Paper proposals are invited for a seminar on "Media, Medium, Mediation: Media Aesthetics Before 1900." The seminar will take place at the American Association of Comparative Literature (ACLA) conference, April 1-4, 2010, in New Orleans.
The seminar invites papers from across disciplines and national traditions on media in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Topics might include: newspaper aesthetics; photography and other modes of representation; playing with machines; visual cultures of printing: copper, steel, wood; the book as media object; the aesthetics of knowledge dissemination; serials, periodicals, publicity cycles; media sensations & public spheres; theories of early media: Benjamin, Bourdieu, Kittler, and others; epistemologies of the telegraph; acoustics, gramophones, poetics, music; early cinema and other arts, performances, cultures; seeing words: alphabets, letters, typography; copies, casts, facsimiles, replicas.
A longer description of the seminar can be found at
The deadline for proposals is November 23, 2009.
The seminar organizer is Rachel Teukolsky, Department of English, Vanderbilt University. Proposals should be submitted via the ACLA website (see below); questions about the seminar can be directed to rachel dot teukolsky at vanderbilt dot edu.
How to Submit a Proposal
Paper proposals (which include a short author bio and an abstract of no more than 250 words) should be submitted via the ACLA website:
Additional information about the proposal process can be found here:
About the ACLA conference
The ACLA’s annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for the three days of the conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet just the first two days of the conference. This structure allows each participant to be a full member of one seminar, and to sample other seminars during the remaining time blocks. The conference also includes plenary sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions, a business meeting, a banquet, and other events.
The ACLA will convene in New Orleans from April 1 - 4, 2010. The conference theme is “Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanism.” See the ACLA website for additional information: http://www.acla.org/acla2010/.
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