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


My most recent publication in English is:

Pianzola F, Rebora S, Lauer G (2020). “Wattpad as a resource for literary studies. Quantitative and qualitative examples of the importance of digital social reading and readers’ comments in the margins.” PLoS ONE 15(1): e0226708.

world map with color gradients indicating the percentage of Wattpad users' geographical location

World map of a sample of Wattpad users’ location

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