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CFP "Vocal Embodiment and Remediation" Panel - American Comparative
Literature Association's Annual Meeting
Deadline: 23 September 2016
Conference: 6-9 July 2017
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

In the past decades, the encompassing interaction between literature and
media in live performance has paved the way for epistemologies centered on
vocality, performativity, and embodiment. More recently, Jelena Novak’s
notion of ‘Postopera’ (2015) raises questions about the role of the body in
contemporary technoculture and the traditions technologies transmit and
adapt: “the relationship between the body and the voice [in their digital
remediation] is the *locus* for a redefinition both of opera itself and our
understanding of it.” This panel will further explore redefinitions of the
voice-body interrelation as staged in literature, music, and performances,
both historical and contemporary.

As with postopera, we will follow trajectories in musicology, gender
studies, and media studies, in order to further understand the interface
between (singing) bodies and voices. In addition to the postoperatic
perspective, which returns to the body as one of the most compelling
components – even one of the main texts – of today’s digital landscapes of
voice, we will also consider how critical observations issued from
posthumanism have repeatedly questioned the ties that bond the voice to the

This panel seeks to convene media and literary critics, musicologists, and
composers, as well as other cultural theorists committed to further
understanding voices and their materialities of embodiment. We welcome
papers examining vocality’s technological mediation of bodies from a broad
range of critical perspectives and in different media: from voice to
embodiment studies, and from literature (both print and electronic) to
(digital) opera and performance art. As our goal is to broaden the scope
and the relevance of vocal embodiment for interdisciplinary study, we also
welcome presentations that do not directly pertain to literary texts, but
will nevertheless contribute to our understanding of these different areas
of study.

Please apply by September 23, 2016:


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