Digital Narratives & Millennial Consumers

A Stream on “Digital Narratives & Millennial Consumers: Approaches & Challenges”
as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics
8-11 July 2019, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the 
Athens Journal of  Philology

The Languages and Linguistics Unit of ATINER, will hold a Stream on “Digital Narratives & Millennial Consumers: Approaches & Challenges” as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics, 8-11 July 2019, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Philology.

Digital media facilitate the creation of multimodal ensembles that draw on a wide range of semiotic resources in a diversity of online affinity spaces where both storytellers and viewers interact. As a result of recent advances in digital technologies, new genres as well as new contexts for communication have become pervasive, not excluding digital narratives. Digital narratives constitute a postmodern emerging genre whereby users create and publish stories using Web 2.0 technologies, such as blogs, and social media platforms, like Facebook and YouTube, for the digital natives to consume. These narratives, whether created by amateurs or professionals, are arguably a mobilizing force of social change that reach the globe at a fast pace and gain huge accolades. Such stories situate rhetoric, semiotic, cognitive, and educational scholars within complex intersections in their genuine attempts of decoding the new genre structure and analyzing the linguistic, evaluative, and cognitive resources used therein. Over the past decade, digital storytelling has further emerged as a powerful learning and teaching tool that engages both students and teachers alike. Several practitioners and scholars have taken steady steps to launch linguistic and educational projects geared toward the incorporation of digital literacy practices in K-12, undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Informed by genre, multimodality, cognitive, new literacy, and new media studies, this stream seeks to ignite a fruitful discussion on recent linguistic and pedagogical digital literacy practices, namely (but not limited to): 

  • Digital narratives and genre analysis
  • Digital stories and online identity construction/social presence
  • Multimodal discourse analysis of motivational speakers’ digital narratives
  • Cognitive analysis of digital narratives on social media platforms
  • Community-based digital storytelling in the EFL/ESL classrooms
  • Learners’ perceptions of digital storytelling as pedagogic and assessment tools
  • Challenges of using digital storytelling in language learning, teaching, and assessment

You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer. Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/2019fees.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Myceanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form by the 10 December 2018 to: Dr. Nashwa Elyamany, Academic Member, ATINER & Assistant Professor, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (gregory.papanikos@stir.ac.uk).

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