CfP/A: Speeding and Braking – Navigating Acceleration

Call for Papers and Artworks: Speeding and Braking – Navigating Acceleration

12-14 May 2016,  Goldsmiths, University of London
Confirmed keynote: Prof. Frances Dyson (UC Davis)
Confirmed speakers: Susan Schuppli, Joanna Zylinska, Mark Fisher, Kodwo Eshun

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Marx says that revolutions are the locomotive of world history. But perhaps it is quite otherwise. Perhaps revolutions are an attempt by the passengers on the train – namely, the human race – to activate the emergency brake. (Walter Benjamin)

The only way out is through. (Robert Frost)

Acceleration has been characterised as both reason and remedy for the challenges presented by an increasingly fraught global economy, marked by financial crises, ecological ruination, neo-colonial oppression and forced displacements of an unprecedented scale. Concurrently, the contemporary political and cultural imagination is caught between opposing temporalities: the accelerationist affirmation that „€œthe increasing immanence of the social and technical is irreversible and indeed desirable“€ (Avanessian & Mackay, #Accelerate, p. 7) on the one hand, and „regressive, decelerative or restorative ‚€˜solutions’€™“€ (ibid., p. 6.) on the other. The conference „Speeding and Braking: Navigating Acceleration“ aims to explore critical techno-practices in screen and sonic media that eschew this conceptual deadlock by extending across and beyond such totalising and mutually exclusive attitudes – of immersion vs. rejection -€“ with regard to the contemporary technosphere. Weiterlesen

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CfP: Media and Classics

Deadline: 01.04.2016

25-27 November 2016
Watershed, Bristol
Organized by the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol

‘The/realm of the dead is as/extensive as the storage and transmission capabilities of a given culture,’writes the German media theorist Friedrich Kittler in /Gramophone, Film, Typewriter /(originally published in 1986). The emergence since the 1970s of electronic and knowledge-based technologies, and more specifically of digital media, has brought to the fore the close link that exists between media, knowledge, and perception, a link generating both exhilaration and anxiety. The centrality of media, however, to epistemological debates around the ways in which knowledge is produced, stored, and disseminated has a long history in Western thought. Under the banners of media history, media archaeology, and cultural transmission, important work has been undertaken in recent years on the history of media since the Renaissance and on persistent tropes in media discourse that make it possible to set current debates about digital media in a broader historical and theoretical context. One of the most complex and multifaceted case studies in the history of media in the West yet to receive systematic examination has to do with the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. What is the role of media (new and old, material and spiritual, perceptible and imperceptible) in the formation and reproduction of Greco-Roman arts and more broadly in what might be called the transmission of ‘classical’ culture? Weiterlesen

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Ank.: Aber noch gibt es Medien

Ort: Universität Bonn, Alte Sternwarte

Datum: 17.06.2016
Veranstalter: Jens Schröter, Till A. Heilmann, Luisa Glees

Nachdem Friedrich Kittler in Aufschreibesysteme 1800 · 1900 die Funktion von Lesefibeln zur Goethezeit untersucht hatte, legte er ein Jahr später seine eigene Lesefibel vor: Grammophon, Film, Typewriter von 1986 sollte als »richtiges Buch zum Blättern, zum Auslesen« (Kittler) in die Mediengeschichte einführen. Denn angesichts der »allgemeinen Digitalisierung von Nachrichten und Kanälen« sei mit einem baldigen Verschwinden einzelner Medien – wie des Begriffs Medium überhaupt – zu rechnen. Bloß für eine kurze Zwischenzeit gelte: »Aber noch gibt es Medien«. Die Tagung nimmt das 30-jährige Jubiläum von Grammophon, Film, Typewriter zum Anlass, das geschichtliche Denken von Medien nach Maßgabe Kittlers und über dessen historische Arbeiten hinaus zu befragen. Welchen theoretischen und methodischen Prämissen folgte Kittlers Geschichte der technischen Medien? Und was bedeutet der mittlerweile realisierte »Medienverbund auf Digitalbasis« für mediengeschichtliche Analysen heute? Weiterlesen

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CFP: Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment: 10th International Somatechnics Conference

Byron Bay December 1-3, 2016

Following recent conferences in Linköping(2013), Otago (2014) and Tucson (2015), we are pleased to announce that the tenth International Somatechnics Conference will be held in Byron Bay. The conference is co-hosted by the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University, with the support of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

The term “somatechnics” was coined in 2003, as a means by which to rethink the relationship between technologies and embodiment. As Nikki Sullivan argues: ”/techné/is not something we add or apply to the already constituted body (as object), nor is it a tool that the embodied self employs to its own ends. Rather, /technés/ are the dynamic means in and through which corporealities are crafted” (/TSQ /1.1-2 2014).

This conference is intended to extend this focus on bodily techniques and embodied technologies to engage with recent theories of time and temporalities, as well as feminist, queer and trans historiography.

Philosophies of time and critical investigations of past, present and future technologies have long been important concerns in studies of embodiment. Studies of the historical construction of gender and embodied memory, as well as various durational approaches to materiality, have revealed the important role played by technicity and temporality in the construction of corporealities. Points of intersection and divergence between such critical conceptions of time and technology, and recent science studies open up a further set of directions.

We welcome a broad range of papers and presentations on the technologies and temporalities of the body. These might include, but are not restricted to, the following perspectives:

  • Gender, queer and/or trans studies
  • Histories of gender and/or sexuality
  • New Materialisms
  • Biopolitics
  • The anthropocene
  • Science studies
  • Critical race studies
  • Disability and/or crip theory
  • Digital cultures
  • Visual and literary cultures
  • Art history and theory

 

*Confirmed Keynote Speakers*

Vicki Kirby (University of New South Wales)

Suvendrini Perera (Curtin University)

Susan Stryker (University of Arizona)

Valerie Traub (University of Michigan)

 

Organised by Elizabeth Stephens (Southern Cross University) and Karin Sellberg (University of Queensland)

The deadline for abstracts is *Friday April 15, 2016*. Proposals for individual papers or presentations, or panels, are welcome. Please send your proposals to:

*technotemporalities@gmail.com*

*For further details and continual updates, visit our conference website:*

*https://technotemporalities.wordpress.com***

*or Facebook event page:***

*https://www.facebook.com/events/172475506454714/*

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CfP: Video games and the 1980s – Cogent Arts and Humanities special issue

Special issue: *Video games and the 1980s*
Guest editors: Alex Wade and Nick Webber
Deadline for submissions: *8 March 2016*

*/Cogent Arts & Humanities/ welcomes submissions to a special collection of articles exploring video games and the 1980s.*

Video games truly entered the public consciousness in the 1980s. From arcade machines in supermarkets to microcomputers used for bedroom coding, video games infused quotidian spaces.  From counterfeit computers beyond the Iron Curtain to the arcades of Broadway and everywhere in between, videogames brought diversity in play to crystallize awareness around the importance of computer technologies to everyday life. Weiterlesen

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CfP: Let’s historize it! Jugendmedien im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert

Veranstaltungsort: Saarbrücken, Villa Lessing
Veranstalter: Lehrstuhl für Kultur- und Mediengeschichte der Universität des Saarlandes, Prof. Dr. Clemens Zimmermann, Dipl. Kulturwiss. Aline Maldener

Datum: 08.09.2016 – 09.09.2016
Deadline: 01.02.2016

Die Historisierung von Jugendmedien steckt noch weitgehend in den Kinderschuhen. Nicht nur in der deutschen, auch in der internationalen Geschichtswissenschaft werden Jugendmedien kaum als eigene Gattung wahrgenommen. Auch in der historischen Publikumsforschung bilden Jugendliche noch einen blinden Fleck, während Frauen oder Arbeiter als spezifische Publiken durchaus bereits fester Bestandteil des akademischen Kanons geworden sind. Weiterlesen

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CfP: Media and Classics

25-27 November 2016
Watershed, Bristol

Organized by the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol

„The realm of the dead is as extensive as the storage and transmission capabilities of a given culture,“ writes the German media theorist Friedrich Kittler in Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (originally published in 1986). The emergence since the 1970s of electronic and knowledge-based technologies, and more specifically of digital media, has brought to the fore the close link that exists between media, knowledge, and perception, a link generating both exhilaration and anxiety. The centrality of media, however, to epistemological debates around the ways in which knowledge is produced, stored, and disseminated has a long history in Western thought. Under the banners of media history, media archaeology, and cultural transmission, important work has been undertaken in recent years on the history of media since the Renaissance and on persistent tropes in media discourse that make it possible to set current debates about digital media in a broader historical and theoretical context. One of the most complex and multifaceted case studies in the history of media in the West yet to receive systematic examination has to do with the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. What is the role of media (new and old, material and spiritual, perceptible and imperceptible, transcendental and immanent) in the formation and reproduction of Greco-Roman arts and more broadly in what might be called the transmission of „classical“ culture? Weiterlesen

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