Welcome to the main website of author, editor, and scholar Myriam Diocaretz [Myriam Diaz-Diocaretz].
Dr. Diocaretz is the Secretary-General of the European Writers’ Council / la Fédération des associations européennes d'écrivains since April 2006, «EWC-FAEE A.I.S.B.L.» (Brussels), the federation of authors’ (writers and literary translators) national and trans-national associations in 34 European countries. EWC’s mission is to advocate for the authors’ and creators’ moral, legal and economic rights in the 21st century, including copyright in the digital age.
Myriam Diocaretz started refining her reflections towards a new Humanism while she was Socrates Professor, Extraordinary Chair in Humanism in the Digital Society (Bijzonder Socrates Leerstoel, “Humanistische visies op de electronische samenleving”), academic position which she held first at the Institute for Knowledge and Agent Technology at Maastricht University (2007-2008) , and subsequently at the Tilburg Centre for Cognition and Communication at Tilburg University (2009-2013). Her trans-disciplinary research relates philosophy, humanism, ICT, Artificial Intelligence, Social Robotics, as well as Future and Emerging Technology.
For several years she has been an entrepreneur and international consultant for digitisation processes and ICT services through her company MDD-Consultancy / Information Society Services.
Myriam Diocaretz, EWC Secretary-General, with European Commissioner Michel Barnier, Directorate General for Internal Market and Services. Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on greater access to books for the visually and print-impaired, 14 September 2010, Brussels. Other co-signatories included associations of European publishers, of European libraries, collective management organisations, and European associations representing the visually and print-impaired people and other groups with reading disabilities in Europe.
Myriam Diocaretz has lectured in Europe and the United States on critical studies, digital subjects, eCulture, the digital age and authors’ rights, and on Humanism and Converging Technologies. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of over 18 books and over fifty scholarly essays in English, French and Spanish on poetics, translation studies, gender, and dialogical criticism. Selections of her poetry (originally written in Spanish) and essays (originally in English) have been translated into several languages including Italian, Croatian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Dutch. She has published research and reports on ICT innovation, e-publishing, e-content, mobile Internet services, rich media authoring tools and related topics. As an academic editor she established five scholarly book series in French, English and Spanish respectively, including Critical Studies (Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York), which she founded in 1989 and directs to the present.
Since 2004 she has been selected as Independent Expert for the European Commission DG Information Society renamed DG CONNECT; DG Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), and DG Education and Culture. Moreover, she was a member of the i2010 digital libraries High Level Expert Group—Copyright Subgroup (INFSO & Media, 2006-2008) and is a member of several steering groups and international advisory committees.
Studies: PhD. in Comparative Studies, State University of New York; M.A. Stanford University; Lic. en Letras, University of Concepcion, Chile. Previous work experience: Senior Researcher, European Centre for Digital Communication and International Institute of Infonomics, 2001-2006, Maastricht University; Worldwide Training Manager at WorldCom, Amsterdam; Training Co-ordinator at Stream International, Amsterdam. Several academic positions and guest lectures at universities in the USA and Europe. For more information: The European Writers’ Council: http://www.europeanwriterscouncil.eu The Critical Studies Series: http://www.brill.com/products/series/critical-studies
The European Prize for Literature for emerging writers (contemporary fiction)
As the consortium selected by the Commission to coordinate the initiative, the European Booksellers Federation (EBF), the European Writers' Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) are jointly responsible for the setting up of the national juries, the supervision of the selection process, and the practical organisation of the award ceremony in Brussels. Each year twelve European countries select through a national jury one emerging fiction writer as their respective winner.
The prize is financed by the Culture Programme of the European Union whose objective is to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.