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Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:55:35 -0400
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*CFP: The Poetics of Metadata*

*The Society for Textual Scholarship

*Sixteenth Biennial
International Interdisciplinary Conference

*March 16-18, 2011

*Penn State University*

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This panel at the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the Society for Textual
Scholarship seeks to expand recent directions in media studies by focusing
on metadata—data about data—as a category of aesthetic, theoretical, and
cultural inquiry.

Recent critical trends in media studies have emphasized various aspects of
and approaches to the materiality of technology and media information, with
methodologies including digital forensics, platform studies, and critical
code studies offering both a deep interest in the close reading of
technology and a jumping-off point towards multiple larger literary,
cultural, and philosophical questions. This panel aims to extend these
approaches through a close focus on metadata. How does metadata relate to
data in discursive, informational, and ontological terms? How and to what
extent does metadata inform the materiality of technology? What kinds of
aesthetic, economic, geopolitical, philosophical, and historical questions
emerge when we focus our attention on texts such as caches, server logs,
search histories, and other instances of the metadata of the digital? How
might contemporary metadata resemble, remediate, or break from the metadata of
earlier periods? How might we write metadata into media history, and how
does its presence coincide with or complicate existing narratives of media

Papers welcome on all aspects of metadata across all periods and media.
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a short c.v. via email by October
10, 2010 to Paul Benzon, Temple University ([log in to unmask]); initial
queries also welcome at this address.

All participants in the STS 2011 conference must be members of STS. For
information about membership, please contact Secretary Meg Roland at <
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website and follow the links to the Society for Textual Scholarship
membership page. For conference updates and information, see the STS website
at <>.

Paul Benzon
Department of English
1127 Anderson Hall
Temple University
1801 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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