CFP: [International] The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media

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Jeff Thoss
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The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions,
and Attempts at Explanation

Date: October 1-3, 2009
Venue: University of Graz, Austria

The aim of this symposium is to elucidate the current ‘metareferential
turn’ in the arts and media (high ‘meta-art’ as well as ‘meta-pop’) from
both a functional and a cultural-historical perspective.

Issues to be considered are:
• collecting and interpreting relevant cases of metareference in
contemporary arts and media, especially where this has not been done so far
to a sufficient degree;
• exploring major functions and effects of metaization in contemporary arts
and media;
• embedding the current metareferential turn in the general
cultural-historical development of ‘metaization’, and finding possible
reasons for its appearance.

Papers (30 minutes, in English) dealing with any of these topics are
welcome, especially when they go beyond a discussion of ‘metafiction’; yet
all papers ought to address the functions of metaization in our world
and/or the question of how to explain the current metareferential turn. For
detailed information on ‘metareference’ and a preceding conference on this
subject please visit our website at

Abstracts of 300 to 500 words and a short CV including an indication of
academic affiliation should be sent to <> by
February 16, 2009.

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