textual ecology

Hyperobjective Scholarship & the Social-Digital Academy

How has the ubiquity of the social-digital changed the way we carry out scholarship? Expanding on Tim Morton's concept of the hyperobject, this paper examines how the shape and scale of the social-digital can come to bear on academic research, in authorship and dissemination. "Hyperobjective scholarship" is defined as that which is intensely aware of its position within vast and complex social, technological, economic and other networks, a fact that comes to bear greatly on themes and dissemination styles across disciplines.

Reading Nature's Network

Rewilding’s tactics take as a given a vast complexity of interacting processes, with interventions focused on rearranging elements in the dynamic system to encourage (bio)diverse ends. Recent criticism suggests that similar things are happening in the literary arts, as emergent textual practices seek to allow complexity to flourish. This project will engage a humanities-led exploration of complexity in the classroom, with an innovative pairing of Irish literature and digital games. A central concern is how the texts defer to wildness or complexity as the “natural” form of cultural and biological processes.