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MLA 2011 CFPs - technology, digital & new media

Here is the selection of MLA 2011 CFPs that explicitly deal with technology, the digital, new media, the Internet, coding or Digital Humanities. Please note that some are Special Sessions, some are Committees, etc. Check the actual MLA list to confirm session type and any updates. Apologies if I left one off - feel free to add them in the comments!

Here is the entire list of CFPs for MLA 2011.


Digging into Data: Computational Methods of Literary Research. What are the results and implications of data analysis of cultural materials? How are computational methods changing the methods and goals of humanities scholarship? 250-word abstracts by 2 March 2010; Maura Carey Ives (

Methods of Research in New Media. How does new media--as the focus and means of research--change existing research models, strategies, goals? 250-word abstracts by 2 March 2010; Margaret Ezell ( and Maura Carey Ives (

Analog and Digital: New "Textual" Readings. How do digital tools and methods facilitate critical reading and interpretation of humanities "texts," broadly conceived? Emphasis on examples of scholarly arguments resulting from digital interventions. Abstracts by 3 March 2010; Victoria E. Szabo (

Class and Culture in the Digital Age. Papers on social difference and class formation in the contemporary. Abstracts by 2 March 2010; Robert A. Wilkie (

Close Reading the Digital. The application of new techniques and methodologies for close reading computational media, including code criticism, digital forensics, and software and platform approaches. 1-page abstracts, short vitae by 6 March 2010; Jeremy Douglass ( and Matthew Kirchenbaum (

The Dictionary in Print and in the Cloud. Benedict Anderson's "philological-lexicographic revolution" and after. Cultural standardization and fixity under the regime of "print-capitalism"; implications of fluid lexicographical practice and access online. 1-page abstracts by 4 March 2010; Michael Hancher (

Digital Pedagogy. What is digital pedagogy? What are the challenges that it poses? How has it been defined, and how are we defining it today? What student projects integrate digital pedagogy? 250-word abstracts by 2 March 2010; Nirmal H. Trivedi (

Labor and New Media. How are new media contributing to representations of labor and class? How might blogs, social networking, or digital storytelling expand our conceptions of work or class identity? 250-word abstracts by 6 March 2010; Alison Shonkwiler (

Liberal Learning Online. Papers may discuss the effect of online teaching on liberal arts education, examine implications of (a)synchronous methodologies, and determine effective assessment measures. 1-page abstracts and 2-page vitae by 2 March 2010; Tena L. Helton ( and Donna Bussell (

Literary Studies in the Gaming Century. What role does the study of video games play in English? Papers considering the role of narrative and aesthetics in computer games. 250-word abstracts and short vitae by 3 March 2010; Patrick Jagoda (

 Narratives of Reading: Databases to Simulations. Literary studies use databases for concordances, annotations, and reproductions. Simulations of reading practices and technologies add interface and interactivity for experiential research. Abstracts on examples of simulations by 4 March 2010; Craig Saper (
Remastering and Remixing the Medieval in Electronic Games. Explorations of medievalist cartography, language(s), characterizations (including in terms of gender and sexuality), and narrative structures in video and other electronic games. 300-word abstracts by 2 March 2010; Carol L. Robinson (

Old Media. What do new media supplant, develop, modify, or parallel? Papers may consider technological change alongside obsolescence, rupture, continuity, antiquarianism, forgery, or late 20th- and 21st-century reworkings and reappropriations of earlier modes. 250-word abstracts by 3 March 2010; Kate Flint (

Electronic Lives. How do new media reshape life narratives old or new, single or collective? Online transformations of subjects, story worlds, textuality, audiences; archives, databases, networks, privacy, recognition. Abstracts and short vitae by 6 March 2010; Alison Booth (

The Institution(alization) of Digital Humanities. Over the last 50 years computing has become integral to academic life in the humanities. How has institutionalization transformed and redefined digital humanities? What is digital humanities? 1-page abstracts by 2 March 2010; David Lee Gants (
E-books as Bibliographical Objects. Kindle, Nook, iPhone, etc., in relation to any aspect of bibliography, history of the book, or textual studies. Abstracts and brief vitae by 6 March 2010; Matthew Gary Kirschenbaum (

Technology and Present-Day English. Explore the impact of technology on present-day English. Papers can focus on linguistic or rhetorical transformations accomplished through and because of technology. 500-word abstracts by 2 March 2010; Sarah C. Dean (

"Can I Google That?": Graduate Students Speak Out about the MLA International Bibliography. New ideas; integration of Web 2.0; expectations; usability; search strategies; interactions with the bibliography past, present, and future. 250-word proposals by 2 March 2010; Mildred Jackson (

Social Networking: Web 2.0 for the Teaching of Languages and Literatures. The use of Web 2.0 applications and online gaming spaces to develop online social communities for teaching. Proposals by 2 March 2010; Barbara Lafford (

What the Digital Does to Reading. "Distant reading," data mining, reading devices, scholarly editions, mapping, visualizing: how reading differs now--benefits and problems. Abstracts by 2 March 2010; Laura C. Mandell (



This is amazing.   It's hard to remember that when HASTAC began in 2002, a major head of a humanities professional association called us "charlatans" and said technology had nothing to do with the humanities.   Look at this!   Incredible.   What an exciting array of topics and possibilities. 


Here's another MLA11 CFP focused on technology and the humanities:

Meaning Making and Procedural Rhetoric in Casual, Art, and Indie Games: Explores the cultural meaning of critically dismissed casual games, art games, and indie games. A Pecha Kucha-style roundtable. Abstracts by 15 March 2010; Mark L. Sample (


What a great list!  Thanks so much for compiling it.  Here's another CFP to add:

The Open Professoriat: Academic Presence on the Social Web.  How can we use social media to reshape scholarly and public boundaries, communities, and discourses? What can we gain by embracing openness in our research, teaching, and service?  Abstracts and vitae by 10 Mar. 2010; Matthew K. Gold (


"Sound Reproduction and the Literary" (Special Session @ MLA 2011, Deadline: 3/15/10)

This panel will explore the role of digital/analog audio when composing literature and criticism by emphasizing storage, fidelity, and sound design; audiovisual synchronicity; and audio recording histories and literature.

Please submit a 300-word abstract with a CV by March 15, 2010 to and

Organizers: Jentery Sayers, University of Washington / Dene Grigar, Washington State University

Thanks for aggregating these, Fiona! 


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