Mysterious Phantoms: Space and Time in Virtual Worlds
French and Italian Departmental Graduate Student Conference
April 8-9, 2011, University of Colorado-Boulder
This conference seeks to explore the philosophical and aesthetic problems of space and time within the virtual (or constructed) worlds of cultural, textual, and image-based/filmic storytelling. Throughout history, scientific definitions of time and space often differ from those of constructed perceptions colored by the limits of memory, knowledge, and lived experience. Likewise, as twenty-first century forms of storytelling become progressively self-contained within individually-created narratives (such as those within online communities), the interplay between an individual’s ‘reality’ and the general narrative emerges as a significant challenge not only to traditional views of narration, text and image, but also to our concepts of space and time. What are ‘virtual’ spaces and time-frames in textual or image-based cultural artifacts? What are the various degrees of virtual space and time? How are they negotiated in experimental conditions?
Innovative approaches to research are encouraged and the organizers are especially keen to promote interdisciplinary themes.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
• How is space and time manipulated in literary and cultural texts/traditions to alter or to create ‘new’ realities?
• How do space and time change in the history of the book and of the map?
• How do human memory, experience, and/or consciousness impact space and time and vice versa? What is the role of philosophy in the creation of virtual worlds?
• How are space and time addressed within digital and other technologies? How do they change the way we narrate or depict stories?
• What are narrative space and time in film? How are space and time treated in experimental cinematography, image, and text?
• How does an art object, image, or performance alter the spectator’s worldview of space and time?
• How do space and time function in ekphrasis?
• Are current positions in aesthetics determining our new ways of viewing space and time?
• What does it mean to be spatially or temporally ‘haunted’ and/or ‘terrorized’ (with respect to aesthetics) by a textual or artistic work?
• Can we use ‘virtual’ and ‘constructed’ interchangeably? What does it mean to have a ‘constructed’/’virtual’ time or space?
Although this conference is geared toward graduate student presentations, advanced undergraduates may submit abstracts. Papers from all disciplines are encouraged.
This conference is hosted by the French and Italian Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a brief biography to email@example.com by February 7, 2011. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes (7-8 double-spaced pages). Abstracts, bios, and papers must be presented in English or in French. Panel proposals are welcome; participants must submit a panel description along with individual abstracts.
Ph.D. Candidate, French Literature
French and Italian Department
University of Colorado-Boulder
(303) 492-1358 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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