I am currently committed to a collaborative and individual work on the historical landmarks in European literary reading history, especially the Whys ? and Hows ? people read at different times, an area of the study of reading that still eludes us.
Identifying those landmarks would help us understand the current digital reading revolution, its relationships –rupture or continuities ?- with respect to previous evolutions or revolutions in reading practices.
This research action is aiming at delivering the first ever European reading Experience Database ( EU-RED), focusing on the 18th-21st century time period. The project is currently funded by a small ANR (French National Research Agency) grant. The material will be gathered through an open access participative website. The DB will be multilingual, include the social, political, emotional, etc ontology and semantic index system allowing future additions to and uses of its ressources.
A section will be devoted to e-reading (with a special focus on children’s reading) and I expect WG3 (and WG2) network members to contribute both documentation (testimonies, enquiries, videos, pictures), and Big data vocabulary to build a comprehensive archival support for the recording of today’s « subtleties of personal emotional and cognitive engagement during reading ».