Send your Call or Congress to a cross-divisional conference on distributed authorship - 05-06/10/2018, Los Angeles (CA


Distributed authorship is a familiar concept in many fields of cultural production. Long associated with pre-modern cultures, it still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes 'Homer' as its foundational point of orientation, and which, like many other disciplines in the humanities, has extended its insights into the open-endedness of oral and performance traditions into its study of textual dynamics as well. The rise of genetic criticism within textual studies bears witness to this urge to fray perceptions of the hermetic closure of the written, and to expose the multiple strands of collaboration and revision that a text may contain. And the increasingly widespread use of the multitext in literary editions of authors from Homer to Joyce offers a material manifestation of this impulse to display the multiple different levels and modes of distribution at work in the authorial process. In many areas of the humanities that rely on traditional textual media, then, the distributed author is alive and well, and remains a current object of study.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06/10/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of California in los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Sean Gurd (Professor of Classics, University of Missouri); Francesca Martelli (Assistant Professor of Classics, UCLA)



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Friday, October 5

9.15-9.30: Welcome

9.30-11.30: Nandini Pandey, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Anxieties of Distributed Authorship in the Vergilian Vita Tradition

Joseph Howley, University of Columbia

Not evenly distributed: pursuing 'the author' in Roman book slavery

1.00-3.00: Scott McGill, Rice University

Mega-Intertextuality: Writing and Reading Vergilian Centos

Alexis Crawshaw and Marcos Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara

Bridging the Ancient to the Digital Contemporary through Algorithmic Intertextuality

3.15-5.15: Pia Carolla, Universita Roma Tre

Distributed Authorship and Authoritative Texts; an Imperial Collection

Sandeep Bhagwati, Concordia University, Montreal

Notwithstanding Unique. Intertwined Authorship in Musical Comprovisation

Saturday, October 6

9.30-11.30: Dorota Dutsch, University of California, Santa Barbara

Novelty and Meaning in a Pseudo-Pythagorean Network

Mario Biagioli, University of California, Davis

Ghostly Collaborations: making up co-authors in the age of big science

1.00-300: Daniel Selden, University of California, Santa Cruz

The Worlding of the Life of Ahiqar

Sergio Basso, Universita Roma Tre

The Barlaam and Joasaph - a New Paradigm Theory for its Formation

3.15-5.15: Francesca Martelli, University of California, Los Angeles

"Cicero's" Letters and the Selfie

Simon Biggs, University of South Australia

Distributed Authorship, Machine Learning and the heterogeneous Posthuman (dancing) subject

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