Reading as a form of cultural technology: A conference in Münster

Proclaiming the death of the printed word has long since become commonplace. While much of the world’s knowledge is still available in printed form and large numbers of printed books, newspapers and magazines still enjoy large readerships, digital devices and formats are forever changing the way people read. At the same time, other forms of media such as podcasts are also becoming increasingly popular. What new roles can print adopt in times of digitalisation? What ideas and possibilities are there in digital reading and how does it change our reading behaviour? How can reading hold its own against other cultural technologies such as playing, listening and watching? And what can designers do to make both analogue and digital reading a pleasure? Experts from various fields of visual communication will discuss this topic at the conference The Future of Reading at Münster University of Applied Sciences on 22 November 2019.

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