Beyond Oregon Trail: Digital Narratives of the U.S. West, Proposed Panel for the 2012 Western Literature Association Conference

Beyond Oregon Trail: Digital Narratives of the U.S. West

In science fiction and fantasy, technology often overtakes humanity and causes a loss of what is “real” and tactile. Our panel explores how the digital realm provides a forum for narratives of the U.S. West to be shaped and adapted with consequences in the world outside computers. The presentation of research will take the form of a discussion based panel. No papers will be read.
Possible topics include:
• How technology reshapes memory.
• The role of libraries as preservers of the past and moderators for shifting narratives.
• Computer games and digital environments of the West.
• How the digital world is directly impacting cultural perceptions of the U.S. West.

To submit, please send a 250 word abstract and a CV to session organizer Pamela Pierce at pampierc@indiana.edu by May 15, 2012.

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