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Imagine Media! Media Borders and Intermediality


Nordic Society for Interarts Studies is pleased to announce its eighth
conference to be held at Vaxjo University Sweden 25-28 October 2007.000

What is intermediality? To answer this question one must first ask: What is a medium and where do we find the gaps that intermediality bridges? In a similar way the questions What is interartiality? and What is multimodality? require that the supposedly crossed borders be described before one can proceed to the – inter – and - multi. – And how are the notions intermediality interartiality and multimodality actually related? Are they simply varying words used by scholars from different disciplines but basically denoting the same phenomenon? Or are there substantial differences that justify different labels for dissimilar conceptions?

The aim of the conference is to illuminate these very basic queries
in order to facilitate communication and theoretical cross-fertilization over the borders between the aesthetic disciplines media &amp
communication studies linguistics etc. More specific questions that
might be asked are for instance: What happens from a historical
and social point of view when new media and art forms emerge
and are delimited? Where do we actually find the limits and border
crossings of intermediality and multimodality – in physical reality in the world of concepts or on the level of sense perception
and cognition? Is it advisable to promote models consisting of
semiotically mixed categories such as text/sound/image or should
one rather focus on the differences and relations between sense
channels? Are perhaps all works of art and communicative forms
essentially intermedial or multimodal? What are the theoretical
and practical implications of describing something as intermedial
or multimodal? What are the more precise differences and relations
between notions such as mass medium technical medium modal-
ity art form and genre?

Keynote speakers will be Siglind Bruhn (University of Michigan) W. J. T. Mitchell (University of Chicago) and Jürgen E. Müller (Universitat Bayreuth).

This invitation is primarily directed to senior scholars and doctoral
candidates. We welcome proposals both for papers that are fundamentally theoretical and/or historical dealing with essential and
cross-disciplinary issues and for papers that analyze and interpret
works and texts (in the widest sense of the word) that provoke
discussions of the above kind. Proposals for alternative forms of
presentation including for instance artistic performance may be

The time for paper presentations is strictly limited to 20 minutes
followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Official languages of the
conference are English Swedish Norwegian and Danish.

Please send your abstract (around 300 words) as an attachment to Submissions are due by 21 March 2007.000 You will
then be contacted by the conference committee no later than 4
April. Please let us know also if you wish to be registered as a passive participant. The conference fee will be SEK 1500 including
four lunches coffee and fruit twice a day at least one reception
one banquet and various artistic performances.

Please visit the website of the conference. It will be continuously

NorSIS Nordic Society for Interarts Studies:

Forum for Intermedial Studies (Ims) VäxjöUniversity (local
conference host): (Swedish)


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