Writing that Shapes the World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Тези до: 28.10.2016
Дати: 04.04.17 — 06.04.17
Е-мейл Оргкомітету: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing has been part of human history for 5,000 years, give or take a few hundred. It developed independently in more than one part of the globe which speaks to its fundamental quality as a truly human capability. And it has shaped cultures, thought processes, knowledge, and how all of these get transmitted from one person, one generation, one era to the next. Writing in a very real sense is reflexive of, and instrumental in the continuance of culture.
Literate societies produce writings of a multitude of types. Ranging from shopping lists to philosophical tracts, from love letters to bills of rights, from poetry to news reports, computer code to hieroglyphics, and everything in between, the written word can be banal or profound. Throughout these 5,000 years, words of import and historical moments have often converged to create what we are calling ‘Writing that Shapes the World: yesterday, today, and tomorrow’ – and our event will feature presentations and discussions.
Our questions start here, and extend outward:
What makes a piece of writing powerful enough to shape the world?
What does ‘shaping the world’ mean, anyway?
What kinds of writing have shaped the world in some way, and to what end(s)?
How and why can it be possible that powerful writing includes examples of such varied types?
Is there something inherent in the process of writing itself that has the potential for power?
How does cultural acceptance of, analysis of, and appreciation for a particular writing genre or specific work shape how it is received and the power it might have?
How is all this changing with the advent of electronic / digital writing?
Has writing’s place in the hierarchy of culture-shaping processes changed – become more or less powerful – as its production and dissemination methods shift?