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Electronic Communication

Political, Social and Educational uses

Edited By Sami Zlitni and Fabien Liénard

Whether they are citizens or political, client or company, learner or teacher, men now converse with a variety of stakeholders by using ICT. All these electronic tools promote uses and practices which give them considerable power of speech, strong freedom of expression and choice. So each of us participates actively, wherever we are and whenever we want, in the construction of «new intermediate spaces» making permeable classical border from public to private space.
All this justifies this collective work that proposes to examine electronic communication from various angles. Thus, twenty-three researchers were involved in the drafting of the nine chapters of this volume we introduce, in collaboration with Marina Haan. The transcription of an Yves Winkin conference contextualizes it. This conference took place in June 2014 and was held on the occasion of an international conference on Electronic Communication, Cultures and Identities. The chapters proposed here are not answers but insights from experience and research worldwide. The chapters are grouped into two main parts: ICT and political communication and Education, identity and electronic communication. Two parts which ultimately correspond to areas that use electronic communication with various initial communication objectives.
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The Teaching of French and Digital Humanities


Upon the publication of Un Monde techno. Nouveaux espaces électroniques dans le roman français des années 1980 et 1990, a book that discusses several contemporary French and Belgian novelists, including Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Alain-Philippe Durand began to collaborate with the Belgian writer, photographer, and filmmaker. Between 2000 and 2010 at the University of Rhode Island and since 2010 at the University of Arizona, Toussaint participated in several activities in Durand’s seminars on the contemporary novel and film: dialogues with students on the Internet, blogs, on Skype, or face to face during transatlantic visits. Encouraged by these experiences, Toussaint invited Durand to partner with him on what could be a unique project in contemporary literature: to coordinate and maintain in an interactive way, along with his students, the American page of the Jean-Philippe Toussaint web site ( Toussaint is one of the rare authors, perhaps the only one, to give an almost unlimited access to his work on the Internet. In this chapter, we give an overview of this rich collaboration and we show how it contributes to the reception, contextualization, and elaboration of Toussaint’s work.

The first interaction took place in 2001 when Durand discovered this prophetic Michel Foucault’s quotation on the role of space in contemporary society:

We are in the epoch of simultaneity; we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed. We are at a moment […] when our experience...

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