21.3403, Calls: Disc Analysis, Ling & Lit, Media Ling/USA

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Subject: 21.3403, Calls: Disc Analysis, Ling & Lit, Media Ling/USA

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Date: 24-Aug-2010
From: Julia Genz < julia.genz at uni-tuebingen.de >
Subject: Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital Reproducibility

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Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:53:48
From: Julia Genz [julia.genz at uni-tuebingen.de]
Subject: Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital Reproducibility

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Full Title: Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital 

Date: 07-Apr-2011 - 11-Apr-2011
Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA 
Contact Person: Julia Genz
Meeting Email: julia.genz at uni-tuebingen.de; ulrike.kuechler at uni-

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature 

Other Specialty: Media Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2010 

Meeting 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 authors.

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 

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 

Call For Papers

'Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital Reproducibility'

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association 
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 
(julia.genz at uni-tuebingen.de) or Ulrike Küchler (ulrike.kuechler at uni-

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)

Dr. Julia Genz, Ulrike Küchler, M.A. (julia.genz at uni-tuebingen.de,
ulrike.kuechler at uni-tuebingen.de)

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