This one-day conference looks to trace connections between the narratives of contemporary screen media and their contexts of production, distribution and consumption. Keynote speakers are Henry Jenkins and Jason Mittell.
The deadline for proposal submission is
Monday 13 February 2012. NEW DEADLINE is Sunday 4 March 2012!
Contemporary Screen Narratives - Storytelling’s Digital and Industrial Contexts. Conference to be held on 17 May 2012. Hosted by the Department of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham. Keynote speakers: Henry Jenkins and Jason Mittell.
This one-day conference looks to trace connections between the narratives of contemporary screen media and their contexts of production, distribution and consumption. We refer here to narrative as the presentation and organisation of story via the semiotic phenomena of image, sound and written/spoken word. We anticipate that speakers will explore ways in which stories and their on-screen telling are informed by contemporary industrial and technological conditions. We invite contributions from postgraduate and early-career researchers working across screen-based narrative media, such as film, television, comics, literature, video games and other areas of new
media. We are interested to receive all paper proposals pertinent to the conference topic, though we particularly welcome those that engage with the following themes and questions:
Send abstracts of 250 words to Anthony Smith (aaxas4(at)nottingham.ac.uk) and Aaron Calbreath-Frasieur (aaxac2(at)nottingham.ac.uk). Papers should not exceed twenty minutes in length. The deadline for proposal submission is Monday 13 February 2012.
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This book takes up the challenge, deeply and broadly considering the relationship between digital technology and narrative theory in the face of the changing landscape of computer-mediated communication.
Just as the explosive growth of digital media has led to ever-expanding narrative possibilities and practices, so these new electronic modes of storytelling have, in their own turn, demanded a rapid and radical rethinking of narrative theory. This timely volume takes up the challenge, deeply and broadly considering the relationship between digital technology and narrative theory in the face of the changing landscape of computer-mediated communication.
New Narratives reflects the diversity of it subject by bringing together some of the foremost practitioners and theorists of digital narratives. It extends the range of digital subgenres examined by narrative theorists to include forms that have become increasingly prominent, new examples of experimental hypertext, and contemporary video games. The collection also explicitly draws connections between the development of narrative theory, technological innovation, and the use of narratives in particular social and cultural contexts.
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Ruth Page is a lecturer in English language at the University of Leicester. She is the author of Literary and Linguistic Approaches to Feminist Narratology and Stories and Social Media: Identities and Interaction. Bronwen Thomas is a senior lecturer in linguistics and literature at the Media School, Bournemouth University, and is the author of Fictional Dialogue: Speech and Conversation in the Modern and Postmodern Novel (forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press).