ELO’17 - Electronic Literature > Affiliations, Communities, Translations

Hosted by UFP - University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, July 19 - 22, 2017


Call For Papers & Works

The ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) is pleased to announce its 2017 Conference and Festival, to be held from July 19-22. The Conference is hosted by University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, and the Festival and Exhibits will be held in the center of the historic city of Porto, Portugal.

Titled «Electronic Literature: Affiliations, Communities, Translations», the Conference and Festival welcome dialogues and untold histories of electronic literature, providing a space for discussion about what exchanges, negotiations, and movements we can track in the field of electronic literature. These three threads will weave through the conference, structuring dialogue, debate, performances, presentations, and exhibits. The threads are meant as provocations, enabling constraints, and aim at forming a diagram of electronic literature today and expanding awareness of the history and diversity of the field.

The goal of this International Conference is to contribute to displacing and re-situating accepted views and histories of electronic literature, in order to construct a larger and more expansive field, to map discontinuous textual relations across histories and forms, and to create productive and poetic apparatuses from unexpected combinations. Each of the three strands - Affiliations, Communities, Translations - is described in detail below. Participants can apply to the Conference and Festival by locating their work within a strand. In all cases, we are open to experimental proposals that integrate theory and practice, and proposals that challenge presentation formats.


Electronic literature is trans-temporal. It has an untold history.


  • Multiple diachronic and genealogical perspectives on electronic literature, providing room for comparative studies;
  • Untold archeologies and commerces between electronic literature and other expressive and material practices;
  • Intermedia and ergodicity in Baroque poetry, futurism and dada; concretism, Videopoetry and Fluxus; Videoart and soundart; and how these expressive forms are recreated and transcoded in digital forms of literature;
  • Early experiments in generative and combinatory literature;
  • Performances mapping the aesthetic and material antecedents of electronic literature;
  • Attention to remixing/re-coding of previous materials from the avant-gardes.


Electronic literature is global. It creates a forum where subjects in the global network act out and struggle over their location and situation.


  • Expanding our understanding of electronic literature communities and how literature is accounted for within diverse communities of practice;
  • Case studies of individual communities as well as broader engagement with how communities form and develop, and how they interact with and create affinities with other communities;
  • Comparative case studies:
    • Artists’ books;
    • Augmented and Virtual Reality;
    • Perl poetry;
    • Sound-video practitioners;
    • ASCII art and Net.Art;
    • Hacktivism/Activism;
    • Memes and Fan Fiction cultures;
    • Minecraft, Twine, Bots and Indie Gaming;
    • kids' e-lit;
  • How these practices are connected to electronic literature.;
  • Performances engaging with the diversity of practices in electronic literature and affiliated communities, as well as their critical awareness of network aesthetics.


Electronic literature is an exchange between language and code. It contains many voices.


  • Electronic literature as translation in the broadest possible sense;
  • Beyond interlinguistic translation: emulations, virtualizations, re-readings, and interpretations;
  • Limits and specifics of the programmability of natural languages as a means of literary expression;
  • Plagiotropy;
  • Linguistic, intermedial and intersemiotic translation;
  • Code and text translation;
  • Generative literature and emulations of historic electronic literature;
  • Re-readings and interpretations of previous works;
  • How these activities expand our understanding of literature and textuality;
  • Performances addressing linguistic reflexivity and their engagement with translation, broadly understood, i.e., as a transcoding mechanism involving exchange in and across media, languages and cultures.


«Affiliations» Exhibit: July 18-22, to be held at Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, curated by Álvaro Seiça and Daniela Côrtes Maduro.

«Communities» Exhibit: July 18-22, to be held at Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, curated by Bruno Ministro and Sandra Guerreiro Dias.

«Translations» Exhibit: July 18-22, to be held at Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, curated by Ana Marques da Silva and Diogo Marques.

Submission Guidelines

Acceptance policy

For the Conference (peer-reviewed):

  • Paper (10 to 15 mins - a presentation of a single paper by one or more authors - 500 word abstract).
  • Lightning talk (5 mins - a short paper for a focused presentation - 250 word abstract).
  • Poster (for poster sessions - submit 1-page poster).
  • Panel (45 mins - a proposal for a complete panel including separate papers on the same general topic - 250 word overview plus 500 word individual abstracts).
  • Roundtable (45 mins - a group presentation of a specific topic emphasizing discussion and audience interaction - 500 word abstract).
  • Workshop (Action sessions, focused on hands-on group work on a given project or topic - 500 word abstract).

For the Festival (peer-reviewed):

  • Performance (10 to 15 mins - readings, actions, interventions - 250 word abstract; provide links to images, videos, etc.)
  • Installation (provide description of installation, as well as technical needs)
  • Screening (provide link to video)

Submissions open: August 15th, 2016.

Abstracts Due: December 22nd, 2016. Review will follow a peer-review process, using easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2017). The CFP and review process will take into consideration the differences between Paper, Lightning Talk, Poster, Panel, Roundtable, Workshop, Performance, Installation, Screening.

Acceptances sent out: January 30th, 2017.

Proposers must attend the conference. Authors can submit as many proposals as they want, but a maximum of two will be accepted for presentation.

Submissions should be done using easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2017

Registration: Early registration will close March 31st, 2017. There will be a registration fee for the Conference, which includes ELO Membership, invitations to all sessions of the Conference, Festival, and Exhibits, as well as access to the Banquet. Lunch and coffee-breaks will be served.

English is the official language of the conference. All submissions should be written in English.

ELO 2017 will provide basic technological needs such as Internet, projectors, power cords, sound systems, and cables. Specific and/or specialized equipment needs should be provided by artists. ELO is not responsible for shipping costs. Proposals for all creative activities must be submitted via the conference website.

Abstracts, papers, lightning talks, posters, and audiovisual documentation of the Festival and Exhibits will be published. A selection of papers will be published in Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures (ISSN 1555-9351).

For more information, contact Rui Torres, ELO’17 Chair, rtorres [at] ufp.edu.pt


Organizing Committee

  • Rui Torres, Chair (Univ. Fernando Pessoa, Porto)
  • Sandy Baldwin, Co-Chair (Rochester Inst. Technology, USA)
  • Manuel Portela, Scientific Committee Chair (Univ. Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Leonardo Flores, Artistic Committee Chair (Univ. Puerto Rico, Mayagüez)
  • Dene Grigar, Exhibits Chair (Washington State Univ. Vancouver, USA)
  • Nadine Trigo, Local Chair (Univ. Fernando Pessoa, Porto)


UFP (Universidade Fernando Pessoa) - http://www.ufp.pt

Culturgest - http://www.culturgest.pt/info/porto.html

Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória - http://www.tnsj.pt/home/msbv/index.php?intID=7&intSubID=12

Palacete Viscondes de Balsemão - http://visitasvirtuais.cm-porto.pt/pvb.php

More info > http://conference.eliterature.org