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NeMLA 2010

There have been quite a few stories that have captured my attention in the nearly six month break that I’ve taken from writing entries in this blog.  I will be sharing several of those stories in the next few days.  In the meantime, I recently had a panel proposal accepted for the Northeast Modern Language Association conference that will be held in Montreal in April 2010.  Here’s the call for papers for my panel:

Playing Web 2.0: Intertextuality, Narrative and Identity in New Media


41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 7-11, 2010

Montreal, Quebec – Hilton Bonaventure


A recent Facebook spoof of Hamlet by Sarah Schmelling illustrates the current proliferation of experiments in narrative form and intertextuality found in new media.  Web 2.0 tools, such as wikis, blogs and social networking sites, allow the average web user to actively participate in online life.  Given our societal bent toward postmodernism, it is not surprising that much of this online participation is characterized by a proclivity to challenge and play with traditional conventions.  This panel will examine play, defined in the broadest sense by Salen and Zimmerman as “free movement within a more rigid structure”, using Web 2.0 tools and new media.  Some questions of interest to the panel include:  Are there particular attributes of new media technologies that encourage play?  How is new media play different from/similar to play found elsewhere?  What impact do new media technologies have on our notions of play?  What are the motivations of those who engage in play via new media technologies?  Some example topics for the panel include: experimentation with new literary forms using social networking conventions (such as the 140-character status update); creation of online identities using text-based tools such as blogs; development of fictional worlds by fans of popular culture narratives using wikis and blogging tools; the use of casual online games to influence attitudes and behaviors concerning issues of social importance.

Submit 250-word abstracts to


Deadline:  September 30, 2009


Please include with your abstract:


Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)


The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events.  Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June:


Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar).  Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.


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I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in astrophotography, game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.

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