CFP: [American] Poe and Information Technologies (12/19, 10/08/09), Proposed Panel for Poe Bicentennial Confere

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Les Harrison
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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 contemporary 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 and a brief c.v. to Les Harrison at by December 19th.

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