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Synthesis 7 (2014) Call for Contributions: Acting (on) the text: the case of new media. Deadline: 15 February 2013
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Synthesis 7 (2014) Call for Contributions
There is a tendency with new media technologies towards information exchange via interaction. With applications such as hypertexts, pervasive games, and social network sites, new media are characterised by flexibility in data morphology and manipulation, including generating, structuring, storing, and sharing data. While the reader becomes user (and often co-author) rather than recipient, new technologies not only transform the materiality of the text as a container of information, but also the activity of reading and writing and its theorisation in new (meta)spaces.
This guest issue of Synthesis invites a critical discussion of new media aiming to re-examine the relations across information, user, and medium under a new paradigm of interactivity, and the pressing questions of ethics and responsibility as a digital divide persists in our globalised age. What is the social value of these new reading/writing activities and the spaces that they create? What is the role of the user from literary, cultural, and sociological perspectives? How does the dialectic between materiality and virtuality affect our conceptualisation of literary and artistic practice? With special focus on cultural, societal, and political implications, we invite reflections on the modes, effects, and theorisations of acting (on) the text in new media. As a practice, this leads to a new kind of collective: from collective production to the enhancing and shaping of communities, and to collective action.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Article proposals of 800-1000 words, including a biographical note of 300 words, should be sent to this issue’s guest editor Eve Kalyva (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 February 2013. Authors will be notified by early March 2013, and full articles of 6000-7000 words should be submitted by 15 October 2013. For further information, including submission guidelines, see the Synthesis website, http://synthesis.enl.uoa.gr.