Literary and artistic pathways of virtual space

Department of English and American Studies, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

8 – 10 November 2021

This year the Department of English and American Studies at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia organizes the 15th week-long colloquium, a traditional event that connects researchers, scholars as well as students.

Each year, there is a different thematic focus which is explored through a series of lectures presented by academics, workshops, film screenings and discussions. The event is aimed primarily at students of humanities.

This year’s event focuses on LITERARY AND ARTISTIC PATHWAYS OF VIRTUAL SPACE. You can submit a proposal for a presentation (20-40 minutes) on one of the following topics:

  • Thematic and formal intersections between literature, art and virtual reality;
  • Practices and poetics of contemporary electronic literature;
  • Artificial Intelligence and representations of virtual space in literature and film;
  • Unusual poetic voices in virtual worlds;
  • Representation of virtual space in children’s and young adult literature;
  • Study of reading practices on social media;
  • The future of literature and reading;
  • Alternative literary platforms;
  • Controversial topics and challenges of literature and art in the digital world.

We invite presentations on literature, criticism, film, visual art, cultural studies and philosophy that explore the phenomena described above. This year we also welcome presentations and discussions of artistic or literary events and projects held online. Please submit your 200-word abstract to by 27 October 2021. Please include your institutional affiliation and current email address.

Due to the pandemic, the participants will give virtual presentations and the colloquium will be held online.

Selected papers (only from the field of literary studies!) presented at the colloquium will be published in the academic peer-reviewed journal Ars Aeterna of the Department of English and American Studies at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (published by and indexed in the De Gruyter database). All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Please note:

  • There is no registration fee for presenters.
  • While the colloquium brings together scholars and researches from various areas, all the presentations will be addressed primarily to the students of the faculty.