Scholars’ Lab Speaker: Kathleen Fitzpatrick

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick to the Scholars’ Lab on Thursday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. for the second event in our Spring 2012 Speaker Series.

What if the academic monograph is a dying form? If scholarly communication is to have a future, it’s clear that it lies online, and yet the most significant obstacles to such a transformation are not technological, but instead social and institutional. How must the academy and the scholars that comprise it change their ways of thinking in order for digital scholarly publishing to become a viable alternative to the university press book?

Dr. Fitzpatrick’s talk, entitled “Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy,” will explore some of those changes and their implications for our lives as scholars and our work within universities.

A long time friend of the Scholars’ Lab, Dr. Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, and Professor of Media Studies (on leave), Pomona College. She is author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, published in 2011 by NYU Press and previously made available for open peer review online (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/plannedobsolescence), and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press. She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org), and has published articles and notes in journals including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.

Ronda is the project management and training specialist for the SLab; librarian by both training and inclination; bringer of order from chaos; herder of metaphorical cats; fascinated by organizational and personal development; personal coach; information junkie.

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