Immersive reading environments

I’m very excited to present in virtual reality for the first time. 19 February 2020, 12:00 CET on AltspaceVR.

The 2020 Educators in VR International Summit is a free, open-to-the public, virtual event lasting 6 days (over 100 round-the-clock hours) with a diverse range of over 150 speakers and presentations. It will be live streamed on YouTube, for those who can’t or don’t want to use VR.

I will talk about my work with the no-profit StoryVR and Milan City Libraries. Since September 2019 we have been using a VR app specifically designed to increase readers absorption into stories. I will present the results of workshops done with library patrons and data from empirical research done with my colleague Katalin Bálint (VU Amsterdam).

This is a preview of the app.

“Social reading” panel at DH2019

My wonderful colleague Simone Rebora put together an amazing panel about social reading for the DH2019 conference in Utrecht. It’s a great stage to present the work we’ve been doing together for the last 2 years, but lastly I decided not to attend and stay in Seoul to take care of my 2 months old baby.

However, I prepared a short video summarising some of our results. We currently have a paper under review, so more news will come once we receive feedback from the evaluators.

“Visualizing Wattpad” by Pianzola and Rebora. Presented at DH2019, Utrecht

I’m going to South Korea

Big news here: I’ve been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship!

I’ll be joining the Department of Global Korean Studies of Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea) for the next 2 years to work on the impact of digital technologies on how we experience literature. This means that I’ll be mainly working on digital social reading and Virtual Reality.

Soon I’ll update this website with more information.

Sogang University campus

Reading in Virtual Reality

Child with VR headset

Today I’m going to reveal an odd idea that I had while chatting with Wayne de Fremery at the School of Integrated Knowledge of Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea). I want to create a VR experience specifically designed for reading.

The younger generations grew up experiencing stories mainly in audiovisual formats (films, tv series, video games, etc.) and printed books and ebooks are often seen as less engaging. We must acknowledge that they are a new kind of readers and we need to understand how to design paths that can bring them to the experience of reading literature.

So we decided to try an experiment: designing a digital environment for reading in Virtual Reality. More info will follow soon.

Online Social Reading. Using Twitter for Teaching Literature

Social reading is one of the themes that intrigues me the most. This is the poster I prepared to show an ongoing research about a project started by the association TwLetteratura that involved more than 5.000 students and generated around 17.000 tweets.

Creative writing and gamification are two resources teachers can use to make kids love reading!

Poster on online social reading

The Experientiality of Narrative // Interdisciplinary Seminar on Narrative

After spending the last two months debating the contribution of philosophers to narrative studies, we now moved to a milestone of state-of-the-art narrative theory, The Experientiality of Narrative by Marco Caracciolo.

We debated Chapter 5, “Fictional Consciousnesses: From Attribution to Enactment,” and our attention has been drawn by the role of the so called “triggers of consciousness-enactment” in the audience–text relationship.

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Against Narrativity? // Interdisciplinary Seminar on Narrative

Strawson - I am not a story

When Galen Strawson’s essay “Against Narrativity” came out in 2004 it generated a few responses from different voices among those interested in narrative inquiry and narrative theory.

11 years later, in 2015, an article on Aeon dealing with the same topic has been read and reposted on social media by more than 9,000 people.

Rereading the essay I noticed some passages that I missed the first time so I decided to suggest it for our seminar. I’m happy I did it because it definitely sparked a lively and thought-provoking debate.

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Narrative definitions, issues and approaches // Interdisciplinary Seminar on Narrative

Analazyng Narrative cover

Quite an interdisciplinary group for our first meeting, with people coming from fields as diverse as literary studies, philosophy, education, didactic, and communication studies.

We discussed chapter one of Analyzing Narrative by Anna De Fina and Alexandra Georgakopoulou, which is a great introduction to narrative studies.

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