[Humanist] 27.982 events: comparative media studies

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Sat Apr 19 09:47:17 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 982.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:52:42 +0000
        From: lisa brown <lisa.jay.brown at gmail.com>
        Subject: CFP: Comparative Media @ PAMLA 2014 // Oct. 31 - Nov 2 in Riverside, Calif.

Comparative Media at PAMLA 2014

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association is looking to grow its standing session on Comparative Media from one panel to two at this year's conference, which will be held 31 October - 2 November 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, Calif. Full CFP below. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.


lisa brown jaloza
lbrow008 at ucr.edu<mailto:lbrow008 at ucr.edu>

Comparative Media: PAMLA 2014, Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2)
Deadline: Thursday, 15 May 2014

If, as Marshall McLuhan famously asserts, media act as prosthesis, then our increasingly haptic relationship to digital technologies (think the nearly ubiquitous touchscreen interface of tablets and smart phones, as well as the rise of immersive VR as evidenced by Facebook's recently announced acquisition of Oculus) seems only natural. What, then, might constitute a denaturalized mediated environment? In addition to general comparative media topics, this standing session invites proposals that engage with PAMLA 2014's special conference theme, "Familiar Spirits."

Possible topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  *   Spiritualism as Media
  *   Deus Ex Machina: The Supernatural as Narrative Mediation
  *   Haptic Media v. the Ghost in the Machine
  *   Digital Voyeurism as Contemporary Haunting
  *   Hot v. Cool Media
  *   Analog Media as Today's Strange Stranger
  *   Explorations of the Uncanny Valley
  *   YouTube as Paranormative Commons

To submit a proposal, please visit http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals (log-in required) and select "Comparative Media" from the drop-down menu. Each proposal should include the following:

  *   Your name and institutional affiliation
  *   Working paper title
  *   Approximately 500-word abstract
  *   Approximately 40-word mini-abstract
  *   AV requirements, if any

Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Conference Date: 31 October - 2 November 2014
Location: Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, Calif.

Full submission guidelines and procedures are available at http://www.pamla.org/2014/guidelines-and-procedures.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Brown Jaloza at lbrow008 at ucr.edu<mailto:lbrow008 at ucr.edu>.

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