2nd Call for Papers – Closing 3 February 2017.

We have already received a number of proposals for presentations ranging from digital activism and social media poetics to experimental digital aesthetics and genres. We welcome further proposals on these and other topics related to the conference theme, and also accept reflective performances or presentations of creative digital works.

Digital media technologies have forced us to reconsider the significance of geographical and cultural borders in social and artistic interaction. As Hudson and Zimmerman (2015) argue, “New media ecologies produce transnational environments, where physical and bodily location simultaneously matters and doesn’t matter”. Texts and images are circulated between groups and individuals in specific cultural and geographical contexts, yet they simultaneously enable the forging of networked virtual communities around shared experiences and interests.

Literature, too, is responding to the changing relationships between various local, national and transnational contexts. Both authors and scholars have sought to re-define the literary aesthetic in a shifting technological and sociocultural environment. The curators of the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization festival exhibition Decentering: Global Electronic Literature highlighted how “practices and genres in electronic literature are influenced both by the exchange of ideas on the global network and by important national and regional traditions”. In other words, digital literature makes use of, and engages with, diverse codes of communication in its multiple material and virtual settings.

Against this backdrop, the organizers of this two-day international conference invite submissions for presentations on topics including (but not restricted to) the following

  • Digital literary aesthetics and cultural traditions
  • National and global literatures in the digital age
  • Born-digital publishing
  • Geographical and literary borders in the new media
  • Emerging literary genres and literary canons
  • Cultural contexts of literary remediation
  • Digital avant-garde texts and communities
  • Literary collaboration and activism online
  • Literature of/in the social media
  • Digital literary archives and cultural memory
  • Performance in virtual networks
  • Literary ecosystems

The final deadline for abstracts of up to 300 words is Friday 3 February, 2017. All abstracts should be sent to to digitalcontexts@gmail.com. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 10 February 2017.

Contact: Dr Anne Karhio, the Moore Institute, NUI Galway (anne.karhio@nuigalway.ie)

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