About DLC+

About DLC+

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
Camilla Holm

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 finishing her PhD in library and information science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norway, where she is lectures and studies instapoetry as a cultural phenomenon from a media ecological perspective. The project also involves the use of methods from the digital humanities. At OsloMet she is part of the research group LITKULT, which deals with the dissemination of culture and literature in society. Her research interests include social media, digitization, digital literature, pop cultural phenomena, and the use of digital methods in research. Fun fact: Camilla doodles all of the issue covers herself using her Remarkable. You may reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @supercamilla.

Magdalena Korecka

Magdalena Elisabeth Korecka is a PhD candidate and a research associate in the ERC project “Poetry in the Digital Age” at the Universität Hamburg. As part of sub-project 3 “Poetry and Contemporary Visual Culture,” in her dissertation project, she investigates the interrelation of visual aesthetics and sociopolitical messaging in several types of social media poetry. She previously completed the “Anglophone Literatures and Cultures” MA program with a focus on cultural and media studies, a BA in “English and American Studies” as well as a BA in “Journalism and Communication Science” at the University of Vienna. In general, her research interests include contemporary socio-political poetry on social media as well as media aesthetics and methodology. You may reach her at [email protected] or follow on Twitter at @m_e_korecka.

Founding Member

Yasamin Rezaei

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. 

She obtained her BA and MA in Process Engineering from the Universities of Tehran in Iran and Bologna in Italy. You may reach her at [email protected]  or @YasaminRezaei on Twitter


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Kiera Obbard
Bella Boqo
Bella Boqo

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

Bella Boqo is completing her PhD at the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, South Africa. She is committed to doing research that contributes to inclusive social transformation. Her current study adopts a Southern epistemologies approach to examine how Black, and mostly women, instapoets use the form and Instagram platform as a site of decolonial enunciation. That is, to challenge coloniality of power, knowledge and being. Her research interests lie at the intersections of race, gender, digital media and popular culture, though she occasionally finds herself drawn to feminist economics.
You may reach her b.m.boqo@gmail.com or @bellaboqo on Twitter.
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Hannah Jorgensen
Hannah Jorgensen is a PhD candidate in English at Duke University. She is working on a dissertation on the influence of the digital on literary character. She was a Rhodes Doctoral Fellow in Computational Humanities and her work includes computational and digital humanities methodologies. She works in the sociology of literature, fan studies, popular culture studies, and performance studies, with an abiding interest in readers. She may be reached at hannah[email protected].