Special Session: Culture, Texts and Technology at the SAMLA 2013 Conference

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SAMLA Conference 2013 Conference
November 8-10, 2013
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Special Session Call for Papers
Many scholars of the digital humanities, including Landow, Lanham, and O'Gorman propose that the only way for the humanities to survive is through a complete redesign of the humanities curriculum, a revision that promotes the digital text and one that erases the boundaries that compartmentalize the various subjects of the humanities. Lanham, in particular, argues that "Digital equivalency means that we can no longer pursue literary study by itself: the other arts will form part of literary study in an essential way." (11) This panel is concerned with suggesting the benefits, or consequences of 'digital equivalency'. Also, what are the benefits and consequences on our culture of the way in which products of the humanities (texts, art, music, etc.), in the digital realm, exist in potentia rather than as artifacts? What are the implications of having our cultural artifacts placed in a digital realm, where they can become 'open' versus 'closed'; subject to continuous manipulation, remixing, but on a positive note, to products which their "stylistic levels can be reader-selectable" in order to provide a more personalized way of learning. Is it always beneficial to have the boundaries between the creator, critic and viewer destabilized?

Please send the following information by April 30th to: jhines7@knights.ucf.edu or jasara.hines@ucf.edu

--Panelist name and institutional affiliation
--250-300 word proposal for a 15 – 20 minute presentation. Please include the title of the paper as it will appear in the conference program.
--AV requirements

For further inquiries email Jasara Hines, University of Central Florida at jhines7@knights.ucf.edu or jasara.hines@ucf.edu

Decisions will be made by May 13, 2013.