Alexandra Brown (University of Pennsylvania)
Tzarina Prater (Bentley University)
How do digital platforms impact textual forms at the level of production, dissemination and consumption? As the 21st century world becomes increasingly digitized, so too does our relationship to the ways in which we produce, engage, and distribute the written word. Following Nadia Ellis’s work on the intersections between nationalism and mourning as well as Lauren Berlant’s timely engagement with the fracturings of genre conventions under neoliberalism, this panel seeks to take those analyses online. In reading the digital not only as a space that texts inhabit, but also as an actor in textual creation and engagement, this session grapples with both the economic and affective stakes of reading and writing online. We intend to explore online platforms ranging from social media to digital writers’ workshops to ezine publications and beyond in an effort to understand how online spaces participate in the construction of new forms of texts, readers, and relationships across both physical and digital landscapes. Given the often transnational movement of the digital, we are interested in investigating the generative and complex intersections between digital platforms and relationships of online readers and writers to nation. We welcome 12-15 minute papers that engage with physical and digital intersections through the lens of shifting conventions of genre, affective response, nationalisms, or movements through (trans)national spaces.
Keywords: digital platforms, diaspora, textual form, textual production, nationalisms