posted : Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Process: In Medias Res Harvard Film and Visual Studies Inaugural Graduate Conference

Process: In Medias Res

Harvard Film and Visual Studies

Inaugural Graduate Conference

April 10-12, 2014

An artist’s process; a writer’s process; the process of observing; a word processor; processing a negative; a research process; the process of mediation.

Process asks us to think about how in addition to what, about working objects as well as finished works. It is a point in medias res, in formation, in-between. Media, mediation, and medium are all terms of process, machines of facture and sense-making.

This conference takes Process as its area of inquiry. Conceptions of Process, as well as particular processes, situate themselves at the heart of various disciplinary ‘turns,’ methodological shifts, and inter- and intra-disciplinary debates within academic approaches to media, the visual and other aesthetic fields. In proposing the need for further conceptualization of the term we hope to draw together interdisciplinary research accounting for the processual and the various meanings, uses, and roles it holds, and has held, for media scholarship and practice.

We seek explorations of the processual in critical and creative practice that draw from Visual Studies, Film and Media Studies, History of Science, History of Art, as well as practice-based disciplines. Can we approach process as figure rather than ground? How do we address processes of artistic practice? What constrains our attempts to render process into language and image, sound and sense? Can we, or should we, historicize or theorize process? What are the possibilities or pitfalls of rendering process into representation or performance? Do theories of visuality, medium, embodiment, and form demand or suggest new models for conceptualizing or representing process? How does process complicate the discursive fault lines between theory and practice?

We invite proposals for scholarly papers, audiovisual presentations, exploratory writing, and performances that engage with, as well as extend beyond, the following topics:


“Process” in/as/and:

- Scholarship, both research and writing

- Practice-based/Artistic Research

- Digital Humanities/Pedagogy

- (Inter-/Trans-)Disciplinarity

- Media Archaeological Approaches

- Forms of Production/Facture within and across Art, Film, Media

- Avant-garde/Experimental Film and Media Scholarship

- “Process” Art: Event, Performance, Experience

- Counterfactual Histories/Parafiction/Falsities/Re-enactments

- Archiving, Collecting, Historicizing, Curating

- Reproduction, Transformation, and Technological Mediation

- Materiality, Objects in Flux

- Documentary and Visual Ethnography

- Process Philosophy and its Role in Media Scholarship

- Media Epistemology

- Temporality: Slow and Fast Processes

- ‘Live’ Media

- Failure and Abandoned Projects/Practices

- Work/Labor

- Invisibility: Clandestine Technologies for Capture and Communication

- Proprietary Knowledge and Secret Processes

Opening Remarks:

Giuliana Bruno, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

in conjunction with the international book launch of Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media

Keynote speaker and Screening Event: to be announced

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and short bio along with institutional/departmental affiliation, if any, to byJan 15, 2014.  Questions can be directed to the email address above.  Participants will be notified of acceptance by mid February. 

posted : Thursday, December 5th, 2013

USC Critical Studies Graduate Conference

USC Critical Studies Graduate Conference
Technologies of Knowing – “TechKnow”
Los Angeles, California
Friday, April 11, 2014
In the opening of Understanding Media (1964), Marshall McLuhan famously refers to media technologies as “the extensions of man.” Despite the core centrality of technology to the function of media itself, humanities scholarship frequently focuses on the cultural while ignoring the technological. The fields of film and media studies have produced countless histories of major studios, producers, and creative contributors. In light of this vast body of knowledge, the histories and theoretical inquiries that address the possibilities, limitations, and impacts (both physical and psychological) of technologies are comparatively small in number while at the same time these questions have become even more critical as media technologies increasingly enable (or at least seem to enable) people to do and know new things. The 2014 USC Critical Studies Graduate Conference seeks to bring examinations of media technology to the fore through the conference theme of “Technologies of Knowing.”
Borrowing McLuhan’s notion of the “extension,” this conference will be particularly concerned with the many ways that media technologies can extend the processes of discovery and knowing. How do media technologies impact the ways we think? How do the ways we think inform what technology can do? In what ways do media technologies produce, archive, or obfuscate certain knowledges? While any paper engaged with technology and media studies will be considered, preference will be given to papers that reflect on the relationship(s) of media technology to knowledge, including its generation, preservation, communication, and erasure. 
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words for a 20-minute panel presentation as well as a brief bio of no more than 100 words. If you would like to propose something outside of these parameters, please contact us with your idea before submitting your proposal. Non-traditional, creative and digital projects are welcome, as are individual papers or pre-constituted panels. Please email your submissions and inquiries to Heather Blackmore at (and copy by January 24, 2014
In addition to panels of graduate papers, this year’s conference will include a workshop devoted to concerns around working on and with technology, as well as a keynote panel moderated by Dr. Henry Jenkins. 
Possible Topics Include:
- Epistemologies of technology
- Technological determinism
- Representations of technology
- Technological anxieties
- Technology as archive
- Technology and discovery, pedagogy, scholarship, etc.
- Technological histories
- Technology within the political economy of film, television, interactive media, etc. 
- Impact of technology on boundaries between established media (television, film, games, etc.)
- Cultural impacts of technological developments and constraints
- Economic, social, cultural, psychological, and material (etc.) nature and impact of the digital
- Invisible technologies
- Forgotten technologies
- Cults of technology
- Amateur technologies
- Cyborgs, biotechnologies, and technology and the body
- Design and technology
- Interfaces, platforms, hardware, and software
- Obsolescence
- Hype

posted : Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA): Call for Laboratories

Call for Laboratories

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is calling for
proposals for the production of research-based creative works, with
interactive and collaborative components, for its upcoming biennial
conference in Tallinn, Estonia to be held from 31st July - 3rd August, 2014.

EASA2014 will provide spaces for producing and presenting ethnographic
works that are not exclusively based on text-based conventions, but that
are constituted through visual, acoustic, performative, and other forms of
experience-based knowledge.

We are calling these spaces “Laboratories” in order to recall experimental
practises and activities. The intention of these Laboratories is to explore
methodological and epistemological possibilities of carrying out and
presenting anthropological research using non-text based forms.

We are particularly looking for proposals with an interactive and
collaborative component. Laboratories can be organised either as closed
events (stating the names of the participants), or as invitations for
individual submissions (which the respective Laboratory’s convener will be
able to choose from among potential contributors).

For more information:

posted : Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Futures Past: Design and the Machine : MIT MEDIA LAB Nov 21st-23rd

Futures Past: Design and the Machine is a three-day conference on the institutional and intellectual history of research and visions for human-machine systems beginning in the second half of the 20th century, and its relationship to emerging roles of technology in design. As computational media pervaded design pedagogy and practice in the post-World War II period, the model of interaction between humans and computers in relation to the creative process persists as a research question, even though consistently obscured by the exigencies of practice. The conference is structured around paper sessions with junior scholars, researchers, and historians. The event includes panel discussions with protagonists of early efforts to incorporate computers, information technologies, and communication engineering in the design process.


16:30 Conference Opening by Terry Knight (MIT)

16:45 Welcome Remarks by Duks Koschitz (MIT/Pratt), Olga Touloumi (Harvard), Theodora Vardouli (MIT)

17:00 The Architecture Machine Group (moderator:  Daniel Cardoso, Penn State)

A conversation among Nicholas Negroponte, Steven Gregory, Christopher Herot, Andrew Lippman, Masanori Nagashima, Paul Pangaro, and Guy Weinzapfel


09:15 Paper Sessions Opening by Arindam Dutta (MIT)

09:30 Designing Futures (chair: Felicity Scott, Columbia)

Carlotta Daro (ENSA Paris Malaquais), “On the Anti-Modern Use of Cybernetics in the Work of N. Schöffer”

Larry Busbea (University of Arizona), “Environment as Material”

Gabrielle Schaad (ETH), “Everting the Machine – Interaction of Human and Machine in Yamaguchi Katsuhiro’s Environmental Design for the Mitsui Pavilion (Osaka Expo ’70)”

11:30 Paul Richens, Edward Hoskins, Adam Gawne-Cain (moderator Axel Kilian, Princeton)

03:00 Systems Thinking (chair: Jennifer Light, Northwestern)

Britt Eversole (Princeton), “Architettura Parametrica and the Problems of Intellectual Virginity, circa 1960”

Nikos Katsikis (Harvard), “Complete Urbanization is Unavoidable but Computable”

Ksenia Tatarchenko (Columbia), “’I’, ‘We’ and the EVM”

05:00 Lionel March & George Stiny (moderator: Altino Joao Magalhaes Rocha, Universidade de Évora)


10:00 Modeling Information (chair: John Harwood, Oberlin)

Moa Carlsson (MIT), “Analogue and Digital GIS: Mapping a Shared Territory for Design”

Jacob Gaboury (NYU), “Image Objects: Computer Graphics at the University of Utah,1965-1979”

Alise Upitis (MIT), “Design as Effect circa 1962: Alexander and Sutherland”

John R. Blakinger (Stanford), “Camouflage circa 1942: Gyorgy Kepes and the Militarization of the Image”

01:30 Chuck Eastman & John Gero (moderator Dennis Shelden, MIT)

03:15 Mediating Interfaces (chair: Peter Galison, Harvard)

David Theodore (Harvard), “The First Failure of Man-Computer Symbiosis: The Hospital Computer Project, 1960-1968”

David Mindell (MIT), “Systems and Subjectivity in 20th Century Commercial Aviation”

Molly Steenson (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), “Supreme Usability: The Architecture Machine Group and Information Spaces”

05:30 Alan Kay (moderator: Edith Ackermann, MIT/Harvard)

07:30 Conference Closing


posted : Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Before the River - Xánath Caraza by the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum


Before the River - Xánath Caraza
by the Smithsonian Latino Virtual MuseumThe Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum is celebrating Dia de Los Muertos fromOctober 30th to November 2nd in the avatar-based virtual world Second Life. Audiences within Second World and without will have the chance to create Zeega tributes to this righteous celebration of Latino heritage and the cycles or birth and death!

Creators will be treated to a special recording of Xanath Caraza reciting her poem “Before the River” (inspired by the Latin American myth spirit “La Llorona”) as the soundtrack for their Zeegas. To participate, watch the Zeega above created by the Smithsonian LMV featuring in-world La Llorona sightings and Caraza’s recitation and click reply to add your own tribute. Once you’re done, share with the hashtag #LMVLaLlorona to be featured on our website and on the Smithsonian LMV’s blog.

posted : Monday, October 21st, 2013

To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation October 9–November 12, 2013

I Am Suzanne! 1933. USA. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Courtesy Fox Film Corporation/Photofest

To Save and Project, MoMA’s international festival of film preservation, celebrates its 11th year with gloriously preserved masterworks and rediscoveries of world cinema. Virtually all of the films in the festival are having their New York premieres, and some are shown in versions never before seen in the United States.

This year’s edition features a Carte Blanche selection by filmmaker Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Election). Other guests include Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who introduces Hotel Monterey (1972) and News from Home (1977), her beautiful New York films of the 1970s; and Filipino sensation Lav Diaz, who presents the full-length version of his 2001 crime dramaBatang West Side. An evening with the great American writer E. L. Doctorow, a special presentation of Le Conversazioni literary festival, includes a screening and a conversation moderated by its artistic director, Antonio Monda.

A sidebar dedicated to the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, includes classics of Belgian cinema as well as a fascinating rediscovery: the first American anti-fascist film, Hitler’s Reign of Terror (1934). To Save and Project also features Jacques Barratier’s gorgeous French-Tunisian drama Goha (1958); Rowland V. Lee’s demented pre-Code puppet romance I Am Suzanne!(1934); and one of the most anticipated films in the festival, the world premiere of Karl Brown’s Stark Love (1927), with a new musical arrangement performed live by the NYU Cinemusica Viva Players, conducted by Gillian B. Anderson. The festival also includes gems of film noir; the premiere of rarely screened Andy Warhol film shorts, followed by a panel discussion with Warhol collaborators and scholars; a Modern Mondays premiere of Bruce Conner’s Crossroads (1976); and a theatrical run of Mikko Niskanen’s Eight Deadly Shots (1972), together with Peter Von Bagh’s The Story of Mikko Niskanen (2010).

What distinguishes To Save and Project among the world’s film preservation festivals is that nearly all the titles are presented on celluloid, respecting their original format of 35mm or 16mm. This festival, then, is a celebration of the vital work of archives around the world, including MoMA’s Department of Film, as well as Hollywood and international studios, distributors, and independent filmmakers, to save our cinema heritage.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

posted : Monday, October 21st, 2013

Emerson College hires in Journalism, Visual and Media Arts, Communication Studies, and the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

Emerson College is pleased to announce a major faculty hiring initiative in civic media. Building on the Colleges strengths in communication and the arts and supporting the Colleges strategic initiatives in civic and global engagement, we seek to develop a distinguished faculty that addresses connections among media innovation, technologies, social networks and global citizenship. There is a need to consider how the changes brought by digital media are shaping political and social life, along with definitions of governance and citizenship. How people make and use media (whether it’s a film or a tweet) to engage with the world, to make change, to be informed, or to connect across national borders, are topic areas that span the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences. The new faculty hires in Journalism, Visual and Media Arts, Communication Studies, and the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies will form a distinctive interdisciplinary faculty cohort that intersects with students from across the College. While faculty members will have their primary appointments within one of the four participating units, they will share teaching responsibilities with the new College-wide minor in Digital Me= dia and Culture, and have a research affiliation with the Emerson Engagement Labs (EEL). All the new faculty hires will begin August 28, 2014. The minor in Digital Media and Culture offers students the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of how digital technologies are transforming society and culture. Participatory cultures are emerging through games and social media; whole new modes of interaction are being crafted online. From the disruption of established industrial models of production and consumption to the creation of new social norms, this minor asks students to create and analyze digital media that directly engages in this transforming and transformative culture. The Emerson Engagement Labs (EEL) is a cluster of research labs focused on technologies and media innovation in global civic life. The Engagement Game Lab (<>) is the currently existing unit that focuses on the design and research of games and play within civic and public processes. Incoming faculty can affiliate with the Engagement Game Lab or the new Global Engagement Lab, which will focus specifically on the analysis of global communication flows and the production of global media initiatives. Please direct any questions to Eric Gordon at eric [at] emerson [dot] edu. The four positions are as follows: The Department of Journalism seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level with a focus on civic engagement, data-driven storytelling and the production of digital journalistic projects. The ideal candidate will have a terminal degree in a related field and expertise in accessing, gathering, analyzing and displaying datasets that help citizens undersand complex issues and make wise choices. A background in user interface design, object-oriented programming, or data science is preferred. APPLY: The Department of Communication Studies seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level with a focus on social media and strategic communication, political communication and web-based political campaigns, active audiences, online advocacy and civic engagement, and emerging media-based narrative and community forms. A background or working knowledge is desirable in such areas as social media analytics, analysis of user generated content, human computer interaction, user experience design, and social media campaign planning. A Ph. D. in communication or a related field is required. APPLY: The Department of Visual and Media Arts seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level with a focus on game design. Qualifications: A terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in new media, art, game design, computer science or related field. The department is seeking candidates who have experience designing video games that engage with such issues as identity, intellectual property, or public art. Areas of focus might include gender, race, ethnicity, globalization, locality, experience, economics, politics, professionalism, and/or subjectivity. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach game design/production and interactive media courses at all levels of the curriculum, as well as mentor students and assist in developing new curriculum. APPLY: The Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies seeks a new tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level with a focus on digital media and culture. The ideal candidate will have expertise in digital technologies (such as mobile technologies and social software) and questions of digital citizenship, the networked public sphere, and/or online communities. He or she will anchor a new and exciting interdisciplinary Minor that offers students a critical lens on how digital technologies and practices inform and reinvent civic cultures and social processes. A PhD in media/cultural/technology studies or related social science field is required. APPLY: Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated capacity for research in their areas, teaching experience, a willingness to help build curriculum, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Faculty will be encouraged to receive grants to support theirresearch in the EEL and work with its dynamic staff to develop innovative research programs and find ways to meaningfully engage undergraduates in active research. All applicants should upload a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Applicants must complete Emersons online application form and submit materials electronically at the links provided above. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. You can also view the positions<> Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the colleges intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson College is the nations only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major media outlets, arts institutions, and research centers. The college enrolls 3,662 undergraduate students and 830 graduate students from 75 countries and all 50 states.

posted : Thursday, October 17th, 2013

2014 Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies: Call for Applications

2014 Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies: Call for Applications

Fourth Annual Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies to take place in Princeton, NJ from June 15 – June 21, 2014.

The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies – a collaboration between the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM) and Princeton University (German Department) – returns to Princeton in 2014 for its fourth installment. The 2014 topic will be “Practices, Procedures, Recursions: The Reality of Media?” . The weeklong program will be hosted by Princeton’s German Department. It will be directed by Bernhard Siegert (Weimar) and Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton).

Besides the directors the faculty will include renowned film maker Harun Farocki as well as scholars of media and literature such as Thomas Y. Levin (Princeton),  Petra McGillen(Dartmouth), Grant Wythoff (Columbia), and Harun Maye (Weimar).

A full list of faculty will be announced here soon.

The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies invites applications from outstanding doctoral candidates throughout the world in media studies and related fields such as film studies, literary studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, sociology, politics, the history of science and visual culture.

All application materials should be sent by email to


and must be received by November 25, 2013.

See How to Apply for further information.

Please submit all inquires to:  ssms@Princeton.EDU

posted : Wednesday, October 16th, 2013