who is working on transliteracy? At the 2010 Transliteracy Conference, De Montfort University, topics included: Ethnography, reading practices, fiction, convergence, digital art, geography, music, comics, games, interactive graphics, remote audiences, film adaptations, the networked book, critical theory and interactive fiction...... Professor Sue Thomas | De Montfort University15 March, 2013
  17. 17. At
  18. 18. The transliteracy conversation is happening on Twitter
  19. 19. In libraries
  20. 20. In future forecasting...
  21. 21. Africa• Sukai Bojang How New Media and Mobiles can promote Storytelling and Literacy in Community Multi-media Centres especially in Senegal and The Gambia• Anietie Isong New Writing, New Media: Emerging African Writers and the Internet
  22. 22. China
  23. 23. India
  24. 24. France• Séminaire international « Translittératies : enjeux de citoyenneté et de créativité » ENS-Cachan et Université Sorbonne nouvelle 7-9 Novembre 2012 Avec le parrainage de l’UNESCO et de la Commission Nationale Française auprès de l’UNESCO
  25. 25. And, of course, the USA
  26. 26. Cultivating a transliterate space mmons/6/68/Cell_Culture_in_a_tiny_Petri _dish.jpg
  27. 27. Amplified Leicester 2009-10• MODE: Fortnightly f2f meetings for 6 months supported by online. Personal socme training.• PLUSES: Strong personal bonds; NVC opportunities; high creativity & innovation; lasting community identity• NEGATIVES: regular f2f made it easy for some to drop out of online.
  28. 28. DMU Transdisciplinary Common Room 2012-3• MODE: Meeting rooms & kitchen for socialising & study. Card entry. Wireless. Regular meetings + drop-in. Blog and email list.• PLUSES: Attractive to colleagues wanting to meet others from different faculties; very relaxed & non-corporate.• NEGATIVES : Requires lot of management; needs group ownership; expensive.
  29. 29. A transliterate space• Online , offline or both• Flexible, social, personal• Access to tools, both digital & analogue• Encourages & supports collaboration, skills exchange• Welcomes diverse ideas, disciplines & people• The space is attractive & comfortable• Has a curator/manager mmons/6/68/Cell_Culture_in_a_tiny_Petri _dish.jpg
  30. 30. Challenges of a transliterate space• FLEXIBILITY can be difficult• COMPLEXITY: participants need to understand the ethos• RESISTANCE: participants should want to be there• ANXIETY: don’t worry if you don’t have all the skills – cooperation is key• FUNDERS may not get what you are trying to create, but hopefully they will understand the results 7398_c376a356a0_z.jpg
  31. 31. Planning your transliterate space• Should it be online, offline, or both?• Digital tools• Analogue tools• Indoors/outdoors• Collaboration/solo spaces• Private/public• Which disciplines?• Distinctive & different because you’re inviting people to behave differently• Aware of the future...
  32. 32. FUTURE
  33. 33. What is cyberspace like?
  34. 34. Metaphors of nature in cyberspace
  35. 35. Biophilia“The innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes” Edward O Wilson 1984
  36. 36. Biophilia ResearchExperimental Psychology (Kaplans) Social Ecology (Kellert) Behavioural Science (Ulrich) Biology (Wilson) Zoology (Orians)
  37. 37. ‘Biophilia’, Bjork, 2011
  38. 38. TechnobiophiliaThe innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes as they appear in technology
  39. 39. Restorative benefits of nature
  40. 40. Virtual nature /8/0/yaoi__world_of_warcraft_by_yuhsuke chiohara-d45m7re.jpg
  41. 41. Biophilia soothes our connected lives
  42. 42. Howard Rheingold’s outdoor office
  43. 43. ‘Digital Break’, Paris
  44. 44. Walden: A Game (USC)
  45. 45. Flower (Sony PS3)
  46. 46. 50 Things... (National Trust)
  47. 47. The real voyage of discovery consists not in making newlandscapes but in having new eyes. (Marcel Proust) http://www.landscape- Rays-of-the-sun-over-a-slightly-hazy-forest- road.jpg
  48. 48. Thank you 15 March 2013 Transliteracy from Cradle to CareerSUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning Professor Sue Thomas De Montfort University