CFP: Virtual Reality and the Production of Identity
Virtual Reality and the Production of Identity
With the debut of standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets such as the Oculus Go and Lenovo’s Mirage Solo in 2018, consumer VR now offers access to interactive experiences set in far-flung environments for less than the cost of a big screen television. While questions of immersion and interactivity have dominated the discourse surrounding VR since Antonin Artaud first coined the term in 1938 and science fiction literature and film such as Simulacron-3 (1964), Neuromancer (1984), Strange Days (1995), and The Matrix (1999) popularized the concept, this panel seeks to consider contemporary VR in relation to questions of subjectivity and identity. How does consumer VR construct its user’s identity? What is the role of individual identity, particularly the user’s body, in relation to contemporary VR experiences and environments? How does consumer VR’s hailing of its user compare to that of other media such as film, television, video games, personal computing, and/or social media? In relation to previous media fantasies of VR technology?
I am interested to form a panel that takes up these questions (and more) to consider contemporary VR in relation to the production of identity. Papers could engage with such topics as:
· Remediation and VR’s relationship to other media’s construction of identity, including video games, film, television, personal computing, social media
· Immersion, embodiment, and empathy in VR technology, environments, and/or experiences
· Gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, ability in VR environments, experiences, and/or culture
· VR and political economy
· Media fantasies of VR and identity as compared to today’s technology
I would like to invite proposals for papers about these and other considerations about VR in relation to questions of subjectivity and identity. Please send an abstract (2500 characters/250-300 words), title, list of works cited (3-5 sources), and brief author bio (500 characters) by August 5. Submitters will be notified by August 12.
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Associate Professor of Film Studies