Workshop to be held at the Hypertext 2010 conference at Victoria College in Toronto, CA

“Hypertext 2010” 21st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia at Victoria College, part of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada on June 13-16, 2010

One of the activities during the conference will be a workshop “Rhetorical and Semantic Possibilities of Links: Cultural and Literary Applications of Links” on Sunday, June 13. Anyone who wants to understand how a link can express meaning and how we use links to communicate (for example, elit writers and readers, social media developers, web developers, and … you … ) is encouraged to attend.  If you are interested in attending, you are encouraged to submit a position paper by Friday, April 30, 2010 to  This paper should address your background, experience in hypertext and hypermedia, and questions that you wish to address have concerning how links work in communication. Notifications will be by Monday, May 3 and the last day for early bird registrations is Wednesday, May 5.

Mark Bernstein has written that the link is “the most important new punctuation mark since the comma.” More than that, the link actually conveys meaning.  But how do people use links to communicate ideas? This workshop is designed to uncover the semantic value of the link and its potential rhetorical effects.  We want to know what has been the cultural, literary, rhetorical, and semantic impact of the link to date, and what future effects can we anticipate and bring about.  We will explore the link in hands-on exercises and examinations of electronic literature and other hypermedia examples.  Ideally, the audience will be broad, composed of anyone who wants to develop a further understanding of this tool.

We seek to network amongst ourselves and to continue the dialogue between the creative members of the hypertext community and those who make the software that enables expression.  Exploring how links work will help create new foundations for Hypermedia and Web 2.0 environments (social linking, mapping, visualizing, network linking, etc), studies on adaptive hypermedia (adaptive navigation such as link hiding, linking used in recommendation strategies, and linking methods for personalized libraries and e-learning), highlight our understanding of links as a new component of writing and communication, and increase our understanding of the ways that they are used in education, research, journalism, and literature.

For more information, please email

Mary Stromme
PhD Candidate, English
University of North Dakota
Editorial Assistant, The Oral History Review

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (rosselli at ling dot unipi dot it)

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