Call for Papers: "Literature and Media," ACLA 2022

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Conference: American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting 2022,
Location: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Dates: June 15-18 2022
Abstract deadline: October 31 2021

Seminar organizer: Renren Yang

Seminar co-organizer: Dylan Suher

Seminar details: https://www.acla.org/literature-and-media

Two decades into the twenty-first century, this seminar will look to assess and use a comparative approach to expand the “media turn” in studies of literature. The configurations of literature represented by “new media” has prompted scholars both of contemporary literature and literature of earlier eras not only to emphasize transmedia modes of storytelling, but also to destabilize the very concept of “literature,” “film,” and the media form itself. In the wake of this turn, scholars have begun to scrutinize the role of the material and the technological in literary production, the convergence and divergence between the textual and the audiovisual media, and the renewed contentions over textual authority between writers, readers, and “mediators” (editors, reviewers, publishing houses, platforms, to name just a few). We hope that the ACLA conference in Taiwan will allow for a conversation about this research program that escapes the confines of the Anglophone. We want to think about institutions of literary and cultural production that extend across or were imported across oceans and transpacific/transatlantic networks of writers and readers. We are also interested in exploring transmedia assemblances and practices situated at the intersection of “late capitalism” and “postsocialism” (e.g., the legacies of state-managed transmedia assemblages of cultural production and consumption, and their engagement with the postmodern.) 

Possible topics could include:

  1. Representations of other media in literature
    Film and media representations of writing
    Text-based practices in the fine arts and in film

  2. Technologies of writing and reading (word processing, electronic writing, algorithmic compositions, digital/analog recording, networked environments, print/digital platforms)

  3. Media ecologies of literary production
    Transmedia storytelling
    Participatory literature and media culture
    Media mixes and literature as a cultural industry
    Challenges to literariness and media specificity 

  4. The making and unmaking of literary and media authorship
    Writer-filmmakers/writer-musicians

  5. Media archaeologies of literature
    Early modern precursors of modern and contemporary media cultures (manuscript culture, collaborative composition, etc.)
    Comparative conceptions of literary and media IP (e.g. Anglo-European vs. East Asian conceptions of IP)

  6. Transnational production, circulation, and consumption of popular literature and media

To submit a paper, please register for a free account at https://www.acla.org/user?destination=annual-meeting-2022, click on "propose a paper" to open up the interface for submitting an abstract, and select "Literature and Media" from the drop-down menu. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at dsuher@hku.hk and rry2019@mail.ubc.ca. We are also aiming for a wide geographic and temporal scope, so please share with any colleagues working on literatures outside of modern Asia.