Deadline Extended to February 15! CFP: Graduate Trans-(media) Conference



A graduate research conference June 6-7, 2013

The Cinema and Media Graduate Student Association of the Department of Media Culture at The College of Staten Island (CUNY) invites proposals to its inaugural Graduate Student Conference. The conference will consist of two days of panels on June 6th and 7th, with a keynote address on Thursday, June 6th.

About the Conference Theme:

Transmedia storytelling, as an object of analysis, has become increasingly relevant due to the increasing use of cross-platform storytelling. While originally defined as looking at the spread of narrative across a variety of media outlets (television, print, graphic novels, video games, internet venues, etc), trans-(media) as we envision it can encompass much more. In addition to exploring the traditional definition of transmedia, we wish to explore it more in the sense of media crossing boundaries. In this way, media can cross boundaries of genre, physical and geographical boundaries, and what one may term the boundaries of gender. Our theme of trans-(media) then includes the following: trans-(national), trans-(itional), trans-(gender), trans-(gressive), trans-(formative), and trans-(ient).

Some points of entry could be:

How do media companies choose to distribute and produce their stories globally and locally, and how do they decide which story parts get disseminated across which access points?

How do diverse media users translate (and transcribe) narratives and transition between consumption and production?

How have new media technologies fundamentally changed our methods of story construction and modes of reception?

Because of the unique nature of transmedia as an integrated media experience, it easily lends itself to interdisciplinary study, and one could argue that the tradition of transmedia, or at least storytelling in video games, could have been born out of the tradition of epistolary literature. Proposals from those working in cinema, media, communications, and literature are all expected, and we would be happy to welcome an even more interdisciplinary approach. We welcome proposals from graduate scholars at all levels, and those who have completed their program in the past two years.

Interested participants should submit a CV and an abstract of 250-500 words for a fifteen-minute paper electronically as attachments to CSICinemaMediaGSA AT gmail DOT com by Friday, February 15th, 2013.

Notification will be via e-mail on March 15, 2013.

The conference will provide meals and snacks. A nominal registration fee of $50 is required by April 15, 2013.

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