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Since its early days as a series of experimental approaches, the Hypertext paradigm has proven itself vital in dealing with what Ted Nelson called “deep structural changes in the arrangements of ideas and phenomena.” Whether we conceive of Hypertext as non-sequential writing that branches and allows choices to the reader, or as a body of written or pictorial material interconnected in such a complex way that it could not conveniently be represented on paper, thinking in Hypertext has become a ubiquitous part of everyday life.

In our research lives, Hypertext technologies and methodologies are similarly amongst the most prominent and visible outcomes of the “digital age.” Mature products of its investigation by research communities can be found in the work of Electronic Literature scholars and practitioners, Hypertext and Hypermedia specialists, and researchers in the Digital Humanities. However, owing perhaps to their disparate angles of investigation and the sheer scope of activity, these research communities remain fragmented and somehow “on the margins” of wider Humanities and Computer Science scholarship.

We invite members of the Hypertext, Electronic Literature and Digital Humanities communities, including PhD and Early Career Researchers, to come together for a two-day conference reflecting on how Hypertext has shaped our research and creative practices, to build research opportunities between sympathetic communities, and to envision how to push the boundaries of Hypertext beyond its current incarnations. We want to inaugurate a space that will promote debate and connections, building new understanding at the crossroads between disciplines.


We are planning to hold the conference in person at Senate House in London, but plan to make portions of the conference available to view online. 

The fee for attending the conference in-person will be £25. Students can attend at a discounted rate of £15. 

For those unable to attend in person, online-only tickets are available at a discounted rate of £15.

There will be a workshop, 'What is Hypertext?', on the morning of Thursday, 15  December. It is open to all in-person conference participants and there will be an option to select it when you register for the conference.

Confirmed Keynote speakers

Gustavo Gomez-Mejia (University of Tours)

James O’Sullivan (University College Cork)

The conference is co-hosted by The Open University and the School of Advanced Study.