Digital (De-)(Re-)Territorializations

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Bowling Green State University and BGSU's Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students

Digital (De-)(Re-)Territorializations
Hosted by Bowling Green State University
In association with BGSU's Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students

Current Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Radhika Gajjala
Dr. Kris Blair

As internet studies and new media expand as topics of inquiry, it becomes increasingly apparent that the internet can be thought of as an assemblage of older media, diverse disciplines, theories and discourses, and everyday practices. The internet, taken as a whole, constitutes a convergence and remixing of these media, disciplines, theories, and practices so radical that they may come to function in a completely new and heterogeneous fashion. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari would call this process by which a medium, discipline, theory, or practice is first stripped of its territoriality and deconstructed, only then to be reconstructed or reterritorialized with new functions and in new conjunctions, a (de-)(re-)territorialization. In light of this, Bowling Green State University's Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students is launching a digital conference to explore the ways in which traditional media, disciplines, theories, or practices are fundamentally changed, remixed, refunctionalized, and reterritorialized on, in, and by the internet. Some possible sites for exploration are deterritorializations and reterritorializations of the following:

· Post-Colonial and/or Subaltern Identity
· Ethnic, Race, Gender, National, and Class Identity
· Schemes of Subjectivization
· Phenomenology and/or Aesthetics
· States, Institutions, Discourses, or Ideologies
· Politics and/or Spaces and Sites for Resistance
· Hegemonic Biopower and/or Biopolitics of the Multitude
· Space or Digitized Ecologies
· Ethics and/or Affects
· Performance Studies
· Ethnography
· The "Gaze" and/or Pornography
· Digital Production and Dissemination of Knowledge (Either in
the Classroom or via Resources Like Wikipedia)
· Digital Scholarship and New Media Genres
· Pedagogy, the Classroom, and Student/Teacher Identities
· Construction of the Digital "Common" (Sites of Open Access to
Common Wealth)
· Digital Literacies and New Regimes of Signs (i.e.
Reterritorialization of Language/Semiotics)
· Convergences and Remixings of Traditional Media (e.g. Radio,
TV, Film, Print)
· Other Extensions of This Line of Thought to Unreferenced

As noted above, this will be a digital conference, which will itself serve as an exploration of the ways in which the internet can reterritorialize academic conferences, and perhaps the academy more broadly. In an age of rapidly diminishing funding it is crucial that we explore such new ways of facilitating professional development and interdisciplinary discourse. All presenters will be responsible for recording their 15-20 minute presentations in audio and/or video (but preferably both!) and getting it to us. This can be done by mailing a hard copy on DVD, CD, Flash Drive, etc., or by uploading it directly onto the video site that we select for the conference (we are still determining which site is most compatible and reliable). These presentations will then be put into a blog where, during the week of the conference, participants will view the presentations and enter into a dialog with one another and the presenter via comments. We would prefer to supplement all recordings with the actual text being read, but this is wholly up to the presenters.

If you are interested in being a part of this exploration and would like to contribute, please submit a 200-250 word abstract along with your name, contact information, and school affiliation to no later than December 1st.

We will get back to you by January 9th with our decisions.

All recorded presentations must be received by February 13th.

The conference will take place online from March 5th to March 11th.