The Future of Text

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30 Oct 2013

10am to 4.30pm

The Future of Text  | Symposium | Wed 30 Oct | 10.30 - 4.30pm | LCC

The Advertising programme at London College of Communication presents a unique one day symposium on Wednesday 30 October, when leading academics and experts from The Natural History Museum, The British Museum, Oxford University, Princeton University, Google and The Economist will question perceived assumptions about the evolution of writing.

In 20 minutes each speaker will discuss topics from the origins of human writing and the creation of the alphabet, to the technological and societal factors that have shaped the written word, to the future of communications beyond the digital age.

Speakers //

Chris Stringer of The Natural History Museum // becoming human: how our evolution has framed humans’ physical and mental worlds.

Jonathan Taylor of The British Museum // first writing: exploring some of the enduring mysteries clouding the origins of writing.

John Baines of Queen's College Oxford // the origins of Egyptian Hieratic and Hieroglyphic and how it became our own alphabet.

Tom Standage of The Economist // social communication: argues that in the wider context of communications history, social media is nothing new.

David Bellos of Princeton University // what can the act of translation teach us about the act of writing and the act of thinking?

Vint Cerf of Google // co-inventor of the internet talking about the shape of written communication in a connected future.

Timothy Donaldson of Falmouth University // the shape of sound: the story of the changing shapes of our means of written communication.

Ted Nelson, creator of Hypertext // an alternative view of interactive text.

Dave Farber, 'Grandfather' of the internet // the future of digital communications.

Keith Martin of London College of Communication // on the history of hypertext

Ingrid Hage, London College of Communication alumna // a video link up from the home of the alphabet.

Frank Mehan of Spark Labs // talking about his rich history in the industry and future potential.

Booking is required for the event and attendance is compulsory for the whole day. Due to limits on space, attendees may be asked to provide an academic reason for attending in the event it becomes oversubscribed.

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