Meet Me in Cyberspace: Theorizing Production and Reception of Textual Forms in the Digital Age

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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CFP for NeMLA 2020, March 5-8, 2019 in Boston, MA

How do digital platforms impact textual forms at the level of production, dissemination and consumption? As the 21st century world becomes increasingly digitized, so too does our relationship to the ways in which we produce, engage, and distribute the written word. Following Nadia Ellis’s work on the intersections between nationalism and mourning as well as Lauren Berlant’s timely engagement with the fracturings of genre conventions under neoliberalism, this panel seeks to take those analyses online. In reading the digital not only as a space that texts inhabit, but also as an actor in textual creation and engagement, this session grapples with both the economic and affective stakes of reading and writing online. We intend to explore online platforms ranging from social media to digital writers’ workshops to ezine publications and beyond in an effort to understand how online spaces participate in the construction of new forms of texts, readers, and relationships across both physical and digital landscapes. Given the often transnational movement of the digital, we are interested in investigating the generative and complex intersections between digital platforms and relationships of online readers and writers to nation.

We welcome 12-15 minute papers that engage with physical and digital intersections through the lens of shifting conventions of genre, affective response, nationalisms, or movements through (trans)national spaces. Please submit 300-word abstracts by September 30, 2019 through NeMLA's online portal, accessible here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18219

Please contact Alexandra Brown (ahbrown@sas.upenn.edu) with any questions. Alexandra is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania whose research focuses on 20th and 21st century Latin American gothic, science fiction, and speculative literatures.

Panel chairs:

Alexandra Brown (University of Pennsylvania)

Tzarina T. Prater (Bentley University)