UPDATE: [American] Poe and Information Technologies (12/22, 10/08/09), Poe Bicentennial Conference

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Les Harrison
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Deadline extended to M, 12/22

In his 1845 essay, “Anastatic Printing,” Edgar Allan Poe looks with hope
toward the advent of new information technologies which would democratize
the publishing process, freeing the author from the “magazine prison-
house” and allowing him to, “arrange his pages to suit himself, and
stereotype them instantaneously, as arranged” interspersing “them with his
own drawings, or with anything to please his own fancy, in the certainty
of being fairly brought before his readers, with all the freshness of his
original conception about him” (230). The libratory rhetoric is, no doubt,
familiar to scholars of the world wide web and the assorted “new medias”
and information technologies of the past fifteen years.

This proposed panel for the *Third International Edgar Allan Poe
Conference: The Bicentennial* seeks submissions that analyze Poe in the
context of nineteenth and/or twenty-first-century information
technologies. Possible topics are not limited to but might include:

• Poe and nineteenth-century “new” medias
• Digital Representations of Poe or his works
• Poe and the telegraph
• Poe and the digital archive
• Photography and stereography
• Poe and social networking (Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, etc)
• Poe and the rise of “information”
• Cryptography and secrets at the dawn of the information age
• Transportation and narratives of information acquisition
• Poe and scientific “progress”
• Poe and the “control revolution”

*The Third International Edgar Allan Poe Conference: The Bicentennial*
will be held in Philadelphia from October 8 to 11, 2009. The conference
will celebrate Poe’s 200th birthday with a keynote address by Dwight
Thomas, co-author of the acclaimed Poe Log; panel presentations that
highlight Poe’s work, life, and influence; a Poe-related theater
performance; a reception in the foyer of the Free Library sponsored by the
Rare Book Department with music by The Mount Vernon Trio, a performance of
Gerald Elias' "'The Raven': A Monodrama," and an exhibit of original Poe
works at the Rare Book Department; a bus trip to the Edgar Allan Poe
National Historic Site; and a guided walking tour of Poe’s Philadelphia.
All graduate students and international travelers can apply for the Susan
Tane Travel Scholarship; please note the desire to be considered for this
scholarship in your proposal.

Please submit a 300-word abstract to Les Harrison at hlharrison_at_vcu.edu by
December 19th.

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