The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions, and Attempts at Explanati

Venue: University of Graz

Location: Graz, Austria

Event Date/Time: Oct 01, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 03, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 16, 2009
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The aim of the symposium is to elucidate the current ‘metareferential turn’ in the arts and media (high ‘meta-art’ as well as ‘meta-pop’) from both a functional and a cultural-historical perspective.
Issues to be considered are:
• collecting and interpreting relevant cases of metareference in contemporary arts and media, especially where this has not been done so far to a sufficient degree;
• exploring major functions and effects of metaization in contemporary arts and media;
• embedding the current metareferential turn in the general cultural-historical development of ‘metaization’, and finding possible reasons for its appearance.
Papers (in English) dealing with any of these topics are welcome, especially when they go beyond a discussion of ‘metafiction’; yet all papers ought to address the functions of metaization in our world and/or the question of how to explain the current metareferential turn. Length of papers: 30 minutes. For detailed information on ‘metareference’ and a preceding conference on this subject please visit our website at
Abstracts of 300 to 500 words and a short CV including an indication of academic affiliation should be sent to by February 16, 2009.