Extended Deadline till October 10th

CFP: “Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital
Reproducibility” (Panel)

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution:  Rutgers University

Short Session Description and Submission Information (for a longer
description see below):

This panel seeks to explore the aesthetic consequences of digital
reproducibility in hyperfiction and virtual realities. It thus
focuses on three dimensions of the new media: (1) The notion of the
Sign; (2) Communication; (3) Aesthetics and Literature. Therefore the
relations between author, recipient and text will be in the center of
discussion. Please send 500 word abstracts and brief biographical
statements to Julia Genz ([log in to unmask]) or Ulrike
Küchler ([log in to unmask]).
Deadline:  September 30, 2010

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions,
as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural
events.  Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011
Convention will be posted in June:
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or
seminar).  Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and
also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.


“Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital
(long session description)

New media´s global dissemination within the past decade provided the
basis for hyperfiction projects (Michael Joyce), social networks
(Facebook) and virtual realities (Second Life). The increasing
importance of digital mass media affects two relations of crucial
importance to communication processes and literature:

First, the temporarily and spatially independent access to digital
worlds influences the boundaries between author and recipient. The
physical presence of conventional mediums like books is “monologic”
as the communicative situation is based on a monodirectional
relationship from one author to several readers. In contrast, the
virtual presence of digital worlds is “polylogic” providing a space
where everybody can be author and has access to contents of other
Since the text becomes a collaborative product, secondly,
reproducibility and the relationship between author and text are
addressed. Already Walter Benjamin discussed technical
reproducibility as a characteristic of mass media. The question,
however, is in how far the newly provided digital reproducibility can
be distinguished from his approach regarding the specific consequences.

Therefore this panel seeks to explore three dimensions of the new
media: (1) The notion of the Sign; (2) Communication; (3) Aesthetics
and Literature. Paper proposals should relate to associated questions
such as: How do the new media influence sign systems and languages?
How can we describe the relation between digitality and orality/
literacy? Does a new quality of communication emerge from an
interaction of orality, literacy and other sign systems (images,
music…)? How do fictionality and reality relate to each other? How
does the digital character influence production and recipient
aesthethics? Do new forms of illiteracy emerge from insufficient
plurimedial competences both on inventor and user level? Does a new
form of communication result in new forms of literature, genres and
the like? How does a redefinition of authorship relate to issues like
copyright and plagiarism?

PD Dr. Julia Genz, Ulrike Küchler, M.A. ([log in to unmask],
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Ulrike Küchler M.A.
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
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72074 Tübingen

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