Electronic Literature > Affiliations, Communities, Translations
Hosted by UFP – University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, July 19 – 22, 2017
Call For Papers & Works
The ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) is pleased to announce its 2017 Conference and Festival, to be held from July 19-22. The Conference is hosted by University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, and the Festival and Exhibits will be held in the center of the historic city of Porto, Portugal.
Titled «Electronic Literature: Affiliations, Communities, Translations», the Conference and Festival welcome dialogues and untold histories of electronic literature, providing a space for discussion about what exchanges, negotiations, and movements we can track in the field of electronic literature. These three threads will weave through the conference, structuring dialogue, debate, performances, presentations, and exhibits. The threads are meant as provocations, enabling constraints, and aim at forming a diagram of electronic literature today and expanding awareness of the history and diversity of the field.
The goal of this International Conference is to contribute to displacing and re-situating accepted views and histories of electronic literature, in order to construct a larger and more expansive field, to map discontinuous textual relations across histories and forms, and to create productive and poetic apparatuses from unexpected combinations. Each of the three strands – Affiliations, Communities, Translations – is described in detail below. Participants can apply to the Conference and Festival by locating their work within a strand. In all cases, we are open to experimental proposals that integrate theory and practice, and proposals that challenge presentation formats.
Electronic literature is trans-temporal. It has an untold history.
Conference: to be held at University Fernando Pessoa, July 19-22. We welcome submissions of Papers, Lightning talks, Posters, Panels, Roundtables, and Workshops for peer-review evaluation, disclosing multiple diachronic and genealogical perspectives on electronic literature, providing room for comparative studies, and exploring untold archeologies and commerces between electronic literature and other expressive and material practices. Topics include, but are not limited to: intermedia and ergodicity in Baroque poetry, futurism and dada; concretism, videopoetry and Fluxus; early experiments in generative and combinatory literature; videoart and soundart; and how these expressive forms are recreated and transcoded in digital forms of literature.
Festival: to be held at Culturgest, July 19. Proposals for performances, installations and screenings will be evaluated by the Artistic Committee. Evaluation criteria will include the works’ mapping of the aesthetic and material antecedents of electronic literature, and attention to remixing/re-coding of previous materials from the avant-gardes.
Exhibit: July 18-22, curated by Álvaro Seiça and Daniela Côrtes Maduro.
Electronic literature is global. It creates a forum where subjects in the global network act out and struggle over their location and situation.
Conference: to be held at University Fernando Pessoa, July 19-22. We welcome submissions of Papers, Lightning talks, Posters, Panels, Roundtables, and Workshops for peer-review evaluation that expand our understanding of electronic literature communities and how literature is accounted for within diverse communities of practice. Papers may include case studies of individual communities as well as broader engagement with how communities form and develop, and how they interact with and create affinities with other communities. Topics for comparative case studies include but are not limited to artists’ books, Augmented and Virtual Reality; Perl poetry; Sound-video practitioners; ASCII art and Net.Art; Hacktivism/Activism; Memes and Fan Fiction cultures; kids’ e-lit; Minecraft, Twine, Bots and Indie Gaming; and how these practices are connected to electronic literature.
Festival: to be held at Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, July 20. Proposals for performances, installations and screenings will be evaluated by peers. Evaluation criteria will include the work’s engagement with the diversity of practices in electronic literature and affiliated communities, as well as their critical awareness of network aesthetics.
Exhibit: July 18-22, curated by Bruno Ministro and Sandra Guerreiro Dias.
Electronic literature is an exchange between language and code. It contains many voices.
Conference: to be held at University Fernando Pessoa, July 19-22. We welcome submissions of Papers, Lightning talks, Posters, Panels, Roundtables, and Workshops for peer-review evaluation that understand electronic literature as translation in the broadest possible sense. Beyond interlinguistic translation, we will accept papers on emulations, virtualizations, re-readings, and interpretations. We particularly welcome papers that address the limits and specifics of the programmability of natural languages as a means of literary expression. Topics include but are not limited to plagiotropy; linguistic, intermedial and intersemiotic translation; code and text translation; generative literature; emulations of historic electronic literature; re-readings and interpretations of previous works; and how these activities expand our understanding of literature and textuality.
Festival: to be held at Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, July 21. Proposals for performances, installations and screenings will be evaluated by peers. Evaluation criteria will include the works’ linguistic reflexivity and their engagement with translation, broadly understood, i.e., as a transcoding mechanism involving exchange in and across media, languages and cultures.
Exhibit: July 18-22, curated by Ana Marques da Silva and Diogo Marques.
- ● For the Conference (peer-reviewed):
- ○ Paper (10 to 15 mins – a presentation of a single paper by one or more authors – 500 word abstract).
- ○ Lightning talk (5 mins – a short paper for a focused presentation – 250 word abstract).
- ○ Poster (for poster sessions – submit 1-page poster).
- ○ Panel (45 mins – a proposal for a complete panel including separate papers on the same general topic – 250 word overview plus 500 word individual abstracts).
- ○ Roundtable (45 mins – a group presentation of a specific topic emphasizing discussion and audience interaction – 500 word abstract).
- ○ Workshop (Action sessions, focused on hands-on group work on a given project or topic – 500 word abstract).
- ● For the Festival (peer-reviewed):
- ○ Performance (10 to 15 mins – readings, actions, interventions – 250 word abstract; provide links to images, videos, etc.)
- ○ Installation (provide description of installation, as well as technical needs)
- ○ Screening (provide link to video)
- ● Submissions open: August 15th, 2016.
- ● Abstracts Due: December 5th, 2016. Review will follow a double-blind process, using easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2017). The CFP and review process will take into consideration the differences between Paper, Lightning Talk, Poster, Panel, Roundtable, Workshop, Performance, Installation, Screening.
- ● Acceptances sent out: January 15th, 2017.
- ● Proposers must attend the conference. Authors can submit as many proposals as they want, but a maximum of two will be accepted for presentation. Submissions should be done using easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2017
- ● Registration: Early registration will close March 31st, 2017. There will be a registration fee for the Conference, which includes ELO Membership, invitations to all sessions of the Conference, Festival, and Exhibits, as well as access to the Banquet. Lunch and coffee-breaks will be served.
- ELO 2017 will provide basic technological needs such as Internet, projectors, power cords, sound systems, and cables. Specific and/or specialized equipment needs should be provided by artists. ELO is not responsible for shipping costs. Proposals for all creative activities must be submitted via the conference website.
- Abstracts, papers, lightning talks, posters, and audiovisual documentation of the Festival and Exhibits will be published. A selection of papers will be published in Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures (ISSN 1555-9351).
- For more information, contact Rui Torres, ELO’17 Chair, rtorres [at] ufp.edu.pt
- Curated Exhibitions
- ● Dene Grigar, Chair (Washington State Univ. Vancouver, USA)
- ● Affiliations – Curated by Álvaro Seiça and Daniela Côrtes Maduro
- ● Communities – Curated by Bruno Ministro and Sandra Guerreiro Dias
- ● Translations – Curated by Ana Marques da Silva and Diogo Marques
- Keynote Speakers & Featured Artists Talks
- Keynote speakers will offer provocative perspectives on electronic literature. Artists will also offer exciting and stimulating perspectives on electronic literature.
- Porto (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porto), also known, in English, as Oporto, is the second-largest city in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1996). In 2014, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
- Transportation and Hotel
- Located in northern Portugal, Porto (OPO) is easy to reach by land or air. Instructions will be available soon. A list of Hotels and Hostels will also be provided and accounted for. The Conference will be held at University Fernando Pessoa, and the Festival and Exhibits will be held in different venues in the center of Porto.
- UFP (Universidade Fernando Pessoa) – http://www.ufp.pt
- Culturgest – http://www.culturgest.pt/info/porto.html
- Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória – http://www.tnsj.pt/home/msbv/index.php?intID=7&intSubID=12
- Palacete Viscondes de Balsemão – http://visitasvirtuais.cm-porto.pt/pvb.php