CFP: Extending ELO (12/16)

ELO is back with a vengeance. With its publication of the Electronic Literature Collection, its recent alliance with the Library of Congress, and its next installment of an annual conference, the organization, now under the directorship of Joseph Tabbi of ebr is on its way toward becoming a vibrant and lit-shaping (and litscaping) organization.

This conference is a good opportunity for those new to the field of electronic literature to network with many of the artists featured in the ELC and much of electronic literature.
(Perhaps it is more noticeable that it has also appointed a new Communication director). But rather than blog press releases, allow me to pass along this call for the next ELO conference:

Visionary Landscapes: Electronic Literature Organization 2008 Conference

Deadline Extended: December 16, 2007
Send Proposals to Dene Grigar at

Sponsored by Washington State University Vancouver &
The Electronic Literature Organization

Drs. Dene Grigar and John Barber, Co-Chairs

Producing a work of electronic literature entails not only practice in the literary arts but sometimes also the visual, sonic, and the performative arts; knowledge of computing devices and software programs; and experience in collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and hybridity. In short, electronic literature requires its artists to see beyond traditional approaches and sensibilities into what best can be described as visionary landscapes where, as Mark Amerika puts it, artists “celebrate an interdisciplinary practice from a literary and writerly perspective that allows for other kinds of practice-based art-research and knowledge sharing.”

To forward the thinking about new approaches and sensibilities in the media arts, The Electronic Literature Organization and Washington State University Vancouver’s Digital Technology and Culture program are inviting submissions to the Electronic Literature Organization 2008 Conference to be held from May 29 to June 1, 2008 in Vancouver, Washington.

“Visionary Landscapes: Electronic Literature Organization 2008 Conference” is interested in papers that explore forms of digital media that utilize images, sound, movement, and user interaction as well as—or in lieu of—words and that explore how we read, curate, and critique such works. Topics may include:

  • New, non-screen, environments for presenting multimedia writing and /or electronic literature
  • Research labs and new media projects
  • Strategies for reading electronic literary works
  • Curating digital art
  • Innovative approaches to critiquing electronic literature
  • Emerging technologies for the production of multimedia writing and /or electronic literature
  • Building audience for new media literary works and writing
  • Digital, literary performances
  • Publishing for print or electronic media connecting literature and the arts through common archiving and metatag strategies
  • Artistic methods of composition used in intermedia storytelling (improvisation, collaboration, sample and remix, postproduction art, codework, hactivism, etc).

Perhaps we will see some Critical Code Studies, Software Studies, Transmodiology, or other such approaches there.

5 Responses to “CFP: Extending ELO (12/16)”

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