The 12th Annual Miami University Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium
Friday, March 14, 2014, Oxford, Ohio
CALL FOR PAPERS
As the world grows more connected through digital communication, globalized economies, and interdependent political structures, our work as scholars increasingly turns to questions of intertextuality and hybridity - in a word, the remix. While remix is often thought of as a digital phenomenon, when conceived more broadly, remix has the power to complicate traditional theoretical frameworks, generic definitions, disciplinary boundaries, and modes of intellectual and cultural production. This conference encourages interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary presentations that expand, interrogate, and/or disrupt our understanding of remix, the cultural work it performs, and its relationship to intertextuality and hybridity. We especially encourage conceptions of remix that move beyond remix as an object and consider how it functions as a theoretical heuristic.
We include the Wordle above to instigate ideas about the relationships between some themes we are interested in, but feel free to imagine your own work in this Wordle. What words stick out as related to remix? What words don’t? Can you think of a way differing ideas could be in dialogue with each other? The answers to these questions are the start of the conversations we envision at this year’s symposium. We invite you to critique, analyze, and/or create remixes that challenge and expand these ideas. Just fill in the blank: Remix is___________Possible Lines of Inquiry Include, But are Not Limited To:
- * How does remix exceed our politico-legal framework of ownership, copyright, or fair use?
- * How does intertextuality challenge traditional ideas of authorship, authenticity, and originality?
- * Can remix in the classroom create more innovative and collaborative spaces?
- * Can the remix offer unique ways of communicating across boundaries of race, class, nationality, gender, etc?
- * What is the relationship of remix to power? When does it reinscribe or disrupt conventional power differentials?
- * Can remix offer new models for articulating consumption, fandom, and subjectivity?
- * How are theories of remix applicable to the body? To embodiment?
- * How is remix performed and performance remixed? On stage? Brechting the fourth wall?
- * How is remix used in scientific and technological innovations?
- * How does the Internet and emergent media change how we share, interact with, and reproduce information?
- * Where can we locate hybridity in and after globalization? How are space and culture remapped here?
- * How do remix and hybridity go beyond the cultural or textual to include the material?
Featured SpeakersJason Palmeri, Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition at Miami University, will present a talk titled, “Remixing Queer Temporality: Affective Rhetorics and Pedagogies of Disidentification in the “It Gets Better Project.” Palmeri analyzes how queer activists responded to and remixed the “It Gets Better Project”---an online video archive initiated by Dan Savage to combat the high rate of suicide among LGBTQ youth. By analyzing and performing video remixes of the “It Gets Better Project,” Palmeri elucidates rhetorical and pedagogical strategies that queer activists and teachers can employ to resist normative constructions of identity in online video narratives.
Elisabeth Hodges, an Associate Professor of French and an Affiliate in the Film Studies program at Miami University, will be speaking on her upcoming book project on interiority in French cinema. Additionally she will discuss how her own trajectory as a scholar of Renaissance cities to a scholar of French cinema is a “remix” of her interests.
Submitting Proposals: Deadline: February 1, 2014, 2014: 11:59 p.m. EST
Download the proposal form here. Please provide all speaker information and presentation titles on the proposal form. Remove all personal identifiers from the proposal itself. Please limit both individual and panel proposals to 500 words.
Email completed forms to: MEGAA Symposium Committee at MEGAAblog@gmail.com
Hard copy submissions are also accepted and can be mailed to:
Department of English
356 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056
Official acceptances will be emailed to participants by February 14, 2014
*If submitting visual artwork or a poster, you must be present with your work and be prepared to give a short introduction and answer questions at the end of the session.