Wednesday, May 12, 2010

UCSB Literature.Culture.Media Center Third Annual Research Slam

The Literature.Culture.Media Center proudly presents the schedule for our Third Annual Research Slam, taking place on Friday, May 21. We are fortunate to have a group that spans disciplines from Computer Science to Women's Studies to History and an historical range from the early modern to the present day. Please join us for a hyperactive afternoon of interdisciplinarity and temporal disruption to celebrate the myriad ways that humanities research can meet with technological disciplines.

UCSB’s Literature.Culture.Media Center is devoted to investigating and highlighting innovative ways of combining traditional humanities research with concepts and methodologies related to information media and technology. The goal of the Research Slam is to combine the best features of traditional academic humanities venues like lectures and roundtables and combine them with the free-flowing, hyperattentive and participatory focus of the poster session and poetry slam. The format includes a series of parallel presentations, followed by a plenary discussion at the end of the afternoon. Glow necklaces will be provided!

3rd Annual Research Slam

Opening Remarks: 12:50 (South Hall 2635)

Session 1: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (SH 2635)

Salman Bakht (Media Arts and Technology) – Nodes and Passages
Anne Cong-Huyen (English) - The Transnational Geo-Social Configurations of Catfish and Mandala
Zach Horton (English)/Lindsay Thomas (English) – Academic Media Production as Generative Circuit: The Collaborative Media Commons
Jana Remy (UCI History) - Scholars and the Social Web
Amanda Phillips (English) – The Potentials of Network Mapping for Hypertext Studies

Session 2: 2:10 - 3:10 (Early Modern Center - SH 2510)

Roberta Gilman (Linguistics, History) – In Place, Out of Place: "Bordertown" Hip Hop
Zach Horton (English)/Alison Reed (English) - Language as Pure Affect: Emoticon Shakespeare
Penny Richards (UCLA Center for the Study of Women) – Letters from Sanquhar/The Mordecai Female Academy: Transcribing Women's History Through Blogging
Liberty Stanavage (English) - Speaking Revenge: Analyzing Revengers' Rhetoric Through Language Visualization

Session 3: 3:20 - 4:20 (Literature.Culture.Media Center - SH 2509)

Harrison Desantis (English)/Jonathan Svilar (English, Philosophy) - Monster Mashup
Laura Devendorf (Computer Science) - Association Constellations
Pehr Hovey (Media Arts and Technology) – Tweet Delete: Visualizing Erasure Online
Amanda Phillips (English) - On the Download: The Sexual Economies of Second Life
Dana Solomon (English) – Twitter Urban Sensorium Project

Closing Remarks/Plenary Session 4:30 - 5:30 (South Hall 2635)

Reception to follow.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Conference at USC on Critical Code Studies (announcement and call for submissions)

Announcing a 1-Day conference on Critical Code Studies at the University of Southern California

Critical Code Studies @ USC
July 23, 2010
Hosted by The Center for Transformative Scholarship & The Institute for Multimedia Literacy
Keynote: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown University

As digital humanitarians continue to turn their attention to the software and hardware that shape culture, the interpretation of source code offers a rich set of symbols and processes for exploration.

Critical Code Studies names the practice of explicating the extra-functional significance of source code. Rather than one specific approach or theories, CCS names a growing set of methodologies that help unpack the symbols that make up software. While still in its initial state, this nascent area of study has been growing rapidly over the course of 2010.

Following the massively successful Critical Code Study Working Group, we will be gathering at USC for a one-day conference to present readings of code. We are currently exploring the innovative publication of conference proceedings through Vectors and others partnerships.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics, will present a keynote address. During the Working Group, she presented a powerful chapter from her monograph, Programmed Visions: Software, DNA, Race (forthcoming MIT, 2010).

Please submit a 250-word abstract to markcmarino at gmail dot com by June 1, 2010 (Subject: "CCS @ USC 2010"). Presenters will be notified by June 15.

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