Poetry and Platform Cultures (NeMLA 2022)
This NeMLA panel convenes literary critics, media scholars, and poets themselves to ask how social media platforms are transforming the reading and writing of contemporary poetry. Panelists may consider to what extent the participatory dynamics of Web 2.0 now condition the politics of contemporary poetry, where “politics” signifies both the institutional lifeforms of poetry’s production and circulation, and the ostensible public efficacy of poems themselves. We may ask how poetry’s relationships to activist praxis and to social movements like Black Lives Matter in the U.S., for example, have been mediated by social media. Moreover, to the degree the protocols of “surveillance” or “platform capitalism” have come to shape literary cultures online, we may examine how poems respond to these new formations of capital. To answer such questions, we invite panelists to traverse methodological territories, from literary and cultural studies to critical media theory and the computational humanities. Indeed we hope to exemplify the reimagined forms of literary criticism required by the challenge of studying poetry’s networked future.
All papers on the subject of poetry and social media are warmly welcomed. Please submit your proposed abstract (approx. 250 words) at the NeMLA portal: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20105
Proposals are due by September 30, 2022.