Brooklyn College CFP – “The Techno-Logics of Literature, Literacy, and Pedagogy”

Screening Progress: The Techno-Logics of Literature, Literacy, and Pedagogy
Keynote Speaker: Professor Wendy Hayden (Hunter College)

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”

– Aldous Huxley

The Graduate English Committee at Brooklyn College will be hosting a research conference on Saturday, May 11, 2019 and is inviting discussions from graduate students specializing in any area, time period, genre, and theoretical approach.

Technology has provided writers, readers, and learners with infinite modes of communication which no longer necessarily represent traditional forms of literacy. Blogs, podcasts, and ebooks are all commonplace and pedagogy is beginning to transition to the online realm.

The implications of this reshaping remain up for debate. Advancement is not inherently positive, and this conference seeks to convene a critical discussion of technology’s influence on literature, literacy, and pedagogy.


Possible paper topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Impact of technology on literary forms
  • Technology and the history of the book
  • How do we define and qualify literature in the 21st century?
  • Are blogs literary?
  • Self-publication changing how people generate, share, and/or receive information
  • Writing about technology in literature
  • Non-digital forms of technology
  • Disruption of pedagogy through digital developments
  • Trend of technology in literature being a reflection of a larger cultural trend
  • The educator as arbitrator of information?
  • How will audio and video mediums impact the shape of literary forms?
  • Digital technology and the influence on academic and social discourse
  • Protest culture
  • Safe spaces
  • Proximity of ideas (all things being separated by one click)

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to by March 18, 2019.

BC English MA website

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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