“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

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.


My most recent publication in English is:

Rebora, Simone and F. Pianzola. “A New Research Programme for Reading Research: Analysing Comments in the Margins on Wattpad.” DigitCult, vol. 3, no.. 2, 2018, pp. 19-36

DigitCult special issue cover

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