Reconfiguring Digital Spaces: GLO Conference 2022

deadline for submissions: 
February 13, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Graduate Literature Organization at Florida State
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Reconfiguring Digital Spaces: GLO Conference 2022

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we have become painfully aware of how highly dependent we are on networked computers in most facets of our everyday lives. Shuffling from Zoomiverse to Metaverse and everything in between, computers remain the focal point of interactivity in life, entertainment, scholarship, and labor as in-person activities become increasingly constricted. Alternatives must be found; and even though dreams of totally transferring consciousnesses to digital avatars remain deeply rooted in the literary cyberpunk imaginaries of the 1980s and 90s, the pandemic brings us closer to realizing them in surprising ways.

The 2020s introduced us to implemented Minecraft pedagogies, Animal Crossing pastoral escapism, large-scale Fortnite concerts, and politicians playing Among Us with their constituents—all of which reconfigured primarily ludic spaces as ruptured digital spaces. In the future, these trends are likely to magnify with an increasing interlacing of boundaries between labor and play, and dusted divides between high and low cultures. As scholars of literature, culture, and media, it becomes a pertinent concern to develop productive frameworks in the face of these developments.

Given the ever-increasing cultural capital of video games and adjacent industries, this conference invites papers that engage with the critical textuality of interactive digital spaces as narratological and/or cultural artifacts. Encouraged potential topics include (but are not limited to):

1)    Video game- spaces, narratology, communities, cultures, economies, politics

2)    Online communities and fan cultures

3)    Digital literatures and fan fiction

4)    Post-cinema

 

Academic papers and essays should be no more than 12-15 minutes in length when read aloud. Proposals should have a sufficient title and an abstract between 250-300 words. Abstracts and paper titles should be emailed to glosubmissions@gmail.com on or before February 13, 2022. All submissions should contain the full name of the presenter, as well as institutional affiliation. If you have any questions, please direct them to the same email address.

If accepted, the conference will be held in a hybrid format (virtual & in-person) at Florida State University, on April 8-9, 2022.