Interactive Futures - 2007

Interactive Futures 2007 ( November 15 - 17 ) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Sue Thomas

The Transliterate Screen

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. The term is derived from the verb ‘to transliterate’, meaning to write or print a letter or word using the closest corresponding letters of a different alphabet or language, and today we extend the act of transliteration and apply it to the increasingly wide range of communication platforms and tools at our disposal. The concept of transliteracy is embedded in the very earliest histories of human communication, providing a cohesion of modes relevant to reading, writing, interpretation and interaction. But where does the very recent notion of a screen fit in? This paper examines the screen through the lens of transliteracy.


Sue Thomas’s most recent book is the travelogue/memoir of cyberspace Hello World: travels in virtuality (2004). Her other publications include the novels Correspondence (short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1992) and Water (1994); an edited anthology Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories By Women Celebrating Women (1994), and Creative Writing: A Handbook For Workshop Leaders (1995). She founded the trAce Online Writing Centre in 1995 and is now Professor of New Media in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, where she leads the Online MA in Creative Writing & New Media, and the Production and Research in Transliteracy group (PART).


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