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Wed Aug 25 2010

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

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        1.    Julia Genz, Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital Reproducibility

Message 1: Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital Reproducibility
Date: 24-Aug-2010
From: Julia Genz <julia.genzuni-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.genzuni-tuebingen.de; ulrike.kuechleruni-

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.genzuni-tuebingen.de) or Ulrike Küchler (ulrike.kuechleruni-

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.genzuni-tuebingen.de,
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