CFP: Critical Essays on trAce (10/1/04; collection)

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Thomas, Sue
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Call for Abstracts: Critical Essays on trAce

Since 1996 the trAce Online Writing Centre has published a wide range of new media writing projects, critical articles, conference presentations and the frAme Journal of Culture and Technology. It has also hosted a series of message boards, first a webboard and more recently a forum, plus chat and MOO events logged on the site. The website is an extensive repository of valuable materials dating back almost ten years and includes projects such as The Noon Quilt, Migrating Memories, Speedfactory, Lost, and Home, and work by many writers and artists including Randy Adams, Mark Amerika, Michael Atavar, Belinda Barnet, Catherine Byron, Linda Carroli, Nicholas Clauss, Claire Dinsmore, Matthew Fuller, Teri Hoskin, Deena Larsen, Geert Lovink, Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink, Mez, Simon Mills, Millie Niss, Kate Pullinger, Melinda Rackham, Lehan Ramsey, Scott Rettberg, Francesca da Rimini, Christy Sheffield Sanford, Alan Sondheim, Reiner Strasser, Eugene Thacker, Sue Thomas, Helen Whitehead, and Ti
m Wright.

The planned volume represents a timely contribution to the emerging discussion of the development of digital writing and of the creative transitions experienced by both print-based writers experimenting with the new medium, and by artists and programmers coming to it by other routes. We envisage that the book will be read in conjunction with the trAce website and be complementary to it.

We encourage essays that examine the materials publicly available on the trAce site and place them within a critical and cultural context. Discussions of the development of the trAce community would also be of interest, and it may be possible to arrange private access to the archived trAce webboard for research purposes. The trAce community has been very instrumental in the development and support of many emerging and established new media writers and artists, and accounts of those experiences would be of interest, as would be interviews and studies of those artists.

Essays selected for this collection will be intended for both scholarly and educated general audiences. We aim to take a multi-disciplinary approach and welcome contributions from writers and artists, new media and literary critics, and scholars of digital culture.

Initial brief indications of interest would be welcome. Please contact Sue Thomas at to discuss your idea.

To submit an essay for consideration, email an abstract of around 200-300 words to by 1st October 2004. Please include a brief CV and identify any papers previously published or under consideration elsewhere. It is expected that essays chosen for final consideration will need to be completed by 1st September 2005 - final deadline tbc.

Sue Thomas
Artistic Director
trAce Online Writing Centre
The Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane
Nottingham NG11 8NS
Tel: +44 (0)115 8483551
Fax: +44 (0)115 8486364

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