CFP: [International] 19th ICLA Congress:

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Steven Totosy de Zepetnek
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Abstracts of papers are invited for presentation at the 19th triennial congress of the
International Association of Comparative literature / Association Internationale de Litterature
Comparee held at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea, 15-21 August 2010.
Session II Locating Culture in the Hypertextual Age: "Comparative Cultural Studies and
Interculturalism in the Age of the Digital Turn." Following the postulates of comparative cultural
studies (Totosy de Zepetnek 1999-), acts and processes of production, distribution, reception,
and transference of cultural objects form the symbolic structure(s) of cultural phenomena
which, in turn, are with impact of social (and economic) relevance. As all communicative acts,
productions of art are made-up of and between interrelations among processes and
participants. In turn, concepts in scholarship such as intertextuality, dialogics, comparative
literature, cultural studies, comparative cultural studies, etc., describe some of the said
processes taking place. In the age of digital media, the focus of argumentation has shifted to
the intermedial relations between various productions of art and media as to their location of
distribution, knowledge transfer, and interactive modus operandi, and an important move has
been the acknowledgement that cultural performances and processes have a material
substratum dependent on their mediating formats. Within the discipline of comparative cultural
studies, as well as in other theoretical and applied frameworks in the humanities and social
sciences, intermediality and multimodality represent innovative concepts and practices. Papers
in the panel are about the principal query as to what their differences would be and how they
are related and focus on 1) the theoretical study of the nature(s) of the "medium"; "modes" of
communication and their cultural significance and relevance; 2) case studies where art forms,
production, and processes are analyzed as metacognitive tools, that is, as staging of
interrelations we find in everyday life events; and 3) the relationship between the emergence of
intermedial formats and a growing awareness of the importance and social relevance of
interculturalism as a concept and application. Please send abstracts in 200 words with a brief
bioprofile by 15 March 2009 to Steven Totosy de Zepetnek (University of Halle-Wittenberg and
National Sun Yat-sen University) at and Asuncion Lopez-Varela Azcarate
(Complutense University Madrid) at

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