Global Capital and Digital Asia-Pacific (2014 ACLA: 3/20-3/23, NYU)
Our contemporary world is often characterized in terms of the full-fledged emergence of global or transnational capitalism and its deployment of digital technology. In theorizing the genealogy of global or transnational capital, it is noteworthy that the postwar restructuring of capitalism underpinned by the digital revolution goes in tandem with the rise of the Asia-Pacific. As can be seen in the emergence of the United States, Japan, the so-called Four Little Tigers, and China as foremost capitalist economies, the Asia-Pacific has arisen as one of the most dynamic sites of economic, social, and cultural production since the Second World War. In view of the capital roles the Asia-Pacific has played in the advent of digital and new media culture in a globalizing world, it is unsurprising that numerous innovative transnational cultural forms such as video art, cyberpunk, anime, the Internet novel, the cellphone novel, Web cartoon, digital literature, and online computer gaming have flourished in this region more than anywhere else on the globe.
Our seminar seeks to illuminate the entwinement of global capital, digital culture, and the Asia-Pacific by examining innovative literary and cultural forms that capitalize on new media and cybernetic technology. We welcome any proposals that excavate new literary and cultural media from the Asia-Pacific and are especially interested in the following topics:
* Asia-Pacific and Global Capital
* New Media as New Cultural Capital
* Cybernetic Culture as Cultural Logic of Transnational Capitalism
* Literature and Culture in the Age of Digital Technology
Transnational Cultural Exchange and Trans-media Forms