Creating and Resisting Meaning: Recalibrating the Identity and Agency of the Textual Consumer
Date: March 7-8, 2014
Location: Administration Building, University of Alaska Anchorage
The Conference and Call for Papers
Organized by UAA Department of English graduate students, the 19th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric welcomes proposals in literature, composition and rhetoric, linguistics, anthropology, journalism, and other related fields. The theme of this year's conference is "Creating and Resisting Meaning: Recalibrating the Identity and Agency of the Textual Consumer." This year's conference asks presenters and speakers to consider the role of the contemporary textual consumer as well as the challenges associated with locating oneself in and traversing through the landscapes of technology and synchronicity.
Nearly 30 years after the fictional events of George Orwell's 1984, many scholars continue to ponder how the politics of technology shape both our identities and our capacities to create or resist meaning. In an age when information is becoming more present—textual experiences replacing and overlapping each other with almost no time to digest them—the identity and agency of the textual consumer have never been more at stake. As Brooke Gladstone puts it, "The media landscape is so cluttered with mirrors facing mirrors that we can't tell where an image begins or ends" (The Influencing Machine, p. xxi). Through various modes of communication, ranging from those speculated in literature to the myriad offered by our booming digital economy, many textual consumers have responded to this challenge in innovative and captivating ways. This year's theme seeks to examine not only these responses but also the ways in which they define the textual consumer. To these ends, we should seek to answer the following questions:
Individual Paper Proposals: Please send a 250 word abstract for a 20-minute presentation, including the title of the paper, the presenter's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax number, and email address.
Panel Proposals: In addition to providing detailed contact information for each panel member, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words summarizing the panel's rationale and describing each paper.
Roundtable Proposals: In addition to providing detailed contact information for each participant, please a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words for the proposed roundtable discussion topic.
In addition to the aforementioned requirements, your abstract(s) should connect your topic(s) to this year's conference theme. Please submit your proposals to PacRim2014@gmail.com no later than January 27, 2014.
Please direct questions to:
Jathan Day, Conference Director
September Reynaga, Assistant Director
Department of English, ADM 101, University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Podcasts from the 2012 PacRim Conference
All the 2012 sessions are available as a category at:
March 9th 2012
March 10th 2012
Session 4: Challenging Perspectives