All posts by Prof. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek

About Prof. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek

Professor Media and Communication Studies - University of Halle-Wittenberg - Mansfelder - Deutschland

New media technology, interculturalism, and intermediality

The author discusses the importance of new media technology and the concept of intermediality with regard to the relevance of interculturalism in today`s society. Intermediality refers to the blurring of generic and formal boundaries among different forms of cultural practices and in the field of pedagogy. The trajectories of intermedial spaces, actions, and processes of types of new media including the World Wide Web, hypertextuality, online publishing, blogs, interactive media, etc., suggest possibilities and potentials to work toward interculturalism. Interculturalism is understood as a practice of social life including government at all levels, education and pedagogy, as well as all instances of every-day life towards active recognition and inclusion of the Other and a commitment against essentialisms. In this process, the potential roles of new media suggest as of yet un-tapped resources and possibilities.

Received: 10th June 2008

Revised: 3rd September 2008

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New media, publishing in the humanities, and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture

In his paper, Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek (University of Halle-Wittenberg and Purdue University) discusses selected aspects of new media and scholarship and publishing in the humanities. The wider context of the paper is the intersection of globalization, the situation of the humanities, the teaching and study of literature, and their relationship and increasing dependence on new media technology, and how this situation impacts the humanities today while the humanities remains cautious and even reluctant with regard to publishing scholarship online. Starting with a brief introduction and argumentation of the pedagogical values of new media technology and its parallel implications for higher education, Tötösy is drawing on the example of the Purdue University peer-reviewed, full-text, and open-access journal “CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture” (ISSN 1481-4373 – http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu) to present aspects of the said situation of new media and publishing in the humanities.

Received: 21st February, 2007
Revised: 7th March, 2007

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