7:0 — Excursion: Global Village (Be sure to sign up if you are interested. Admission is 15 AED per person, but RIT-Dubai has arranged transportation to Global Village and return transportation to the Radisson and the Premier Inn)

5:00-7:00 — Dinner (Courtyard)

Chair—Nasih Osmanovic, RIT-Dubai

Brahim Abdel Nour (Université Tahri Mohammed Bechar, Algeria) — “A Reading in Digital Literature Concepts and Fundamentals between Theory and Praxis” — (Unable to present due to travel issues)

Khadija Humaid & Majid Al Harb (Zayed University, UAE) — “Electronic Literature: Essence, Context, and Reader Response Theories”

Raafat Elsenousi (Egyptian Scholar and Poet) — “Swimming in the Blue Lake: Electronic Literature and the Controversy of Theory and Praxis” — (Unable to present due to travel issues)

2:45-4:15 — Session Two — In Theory I

Chair—Abdul Rahman Al-Mohsiny, King Khalid University, KSA

Eman Younis (Palestinian Scholar) — “The Crisis of Digital Literature in the Middle East”

Reham Hosny (Minia University, Egypt)— “Mapping Electronic Literature in the Arabic Context”

Ali Al Farisi (Sohar University, Oman)— “Digital Literature in Oman: Examples of Various Poetic Experiments”

1:00-2:30 — Session One — Regional Considerations

12:15-1:00 — Lunch — Room 130

Zohor Gourram

Mohammed V University, Morocco

"Electronic Literature and the Philosophy of Partnership"

Introduced by Reham Hosny, Minia University, Egypt

11:10-12:00 — Keynote Speech (Room 130)

11:00-11:10 — UAE National Anthem, followed by Welcome and Introductions—Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf, President, RIT-Dubai

10:00-11:00 — Registration (ground floor reception) and informal introductions (first floor reception)

Conference Programme

All conference sessions were held in the Conference Room (130). 

Papers were delivered in either Arabic or English with simultaneous translation.

Sunday, February 25
Monday, February 26

9:00-10:30 — Session Four — In Theory II

Chair—Ian Peterkin, RIT-Dubai

Dene Grigar (Washington State University Vancouver, USA) — “Preserving a Cultural Legacy of Born Digital Literature”

Abdel Kader Shaibany (Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE, via weblink)— “Narrative Theory in the Digital Novel: Interactivity between Hypertext Techniques” — (Unable to present due to technical issues)

John Barber (Washington State University Vancouver, USA) — “Sound and Electronic Literature”

10:45-12:15 — Session Five — Closer Looks

Chair— Zohor Gourram, Mohammed V University, Morocco

Jeneen Naji (Maynooth University, Ireland) — “Flickering Signifiers: Omar Khayyam in the Cave”

Doris Hambuch (UAE University, Al Ain) — “A Cat’s Wisdom in Electronic Graphic Art by Khaled Al Jabri”

12:30-1:30 — Lunch and Networking

Chair—Imad Saleh, Université Paris 8, France

Serge Bouchardon (Sorbonne University, Université de technologie de Compiègne, France) — “Translating a Performance on

Stage into an Interactive Application on Screen”

Abdul Rahman Al-Mohsiny (King Khalid University, KSA)  — "Historical Review: the Arab eWriters Union and Arabic eLit"

Chair— Jonathon Penny, RIT-Dubai

Philippe Bootz (Université Paris 8, France) with Xavier Hautbois — “Elpenor”

Jeneen Naji (Maynooth University, Ireland) — “Flickering Signifiers: Omar Khayyam in the Cave”

Mohamed Habibi (Saudi Scholar and Poet)— “The Vision of Hope”

Dene Grigar (Washington State University Vancouver, USA) — “Curlew”

Serge Bouchardon (Sorbonne University, Université de technologie de Compiègne, France) — “Loss of Grasp and DO IT”

3:15-5:45 — Session Seven — Original Work in Performance

6:00-7:00 — Banquet (Courtyard)

7:00-8:00 — Plenary Speech —(Room 130)

N. Katherine Hayles

Duke University, USA

“Electronic Literature in Context: Literary Text as Cognitive Assemblage”

Introduced by Babak Elahi, RIT-New York, via weblink

Sponsored by RIT-New York, College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday, February 27

9:00-10:30 — Session Eight — In Translation: Genre, Language, and Being

Chair—John Dayton, RIT-Dubai

David Joseph Wrisley (NYU-Abu Dhabi) — “Digital Literature in the Context of the Digital Humanities”

Abdulmohsen Alonayq (Lancaster University, England)— “Crowdsourcing Translation for Digital Arabisation Projects: A Narrative Perspective”

Mohamed Hussein Habib (University of Babylon, Iraq)— "Cyborgs: The Coming Electronic Heroes"

10:45-12:15 — Session Nine — Tangled Webspace: ePublication, eMarketing, eCriticism

Chair—Khalid Khawaja, RIT-Dubai

Mohamed Habibi (Saudi Scholar and Poet) — “Publishing on Twitter: Effects on Poetry and its Reception”

Mohamed Rayyan (Egyptian Scholar, via weblink) — “Literature and Electronic Marketing on Social Media” — (Unable to present due to technical issues)

Kourad Nadjet (Université Tahri Mohammed Bechar, Algeria) — “Interactive Criticism via Social Media: Facebook as an Example”

12:15-1:30 — Lunch

Chair— Reham Hosny - Minia University, Egypt

Leila Berhouma (Université de la Manouba, Tunisia, via weblink) — “From Digital Blogging to Scenario: Language and Artistic Styles”

1:45-3:15 — Session Ten — In Medias: Creativity and Criticism in (Social) Space

3:30-3:45 — Close Conference (Drs. Penny, Hosny, and Al Assaf)

4:00-4:30 — Brief Meeting of Organizing Committee

4:30-6:00 — Session Three — Ars/Rhetorica

Chair— Mohamed Hussein Habib, University of Babylon, Iraq

Babak Elahi (RIT-New York, via weblink) — “Suspended Poetics: Echoes of The Seven Odes in Contemporary Arabic E-Literature”

1:30-3:00 — Session Six — Medium and Performativity