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  • CALL FOR PAPERS - Conceptualizing Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East

    National University of Singapore
    23 Jan 2014 - 24 Jan 2014

    In the 2010s, we witness a surge of protests and mass movements across the globe. All of these insurgencies have two elements in common. One is that they are intricately connected and facilitated by the Internet. The other is that occupying politically potent spaces in the city is crucial in gaining political leverage for pursuing reform. Connecting these two elements remains inadequately studied, however. The many conferences aimed at understanding the role of new and social media as tools of protest tend to remain in networks of cyberspace, and urban studies have also lagged in linking urban space with cyberspace.

    As individuals continue to live in a networked society, with one foot in the virtual and the other in the material world, the more coherent understanding of the changes and transformations in society should include an interrogation of the interdependencies between online and offline domains.How does cyber-activism translate into the production of urban spaces, and, conversely, how does access or lack of access to urban spaces reflect back to online mobilizations?

    This multidisciplinary conference aims to bring together young scholars and leading experts and theorists to better understand and re-theorize the ‘cyber-urban’ connections in urban Asia and the Middle East that affect people, networks, and social and built environments. We invite submission of papers that address the reflexivity of cyber and urban spaces, both empirically and theoretically, in different national contexts, pertaining to social change in Asia and the Middle East. Central questions include, but are not limited to:

    • How do cyber-urban connections materialize in the city?
    • How can we better understand the interplay between online mobilizations and the production or occupation of urban spaces?
    • How do emerging alternative or subaltern cyber-urban spaces inform urban theory?
    • How do spaces (online and offline) contribute to insurgent activities?
    • To what extent does insurgency need both cyberspace and physical space to be successful?
    • How do socially marginalized people engage in online-offline forms of mobilization to gain political leverage or pursue their own projects?
    • How do comparative contexts in Asia and the Middle East differ in any substantial ways in their cyber-urban insurgency experiences?

  • Visiting fellowships in Computational
    Humanities, based at the eHumanities Group, Royal Netherlands Academy of
    Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


    Applications for 2014 now open!


    These visiting fellowships are intended to enable scholars working in
    computational humanities to conduct research and to participate in the
    academic life of the eHumanities Group of the KNAW. Visiting fellowships
    are awarded for three months.


    Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate an ability
    to contribute to one of the ongoing projects of the Computational
    Humanities Programme (see website for details). During their stay,
    fellows will be expected to make one presentation about their own
    research and to hold one workshop in which they provide training in a
    particular tool, method or approach.


    Applicants should send their CV plus a two-page plan for their fellowship to Jeannette Haagsma (jeannette.haagsma@ehumanities.knaw.nl)
    by 01 November 2013. The plan should include which 3 months they would
    like to spend in Amsterdam (excluding July & August), and ideas for
    the presentation and workshop. Visiting fellowships are open to women
    and men from all countries who already have a PhD and a demonstrable
    record in computational humanities. Successful applicants will receive a
    stipendium of €10,000 (paid in three instalments) plus the costs of one
    return journey from their home. Fellows will be expected to make their
    own tax, visa, insurance and accommodation arrangements, where
    necessary.

  • HathiTrust Research Center Focus Groups at DH 2013 and JCDL 2013

    The HathiTrust Research Center will conduct hour-long focus groups at the upcoming DH 2013 and JCDL 2013 conferences.

    If you do research with large-scale, digital text corpora, we invite you to participate.

    Our goals are to:

    • Find out how researchers (like you!) collect things together for research purposes; and
    • Brainstorm researcher requirements (like yours!) for collecting HathiTrust items together for computational analysis.

    If you will be attending DH or JCDL and you are interested in these topics, please email Harriett Green (green19@illinois.edu) by Monday, July 15, 2013 and indicate your preferred time for participation:

    Digital Humanities, Lincoln, Nebraska

    • July 16, 1:30-3:00 pm
    • July 16, 3:30-5:00 pm

    Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Indianapolis, Indiana

    • July 23, 7:30-9:00 am
    • July 24, 7:30-9:00 am

    Your
    participation will give you a chance to meet with others working in
    your field or related areas. We hope to use the results to help advance
    the research tools afforded by the HathiTrust Research Center.

  • Call for papers 

    Queer, feminist digital media praxis

    Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology | adanewmedia.org

    Issue 4, May 2014 

    Editors:
    Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex), Alex Juhasz (Pitzer
    College), Kate O'Riordan (University of Sussex/ University of
    California, Santa Cruz)

    We
    invite contributions to a peer-reviewed special issue that brings
    together artistic, theoretical, critical and empirical responses to a
    range of questions around mediation, technology and gender equality. In
    particular we are interested in exploring what the concept of praxis
    could offer in our thinking about the intersections of gender, digital
    media, and technology. 

    Praxis
    in both Marxist and in Arendtian political thought brings together
    theory, philosophy and political action into the realm of the everyday.
    Inspired from this premise, and continuing the conversations that
    started during the workshop Queer, feminist social media praxis at the
    University of Sussex in May 2013 (
    queerfemdigiact.wordpress.com),
    we focus here on the conditions for a feminist digital media praxis.
    Media praxis, in other words the “making and theorising of media towards
    stated projects of world and self-changing” (
    mediapraxis.org),
    could be a vital component of feminist and/or queer political action.
    We are interested in the different modes of political action for social
    justice, enabled by digital technologies and social media, including
    theory, art, activism or pedagogy. What kinds of possibilities or
    impossibilities do these technologies and platforms offer for
    interpreting and intervening in the world?

    The
    fourth issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology
    seeks submissions that explore the concept of feminist, queer, digital
    media praxis. We welcome unpublished work from scholars of any
    discipline and background, including collaborative, non-traditional, or
    multimodal approaches that can especially benefit from the journal’s
    open access online status.

    Topics and approaches might include, but are not limited to:

    • Affect, desire and disgust
    • Diffractive readings
    • Digital storytelling
    • Herstories, archiving and remembering
    • Feminist pedagogy
    • LGBTQ Youth
    • New media bodies
    • Imaginaries, futures and technological utopias
    • Radical art practices
    • Science, technology and social justice

    We
    invite submissions for individual papers on any of the above themes or
    related themes. Contributions in formats other than the traditional
    essay are encouraged; please contact the editor to discuss
    specifications and/or multimodal contributions.

    All submissions should be sent by 15th August, to A.Fotopoulou@sussec.ac.uk. They should be accompanied by the following information in the email message with your submission attachment: 

    • Name(s), affiliation(s), email address(es) of the person(s) submitting.
    • Title of the text 
    • Abstract of 400-600 words

     

    Please
    note that Ada uses a two-level review process that is open to members
    of the Fembot Collective. For more information about our review policy,
    see these guidelines: http://adanewmedia.org/beta-reader-and-review-policy/.

     

    Important dates:

    - Deadline for abstracts: 15th August 2013

    - Notification of accepted papers: 1st September 2013

    - Deadline for full essays: 5th December 2013

    - Expected publication date: May 2014

     

    About Ada:

    Ada
    is an online, open access, open source, peer-reviewed journal run on a
    nonprofit basis by feminist media scholars from Canada, the UK, and the
    US. The journal’s first issue was published online in November 2012 and
    has so far received more than 75,000 page views. Ada operates a review
    process that combines the feminist mentorship of fan communities with
    the rigor of peer review. Read more at
    http://adanewmedia.org/beta-reader-and-review-policy/.
    We do not — and will never — charge fees for publishing your materials,
    and we will share those materials using a Creative Commons License. 

     

    Information about the editors:

    Aristea
    Fotopoulou is postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex,
    working at the intersections of media & cultural studies with
    science & technologies studies. She is interested in critical
    aspects of digital culture, emerging technologies and social change, and
    in feminist/queer theory. She has written about digital networks and
    feminism, and recently, on information politics and knowledge
    production, and on social imaginaries of digital engagement. She
    currently explores practices of sharing in relation to biosensors and
    other smart technologies, and also works with Kate to produce SusNet, a
    co-created platform of feminist cultural production, art and activism.  

    Alexandra
    Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College. She has written
    multiple articles on feminist, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current
    work is on and about YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital
    media. She has produced the feature films, The Owls, and The Watermelon
    Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist
    issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education. Her first book,
    AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University
    Press, 1996) is about the contributions of low-end video production to
    political organizing and individual and community growth. 

    Kate
    O’Riordan is Reader in Digital Media and Associate Professor of Art at
    the University of Sussex and the University of California Santa Cruz
    respectively. She is the author and editor of three books, most recently
    The Genome Incorporated: Constructing Biodigital Identity. Her
    interests and expertise range from gender, sexuality and digital culture
    to human cloning, genomics and other biodigital symptoms. She is
    currently engaged in work at the intersections of art, science and media
    about in-vitro meat, biosensors and smart grids and questions about
    sustaining knowledge in feminist art and activism.

  • The Antonym of Forgetting: Global Perspectives on Human Rights Archives
    http://uclahumanrightsarchives.wordpress.com/

    October 18-19, 2013, Charles E. Young Research Library, Conference Room 11360, UCLA

    This two-day symposium will explore the complex political, ethical, legal, and cultural challenges faced in the creation, preservation, and use of records documenting human rights crises. In bringing together for the first time an international cadre of experts whose work addresses archival issues in a broad range of countries—South Africa, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Bosnia, Croatia, Rwanda, and the United States—the project will develop interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scholarship and provide a framework for archivists, human rights activists, and scholars dealing with records documenting human rights abuse around the world.

    Among the most profound and lasting crises faced around the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century are those associated with widespread and systematic human rights abuse, including genocide, mass incarceration, and other crimes against humanity. Such crimes have had deep and lasting consequences for survivors, victims’ families, and society at large. These consequences have been compounded by the failure to come to grips with the past through the careful documentation of the crimes in question, as well as preservation of and access to such documentation. That failure has, in some cases, prevented such crimes from being the subject of meaningful judicial proceedings, thereby leading to a cycle of impunity and often to further state and societal violence. It has also impeded serious efforts to write critical accounts of the events, including careful examination of their causes and dynamics, thereby denying those societies a full understanding of their own histories. In many cases, a state or societal refusal to acknowledge past human rights abuse has had profoundly negative psychological, religious, and personal consequences for the individuals and communities victimized by such violence.

    Remedying this problem is partly a matter of creating and deploying systems for documenting human rights crimes through the establishment of archives, both material and digital, that may be used by survivors, the families of victims, researchers, lawyers, and others. These archival efforts have complex political, legal, and ethical dimensions, which have only recently become the focus of serious research and attention.

    In light of these complexities, the symposium will feature research that addresses the following questions:

    • Who ‘owns’ human rights records?  Do states possess a sovereign right to control such information, or does that right reside with victims? If it resides with states, what happens if state officials seek to obstruct access or to destroy records they deem damaging? If the right resides with victims, how should victimhood be defined, who should decide, and what are the practical and ethical consequences of such decisions?
    • Should human rights records always be held inside the country in which the violations occurred, or should they sometimes be moved to an offshore location in the name of safety and security? What are the ethical implications of such custody transfers?
    • What cultural protocols and ethical guidelines should be used for archival access systems? Should the identity of victims be revealed in records to ensure accuracy, or should they be concealed to protect privacy? Should perpetrators be named or otherwise identified in those records and, if not, might that not impede meaningful legal or historical research?
    • Should these records be digitized and, if so, how can digitization be conducted in a culturally and ethically sensitive manner? What language should be used to describe such records? Who should make such decisions?
    • How do current political and legal regimes, both domestic and international, influence how painful pasts are remembered or forgotten?

    The symposium is free and open to the public.

    For more information, contact:

    Michelle Caswell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies, Department of Information Studies, UCLA
    caswell at gseis.ucla.edu

    Geoffrey Robinson, PhD, Professor, Department of History, UCLA, robinson at history.ucla.edu

    Co-sponsored by the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, the Center for Information as Evidence, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the African Studies Center, and Charles E. Young Research Library.

    This symposium is part of a larger two-year project entitled, 
    “Human Rights Archives in the Pacific Rim: Political, Legal, and Ethical Challenges.”



  • Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms

    U N I V E R S I T Y  O F  I L L I N O I S,  U R B A N A - C H A M P A I G N (USA)
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    Proposals due: Friday, 23 August 2013

    This conference will bring together artists, activists and academics to stage new conversations about women of color and women of color feminisms across cultural forms too often perceived to be wholly distinct – hip hop and punk.  Both hip hop and punk have received significant scholarly attention since the 1970s, but despite their near-simultaneous emergence in global cities wrought anew through multiple, devastating wars and global economic restructuring, rarely are the two brought into conversation with each the other. 

    With this conference, we hope to disrupt status quo narratives and present wholly new analytic and aesthetic investigations about race, sex, and the creation of categories of deviance; race, gender, and sexuality in cultural studies and the politics of aesthetics; queer of color critique and women of color feminist epistemologies; social movements, activism, and art; norms of respectability, morality, and propriety and their politics of value; and, systems and structures of violence and human value. Perceiving a need for a greater nuanced comparative analyses and collaborations across disciplines or fields of inquiry, itself a topic of ongoing scholarship, this conference aims to break ground on what that looks, feels, and sounds like. 

    We invite presentations, papers, performances, work-in-progress, new media, workshops, panels, related to (or building on) the following themes/issues: 

    •  Genealogies and as well multiple origin stories for hip hop and/or punk across diasporas and the globe (against a wholly distinct and discrete genealogy, or singular origin story, for each)
    • Inter-genre corporeal practices and body aesthetics 
    • Theories of aesthetics and value that emerge from hip hop and/or punk cultures 
    • Critical conversations on hip hop and/or punk organizing and disorganization
    • New media, web series, blogs, zines, and ciphers 
    • Critiques and political polemics that imagine futurity or negativity (and the uses and challenges to them from women of color feminisms)
    • Disruptive youth cultures and oppositional activism,  or their lack (can we necessarily presume disruption or opposition? what conditions are required? through what measures do we recognize these?)
    • The ephemeral and haptic qualities of hip hop and punk performances (including the events, actions, and encounters between bodies that shape social and cultural formations within hip hop and punk cultures)
    • Art and music inspired by hip hop and punk collaborations
    • Experimental hip hop/punk methodologies and pedagogies

    What to send:

    For individual proposals: Please send a 350-word (maximum) abstract of your conference contribution. All submissions will be reviewed by the conference co-organizers. 

    For collective/panel proposals: Please send a 300-word (maximum) description of the overall goal, vision, and content for the collective contribution. In addition, please provide no more than a 250-word abstract of each individual’s contribution. All submissions will be reviewed by the conference co-organizers. 

    All proposals must also include the following information: 

    1. Author(s) name, affiliation(s), and brief bio
    2. Email address or preferred contact
    3. Title of presentation
    4. Key words

    Send proposals to HipHopAndPunkFeminisms@gmail.com with the following subject heading: abstract submission.

    All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a collection, tentatively titled, Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms: Genealogy, Theory, Performance.
  • Digital Humanities Data Curation, a series of three-day workshops,
    will provide a strong introductory grounding in data curation concepts
    and practices, focusing on the special issues and challenges of data
    curation in the humanities. Workshops are aimed
    at humanities researchers — whether traditional faculty or alternative
    (alt-ac) professionals — as well as librarians, archivists, cultural
    heritage specialists, other information professionals, and advanced
    graduate students.

    Applications are now being accepted for the second Digital Humanities
    Data Curation Institute workshop, to be held at the Maryland Institute
    for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland, October 16-18,
    2013. Visit the Institute website (http://dhcuration.org/institute)
    to complete an application by August 7.


    As the materials and analytical practices of humanities research
    become increasingly digital, the theoretical knowledge and practical
    skills of information science, librarianship, and archival science —
    which come together in the research, and practice of
    data curation — will become more vital to humanists.


    Carrying out computational research with digital materials requires
    that both scholars and information professionals understand how to
    manage and curate data over its entire lifetime of interest. At the
    least, individual scholars must be able to document
    their data curation strategies and evaluate those of collaborators and
    other purveyors of humanities data. More fully integrating data curation
    into digital research involves fluency with topics such as disciplinary
    research cultures, publication, information
    sharing, and reward practices, descriptive standards, metadata formats,
    and the technical characteristics of digital data.


    Organized by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
    (MITH), the Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, and the
    Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at
    GSLIS, this workshop series is generously funded
    by an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant
    from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 



    Megan Senseney

    Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship

    Graduate School of Library and Information Science

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




    Phone: 217-244-5574

    Email: mfsense2@illinois.edu




    Visit the website at http://dhcuration.org/institute

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