‘Are literary readers close readers? An explorative survey study of reading, attention, and cognitive patience.’ With Frank Hakemulder and Anne Mangen. IGEL conference 2022, Orlando, FL, online. July 14-16.

Workshop ‘Attentional Modulations , Ambient Intimacy & Structures of Affect in Online Media’. With Lucie Chateau. Summer School ‘Communities of Feeling, Research School for Media Studies (RMES), University of Amsterdam, June 16-17.

‘Experiments with attention: Literary reading and attentional modulation.’ Seminar Experimental Form, Experimental Thought? ACLA 2022, Taipei, online. June 15-18.

‘Literary Reading & Attention: Close reading, Skimming, and Cognitive Patience (A Survey-based Study).’ Conference Skriv! Les! 2002, Trondheim, Norway, May 9-11.

‘Trust in Stories. Epistemic Vigilance & Narrative Literacy’. Research Seminar Digital Culture, University of Bergen, May 6.

‘Too Long, Didn’t Read: Close & Hyperreading of Literary Texts & the Modulation of Attention.’ Interfaces PhD/Postdoc Seminar, Reading Center, Unversity of Stavanger, April 22.

Book Launch ‘Big Books in Times of Big Data’, Media/Art/Politics, Leiden University, March 21.

‘Hijacking the Attention Economy: Alternating and Sustained Attention in ContraPoints’ Longform YouTube Videos.’ With Lucie Chateau. Transformations of Attention, UCSB Transcriptions Center, Santa Barbara, March 4.


‘Rachel Cusk’s Autofiction: Absurdist Rebellion & Post-truth.’ 25 Years of Infinite Jest: The (After)Lives and Influences of the Work of David Foster Wallace. October 28-30, VU Amsterdam & Amsterdam University College.

‘Virtual attentions: Doing intimacy digitally with ASMR girlfriends and TikTok boyfriends’. Workshop “We are all in this together” – Connectivity and Community in Isolation. ASCA, Amsterdam, 25 June. 14.15.

Seminar ‘Literary reading and attentional modulation’: discussion of a short story. Tilburg University (zoom). May 31, 19.00 (AMS).

‘Platform-based Rules of Notice: Electronic literature and attentional modulation.’ ELO Conference 2021: Platform (Post?) Pandemic. May 26-28.

Seminar ‘Literary Reading, Mind-Wandering & Creativity’. With dr. Myrthe Faber. United Platform for Creativity in Education, May 25. 17.00-18.00 (AMS time). Join here.

Session ‘Story & the Brain‘ @UCSB. Seminar on literary reading and attentional modulation. May 17, 17.00 (PST).

TL;DR? Literary reading in the attention economy. Literature and Mind, UC Santa Barbara. Prerecorded lecture and discussion. Feb 08.


Het lezen van literaire teksten in een aandachtseconomie. Keynote. Wetenschappelijk congres De Nieuwe Lezer: Lezen in het digitale tijdperk. Stichting Lezen, Amsterdam, Dec 10. Kan tijdelijk hier teruggekeken worden.

Scales of Reading. Digital Humanities in South Africa: How to Get Started. Webinar, Sept 10.

Roundtable discussion on the work of Elena Ferrante, Book presentation Dutch translation La vita bugiarda degli adulti, Stadsbibliotheek Utrecht, Aug 31.

Bridging the Gap between Culture Studies and Computational Linguistics. With Menno van Zaanen. Twin Talks 3: Virtual Workshop Understanding and Facilitating Collaboration in DH, Clarin, 23-07.

I Like Big Books. Waarom nog dikke boeken lezen en schrijven in een aandachtseconomie? Heidag WPG Uitgevers, Amsterdam. Mar 4.

Image: Flow III, Anna den Drijver, photographs

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