Electronic Literature Organization 2012 Conference and Media Art Exhibit

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 3:00am to Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 3:00am


The 2012 Electronic Literature Organization Conference will be held June 20-23, 2012 in Morgantown, WV, the site of West Virginia University. In conjunction with the three-day conference, there will be a juried Media Arts Show open to the public at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown and running from June 18-30, 2012. An accompanying online exhibit will bring works from the ELO Conference to a wider audience.

Submission deadline for proposals: November, 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance: December 30, 2011

We invite titles and proposals of no more than 500 words, including a brief description of the content and format of the presentation, and contact information for the presenter(s). Send proposals to elit2012 [at] gmail.com, using plain text format in the email, or attached as Word or PDF. All proposals will receive peer-to-peer review by the ELO and will be considered on their own terms. Non-traditional and traditional formats will be subject to the same peer-to-peer review process.

Conference Planning Committee

Sandy Baldwin, West Virginia University (Chair)

Philippe Bootz, University of Paris 8

Dene Grigar, Washington State University Vancouver

Margie Luesebrink, Irvine Valley College

Mark Marino, University of Southern California

Talan Memmott, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Stuart Moulthrop, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Joseph Tabbi, University of Illinois, Chicago



Electronic Literature: Where is It?

Even if nobody could define print literature, everyone knew where to look for it - in libraries and bookshops, at readings, in class, or on the Masterpiece channel. We have not yet created, however, a consensus about where to find electronic literature, or (for that matter) the location of the literary in an emerging digital aesthetic.

Though we do have, in digital media, works that identify themselves as "locative," we don't really know where to look for e-lit, how it should be tagged and distributed, and whether or how it should be taught. Is born digital writing likely to reside, for example, in conventional literature programs? in Rhetoric? Comp? Creative Writing? Can new media literature be remediated? How should its conditions of creation be described? Do those descriptions become our primary texts when the works themselves become unavailable through technological obsolescence?

To forward our thinking about the institutional and technological location of current literary writing, the Electronic Literature Organization and West Virginia University'sCenter for Literary Computing invite submissions to the ELO 2012 Conference to be held from June 20-23, 2012, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Bearing in mind the changing locations of new media literature and literary cultures, the conference organizers welcome unconventional presentations, whether in print or digital media. The point is not to reject the conventional conference 'paper' or bullet point presentation but to encourage thoughtful exploration and justification of any format employed. All elements of literary description and presentation are up for reconsideration. The modest mechanisms of course descriptions, syllabus construction, genre identification, and the composition of author bios, could well offer maps toward the location of the literary in digital media. So can an annotated bibliography of works falling under a given genre or within a certain technological context. We welcome surveys of the use of tags and keywords, and how these can be recognized (or not) by readers, libraries, or other necessary nodes in an emerging literary network  Also of interest is the current proliferation of directories of electronic literature in multiple media, languages, and geographical locations.

The cost of the conference is $150; graduate students and non-affiliated artists pay only $100. The cost covers receptions, meals, and other conference events. All participants must be members of the Electronic Literature Organization. All events are within walking distance of the conference hotels. Morgantown is a classic college town, located in the scenic hills of north central West Virginia, about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA. Local hotel and travel information will be available on the conference website starting October 1, 2011.

Check http://el.eliterature.org and http://conference.eliterature.org for updates. For more information, email elit2012 [at] gmail.com.



In conjunction with the Electronic Literature Organization 2012 Conference, a juried Media Arts Gallery Exhibit will be held from Wednesday, June 13 - Saturday, June 23, 2012 at The Monongalia Arts Center.

In particular, we are looking for works such as:

1.    Electronic literary works, such as hypertext poetry and fiction, interactive fiction, flash poetry and fiction, as well as other forms of elit

2.    Net art pieces

3.    Video

4.    Animations

5.    Sonic art

6.    Experimental or conceptual multimedia works

7.    Locative Works

We are asking for works that can be experienced within a length of time not exceeding 20 minutes.  Because of the limitation of space, all works must be able to be exhibited via a computer, mobile phone, or tablet.  We will not be able to accommodate live performances or installations.



Submission deadline for proposals: November, 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2012

There are two methods of submissions:

CDs or DVDs should be mailed to: Dr. Dene Grigar, The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA  98686.  

URLs for websites should be emailed to Dr. Dene Grigar, dgrigar@mac.com.

Please do not email work.  No work will be considered if it arrives via email.  Work not selected for the show will be mailed back to artists.

For more information, contact Dr. Dene Grigar, dgrigar@mac.com, 360-546-9487.


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