On New Media and Identity Formation

31-10-2016 East West University

EWU National Conference: Call for Papers

January 21, 2017

Cultural symbols generated by literature and the fine and performing arts and spawned by recent history have proliferated endlessly in our times. Technological advancement, particularly in the field of communication, has led to fascinating developments in identity formation. Indeed, ‘virtual’ identities have been thriving in the age of the New Media and have, in turn, been impacting on the formation of ‘real’ identities.  This is because regardless of ethnic and social background, age, or gender, millions of internet users are now residing in flourishing online or New Media environments.  The fact is that developments in electronics in general and the New Media in particular have brought human interaction to a highly interconnected and complex level. These developments have led to rapid changes in human behavior. To put it somewhat differently, the convergence of new media and globalization have directly impacted on the construction and development of cultural identity. The emergence of new media and globalization has not only broken through the comfort zones of traditional time and space, it has also challenged existing conceptions of cultural identity. In fact, the New Media has an immense power of constructing and de-constructing identities. Consequently, identities have become [virtually] fluid or transformable. This is because people have been easily and regularly transgressing boundaries and are thriving inside the matrix of an ever-increasing virtual grid.

Keeping such developments in mind, the Department of English, East West University invites you to send abstracts of no more than 500 words on any one of the following topics:

  • New Media and Literature/ Music/ Aesthetics/Art/Film/ELT
  • New Media and Popular Culture/ Identity/ Violence/ the Environment
  • New Media and Consumer Society
  • Identity and Globalization/Literature/ Language/Memory/Multiculturalism

Conference Location: East West University, Dhaka.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 October 2016

Notifications of the acceptance of the abstracts: Within 10 November 2016

Draft article/Paper submission deadline: 18 December 2016

Registration Deadline:  18 December 2016

Please send the softcopy of your abstract here: englishconference2017ewu@gmail.com

Registration Details:

Spot: Department of English, East West University, A/2, Jahurul Islam City Gate, 1212 Aftab Nagar Main Rd, Dhaka
Presenter (Professionals): BDT 1000
Presenter (Students): BDT 600
Participants: BDT 300

Contact:

  • Arafat Noman, Convener, 01722878102
  • Farzana Sharmin P. Islam, Co-convener, 01819200911

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