Jacobs and Salgaro will also address the issue of how reading in different media can be explored empirically. In both formats (analog vs. digital), the researchers deal with different types of readers who have had different types of experiences with digital media, "digital natives" or "digital immigrants." Against this background, they will present the findings of a study that examined whether familiarity with digital media has an impact on how literary texts are judged. In particular, it examines the debate, whether "digital reading makes you stupid" or whether it has a positive effect on the minds and brains of readers.
The international conference at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies on June 30 and July 1 will deal with the material conditions of reading literary texts and the possibilities of digitization. The presentations will address such topics as book design, the graphic novel, weblogs, or opportunities that digital editions might offer for forgotten literary texts. The conference was organized by Prof. Dr. Anthony Enns (Dalhousie University, Halifax) and Dr. Bernhard Metz (Freie Universität Berlin).