New trends in eHumanities- Pop Culture and Scholarly Communication

Daniel Powell, King’s College London and University of Victoria


March 3, 2016. 15.00-17.00 hrs. at the eHumanities Group

Collaborative Production in Digital Spaces: Pop Culture and Scholarly Communication

The way scholars in the humanities do scholarship seems to be changing, largely in response to the ways that those in academy, collectively leverage the fully-formed Web 2.0 world of today’s online networks. Whether spoken of as crowdsourcing (after Jeff Howe), commons based peer production (after Yochai Benkler and Helen Nissenbaum) or participatory culture (after Henry Jenkins), this type of cultural and academic practice reflects deep shifts in how we are producing both pop culture and intellectual work. Cultural production can be a collaborative, networked practice, as book historians have amply demonstrated and as publishers have long known. When such interaction is digital in nature, its pathways are more easily traced. Central to any discussion of social culture and social knowledge is an understanding of how profoundly normal such activity is now taken to be by the public.

This presentation will highlight and discuss several examples of how digital, collaborative production in popular culture has influenced the development of changing practices within scholarly communication. I hope especially to draw connections between the seemingly disparate worlds of, on the one hand, fan fiction, shared authorship, and genre fiction, and, on the other, innovative experiments in social knowledge creation in academic circles.

Daniel Powell is a Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Fellow in the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training  (DiXiT) Network. He is based in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and affiliated with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and Department of English at the University of Victoria, with research interests in the digital humanities, social knowledge creation, scholarly communications, media archaeology, and graduate education in the humanities. His work has appeared in Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Reforme, Scholarly and Research Communication, and Religion and Literature, as well as in volumes published by the Modern Language Association, NeDiMAH, and the International Journal of Learning and Media.