Mimesis Now Conference April 5-7 2012

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University of Rochesster
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Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology
Stephen Halliwell, University of St. Andrews
Vivian Sobchack, UCLA
Samuel Weber, Northwestern University


Why mimesis? Why now? How have evolving forms and technologies altered the way we think about this millennia-old concept? How have practices of reproduction, imitation, copying, replication and appropriation enriched, nuanced, and complicated each other and made us continuously rethink the concept of mimesis? From the invention of writing to the advent of 'new' media, technologies of reproduction have transformed representational practices and shaped our perception of reality.

This three-day conference at the University of Rochester will gather together scholars in literature, art, cinema, and media studies to explore historical, interdisciplinary, and inter-media issues of mimesis.


  • Theatricality
  • Remediation
  • Narrative mimesis
  • Animal mimicry
  • Rhetorics of the real
  • Mimesis and violence
  • Sacrifice
  • Mimesis and the visual
  • CGI
  • Digital media
  • 3D
  • Eric Auerbach
  • Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger
  • Gaming
  • Mimesis and colonialism
  • Music and mimesis
  • Reality TV
  • Anthropology and mimesis
  • Music as mimesis
  • Translation

We welcome paper proposals on topics addressing the theme of mimesis, now. To propose an individual paper or an entire panel, please visit our website (www.rochester.edu/college/mimesis). Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2012.