CFP – Texts and Technologies in Canadian and Quebec Literatures

Texts and Technologies in Canadian and Quebec Literatures
Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures Annual Conference
June 1- 3 2013
University of Victoria,
Victoria, British Columbia.
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The Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures is pleased to invite papers on the subject of texts and technologies in the literature of Québec and of Canada for its annual conference to be held in June 2013, in Victoria, BC.
The theme of Congress 2013, “@ the Edge,” invites us to reflect on the technological innovations that shape the world we live in. In accordance with this theme, the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures invites proposals for papers that investigate the links between literary texts and technologies of all kinds, not just technologies of writing, communication, and information processing, but
technologies used in fields as diverse as transportation, engineering, medicine, war, architecture, and agriculture, to name a few. How have literary texts produced in Canada and Quebec, across historical periods, attempted to make sense of the social, political, and cultural dimensions of new technologies? In what ways have new technologies affected the production, dissemination, and reception of literature? How have new technologies contributed to the emergence of new narrative forms and new textual formats? Can literature itself be understood as a technology through which authors and readers attempt to transform reality? Can the depiction of  technologies in literary texts have any effect on the implementation of those technologies in the everyday world? By inviting explorations of these and other questions, our conference aims to bring together researchers interested in examining the place of new technologies within the specific cultural, historical, political, and geographical contexts of Quebec and Canada.

Possible proposal topics could include, but are not limited to:
· the representation of technologies in literary texts (modes of transportation, telephones, movies, television, radio, computers, cell phones etc.)

· the effect of “new” writing tools on the production of texts (i.e. pens, presses, typewriters, word processors etc.)

· literature as technology

· the effect of new technologies on bookselling (i.e. relationships among independent bookstores, large chains, and on-line sales)

· the effect of changing information technologies on library and archival research

· debates about technology and “the end of books” (printed books vs. digital texts) new technologies and the teaching of literature

· interactive narrative forms (i.e. video games, locative narratives)

· “new” print technologies (i.e. paperback books, mass-market magazines, newspapers etc.)

· desktop publishing

· literary journals (print to digital)

· author blogs

· digital formats and intellectual property

· on-line writers workshops

· on-line book clubs

· fan fiction and virtual communities

· literature and radio

· literature and television

· literature and film

· theatre and television

· hypertextual theatrical productions

We also welcome member-organized sessions on topics related to any aspect of Canadian and Quebec literatures. Calls for member-organized sessions should be no more than 200 words. They are due on or before 30 November 2012 and will be posted on the ACQL website. All paper or session proposals can be written in French or English. Those who propose papers or sessions must be members of the ACQL by March 1, 2013. See the ACQL website ( for membership and registration information.
Please send paper proposals (no more than 300 words) with a short biography and a 50-word abstract in Word or RTF to one of the coordinators listed below by 15 January 2013.

Coordinator (English)
Professor Sara Jamieson
Department of English
Carleton University
Dunton Tower 1812
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6
Telephone: (613) 520-2600 ex. 2431
Fax: (613) 520-3544

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