NeMLA 2020: Literature, New Media and Perception (Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: 

With the invention of photography in the mid-19th century, reality no longer depended on the autonomous interpretation of the subject's view, but was instead objectively perceived and recognizable. Contrary to painting, photography fueled changes in perception and perceived reality by realistically reproducing the object as it exists. Now, the 21st century stands under the aegis of the image, a culture dominated by pictures, visual simulations, illusions, copies, and reproductions—creating an inflection point where visual paradigms compete with and even threaten traditional practices. New technological achievements of the digital era have led to revolutionary changes in communication and representation and formed new connections between literature and visual arts. Further, a computerized media has penetrated all fields of aesthetics and material culture, raising philosophical and aesthetic concerns about the distinction between art and nature, the status of the original and its imitation, and the artist and the artifact. In this session, we will examine the vibrations and interactions between new technological media (especially visual media or art) and perception to explore how they are revealed in literature.


Submissions are welcome in English from a broad range of disciplines. Please submit paper proposals of 250-300 words through the NeMLA submission portal:

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2019.

NeMLA 2020 will be in Boston, MA on March 5-8, 2020 ( You can review the guidelines for proposal submission here:

Please direct any questions to the panel chair via email (