Leonardo Flores, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English at UPRM Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at UiB

Selected Presentation Materials (2008-2011)

Presentation Handouts & Slideshows:

Digital Humanities:

Educational Technologies:

Poetry:

E-Publishing 2.0: Reimagining the Publication and Preservation of Electronic Literature

Here’s the slideshow to my presentation at the First International Conference on Electronic Literature and Virtual Art (ELVA) at the Instituto Franklin in Alcalá de Henares.

Literary Scholarship 2.0: Reinventing Traditional Critical Practices for the Digital Age

Digital media is slowly transforming the way we read, write, and study literature, and literary studies need to embrace that which is native to digital media in order to stay relevant in an increasingly post-literate world. The study of electronic literature thrives mainly in the margins of the discipline, in specialized journals and in highly technical areas (such as the digital humanities). The problem is that many literary scholars and educators cannot relate to these discussions well because they don’t have the specialized training required. The field of electronic literature needs to move in from the margins of academia in order to strengthen the discipline of literary studies. One way to do so is to employ well established critical tools – such as close reading, biographical study, and bibliographic scholarship—and updating them with more recent media-savvy approaches, such as critical code studies, software studies, media-specific analysis, and digital preservation methods. My presentation will provide an overview of my current research and efforts to bring electronic literature and updated critical tools to mainstream academic audiences.

My guest lecture will be on Monday, September 17 from 13:15 – 14:00 in Room 301 in HF Building at UiB.

 

Availability for Lectures in Electronic Literature in European Union

As a US Fulbright Scholar, I am available to offer lectures in my expertise in 24 European countries that participate in the Fulbright Intercountry Lecturers Program: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK.

If you are interested in inviting me to give a presentation, talk, lecture, or participate in a conference, please contact me to discuss dates and logistics.

I will be available from December 2012 until June 2013.

Media Coverage of my Fulbright Award

Prensa RUM interviewed me about my Fulbright and Electronic Poetry and published the following article and a 25-minute TV interview.

Leonardo Flores, Fulbright Scholar

Today, I received official notification that I have been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholarship to participate in the Digital Culture program at the University of Bergen in Norway. This is a 10-month teaching/research award in which I will teach 3 courses during the academic year and dedicate the rest of my time to research. You can read a copy of my proposal here.

Macromedia / Adobe Director PAD (Preservation, Access, Dissemination)

I’m interested in developing a critical edition of a work of electronic literature titled Arteroids (http://vispo.com/arteroids). This is an important work of electronic literature, written by Canadian poet and multimedia artist Jim Andrews initially with Macromedia Director 8 and later with upgraded versions up until reaching Adobe Director MX 2004 (version 10.1). Read the rest of this entry »

New Project: I ♥ E-Poetry

This week I launched a new blogging project: I ♥ E-Poetry.

Here’s a little background about me. I’ve created over 25 websites, blogs, groups, and other online spaces since 1999. For the past 5 years, I’ve maintained this blog which documents my professional work, including most of my course blogs. I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, sharing choice morsels of my personal life. Read the rest of this entry »

English 3300: Introduction to Electronic Literature

Next semester I will teach one section of a Special Topics course, titled “Introduction to Electronic Literature.”

Follow this link to read the course proposal submitted to the English Department Curriculum Committee.

The course will be offered MWF 11:30-12:20 pm this Spring 2012 semester.

Proposal: Digitalización y Acceso a la Colección Limón de Arce

On Friday, November 21, 2011 I submitted a proposal to the Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades to digitize a rare book and document collection put together by José Limón de Arce (1877-1940), a poet, playwright, and historian from Arecibo. His collection is a treasure of rare historical documents and literary publications by small regional presses in Puerto Rico from the late 19th and early 20th century, described in more detail in the following excerpt from the proposal.

Bajo estos parámetros, hemos identificado 420 documentos con aproximadamente 50,000 páginas (de las aproximadamente 75,232 páginas de la colección). La distribución temática de los documentos es la siguiente: 211 son documentos históricos, 129 son de poesía, 63 son de interés cultural y 17 son obras teatrales y novelas.

The result of the digitization project will be a website to access an online database of these valuable materials and a DVD-ROM with a selection of the most important historical and literary materials from the collection to be distributed to 800 schools and cultural institutions.

This is a collaborative project with Dr. Ramonita Vega, a history professor in the Social Sciences Department and Prof. María Aquino, head librarian in the Puerto Rican Collection of the UPRM General Library.

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