[Msa-discuss] CFP for MSA 2019 “Mediation, the Urban, and Cultural Memory”

JiHae Koo kooji at iu.edu
Mon Feb 11 21:09:41 EST 2019

CFP Title: “Mediation, the Urban, and Cultural Memory” (for MSA 2019; 24
February Deadline)

Friedrich Kittler famously claimed that the city was the quintessential
space of modernity in its spatial capacity as a “medium” for data storage,
exchange, and processing. Kittler argued that to explore how various
“mediums” store, exchange, and process cultural memory can help us
understand how those in the early twentieth-century responded to the
anxiety surrounding what Walter Benjamin described as the increasing loss
of shared memory. This panel proposes to explore representations of media
(broadly conceived) and mediation in an urban setting as part of a response
to modernity’s threat to established tradition. This media can range from
the “old” new media such as telegraphy, photography, and cinema to urban
infrastructure such as “water supply, electricity, highways” (Kittler) that
supply the energy needed in order for information to circulate. Paper
topics could include, but need not be limited to, studies of works, genres,
or forms that facilitate memorialization, or analysis on modernist
representations or discourses on media’s role in enhancing or destabilizing
memory. Please send a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper and a short
bio to JiHae Koo (kooji at iu.edu) by February 24, 2019.
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