Presentation prepared for Saint Louis University's 1818 Program's English Colloquium by Dr. Nathaniel Rivers, Department of English.
In light of the English Department’s focus on the textual revolution, I start with Walter Ong S.J., who argued that writing is a technology that (re)structures thought. Writing thus plays a major role in the production of scholarship. I argue that writing (or print) is then but one technology through which we might produce scholarship. I want to explore how new media technologies might restructure our thinking, particularly in terms of the mechanics, the connectivity, and the creativity of scholarship. I also argue that invention is not something we do alone: we do it with and through others both human (e.g., our colleagues) and nonhuman (e.g., media, work environments, and even stimulants like caffeine and nicotine). Arranging such human and nonhuman others differently will (re)inform both our inventional practices and our scholarship.