Found out yesterday that my panel has been accepted to the Society for Literature, Science, and Arts [SLSA] conference. Here is the description of the panel we submitted:
Rethinking the Intermediated Experience through Literature and Gaming
Considering recent work in new media theory, technoculture studies, and the philosophy of technology, this panel explores some possibilities for how to approach the creative potential of intermediation. In particular, each panelist considers alternatives to theories that are rooted in information theory and asks what a theory of intermediated experience might look like. Focusing not only on print texts, such as Danielewski’s House of Leaves, but also computer role-playing games, such as Morrowind, and electronic literature by Shelley Jackson, the panelists unpack affect, embodiment, and materiality, in particular, in order to articulate how experience unfolds during particular intermediated events. Questions raised by the panelists include: When stressing experience over, say, quantitative data analysis, how does the notion of medium function? Or the subject-object dichotomy? Or the very idea of interactivity? Motivated by differences in both methodology and archives, the panelists understand this panel as an opportunity to work through a theory of intermediated experience as a problematic—why such a theory matters in the first place, what problems emerge, and how those problems allow for certain modes of knowledge-making.
Jentery Sayers, PhD Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle, Dept. of English
Terry Schenold, PhD Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle, Dept. of English
Timothy Welsh, PhD Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle, Dept. of English
We didn’t have to send in our individual abstracts, which was nice. I am writing about immersion and interactivity using In Cold Blood, .hack, and House of Leaves. Still working out this idea from my exams through these three examples, which I argue resist a concept of media engagement characterized as a plunge into a different reality.