Writing Worlds, Worlds Writing: New textualities and their online lives
WRITING WORLDS, WORLDS WRITING: NEW TEXTUALITIES AND THEIR ONLINE LIVES
20 – 25 March 2023
A national conference organized by the Department of English, St. Joseph’s University, Bangalore
Call for Papers/Posters
The unprecedented growth of digital technology over the past decade has led to drastic and radical changes in the ways we function and represent ourselves. This, conversely, has resulted in a paradigm shift within literary, cultural and linguistic studies. On the one hand, there has been a broadening of the objects and materials considered texts within academic discourse. Simultaneously, the emergence of the internet has drastically altered the form and structure of writing the world, the processes of meaning-making and narrativizing our experiences.
The present moment necessitates a reflection on the future of language and literary studies taking into account the vast diversity of emergent textualities and their changing modalities of expression, circulation and reception. How have technological mediations altered the ways in which we use and language – in everyday contexts, in writing and in translation? How has the emergence of new media forms changed the very texture and structure of writing our world? In what ways have conventional modes of literary expression, political assertion and performative art been refashioned into emergent, and often ephemeral, textual existences? What implications does the pervasiveness of new media have on our existence as narrative beings? Does this pervasiveness engender a democratization of the public sphere or does its algorithmic certainty lead to vapid homogenization of tastes, beliefs and opinions? What is the imprint that digital technology leaves on language, literature and culture?
Writing Worlds, Worlds Writing: New Textualities and their Online Lives is an annual conference organized by the Department of English, St. Joseph’s University, Bangalore, which attempts to initiate discussions and debates on the changing nature of textual practices and their contemporary relevance. The conference will be conducted from 20 to 25 March 2023 in hybrid (on-site+online) mode. The first three days of the conference will comprise online plenary
sessions, digital exhibitions, panel discussions, etc. Offline programmes, including paper and poster presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and installations, and will be conducted on-site from 23 March onwards.
The conference will largely focus on the ways in which our engagements with language, literature, culture and politics have been reshaped through the rapid interpellation of digital technology. The emergence of digitally embedded narratives (such as podcasts, vlogs, video games, blogs, InstaPoetry, etc.), as well as the recontextualization of extant forms of writing within the South Asian context will be of primary interest. The conference aims to discuss and debate the intertextual and metatextual configurations of new media, their interactive and immersive basis, and raise pertinent questions regarding the ways in which the writer-producer
reader axes are reformulated in the present circumstances.
The pervasive presence of new media results in our existence and our expressions being increasingly mediated and mediatized by technology. With the emergence of instant messaging and social networking, technology has transmuted the ways in which languages are used in everyday contexts. Furthermore, what are the implications of the digitization of language –
through AI-driven language learning and processing systems – on our use of/interactions with languages? Do these new formulations break the established boundaries between the numerical, the alphabetical and the pictorial as distinct semantic systems? How are extant social demarcations and hierarchies mapped onto this evolving linguistic world? Does the internet establish a culture of monolingualism, making English the norm? Does this thereby threaten the very presence and relevance of vernacular and regional languages? What is the future of translation and of Bhasha literature in the digital age?
The growth of new media has also allowed for the democratization of the public sphere and the emergence of platforms for dissent and dissonance. These spaces, lying outside the guarded boundaries of conventional media, have evolved as arenas for political assertion and contestations, artistic and creative productions, crafting the aesthetics of the marginalized and the minoritized. How have social media and online broadcasting platforms been utilized for challenging hegemonic normativity through the growing assertion of Dalit, trans, queer, migrant and other political identities? What new modes of expression and forms of textuality reconfigure narratives of marginality? In an increasingly digitized world, how does the internet
simultaneously exist as a space of state control and surveillance as well as a locus of heterogeneous modes of resistance?
The conference invites papers and posters from undergraduate and postgraduate students, research scholars, independent researchers and academicians focusing on (but not limited to) the following themes:
- SF/speculative fiction in South Asia
- Reportage and truth-telling through graphic novels
- Podcasts, vlogs and other forms of self-narrative
- Emergent literary forms in new media
- New modes of visual/cinematic production
- AI, language and literature
- Translation and technology
- Bhasha, literature and digital media
- Social media, self-representation and social justice
- Online education and the digital divide
- Ethical concerns arising from AI and social media interactions
- New media, performance and digital theatre
- Narratives in video games
Abstracts (300-500 words) for paper presentations as well as concept notes of posters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before 9 PM on 20 February 2023. Papers selected will, after due editorial process, be published in the form of an edited volume.
Submission of Abstracts/Concept Notes: 25 February 2023
Confirmation of Acceptance: 27 February 2023
Submission of Full Poster: 10 March 2023
Submission of Full Papers: 14 March 2023
Date of Conference: 20 – 25 March 2023
Students, Research Scholars: Rs. 750/-
Teachers and Professionals: Rs. 1000/-
The registration fee for presentation includes charges for the peer review of paper/poster, conference kit, lunch for all 3 days and admission to any one workshop of the presenter’s choice. The fee has to be paid online only after confirmation of acceptance.
Process of Selection
- Abstracts of 300-500 words for paper presentation or concept notes for poster presentation will be accepted till 9 PM on 20 February 2023.
- After peer scrutiny, the selected candidates will receive confirmation of their acceptance by 27 February 2022. A maximum of 20 papers and 10 posters respectively will be selected for presentation.
- Selected candidates will be required to pay the registration fee online. The receipt of the same will have to be forwarded to email@example.com.
- The final digital version of the poster should be submitted by 10 March 2022. The final paper (of 3000-5000 words) for presentation will have to be submitted by 14 March 2022.
- The paper/abstract should be submitted in MS Word (.doc, .docx) format. Submissions should adhere to MLA 9th Edition guidelines for referencing and formatting. Digital copies of the poster should be submitted in .pdf or .jpg format and should be less than 25 MB in size.
- The final schedule of the presentations will be intimated by 17 March 2022. - Each presentation will be for a maximum of 20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. - After the presentation, the paper will be submitted for peer-review. Revised drafts of the papers may need to be submitted before publication.
Dr. Achuth A: +91-90742-59895
Dr. Lillykutty Abraham: +91-96057-69504