Marcello Vitali-Rosati

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Marcello Vitali-Rosati is Associate Professor in the Department of French Literature at the University of Montreal and holds the Canada Research Chair on Digital Textualities. He studied Philosophy and Literature and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pisa (Italy) and the University of Paris IV La Sorbonne. Previous publications include several articles and four books: Riflessione e trascendenza: Itinerari a partire da Lévinas (ETS, 2003), Corps et virtuel: Itinéraires à partir de Merleau-Ponty (Harmattan, 2009), S'orienter dans le virtuel (Hermann, 2012), and Égarements: Amour, mort et identités numériques (Hermann, 2014).

He has taught at the Foreign University of Perugia (Italy) and at art and technology schools in Paris.

His research focuses on developing a philosophical reflection on the changes brought by digital technologies - the idea of digital identity, the concept of the author in the era of the Web, the forms of production, publication and diffusion of online content, and the notion of “editorialization”.

marcello.vitali.rosati@umontreal.ca

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Rewriting the Trans-Canada Highway in the Digital Age

How can we think of space in the digital age? This project aims to explore this issue by proposing both theoretical and practical lines of reflection. The mythical space of the Trans-Canada Highway will be just as much the field of study as the field of exploration for our research.

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Marcello Vitali-Rosati, « Qu’est-ce que l’éditorialisation? », Sens Public, mars 2016.

Cet article présente les résultats de huit ans de travail sur le concept d’éditorialisation, réalisés dans le cadre du séminaire international « Écritures numériques et éditorialisation » que j’ai coorganisé avec Nicolas Sauret depuis 2008. Je propose de définir l’éditorialisation comme l’ensemble des dynamiques qui produisent l’espace numérique. Ces dynamiques peuvent être comprises comme les interactions d’actions individuelles et collectives avec un environnement numérique. À partir de cette définition je propose de décrire le fonctionnement des instances d’autorité dans l’espace numérique.

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Marcello Vitali-Rosati, « The Chiasm as a Virtual - A Non-Concept in Merleau-Ponty’s Work (with a Coda on Theatre) », in Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception, North Carolina University Press, 2016.

Philosophers and artists consider the relevance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy for understanding art and aesthetic experience. This collection of essays brings together diverse but interrelated perspectives on art and perception based on the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Although Merleau-Ponty focused almost exclusively on painting in his writings on aesthetics, this collection also considers poetry, literary works, theater, and relationships between art and science. In addition to philosophers, the contributors include a painter, a photographer, a musicologist, and an architect. This widened scope offers important philosophical benefits, testing and providing evidence for the empirical applicability of Merleau-Ponty’s aesthetic writings. The central argument is that for Merleau-Ponty the account of perception is also an account of art and vice versa. In the philosopher’s writings, art and perception thus intertwine necessarily rather than contingently such that they can only be distinguished by abstraction. As a result, his account of perception and his account of art are organic, interdependent, and dynamic. The contributors examine various aspects of this intertwining across different artistic media, each ingeniously revealing an original perspective on this intertwining.

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The status of the Author in Digital Era (FRQSC)

Questions on the status of the author in digital era constitute a major social issue that concerns communities of writers and readers. Since authors are the authority, how can we rethink the process of validation and legitimization of literary contents published online today?

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