I am delighted to announce that I will give a talk at the upcoming Biblionext conference, which will take place in Rome on Thursday 19 April. Co-organized by Gimena Campos Cervera and the US Embassy in Rome, Biblionext 2012 focuses on...
"The Digital Omnivore. Who is this new being? How does he seek and use information, and how do we, librarians and information professionals, communicate with him? Come join us to discover this together, listening to remarkable American, European and Italian experts on digital media, libraries and new learning communities.
Speakers will include Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Erik Boekesteijn and Japp van de Geer , authors of the Sanachie Tourand This Week in Libraries, Matteo Bittanti, Professor in the Visual & Critical Studies programs at the California College of the Arts, Jeffrey Schnapp, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Jannik Mulvad, librarian at Mediaspace, Aarhus, Denmark, Nicola Cavalli, researcher and senior member of the Osservatorio sui Nuovi Media (NuMediaBiOs) of Milano Bicocca University, Francesco Mazzetta, director of the Biblioteca comunale Fiorenzula d’Arda, Karen Hartman, Information Resource Officer at the U.S. State Department, and Ross Todd, Director, Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries, State University of New Jersey." (BiblioNext)
If you are unable to attend in person, the event will also be streamed live on the Biblionext website.
My lecture is titled...
...Books without Books
How is it possible to read a book without reading it? What are the "imagined futures" of the book and what do they tell us about the present time? In this talk, Matteo Bittanti discusses a series of possible scenarios using examples ranging from science-fiction, cinema, art, literature, videogames, and the most fictional construction of all, the Ivory Tower.
What: Digital Omnivores Libraries and New Learning Communities
When: Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (GMT+0100))
Where: Hotel Aldrovandi
Via Aldrovandi, 15, 00197 Rome, Italy