Call for Papers: Virtually Third World Literature (4/1/03; Southern Comparative
Literature Association, 19-21 September 2003)
Southern Comparative Literature Association (SCLA) Annual Conference
Theme: Going Global – the Futures of Comparative Literature
Time: Sept. 19 – 21 2003
Place: University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Panel: Virtually Third World Literature
Proposals are sought for papers that deal with, in one way or another, the impact of internet technologies on the nature, character, definition, dissemination, or meanings of third world literatures. Clearly, internet technologies have displaced many third world regions from a network of global capital and communication and network-building. Poverty, poor infrastructures and national IT policies mean that computers and the power of the internet is extended to very few. In other ways, though, the internet has facilitated the movement of information globally like never before and empowered and connected third world independent journalists and writers to self-publish, sometimes under pseudonyms.
This panel proposes to explore the multitude of ways the internet has
influenced the futures of third world literatures.
Areas of exploration include:
How have internet technologies shaped ideologies and mythologies of authors and authorship in third world regions?
How have internet technologies changed the reception and dissemination (for better or worse) of third world literature?
What is the “Internet fallout” of individual works of third world
literature? (criticism, message boards, listservs, blogs, MOOs, fandom, etc.)
Redefinitions of literature as a category and third world “literatures” on the Internet
How have internet technologies changed the face of (third world) classics?
What happens to oral literatures that are adapted and disseminated over the Internet?
The internet and regional self-definitions and redefinitions (“what is third world on the Internet?”)
Internet and diaspora connections
Internet and nostalgia
Conceptions of display and performance with regards to third world
literature on the Internet
Race and racialization vis a vis third world literature and criticism on the Internet
What urban/web myths have been spawned on the internet regarding third world literatures; and/or how are the myths themselves literature?
300 – 500 word abstracts via email by April 1. (in email or attachments accepted)
Program in Comparative Literature
University of Texas at Austin
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