CFP: Artistic and Scholarly Practice in the Digital Age (MLA, Jan 2014)

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 12:00am

Call for Papers
MLA Convention 2014 in Chicago
9-12 January 2014

Sessions arranged by the Division informally renamed
“20th-Century and Contemporary German Literature and Culture”

Artistic and Scholarly Practice in the Digital Age

In the digital era, academic and artistic work is recalibrating the
interplay of aesthetics, science, and politics. Art entails research,
and research draws inspiration from art in seeking new forms of
interactive presentation, public participation, and multilocal
collaboration. Geopolitical categories such as center and periphery
are dissolving, and institutionally guarded boundaries between media,
genres, and disciplines call for transgression. Art as a site of
knowledge production enables formal experiments in documentary
poetics, which may constitute political interventions in the uneven
terrains of circulation. The Internet opens for search boundless
archives of data, but how do artists and scholars use the abundance of
accessible documents? What is lost and found in the process? How do
paratexts and intertexts factor into reading, viewing, and
world-making? What is the critical purchase of terms like fiction and
nonfiction, authorship and audience? We seek papers that build on
historical and theoretical research in exploring the social and
aesthetic potentials of digital media. Panels will be designed to
expand the horizon of German literary studies by focusing on practices
of art and critical writing across media, including work on film,
video, Internet, and multiscreen installations as sites of engagement
and, possibly, emancipation of readers and spectators.

Abstracts by March 9 to Deniz Göktürk <>
to be published online.
Papers will be considered for publication by the journal TRANSIT:


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