Twelfth Annual Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Wendy Hayden (Hunter College, CUNY)
Aldous Huxley wrote, “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” Technology has provided writers, readers, and learners with infinite modes of communication which no longer necessarily represent traditional forms of literacy. The creation and dissemination of information is no longer restricted to the physical written form. Blogs, podcasts, and ebooks are all commonplace and pedagogy is beginning to transition to the online realm. These new mediums have shaped pedagogy and literary forms, and will continue to do so. The implications of this reshaping remain up for debate. Advancement is not inherently positive, and this conference seeks to convene a critical discussion of technology’s influence on literature, literacy, and pedagogy.
We invite discussions from graduate students specializing in any area, time period, genre, and theoretical approach. Possible paper topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Impact of technology on literary forms
- Technology and the history of the book
- How do we define and qualify literature in the 21st century?
- Are blogs literary?
- Self-publication changing how people generate, share, and/or receive information
- Writing about technology in literature
- Non-digital forms of technology
- Disruption of pedagogy through digital developments
- Trend of technology in literature being a reflection of a larger cultural trend
- The educator as arbitrator of information
- How will audio and video mediums impact the shape of literary forms?
- Digital technology and the influence on academic and social discourse
- Protest culture
- Safe spaces
- Proximity of ideas (all things being separated by one click)
Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18.
James Davis, Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies, Brooklyn College English Department