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Media Studies professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick to discuss “The Future of Authorship” on October 6, 2011

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Pomona College media studies professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick will discuss “The Future of Authorship: Writing in the Digital Age” on Thursday, October 6, at 12:00pm, in Rockefeller Hall room 200. Her lecture is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Vassar College media studies program.

In her forthcoming book Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press), Fitzpatrick argues that the primary transformations a shift to digital publishing will require are less technological than they are social and institutional. Among these changes is a re-conception of authorship, its purposes, and its grounding in the scholarly environment. Her Vassar talk will explore several of the ways in which authorship is changing in the digital age, and the new kinds of work this may inspire.

Fitzpatrick currently serves as Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, while on leave from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Her book The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television came out in 2006 (Vanderbilt University Press). She has published articles and notes in such titles as the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal, and has blogged since 2002 at

Fitzpatrick also co-founded the digital scholarly network Media Commons, which has developed the MediaCommons Press experimental open peer review process ( Her forthcoming book Planned Obsolescence was released in draft form through MediaCommons Press.

Fitzpatrick’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Vassar College Libraries, the Learning and Teaching and Research Center, the departments of English, Italian, French and Francophone Studies, and Chinese and Japanese, as well as the programs in Women’s Studies, Hispanic Studies, Russian Studies, and German Studies.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office, 845-437-5370

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, September 26, 2011