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Interactive Narratives, New Media and Social Engagement International Conference

Victoria College, University of Toronto

An interdisciplinary conference for researchers and practitioners. In the evolution of narrative practices from text-based literature to the advent of the digital revolution as storytelling moves from literacy to so-called post-literacy. The prevalence of new interactive digital narrative in all areas from games, to literature, to films, to video art has resulted in new forms of storytelling and, accordingly, provoked new practices of reading that transform readers/viewers into active collaborators. Physical public space is increasingly being substituted or augmented by virtual space through digital screens (e.g. video, film, computer). What effect do these new developments have on social space, seen here as encompassing both physical public spaces (streets, hotels, coffee shops) as well as virtual space (YouTube, Vine, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram)? How do these novel practices affect previously clearly demarcated frontiers between the public and the private? Throughout the world, from Brazil to Turkey to Canada, we have recently witnessed the influence of social media on political participation. How have these new platforms engendered innovative forms of expression?

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