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We are living in a digital world, a world that is produced by writing. We derive our identity from writing – from personal profiles, data entered into databases, lines of code. Every one of our actions is in some way based upon writing, from clicking to buying a book or planning a trip. The objects surrounding us are the results of processes of writing. The Canada Research Chair on Digital Textualities offers new interpretation and insight on the writing that has become part of our world. This website provides further information about the Chair's projects, member publications, and theoretical concepts used in research.

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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.

Projet Profil

Initially conceived for strictly practical ends, users' profiles have become little by little unexpected spaces of self-expression and writing. This project aims to understand this new profiling structure, in order to analyse the theoretical and aesthetic issues.

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.

Colloquium «Écrivains, personnages et profils : l’éditorialisation de l’auteur»

Colloque international
Les 24 et 25 mai à l’Université de Montréal
sous la direction de Bertrand Gervais, Servanne Monjour, Jean-François Thériault, Marcello Vitali-Rosati
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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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