Digital Literary Cultures, known as DLC+, is an open-access research network and resource for scholars exploring digital literary culture broadly defined.
Our network is interested in literary engagements with everything from nostalgia for obsolescent media and ephemeral cultural productions to artificial intelligence and computational methods. DLC+ provides research resources for a host of topics related to social media, digital culture, and literature as it adapts to emerging communications technologies and digital environments.
DLC+ was establishd in 2020 formerly under the name of Instasociety.
Founders and Leaders
Tanja Grubnic is a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Ontario where she studies the relationships among social media, contemporary poetry, and the face of publishing in the age of globalization. Her fields of specialization are Canadian literature and cultural studies, though she has grown particularly interested in bridging the gap between literary studies and media studies to show how Canadian instapoets circulate within the category of Canadian literature and beyond. She also maintains an interest in researching nostalgia for obsolescent media and other nostalgic aesthetics in relation to the convergence of digital media and literature. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @tanjagrubnic.
Camilla Holm is finalizing her PhD in Library and Information Science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norway. The thesis focuses on the platformization of cultural production of poetry from a media ecological perspective. The project also involves the use of methods from the digital and computational humanities. She is one of the founders and current leaders of the Norwegian national research network for digital humanities and culture organization. Her research interests include social media, digital literature, pop culture, and the use of digital methods in research. You may reach her at [email protected] or follow her on BlueSky at @supercamilla.
Magdalena Elisabeth Korecka is a PhD candidate and research associate in the ERC project “Poetry in the Digital Age” at the Universität Hamburg in Germany. In her dissertation, she investigates the interrelation of visual aesthetics and platformization in socially engaged (e.g. feminist) poetry in English, German, and Polish across several social media platforms through a mixed methods approach. She co-organized (with Dr. Wiebke Vorrath) the conference “Poetry and Contemporary Visual Culture / Lyrik und zeitgenössische Visuelle Kultur” (May 2022) and co-edited a subsequent publication. With degrees in “Anglophone Literatures and Cultures” as well as “Journalism and Communication Science” (Universität Wien), her research interests include post-digital socio-political aesthetic spaces, including poetry and art, as well as the methodological and ethical implications of researching them. You may reach her at [email protected] or follow on Twitter at @m_e_korecka
Yasamin Rezaei is a PhD student in Cultural, Literary and Linguistic Studies at the University of Miami, Florida, the U.S, where she studies French and Italian dramatic literatures of the 20th century and teaches both languages. Exploring the intersections of language and media from a sociolinguistic point of view, her research interests include social media, pop culture, new media studies, digital performance and theatre studies, digital humanities, and the future of humans and technology interactions from a posthuman point of view.
She often writes about community and the notion of nostalgia, and also creates, explores, and theorizes Instapoetry among Iranian users of Instagram and aims to introduce it to the Persian literary community.
Kiera Obbard is a poet and PhD Candidate in The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, and a resident at The Humanities Interdisciplinary Collaboration (THINC) Lab. Her SSHRC-funded project, The Instagram Effect: Contemporary Canadian Poetry Online,examines the complex social, cultural, technological and economic conditions that have enabled the success of social media poetry in Canada. Her fields of specialization include new media, platform studies, Canadian literature, and digital humanities. She completed her M.A. in Cultural Studies and Critical theory at McMaster University and her Honours B.A. with a joint major in English and Communication at the University of Ottawa. You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @kieraobbard