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Aligarh: Dr. Astrid Ensslin (University of Bergen, Norway) looked at digital culture and digital humanities, illustrating how literary expression in digital media transcends and subverts traditional notions of literature.
She was speaking as a foreign professor of the one-week Global Initiative for University Networks (GIAN) course on “Digital Literatures and Literatures in the Digital” in the Department of English at the Muslim University of ‘Aligarh (AMU).
Dr. Astrid has focused on digitally born fiction and poetry, literary games, pre-web e-literature, medium-specific narratology and multimodal analysis, feminist and applied approaches to e-literature, bibliotherapy born digitally and the preservation of electronic literature, among other topics.
She explained various aspects of digital humanities and new literary practices in different sessions of the course.
“There’s so much digital literature out there, and from a wide selection of genres. It is an ever-evolving field that evolves with new technological advances. Writers are taking full advantage of the possibilities of the computer, using new technologies to tackle complex subjects”, underlined Dr Astrid.
Speaking on “Framing Electronic Literature through an African Lens: Ghanaian Perspectives”, Dr Kwabena-Opoku Agyemang (University of Ghana) shed light on how African literature incorporates digital technology into its creative process, and the electronic literary criticism focusing on areas outside its primarily Western canons.
He gave examples of concrete poetry, conceptual poetry and mobile video games from Ghana that are shaping African e-literature.
Professor Saugata Bhaduri (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) lectured on “Of Rights and Entitlements: Whose (or What) Number Is It Anyway?”
The course also included useful lectures by Professor Syed Mohammad Hashim (former Dean of the Faculty of Arts), Professor Mohammad Jahangeer Warsi (Local Coordinator, GIAN-AMU Course and Chairman of the Linguistics Department), Professor Asim Siddiqui (Chairman of the English Department). , Prof M Rizwan Khan and Prof Seemin Hasan on aspects of setting up digital literature courses and expanding its reach in India.
Pr Claire Joubert (Paris VIII University) spoke about the need to change the discourse on the digital humanities.
Professor Mohammad Jahangeer Warsi gave the closing speech and Madiha Noman extended the vote of thanks.
Dr. Sharjeel Chaudhry and Alisha Ibkar led the program, while Dr. Adiba Faiyaz presented feedback from over 200 participants from 70 different institutions.