This conference will explore distributed authorship in ancient and new media, by placing scholars who work on this topic in the texts and practices of classical antiquity in dialogue with scholars who work on comparable modes of distribution in the digital domain. By staging a conversation with this particular mix of scholars, we aim to capitalise on the divergent perspectives that they will bring to the conference’s central theme: long associated with pre-modern cultures, distributed authorship still serves as a mainstay for the study of Classical antiquity, which takes ‘Homer’ as its foundational point of orientation. Yet in recent years, the dynamic possibilities of distributed authorship have accelerated most rapidly in media associated with the digital domain, where modes of communication have rendered artistic creation increasingly collaborative, multi-local and open-ended. The participants at this conference are seeking to expand the theorising of authorial distribution in the digital domain, and to explore the insights that its operations in this sphere might lend into the mechanisms of authorial distribution at work in ancient media.
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