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Researching the Reading Experience

A conference on the research of the reading experience will be held at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (OAUC), June 11-12, 2013.

Conference registration via our conference website is officially open for business. Registration form.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at Rica Victoria Hotel and Rica Holberg Hotel. Special rates if ordered before the 30th of April. 

Rica Victoria Hotel: NOK 1345.- To obtain special rate the reference number is 14304028

Rica Holberg Hotel: NOK 995,- To obtain special rate the reference number is 14293905

The Reading Experience

During the last decades we have seen a change in the research on literacy, literature and reading towards issues relating to the experience of reading. The affective and performative, the bodily and sensual aspects of reading have gained importance along with the cognitive and social perspectives.

For this first conference on the reading experience, we invite submissions from researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines. The main requirement is that the work focuses on the experience of real readers, past or present, and especially on reading that is done voluntarily for pleasure.

This conference puts the reader at the center, with the goal of investigating the relationship between readers and texts, between readers and the institutions of reading such as libraries, and between readers and the circumstances, contexts, and outcomes of reading. For this purpose, texts are defined broadly to include a wide variety of formats and genres that people chose to read, both fiction and non-fiction, printed and digital, including evolving forms such as graphic novels, videogame-associated text, wordless picture books, and fan fiction. 

Many different methods may be used to study the reading experience, all of which are welcome: readers’ talk/ writing about their own reading experience in interviews, questionnaires, diaries, marginalia, and postings on fan sites and discussion groups; traces of readerly activity to be found in library circulation records and publishers’ sales records; longitudinal case studies of individual readers; ethnographic and observational studies; etc.  We are interested in the experience both of private reading and of shared, public reading such as that done in the context of book clubs, reading circles and mass reading events. Anything that is central to investigating the experience of readers is within scope, including but not limited to: studies of readers who prefer specific kinds of reading both privileged and denigrated, such as literary fiction, series books, romances, crime fiction, young adult fiction, memoires and biographies, non-fiction read for pleasure, etc.; studies of particular demographic groupings of readers selected by gender, age, educational level, social class, etc.; studies of the precursors of reading or the aftermath of reading.

We invite Scholars from different backgrounds to submit papers focusing on empirical, theoretical or methodological aspects.

Oslo and Akershus University College is in charge of the conference, in collaboration with The University of Western Ontario, London Canada. 

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