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Jean-Claude Guédon

University of Montreal
Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Jean-Claude Guédon received his Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974 with a thesis on chemistry in the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert. He is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Montreal. His main areas of interest include the digitization of culture, in particular the relationship between texts and technology, cyberculture, electronic publishing and digital libraries. He is also interested in cultural, legal, linguistic and social implications of the Internet. He is also deeply involved in the Open Access movement, and is also interested in open data, open archives and free software. The issues of distributed intelligence and "phonemic" individuality help him frame deeper theoretical questions. He is the author of three books: The cyber world. The Internet and cyberspace Le monde Cyber - Internet et cyberespace, collection "Découvertes" Gallimard (Paris, 1996), a book widely circulated (and translated into Italian) with a second edition was published in 2000 under the title Internet.  Le monde en réseau; Per la pubblicità del sapere (Pisa, Italie, Pisa University Press, 2004); Open Access. Contro gli oligopoli del sapere (Pisa, Edizioni ETS, 2009).  He has also published over 100 articles, book chapters and conference presentations.  His essay, In Oldenburg's Long Shadow, has been widely cited and translated into several languages including French, Italian, Catalan and Arabic. Each year, he is invited to give lectures to about fifteen-twenty conferences all over the world