SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography. In the “Book” section of the site, you can plan a sonic journey through various locations recorded around the world. And in the “Search” section, you can search the database for specific sounds by member artists from many different places. If you are a phonographer, you can also contribute your recordings for others to enjoy.
SoundTransit began with the project “Phonographic Migrations #3 Soundscape-FM”, which was exhibited at the Garage Festival 2004 in Stralsund, Germany. This was followed in 2005 by the “Berlin.Soundscape-FM” website for Transmediale. For both projects, various artists were invited to contribute recordings made either all over the world [soundscape-fm] or within the city of Berlin [berlin.soundscape-fm]. These recordings were made available as an online database, a local FM radio broadcast and a webstream.
SoundTransit is inspired by the “Phonographic Migrations” series, coordinated by Yannick Dauby and Dale Lloyd and published on the labels and/OAR and Tiramizu. These projects enable participants to share sound information about their environments through divergent channels, and consequently to enact a collective soundscape that is materialized into a publication or a public event, physical or on-line. There is no copyright on the “Phonographic Migrations” concept, and anyone is free to initiate a similar project.
SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography. In the “Book” section of the site, you can plan a sonic journey through various locations recorded around the world. And in the “Search” section, you can search the database for specific sounds by member artists from many different places. If you are a phonographer, you can also contribute your recordings for others to enjoy.
Saskia Sassen, "Urban Economies and Fading Distances" http://www.megacities.nl/lecture_sassen.htm
RTFM (read the Fucking Menu) No Border Camp Strasbourg by Simon Worthington, MetaMute, Summer 2002
Is this the way to go? Handling Immigration in a Global Era.by Sakia Sassen MetaMute, Summer 2002
Consumerism versus CitizenshipThe Fight for the Global CommonsBy Naomi Klein in "No Logo"
web-based artworK: globalization (G8) * -panel slide show of images and texts from media coverage of the Group of 8 Summit in Genoa in July of 2001 where a young protestor, Carlo Guilani, was killed by riot police. (sound!)http://www.thing.net/~dollyoko/LOSDIAS/INDEX.HTML
Critical Art Ensembles a collective of five artists of various specializations dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics, and critical theory. This body of work on biotechnology represents a central on-going intitative by CAE.
books available free
The electronic disturbance
Electronic civil disobedience
link to the books http://www.critical-art.net/books/index.html
On May 30th, 2004 the FBI brought charges relating to bio-terrorism against friend and collaborator, Steve Kurtz of the Critical Art Ensemble. The eroneous charge stems from a legal and safe biological laboratory Kurtz uses in the production of his artworks.
Go the the CAE Defense Fund to find out what you can do.
Steven Kurtz was co-author of the Contestational Robotics essay.
interview COCO FUSCO
the Surveillance Camera Players:completely distrustful of all government.
Other artist against Video surveillance
CCTV Competition (Mark Thomas Project, England)
Denis Beaubois (Australia)
Geir Gjerde (Germany)
Red Squad (1971 film USA)
Very Closed Circuit Television (Finland)
article Technological Surveillance in the Workplace
Uncanny Networks : Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia
Geert Lovink / David Garcia
The Internet in Everyday Life (The Information Age) by Barry Wellmann
Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice by Martha McCaughey
There is a catastrophe within contemporary art. What I call the "optically correct" is at stake. The vision machine and the motor have triggered it, but the visual arts haven't learned from it. Instead, they've masked this failure with commercial success. This "accident" is provoking a reversal of values. In my view, this is positive: the accident reveals something important we would not otherwise know how to perceive.-- Paul Virilio, The Accident of ArtUrbanist and technological theorist Paul Virilio trained as a painter, studying under Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Bazaine and de Stael. In The Accident of Art, his third extended conversation with Sylvère Lotringer, Virilio addresses the situation of art within technological society for the first time. This book completes a collaborative trilogy the two began in 1982 with Pure War and continued with Crepuscular Dawn, their 2002 work on architecture and biotechnology.In The Accident of Art, Virilio and Lotringer argue that a direct relation exists between war trauma and art. Why has art failed to reinvent itself in the face of technology, unlike performing art? Why has art simply retreated into painting, or surrendered to digital technology? Accidents, Virilio claims, can free us from speed's inertia. As technological catastrophes, accidents are inventions in their own right.
About the Author
Sylvère Lotringer is Professor of French Literature at Columbia University. He is the coauthor, with Jean Baudrillard, of Forget Foucault (1987) and coeditor, with Chris Kraus, of Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader (2001). He frequently lectures on art. Paul Virilio is considered the most important theorist of technology since Heidegger. Beginning with Speed and Politics (1977), his books have transformed our understanding of the nature of velocity, politics, relativity, space, and time.
Edward C. Rosenthal
Associate ProfessorManagement Science and Operations Management Ph.D. Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern UniversityM.S. Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern UniversityB.S. Mathematics, State University of New York at Albany
I have been at Temple ever since receiving my Ph.D. degree, except for a half-year stint visiting the London School of Economics. I teach production and operations management in the undergraduate, Honors, MBA, and Executive MBA programs at Temple, including an online course once a year in logistics and supply chain management in the MBA program. In 2003 I received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
My research interests are wide-ranging. Much of my work has been in the overlap between cooperative game theory and discrete optimization, but I have also made contributions to the field of noncooperative game theory and mechanism design – which involves structuring situations so that it is in the decision makers’ self-interest to honestly reveal information. In addition, I have published articles in supply chain management. At the moment, I am pursuing an interest in behavioral decision theory. My work has been published in such journals as International Journal of Game Theory, Journal of Public Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, Games and Economic Behavior, Theory and Decision, Social Networks, and Decision Sciences.
Recently, I have come out with a book, The Era of Choice: The Ability to Choose and Its Transformation of Contemporary Life and Thought. This work explores how the explosion of choices that people in the developed world now face has impacted our daily lives and influenced our society and our cultural output. The book deals with topics from postmodernism to physics to management science and more, and will be published by MIT Press
MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
December 6, 2005
Corporate Lobbying, A Lapsed 'Ecowarrior' and Compromised Media
After 4.6 billion years of planetary history, we may become the first species to monitor our own extinction. In impressive detail, humankind is amassing evidence of devastating changes in the atmosphere, oceans, ice cover, land and biodiversity.And yet mass media, politics, the education system and other realms of public inquiry demonstrate a stunning capacity to focus on what does not really matter. Meanwhile, the truly vital issues receive scant attention to the point of invisibility: the parlous prospects for humanity's survival and the root causes underlying the global environmental threat.Current patterns of 'development' and consumerism, fuelled annually by billions of advertising dollars, are unsustainable. Huge corporations and powerful investors have governments and societal institutions in a stranglehold, delivering policies that demand endless 'growth' on a finite planet.The Corporate KillersTake the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the most influential business lobby group in the UK. Friends of the Earth (FoE) note that the core objective of the CBI, and other "corporate lobby groups who favour short-term profit over sustainable development", is to promote endless opportunities for business 'growth', and to do so by bending the ear of the UK government. (Friends of the Earth, 'Hidden Voices: The CBI, corporate lobbying and sustainability', June 2005)FoE reported: "many companies are using their influence over Government to promote public policies that are bad for communities and the environment." As years of New Labour in power have shown: "the Government seems to readily accept the CBI arguments at face value." A major consequence is that the government "is failing to reach its targets to reduce greenhouse gases because it is promoting policies that encourage more pollution, such as significantly expanding airports following intense lobbying by big business lobby groups."Tony Juniper, head of FoE in England & Wales, observes that the "CBI agenda is a simple one - to increase deregulation and reduce business taxes." There are "serious concerns about how the CBI uses the threat of potential damage to UK business and job losses to oppose regulations that would improve workers' rights, benefit the environment and deliver economic benefits." (FoE, ibid.)Thus, Sir Digby Jones, CBI director-general, criticised even the government's modest target to reduce carbon dioxide as "risking the sacrifice of UK jobs on the altar of green credentials." (Andrew Taylor, 'Jobs warning over tough move on emissions', Financial Times, January 20, 2004). Note the standard rhetorical device of expressing concern for "jobs" when the focus of business worries is, in fact, "profits."The CBI not only has a discernible influence over state policies, the government is "in thrall to the CBI." FoE explains why:"There is a clear 'alignment of values' between the CBI and many similar figures in Government [in] that they broadly agree in minimising Government intervention in the market (ie neo-liberal economics)."Moreover, the CBI is able to get "critical comments on Government policy put out through the media, which obviously attracts Government attention. This is further entrenched by many business journalists who simply do not challenge the CBI claims and accept them as representing totally the views of business." (FoE, ibid.)As we have noted before, the corporate media industry is a vital component of the business world. It is therefore not surprising that journalists working in the business sections of the media - indeed, throughout the news media as a whole - promote corporate aims.Corporate Defenders of Climate MythsThere are other corporate groups which, like the CBI, are determined to prioritise short-term greed. One of them is the Cato Institute, a US "non-profit public policy research foundation" which "seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate" to promote the "traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace."This perspective satisfies the Institute's sponsors who mainly consist of "entrepreneurs, securities and commodities traders, and corporations such as oil and gas companies, Federal Express, and Philip Morris that abhor government regulation." ('"Evidence-based" research? Anti-environmental organisations and the corporations that fund them', October 19, 2005; www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=2099)Among Cato's sponsors are ExxonMobil, Chevron Texaco, Tenneco gas, pharmaceutical companies Pfizer Inc. and Merck, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company and many others, including those with business interests here in the UK. Shell Oil Company, a sister company of Shell in Europe, is a past sponsor of the Cato Institute.One of the Institute's "adjunct scholars" is Steven Milloy who publishes a website devoted to exposing ?junk science.? Milloy has a background in lobbying for the tobacco industry. John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, analysts of the 'spin' industry, explain that ?junk science" is the term that "corporate defenders apply to any research, no matter how rigorous, that justifies regulations to protect the environment and public health. The opposing term, 'sound science,' is used in reference to any research, no matter how flawed, that can be used to challenge, defeat, or reverse environmental and public health protection." (Corporate Watch, ibid.)The Institute has published reports with titles such as 'Climate of Fear: Why We Shouldn't Worry About Global Warming', and 'Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media.' In May 2003, in response to a report by the Worldwatch Institute which linked climate change and severe weather events, Jerry Taylor, the Cato Institute's "director of natural resource studies" retorted:"It's false. There is absolutely no evidence that extreme weather events are on the increase. None. The argument that more and more dollar damages accrue is a reflection of the greater amount of wealth we've created." (www.exxonsecrets.org/html/orgfactsheet.php?id=21)Another major US-based lobby group whose tentacles of influence extend across the Atlantic is the American Petroleum Institute, a powerful trade association for the US oil industry - an industry which has sister companies in many other countries, including the UK. Among the API's members are Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, BP Amoco and Shell. Researcher Robert Blackhurst has described how the API has "sustained a long guerrilla campaign against climate scientists." A memo leaked to the New York Times in 1998 exposed its strategy of investing millions to muddy the science on climate change among "congress, the media and other key audiences." (Blackhurst, 'Clouding the atmosphere', The Independent, September 19, 2005)The API recently funded a scientific paper in the journal Climatic Change denying that 20th century temperatures had been unusually high, giving well-publicised ammunition to climate sceptics. After finding the paper's methods and assumptions had been flawed, six of the journal's editors resigned.Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), an Amsterdam-based research and campaign group, notes that "Shell and BP Amoco, both formerly ardent critics of global warming theory, have shifted their strategies dramatically." CEO continues:"These masters of climate greenwash have undergone expensive corporate makeovers and now present themselves as leaders in reducing CO2 emissions and supporting renewable energy." (www.corporateeurope.org/greenhouse/greenwash.html)Shell and BP Amoco employ a sophisticated public relations approach:"Expensive TV and newspaper advertisements portraying an environmentally-friendly image are at the heart of this strategy. In many cases, small-scale environmental projects which the companies fund are used to justify the green credentials of the corporation as a whole ? projects which often cost less than the advertisements used to showcase them to the general public... Both Shell and BP Amoco continue to increase oil production year after year and have no intention of changing that in the next decades." (CEO, ibid.)Corporate news media rarely report the influence of corporate lobby groups on governments, or expose their expensive PR campaigns, and how detrimental these business activities are for the climate stability of the planet.The news media also take capitalism as a given, much like the laws of physics. What rare discussion there might be is only permitted to reinforce the corporate prejudice that the system is irreplaceable. The 'Ecowarrior' and the War CriminalFor instance, the Independent recently granted extensive space to Sir Jonathan Porritt, formerly a great green hope in Britain, to promote his new book, 'Capitalism: As If The World Matters'.He believes that "the emerging solutions [to the climate crisis] have to be made within the embrace of capitalism." (Porritt, 'How capitalism can save the world', Independent Extra, 8-page supplement, Independent, November 4, 2005)Porritt, Blair's top environmental adviser, fails to see that current government policies are almost wholly opposed to social justice and environmental health. Instead, he claims that "almost all key policy processes continue to move slowly in the right direction" and that "the benefits of today's globalisation process still outweigh the costs."For Porritt, once leader of the Green Party in England & Wales, this: "means working with the grain of markets and free choice, not against it. It means embracing capitalism as the only overarching system capable of achieving any kind of reconciliation between ecological sustainability, on the one hand, and the pursuit of prosperity and personal wellbeing, on the other." As for current ecological activism: "Unless it throws in its lot with this kind of progressive political agenda, conventional environmentalism will continue to decline."We are to believe that Tony Blair - forever bending to the will of business and exposed as one of the most cynical and dishonest politicians in living memory - is at the vanguard of this "progressive political agenda":"I admire a lot about him [Blair]. I do, genuinely. I have to keep saying this because people forget it: on climate change, if he hadn't done what he has done, we would be looking at a world in which there was no political leadership on this agenda." (Marie Woolf, 'Jonathon Porritt: The constant ecowarrior', The Independent, November 6 2005)The Independent, owned by billionaire Sir Tony O'Reilly, can manage to provide an eight-page supplement for a former 'ecowarrior' to explain why environmentalism must throw in its lot with capitalism. But there are no multi-page supplements to present community initiatives and grassroot debates around the world on alternatives to the present disastrous system. We await the day when the Independent, or any other mainstream newspaper, publishes a major supplement on, for example, participatory economics, a radical vision detailed by ZNet's Michael Albert (see Albert, 'Parecon: Life After Capitalism', Verso, London, 2003; and www.parecon.org).Tony Blair has put down his corporate cards on the table, declaring bluntly:"The truth is no country is going to cut its growth or consumption substantially because of a long-term environmental problem." (Andrew Balls and Alan Beattie, 'Insurance for terror risk is "key to Gaza"', Financial Times, September 16, 2005)But Ross Gelbspan, author and journalist, points to the essential truth that economics is subservient to nature, not the other way around: ?...nature?s laws are not about supply and demand. Nature?s laws are about limits, thresholds, and surprises. The progress of the Dow does not seem to influence the increasing rate of melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet; the collapse of the ecosystems of the North Sea will not be arrested by an upswing in consumer confidence.? (Gelbspan, ?Boiling Point?, Perseus Books, 2004, pp. 128-129)
The goal of Media Lens is to promote rationality, compassion and respect for others. In writing letters to journalists, we strongly urge readers to maintain a polite, non-aggressive and non-abusive tone. Write to one or more of the editors below. You could ask them to report the impact of corporate lobbying and greenwashing on government climate policy; and to report on the worldwide justice movement campaigning for alternatives to global capitalism. It is more effective to write in your own words.Write to Tristan Davies, editor of the Independent on Sunday:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to Simon Kelner, editor of the Independent:Email: email@example.com Write to Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWrite to Roger Alton, editor of the Observer:Email: email@example.comPlease also send copies of all emails to Media Lens:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Simon Starling wins the Turner Prize 2005
Tate museum's website
Darren Almond uses sculpture, film and photography, and real-time satellite broadcast to explore the effects of time on the individual. Harnessing the symbolic and emotional potential of objects, places and situations, he produces works which have universal as well as personal resonances.
Gillian Carnegie works within traditional categories of painting - still life, landscape, the figure and portraiture - with a highly accomplished technique. Yet while apparently following the conventions of representational painting, Carnegie challenges its established languages and unsettles its assumptions.
Jim Lambie takes the ephemera of modern life and transforms it into vibrant sculptural installations. Working with items immediately to hand, as well as those sourced in second-hand and hardware stores, he resurrects record decks, speakers, clothing, accessories, doors and mirrors to form sculptural elements in larger compositions. Lambprioritizesses sensory pleasure over intellectual response. He selects materials that are familiar and have a strong personal resonance, so that they offer a way into the work as well as a springboard to a psychological space beyond.
Simon Starling is fascinated by the processes involved in transforming one object or substance into another. He makes objects, installations, and pilgrimage-like journeys which draw out an array of ideas About nature, technology and economics. Starling describes his work as the physical manifestation of a thought process, revealing hidden histories and relationships.
First person: international digital storytelling conference
The conference opens on Friday 3 February 2006 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, Australia.
Democracy and Voice
Media and storytelling can play a significant role in teaching people to appreciate the roots of democracy from a perspective of multiculturalism. New democracies develop from grassroots aspirations and struggles. Storytelling has the capacity to raise people's awareness and respect for human rights and justice. A democratic civilization needs to ensure a voice for those who are not often heard.
'First Person'First person is a view from within; whether we understand it as a literary or cinematic point of view or as the perspective of a games character in a computer game, genre, the subject and the observer often cannot be distinguished. As creative and technological exploration continues, our meaning of 'first person' and our relationship to it also evolves. Plenary Session: Saturday 4 February, 9amconference thematics and workshops
THEME ONE Broadcast convergence: new forms of storytelling Television and the Internet will most likely converge in the next few years, which, along with video gaming, presents opportunities for interesting developments in storytelling. Digital Storytelling, games practices and new forms of distribution such as narrowcasting and podcasting all assist in the exploration of new forms of narrative and the development of new relationships between audiences and content providers. full details
THEME TWO Storytelling and the digital generation Digital Storytelling is an extraordinary communication and education tool that incorporates multimodal learning, providing many pedagogical benefits. The development of Digital Storytelling globally in the areas of education and training is significant, with the case studies selected here having their focus on school and community education crossovers. full details
THEME THREE Democratization and documentation of voice Collecting and distributing personal narratives can assist in building a democratic society based on shared understanding and respect. Digital storytelling ensures a democratized voice, and provides a mechanism for transformative self or social awareness. full details
First Person presents an outstanding selection of renowned international and national speakers that investigate the power of personal narrative as a way to explore issues of social justice, community building and social memory. All speakers for the conference have been asked to address the conference theme for their particular sessions and to do so by drawing on their own experience and insights.
John O'Neal Civil rights activist, award winning playwright, director & actor (USA)
Joe Lambert Co-founder and Director, Center for Digital Storytelling, Berkeley (USA)
Karen Worcman Director, Museum of the Person (Brazil)
Daniel Meadows Creative Director, Capture Wales BBC Digital Storytelling (UK)
Lexy Rambadeta Activist, documentary filmmaker (Indonesia)
Ana Serrano Director, Habitat, Canadian Film Centre (Canada)
Wiremu Grace Maori Content Manager for Te Kete Ipurangi (NZ)
Chris Crawford Veteran games designer and author, Art of Computer Games Design and Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling (USA)
Amy Hill Community Programs Director, Center for Digital Storytelling (USA)
Barrie Stephenson Director, Digistories (UK)
Brenda Laurel Designer, writer and Chair of the graduate Media Design Program, Art Center College of Design (USA)
Barbara Ganley Lecturer, Tutor in Writing Program and Director, Project for Integrated Expression at Middlebury College (USA)
Natalie Robertson Maori photomedia artist, filmmaker and educator (NZ)
Professor John Hartley ARC Federation Fellow Research Director, Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)Helen Simondson Screen Events Manager, ACMI Ellie Rennie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)Professor Darren Tofts Chair, Media and Communications, Swinburne University of TechnologyPaul Vincent New Media Business Development Manager, SBS Dr Jo Tacchi Senior Research Fellow, Creative Industries Precinct, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Kim Montgomery Content Development Manager, ACMIMalcolm McKinnon Artist and filmmaker working in rural communities Kimba Thompson Founder Sista Girl Productions; Indigenous arts and broadcast companyJudy Spokes Director, Cultural Development NetworkPhillip Crawford Co-director, Beyond empathy Christine Peacock Associate Lecturer for Indigenous Perspectives, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT); Director, Uniikup Productions and the Colourised Festival.David Vadiveloo Director, UsMOb Tanya Notley Director, Internet Youth Radio project Brett McLennan Screen Education Manager, ACMI Julian Silverman Coordinator, Diploma of Community Education, School of International and Community Studies, RMIT Jean Burgess PhD student in Cultural Studies and New Media, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Ian Vaile Head of Content, ABCDr Helen Light Director, Jewish Museum of AustraliaDr Tony Birch Novelist, writer, academic, poet Adrian Miles Lecturer, Cinema and New Media School of Applied Communication, RMIT
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NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRITICAL THEORY: Local, Global, and Glocal: Shifting Borders and Hybrid Identities University of Arizona April 6-9, 2006
CALL FOR PAPERS: The 2006 New Directions in Critical Theory Conference, an interdisciplinary graduate student forum at the University of Arizona, will focus on tensions between local identities within global contexts. This conference will address the crisis of how ?local? identities must act in ?global? frameworks, and the ways that global frameworks in turn reflect and shape conceptions of local identities. Concepts of local identity such as ?nation,? ?culture,? and ?language? are complicated by geo-political issues such as globalism and global capitalism. Individuals do not adhere to discrete categories of one culture, one nation, or one ideological framework. While subjects may still be defined by a local or global identity, they are also now subject to one that is ?glocal?--a hybrid identity that speaks to a complex interconnectedness of both global and local identities. This is a particular concern in border states and towns that must negotiate the immediate local needs of a diverse community of Caucasian Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Mexicans, as well as the formation of a national identity that works to define and thereby exclude for economical and political reasons.
Glocal identity does not go unchallenged; groups fight for local identities and effectively tribalize knowledge and access to knowledge while the pressure to act within larger contexts constantly weighs on people. This tension can be found not only in the aforementioned identity and world politics, but also in the academy itself, where academic tribalism comes into conflict with more global interactions within the university (crossing disciplinary boundaries in favor of interdisciplinarity). This leaves us to question how identity, discipline, and politics can be defined as both local and global, and how these relate to a hybrid glocal approach.
An address by Lauren Berlant: Lauren Berlant, Professor of English at The University of Chicago will open this event. Professor Berlant, is a distinguished scholar who explores questions of nationhood, citizenship and gender. Her work complicates these issues by relating concepts of citizenship to class mobility, national and ethnic patriotism, constructions of family, consumerism, gender, and sexuality. In her scholarship and publications Professor Berlant exposes the multiple intersections between these facets of citizenship that shape how American culture perceives and constructs boundaries and borders, both physical and symbolic. Her recent publications include, Author of the National Fantasy, The Queen of American Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship, and The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture.
We invite graduate students from any discipline to present theoretically-oriented scholarship that investigates the social formation and maintenance of local/tribal identities, global contexts, and the possibility of hybrid glocal identities, and in doing so, question the tensions between these forms of interaction and possible rewards attained from not merely crossing the border, but from redefining and reconceptualizing definitions of citizenship and nationhood. We would also welcome interdisciplinary work that crosses disciplinary borders to create new knowledge within a glocal university context (such as papers, film, artwork, installation projects, and so on).
Global/Local Politics Postcolonialism Language and discrimination Language and racism Language policy and planning Tourism/Travel Writing/Advertising Architecture/Geography History/Autobiography Memory and Identity National/Cultural/Racial/Sexual/Gendered/Class Identity Hybridity and Identity Hybridity and Embodiment Borders of the Human Peripheral Zones/Contact Zones The Rhetoric of Borders, Territories, Frontiers Barriers/Communities/Home Space/Mobility/Displacement Immigration/Alienation Othering Borders and Criminality Borders in Film and Literature Science and Technology Studies Virtual Borders Borders and Boundaries in Cyberspace Popular Culture/High Culture Consumerism, Media and Identity Sex and Economy Violence and Desire Heterinormativity/Homosexuality/Transsexuality Feminist Theory and Queer Theory Critical Race Theory Spirituality and Subjectivity Texts, Bodies and Spectacle Bodies of/and Knowledge Diversity, Similarity and the Academy Translation/Appropriation/Adaptation Teaching and Service Learning The Academy and Activism
Please submit 100-250 word individual abstracts or panel proposals, comprised of a 100-250 word abstract for the entire panel and one 100-250 abstract for each paper. Include names, email address, mailing addresses, institutional affiliations, technology requests, paper titles, and abstracts by February 1st 2006 to:
Meg Smith Hallak (Department of English) or Erica Reynolds Clayton (Department of English) Modern Languages Building, Room 445 University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona 85721 (520) 621-1836 ndconf_at_email.arizona.edu
If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Meg Smith Hallak at ndconf_at_email.arizona.edu.
New Directions in Critical Theory University of Arizona ndconf_at_email.arizona.edu
Invisible Culture An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture Call for Papers: OPEN CALL (no deadline)
Invisible Culture is dedicated to explorations of the material and political dimensions of cultural practices: the means by which cultural objects and communities are produced, the historical contexts in which they emerge, and the regimes of knowledge or modes of social interaction to which they contribute. As the title suggests, the journal problematizes the unquestioned alliance between culture and visibility, specifically visual culture and vision. Cultural practices and materials emerge not solely in the visible world, but also in the social, temporal, and theoretical relations that define the invisible. Our understanding of Cultural Studies, finally, maintains that culture is fugitive and is constantly renegotiated. Heretofore the journal has only published guest-edited special issues on an annual or semiannual basis. However, in accordance with the journal's shifting position as a site of academic discourse, the editorial board will be publishing annual or semiannual (depending on the volume of submissions received) “general” issues in addition to the usual themed issues. The articles for these general issues will be reviewed, selected and compiled by our editorial staff.
THEME 2006 : The Symptom
(Proposals due February 1, 2006)
Jacques Lacan famously described the ego as the symptom of man. In psychoanalytical theory, the subject is the symptomatic psychical effect of the tension between binary oppositions, such as desire and jouissance, lack and plenitude, soma and psyche, self and other, man and woman, gay and straight, black and white, actual and virtual, animal and human. In a general way, the symptom is a formation whereby the repressed seeks to return in the present; as Freud observes, "... a thing which has not been understood inevitably reappears; like an unlaid ghost, it cannot rest until the mystery has been solved and the spell broken."
This CFP enlists papers that engage with, question and interrogate the full range of definitions and cultural/social manifestations of the symptom (and its subject), and also those that identify or posit new ones, from historicist and psychoanalytic perspectives. For both psychoanalysts and historicists, the symptom demands interpretation, which entails an interrogation of the disparity between a symptom's manifest (visible) content and its latent (invisible) content. How does the symptom speak and what does it want to communicate? What motivates its production, and what is its function? How does the symptom articulate the impasse – or the difficulties – that inhere in binary relationships? Given that a symptom cannot be erased, but only replaced by another symptom, can we speak of bad or negative symptoms, and good or positive symptoms, or posit that some symptoms are more ethical and life-enhancing than others? Indeed, is it possible to choose our own symptoms?
We welcome papers that address via theoretical elaboration or case study (cultural or visual analysis), the manifestation of the symptom in terms of its formation, repetition, interpretation, elaboration, wish-fulfillment, compromise or transformation. Possible avenues for the exploration of the symptom include, but are not limited to: gender, racial, ethnic and sexual difference; bodily, linguistic, psychical, literary symptoms; symptom and experience; Sinthome and Lacan; symptom and identity; intersubjectivity and the symptom; medical discourse and the symptom; symptom and the economy of recognition; symptom and performance.
The deadline for receipt of submissions of 2,500 to 6,000 words in length is February 1, 2006. Please email inquiries to Michael Williams or Linda Edwards. Submissions can be made electronically in Microsoft Word as an attachment to either address, or as hard copies to:
Invisible CultureAttn: Michael Williams and Linda Edwards424 Morey HallUniversity of RochesterRochester NY, 14627
An Invitation to Attend the 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
ETech, theO'Reilly Emerging Technology ConferenceMarch 6-9, 2006 in San Diego, Californiahttp://conferences.oreilly.com/etech/
Today's consumer technology breaks focus rather than facilitating it, peppering us with pleas and offerings by dozens of applications competing for our attention. Not to mention the overwhelming amount of data we produce and consume every day. No longer constrained by any virtual limits, we're feeling the effects of this flood of digital assets . It's in our inboxes and news aggregators, on our hard drives and iPods, overloading our very capacity for managing it all. As organic creatures with fallible and finite perception systems, complex desires, and an ever-decreasing amount of time, how do we attenuate the flow to allow for synthesis and reflection?
This year's edition of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference explores the applications and services, interface overhauls and algorithmic underpinnings, technological hacks and etiquette tweaks of what we call the Attention Economy.
You'll find these themes reflected in ETech's roll-up-your-sleeves tutorials, meaty and to-the-point plenary presentations, and real world focused breakout sessions, spilling out into the hallway conversations of hackers and luminaries.
ETech shines a light on the innovations coming from non-traditional sources in an effort to get them on to everybody's radar. While the initial impact of these innovations may seem small, their ripple effects can have a huge impact in the larger computing arena. What you touch at ETech, you'll be using in the products, applications, and services of tomorrow.
In short, to build the future you have to be there.
Charles Armstrong is founder and CEO of Trampoline Systems Ltd, with clients including Channel 4 and the UK Foreign Office. Armstrong graduated in Social and Political Science from St. John's College Cambridge, is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and was mentored by the sociologist Lord Young of Dartington.
Session: How a Small Island Held the Key to Better Collaborative Filtering
Danah Boyd is a Ph.D. student in the School of Information at Berkeley and a Social Researcher at Yahoo! Research Berkeley where she studies how people negotiate presentations of self in mediated social contexts to unknown audiences. Buzzwords include: identity, culture, social networks, Friendster, blogging, performance, Web 2.0, interactive visualization, tagging.
Session: G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide
Lee Bryant has been playing with words and computers since the age of ten. Since 1996, he has run consultancies specializing in online communities and social software. He is a co-founder of Headshift, and board member of several social enterprises in the UK specializing in public participation.
Session: Humanizing the Enterprise Using Ambient Social Knowledge
Ben Cerveny is a director of the Playground Foundation, a European framework for experimental new media design research. Previously, he was founder of the Experience Design Lab at frogdesign, an international product design company. He was also a lead game designer and platform development strategist at Ludicorp.
Session: playsh, the Playful Shell
A pioneer in the internet sector and open source software community, Dick Hardt has been active in software development for nearly two decades. His most recent venture, Sxip Identity, provides enterprise identity management solutions for on-demand applications that leverage the power of Identity 2.0.
Keynote: Who is the Dick on My Site?
Cal Henderson is a web applications developer from London, England. He was recently the technical director of Special Web Projects at emap. By night he works for a whole host of web sites and communitites, including the creative community B3TA and his personal site, iamcal.
Tutorial: Building Enterprise Web Apps on a Budget: How We Built Flickr
Michael Jefferson Michael Jefferson is a designer and producer of interactive and traditional media. He has a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts and is pursuing his Masters at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). His current area of interest is the exploration of alternate, multi-sensory interfaces for mobile devices.
Session: Auditory Interfaces for Small Screed Data Representation
Amy Jo Kim
Amy Jo "AJ" Kim is an internationally-known designer of networked games and gaming communities. Her clients include Electronic Arts, eBay, Limelife, Digital Chocolate, MTV, Square/Enix, and Yahoo! She's also the author of Community Building on the Web, a design handbook for networked communities.
Session: Putting the Fun in Functional: Applying Game Design to Mobile Services
Michael Kuniavsky has been making commercial web sites since 1994. His specialty is in-depth user experience research and his accomplishments include interface designs for the first successful ecommerce site and the award-winning HotBot search engine. He created the Wired User Experience Laboratory and served as its chief investigator for two years.
Session: Sketching in Hardware
Nick Ludlam's specialist sphere of interest is multimedia processing and presentation using computer systems. He has worked both within the BBC New Media and the post-production film industry. He is currently actively involved in researching new methods of content presentation and filtering.
Session: A Revolution in the Way We Watch Television
Ray Ozzie, the creator of IBM's Lotus Notes, is an industry visionary and pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work. As a chief technical officer of Microsoft Corp., Ozzie reports to Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates. In this role, Ozzie has responsibility for influencing corporate communications and collaboration strategy, applications and platform infrastructure.
Mark Pilgrim is an accessibility architect by day. By night, he is a husband and father who lives in North Carolina with his wife, his two sons, and his dog. He is the author of Dive Into Python and Greasemonkey Hacks. He spends his copious free time sunbathing, skydiving, and reading Immanuel Kant's The Critique of Pure Reason in the original Klingon.
Session: Greasemonkey: Remixing the Web
Sam Ruby is a senior technical staff member in the Emerging Technologies group at IBM and is involved in a host of open source initiatives. He is a member of the Board of Directors and vice president of the Apache Software Foundation and a developer on the Apache Soap project. He is also the chairman of the Jakarta project.
Alex Russell Speaker biography currently unavailable.
Session: After AJAX: Low-latency Data to (and from) the Browser
Tutorial: Introduction to AJAX
Jason Schultz is a staff attorney specializing in intellectual property and reverse engineering. He currently leads EFF's Patent Busting Project. Prior to joining EFF, Schultz worked at the law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., where he spent most of his time invalidating software patents and defending open source developers in law suits. He maintains a personal blog at lawgeek.net.
Session: America's Next Top Tech Lawsuits
Kathy Sierra is the author of Creating Passionate Users, and has been interested in the brain and artificial intelligence since her days as a game developer (Virgin, Amblin', MGM). She is the co-creator of the bestselling brain-friendly Head First series (winner of the Jolt Software Development award in 2004).
Tutorial: Creating Passionate Users 2.0
David Sklar is a software architect at Ning. He is also the author of Learning PHP 5 (O'Reilly), Essential PHP Tools (Apress), and PHP Cookbook (O'Reilly).
Rod A. Smith
Rod Smith is an IBM fellow and vice president of Emerging Internet Technologies, Software Group. He is a recognized technical leader, both within IBM's software business, as well as across the industry. His team's technological innovations and cross-industry collaborations have enabled the rapid adoption of technologies such as web services, XML, Linux, J2EE, and next generation rich user collaboration technology and wireless applications.
In 1986, Linda Stone was persuaded to join Apple Computer to help "change the world." She is passionate about the role technology can play in enhancing our lives. In her seven years at Apple, she had the opportunity to do pioneering work in multimedia hardware, software, and publishing. In her last year at Apple, Stone worked for chairman and CEO John Sculley on special projects.
Jon Udell is an author, information architect, software developer, and groupware evangelist. He has been an independent consultant, was BYTE Magazine's editor-at-large, executive editor, and web maven, and once upon a time was a developer at Lotus. In June 2002 he joined InfoWorld as lead analyst, author of the weekly Strategic Developer column, and blogger-in-chief. He also writes a monthly column for the O'Reilly Network.
Eric von Hippel
Eric von Hippel, whose academic research examines the sources and economics of innovation, is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, was a fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and served as the Sir Walter Scott Distinguished Professor at University of New South Wales in Australia. He has founded and participated in startup firms, and is a founder of the entrepreneurship program at MIT.
Keynote: Keynote - TBD
Matt Webb Matt Webb is co-author of Mind Hacks, cognitive psychology for a general audience. He has worked in R&D at BBC Radio & Music Interactive, and spoken about polite social software and small groups in the shape of Glancing at the ETech 2004. At Schulze & Webb, he engineers, designs, and hacks technology and physical things. Webb is based in London, and has a homepage.
Session: playsh, the Playful Shell Simon Willison Speaker biography currently unavailable.
Blog-gregation: Standing Out in the Blogosphere Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban says consumers follow the path of least resistance. So they'll adopt your clunky technology, but they won't go digging deep into brandless blogs. Enter aggregation.
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Mark Cuban BLOG http://www.blogmaverick.com/
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Professor: Stephen Wilson
An Independently Designed Art Project Using Skills and Concepts Related to Computers
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