Call for Proposals
The graduate students of the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah invite you to Confutati, a multidisciplinary conference that will take place on February 5th and 6th, 2016.
#Culture aims to trace the impact of our ever changing media and its effect on contemporary discourse and self-representation. The hashtag used in popular social media has become a signal of both humor and political impetus that has thus redefined the scope of popular culture. In a world of “selfies,” “autocorrect,” and “emojis,” how has the nature of discourse and representation been liberated or limited? In what realm of representation(s) do we find ourselves? Cultural legitimation, subjectivity, and identity are called into question in our understanding of #culture.
Paper topics may include but are not limited to:
- The impact of technology on self-representation
- What separates words from image and what defines text?
- The narrative status of emoji and its effect on normative grammar and communication
- Representation of bodies and identities in a “linked-in” world
- Media consumption and how it changes our definition of what it means to be human
- Time management and how social media is presently a factor, if not a necessity
- Modern construction of social interaction
- The aesthetics of a #culture
- The changing definition of “meme” and its impact on popular discourse
Confutati invites graduate students working in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and any related fields to submit abstracts (250-300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 18th, 2015. Presentations should be in English and limited to 20 minutes. Technology will be provided upon request. Presented papers will be considered for publication in our academic journal, the Utah Foreign Language Review.
Please note: Undergraduate students with outstanding proposals may also be considered for inclusion in the conference.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than December 20th, 2015.