1st Global Conference: Immersive Worlds and Transmedia Narratives

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
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tm1@inter-disciplinary.net

1st Global Conference
Immersive Worlds and Transmedia Narratives

Tuesday 13th November – Thursday 15th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

* The Novel
* The Film
* The Television Series
* The Graphic Novel
* The Facebook Page
* The Tweets
* The Fan-Sites
* The Video Game
* The You-Tube Clips
* The Smart Phone
* The Convention
* The Theme Park
* The Merchandising

THE CALL
This call for papers is about where the story starts and where it ends, about who writes the story and who reads it and whether any of these definitions apply when we are in the story itself. This then is about world making and about the media, mediums and machinery that converge to make it possible. The rhizomic qualities of a smart phone that enmesh us into the real world also connect and implicate large parts of ourselves in imaginary and virtual spaces; with people we have never met and places we will never see other than through the app, the blog or the social networking site.

“In the final decade of the 21st Century, men and women in rocket ships landed on the moon. By 2200 AD, they had reached the other planets of our solar system. Almost at once there followed the discovery of hyperdrive through which the speed of light was first obtained and later greatly surpassed. And so, at last, mankind began the conquest and colonization of deep space”
(The Forbidden Planet)

THE EXAMPLE
True Blood. Originally from Charlene Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels. Now a hit television show. It has a facebook page and characters from the series produce You Tube videos (Jessica- Baby Vamp). The stars from the show share tweets with fans and each other but not as themselves but the characters they play. Viral marketing spreads adverts and teasers for products that come from the show, not just simple merchandising but items such as Tru-Blood, the synthetic blood substitute that bases the premise of the show where vampires can become part of society. The graphic novel, written by the television series creator Allan Ball and which extends storylines from the show. Fangtasia, the vampire bar from the series is recreated in actual real life venues and where people can dress as vampires. At each point of entry the “reader’ can choose which parts and to what level they want to engage, or participate, in the narrative enabling various levels of emersion and ways to influence and change the world that one is entering. Who writes the story and what story are they writing and who consumes what and who and is everyone welcome?

“Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!” (Dracula)

But who can enter this world and how does it impinge on our own? Is it only for the wealthy, the westernised, the capital-ised? How does it purposely exclude and include certain groups and why? What is the future of the technologies and the types of narratives involved? Will it become a world that people never want to leave or one that will expand to consume our former notions of what constituted reality. Where does the story end and real life begin?

(Keywords: Transmedia, Convergence, Particpatory, Affinity, ReMix, Hypersocibility, Techologies, Medium, Narrative, Story, Play, Interaction, Emersive, Virtual)

THE WHAT?

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals, works in progress, performances, literary and visual presentations and practitioner case studies. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th May 2012. All other significant dates please see Details page.

THE WHO?
Those that study, research or take part in transmedia narratives or convergence cultures, film and media studies, gaming and virtual worlds, literature and fandom, marketing and advertising, graphic novels and animation, artists, writers …SHOULD APPLY

THE HOW?
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: TM1 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Phil Fitzsimmons: philfitz@uow.edu.au
Rob Fisher: tm1@inter-disciplinary.net
Simon Bacon: baconetti@googlemail.com

For further details of the project, please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/immersive-worlds...

For further details of the conference, please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/immersive-worlds...

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

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