AIM, the Association/Society of Moving Image Researchers, is a non-profit organisation. Its goals are to bring together researchers and to promote moving image studies. The IV AIM Annual Meeting will take place at University of Beira Interior (Covilhã), from 15 to 17 May 2014. Please also visit Aniki : Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image, a cientific journal from AIM.
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1st International Communication Science and Media Studies Congress
The Faculty of Communication, Kocaeli University, is honored to organize and host the first International Communication Science and Media Studies Congress (ICSMSC) in cooperation with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Florida International University,and pleased to invite the researchers and scholars of communication and media studies to Izmit, Kocaeli, Turkey.
The main goal of ICSMSC is to discuss and share information on new approaches in the field of communication and media studies and exchange observations and new ideas in an international conference platform.
The congress welcomes both paper and poster contributions on a wide range of topics using various scholarly approaches. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to, the following: Communication Science Studies, Journalism Studies, Radio and Television Studies, New Media Studies, Media Organizations and Economics, Political Communication and Media, Public Relation Studies, Advertising Studies, Intercultural Communication and Media, Media Pedagogy.
Prof. Dr. Füsun ALVER
10 January 2014: Deadline for submission of abstracts
27 January 2014: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
28 March 2014: Deadline for full paper submission
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CREATIVITY AND CREATIVE APPROACHES IN HUMAN SCIENCE
Guest Editors: Professors Steen Halling, Seattle University, USA and FinnThorbjørn Hansen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Creativity is a buzz word in modern society which has often been characterized as a “knowledge economy,” depending for its continued existence on innovation and the generation of new ideas and products. But creativity is much more than a fashionable concept in industry and management; it also points to fundamental features of human existence that have been studied by human scientists, often in relation to the idea of Bildung [dannelse], or the creative formation of people, who may become co- creators of personal and social life themselves or witnesses to a creation in and of life, that they take part in.
Originally, in Western culture, creativity was the exclusive province of God, the Creator, but in a secular world there is an imperative for everyone to become creators in and of their lives. How we evaluate this imperative depends to a large extent on how we conceptualize creativity as a human phenomenon, in everyday life as well as in the sciences.
All human sciences exist in a tension between tradition and renewal. At the 32th International Human Science Research Conference at Aalborg University in August 2013 more than 230 human scientists from all over the world participated. The theme was creativity and creative approaches in human science and the organizers’ hope was that participants would discuss how to renew the human sciences creatively, and also to present ideas about what creativity is as a basic human phenomenon. How can phenomenological, hermeneutic, and other human science traditions be respected and yet renewed in creative directions? How – and how much – should human scientists experiment with creative methodological practices when researching human phenomena? What role can the arts play? Are there limits to creativity? Can human beings become too creative – in life as well as in research? And what can human scientists actually contribute to the current creativity discourse?
At the Pre-Conference to IHSRC, where two of the keynote speakers – professor Max van Manen (Canada) and professor Steen Halling (USA) – participated as well, the theme was on the ‘experience of transcendence’ in phenomenology and hermeneutics: How do we – as researchers – put words to that which seems too enigmatic and too saturated with meaning to be captured by scientific language? How do we as human scientists in broad terms work with the more tacit, intuitive, existential, embodied and practical knowledge and insights and those unique, singular and ‘only once-occurrent events’(Bakhtin, 1993) of dialogue and creation and ‘insider- and on-the-edge-inspirations’ that guides the artists as well as the researcher? How, for example, are we to understand and practice our research if Hans-Georg Gadamer is right in saying that in the face of such profound ‘human experiences’, “…Hence, together with the experience of philosophy, the experience of art is the most insistent admonition to scientific consciousness to acknowledge its own limits” (Gadamer, Truth and Method, 1989, p. xxi.)? In what way may we as human scientists, broadly speaking, be inspired by a more philosophizing and artistic attitude towards our ways of listening to the phenomena or subject matter, that our research is oriented toward? What kind of ‘Bildung’ or ‘tactfulness’ is called for in order for the researcher to be able to ‘stand-in-the-openness’ and think and wonder not only from the outside but also from within the relation, practice or phenomena that the researcher is engaged in? What may be the relation between on the one hand creativity, wonder and Being (presence) and on the other hand methodology, knowledge production and empirical and scientific writings?
This issue of the next Academic Quarter (Vol. 8, Spring 2014) invites human scientists, broadly understood, both from the Human Science Research Conference in Aalborg 2013 but also other researchers to give their thoughts on this topic. The number of articles will be limited to a maximum of 20 where about half of the articles will from researchers who do not come from Denmark. And the criteria for submitting an article will be that the article focuses on one of the themes of:
a) Research in creativity – What is creativity? or
b) Research in creative approaches in human science methodology, or
c) Research in ‘practices’ or learning spaces for ‘Bildung’ that may create in the researcher a more creative, artistic and wondrous attitude.
We encourage writers to form their article in a way that strive for connecting theory, methods and experiences through a more practice-based and practice-situated or situation-specific research approach. And the article should be written in English and in a way that is accessible to not only expert in the narrow research field but also to fellow researchers in other disciplines in human science.
Suggestions for articles:
Suggestion for articles, including an abstract of 150 words should be emailed to Finn Thorbjørn Hansen (email@example.com) by December 15, 2013. Articles will then be reviewed anonymously. The articles should be around 15,000-25,000 keystrokes (around 3,500 words). Please visit the website for further information: http://akademiskkvarter.hum.aau.dk/UK/index.php.
Academic Quarter has been approved according to the Danish bibliometrical system for 2011 and forward.
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Film, Awards and Value: Call for Special Issue of Networking Knowledge
All About Oscar or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Academy Awards
Guest Editor: Liam Heffernan
Networking Knowledge, the peer-reviewed, open access journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network is seeking abstracts of articles for its special issue on all themes relating to The Academy Awards.
Deadline for abstracts: 8th January 2014
The 85th Academy Awards, held on Sunday 24th February 2013, was watched by 40 million Americans and hundreds of millions more in over 200 countries worldwide. It is the biggest media event of the year, blasted by some as nothing more than self-indulgent nonsense, praised by others as an important cultural tradition, and defined by the New York Times as ‘spectacularly trivial, paradoxically important, endlessly fascinating, and often vexing’. This special issue of Networking Knowledge aims to challenge the often negative representation of the Academy Awards, seeking articles that question and debate its global cultural significance. Articles of particular interest in this issue include, but are not necessarily restricted to:
· A textual analysis of the Academy Awards ceremony and/or Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning films, especially concentrating on the textual construction of concepts like ‘Oscar-worthiness’ and ‘Oscar bait’
· Studies of patterns and trends, particularly those that challenge prevailing assumptions with regards to the types of films, studios, and individuals that win Oscars. Where are the anomalies? Why are they there?
· Issues of celebrity, fame, and star power and their relation to Hollywood’s awards
· Notions of quality and ways in which this may or may not be represented by the Academy, its members, or its films
· The history of the Oscars
· The politics behind campaigning for and winning an Academy Award
· Genre and the Oscars
· The relationship between Oscar and Indiewood
· The production, promotion, and reception of the Oscars telecast and nominated films
· The business of the Academy and its impact on the global film industry.
The Academy Awards, though often neglected, offers a valuable centre point for interdisciplinary research, and this issue seeks a broad range of submissions that enable the collaboration of many fields across film, television, media, and cultural studies.
We invite articles by postgraduate and early career researchers, which are 5,000 to 6,000 words long. Please firstly send abstracts of up to 300 words along with a 50-word biography by January 8th 2014 to Liam Heffernan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sam Ward (email@example.com). Articles will be due on 01st May 2014. Please contact the editors for any further information.
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Childhood, adolescence and media literacy
Quaderns del CAC, issue 40, vol. XVII, July 2014
Deadline: 21 February 2014
2014 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. For this reason, the journal Quaderns del CAC wants to dedicate their next issue to media literacy regarding children and adolescents.
In a time of constant transformation of audiovisual landscape, of new forms of consumption and production of content when children are becoming both senders and receivers, it becomes more important than ever involving school, family, public institutions and media in media literacy in children and adolescents.
We invite you to participate in the monographic section of Quaderns del CAC with contributions from multidisciplinary approaches (communication, education, pedagogy, sociology, politics, law, etc.) about studies and practical initiatives related to media literacy and the protection of minors, new screens, curricula, public policy, etc.
This call for papers is also open to contributions in the ‘Articles’ section, dedicated to the publication of ongoing research on visual communication and culture, as well as the dissemination of communications at conferences and seminars on broadcasting.
The text must be original and unpublished and not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a double-blind peer review process. Quaderns del CAC will provide the authors with the positive or negative result of the review within one month and a half after the submission of the article. The text must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines of the journal.
Articles should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quaderns del CAC is an electronic journal published annually in July in Catalan and Spanish, with an English edition that includes the originals submitted in English along with the rest of the content in Catalan.
For further information, back issues of Quaderns del CAC are available here in English, Spanish and Catalan:
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II Congresso da Confibercom
13-16 de abril de 2014
II Congresso da Confibercom reúne investigadores ibero-americanos em Braga-Portugal
O Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade da Universidade do Minho está a organizar o II Congresso Mundial de Comunicação Ibero-americana que se realizará em Braga de 13 a 16 de abril de 2014. Com mais de 900 propostas de comunicação aprovadas para apresentação no evento, este II Congresso da Confibercom tem como objetivo principal promover a reflexão sobre os desafios de internacionalização das ciências da comunicação no espaço ibero-americano.
Tendo como línguas oficiais de trabalho o Português e o Espanhol, esta iniciativa pretende também fomentar a valorização das línguas ibéricas como línguas de conhecimento e de produção científica e estreitar os laços de cooperação entre os investigadores dos países desta vasta região. Este encontro mundial contará com a participação de quase um milhar de investigadores dos 24 países do espaço ibero-americano e procurará contribuir para o reforço da solidariedade académica, política e cultural entre os países de expressão portuguesa e espanhola.
Mais informação: http://www.confibercom2014.org
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Performance, Place, Possibility: Performance in Contemporary Urban Contexts
University of Leeds, Friday 4th April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 24th January 2014
Dr Joslin McKinney, Associate Professor in Scenography, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
Dr Martin Zebracki, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Critical Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds
The School of Performance & Cultural Industries, University of Leeds (PCI) invites contributions to a one-day symposium exploring practices and potentials of performance in contemporary urban contexts, on Friday 4th April 2014. This is designed to coincide with Ludus Festival Leeds, see http://ludusfestival.org
. This is a biennial festival of performance curated by PCI in partnership with leading performance venues in the city. The aim is that the festival and symposium enrich one another.
Inaugurated in 2012, Ludus aims to engage visitors to and residents of Leeds in a range of opportunities to play, through engaging with performance presented on the city's stages and in its streets and sites. Ludus aims to curate performance - solo and ensemble work, dance, music - addressing the experience of people from all demographics, including work by and for young people and the disabled. In 2014, the emphasis will be on specific sites, looking beyond the physical boundaries of theatre and performance venues and towards other spaces in the city - and marginal(ised) spaces in particular.
As Jen Harvie has noted, theatre and performance "bring people together in live, shared encounters and offer people opportunities performatively to influence urban life" (Harvie 2009: 7). Meanwhile, performance offers a non-representational approach to engaging with "mundane everyday practices that shape the conduct of human beings towards others and themselves in particular sites" (Thrift 1997: 142). In this symposium, we want to consider the intersections of performance and the embodied practice of urban life and, further, reflect on the potentials of and the challenges for performance which seek to engage with diverse experiences of the city.
We invite scholars, researchers, artists and activists from across disciplines to join in debate on the ways in which the relationships between performance and place impact on audiences, communities, citizens and the city. We welcome contributions that include theoretical, methodological, empirical or artistic work, or they can be a combination thereof.
Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:
* The performance of place and space in contemporary urban culture
* Performance as urban intervention
* Participatory and/or interactive performance
* Performance and a 'global sense of place' (Massey 1991)
* Embodiment, affect and the experience of place
* Located and site-specific performance in the city
* Urban walking as performance
* Performance and urban social change
* Performance, identity and urban cultures
* Performative urban cultural practices beyond theatre and performance
* The body as site of performativity research
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Harvie, J. 2009 Theatre & the City, Palgrave
Massey, D. 1991 'A global sense of place' Marxism Today (38) 24-29
Thrift, N. 1997 'The still point: resistance, embodiment and dance' in Pile, S. and Keith, M. (eds) Geographies of Resistance, Routledge, 124-151
Deadline for proposals: 24th January 2014. Please send your proposal as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org@leeds.ac.uk
You may propose either:
A 10-minute intervention: 200-word abstract, plus your name and affiliation and 50-word biography
A 20-minute paper: 350-word abstract, plus your name and affiliation and 50-word biography
Where appropriate, we encourage you to show artwork as part of your interventions and papers.
There will also be a small display area with a plasma screen where presenters can share additional material. Please let us know if you have video or digital slides you would wish to show.
24th January 2014: deadline for proposals; symposium registration opens
14th February 2014: organisers communicate decisions of the review panel
21st March 2014: registration deadline for participants
31st March - 6th April 2014: Ludus Festival Leeds
4th April 2014: symposium at the University of Leeds
The Ludus Festival Leeds website at http://ludusfestival.org
will be updated through December 2013 with more information on this symposium and the Ludus programme of performances and events
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Questionable Research and Publication Practices in Communication Science
Special Issue of Communication Methods & Measures
Editors of Special Issue
Tilo Hartmann (email@example.com)
Ivar Vermeulen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Communication Science
VU University Amsterdam
Across the globe, scientific research communities are engaged in heated debates about scientific conduct and questionable research and publication practices (often referred to as the “sloppy science” debate). This debate centers on the prevalence of questionable scientific practices (see Table 1 for an overview) and on the extent to which such practices hinder scientific progress. Although the debate originated in other research fields, such as Medicine (Ioannidis , 2005), Criminology (Eisner, 2009), and Psychology (see, e.g., the November 2012 issue of Perspectives in Psychological Science), it clearly is relevant to the practice of communication science. This special issue of Communication Method & Measures aims to spark a discussion about “sloppy science” in communication research - a critical reflection on our common research and reporting practices - with the goal of potentially improving our standards heading into the future.
Misconduct vs. questionable research practices: Most scholars would hope if not also agree that blatant scientific misconduct such as data fabrication or plagiarism is fairly rare. Although better ways of improving fraud detection perhaps need our attention, we believe a much more interesting and impactful debate concerns more common practices that are “questionable” rather than illegitimate. A compelling demonstration of the consequences of employing such borderline practices is provided by Simmons et al. (2011), who show that undisclosed flexibility in data collection and analysis allows researchers to “present anything as significant” (p. 1359). Questionable research practices (e.g., developing hypotheses after data analysis, Kerr, 1998; increasing sample size until results gets significant; not reporting problematic cases, variables, experimental conditions) may be implicitly encouraged by publication practices that focus on significant findings and “good stories” (Kerr, 1998; Simmons et al., 2011; Levelt Committee et al., 2012). Pressure to publish may also encourage researchers to polish their manuscripts and to push aside ethical concerns about research practices. As a result, many “false positive” findings end up published (Nelson, Simmons, & Simonsohn, 2012) that are unlikely to replicate if such replication attempts are undertaken (Francis, 2012).
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Table 1: Examples of questionable research practices
Compiled from Eisner (2009), Simmons et al. (2011), and Levelt Committee et al. (2012).
>> P-hacking: Practices to optimize the relative number of accepted hypotheses or significant results reported in a paper
1 HARKing: Hypothesizing After Results are Known (or: presenting exploratory findings as confirmatory findings)
2 “Peeking” (collecting extra cases until significance is reached; not conforming to pre-determined sample size)
3 Instrumentally omitting or collapsing experimental conditions
4 Instrumentally omitting or collapsing dependent/mediating variables
5 Instrumental removal or inclusion of outliers (i.e. without employing pre-determined exclusion criteria)
6 Instrumental removal of scale items (i.e. without employing pre-determined criteria for scale construction)
7 Instrumental composition of outcome scores (e.g., difference or change scores, dichotomizing scores, not conforming to a pre-determined analysis plan)
8 Instrumental use of covariates (i.e., not conforming to a pre-determined analysis plan)
>> Reproducibility problems: Practices that hamper the reproducibility of prior results
1 Incomplete reporting on research procedure
2 Incomplete reporting on used measurement instruments
3 Incomplete reporting about statistical tests applied
4 Presenting underpowered studies
5 Keeping incomplete records of raw data, analyses, materials
>> Publication bias: Practices that lead to selective publication of results
1 Cherry picking: submitting / accepting only studies that “worked”; ignoring studies that “failed” (also: the “file drawer” problem)
2 Replication problem: low incentives to replicate prior studies and publish them
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We believe that communication science is a field just as likely to suffer from questionable practices as any other field of research. Therefore, we seek to compile a special issue of Communication Method & Measures that contributes to a constructive debate focused on the prevalence, determinants, forms, instances of, and successful interventions against questionable research practices within communication science. The goal is to increase awareness of questionable research practices in our field, to illuminate the problem of false positives and reproducibility in our field, and to contribute to the ongoing discussion about how to further enhance our research and reporting practices.
Thus, we issue this call for short empirical research reports that examine questionable research and reporting practices in Communication Science (for format issues please refer to the submission guidelines of the journal).
Papers that qualify for consideration include those that...
(1) Document the prevalence of and reasons for questionable research and reporting practices
>> We encourage the submission of empirical papers that address the prevalence of or reasons for questionable research and reporting practices in communication science. For example, we could imagine an adaptation of the study about questionable research practices conducted by John et al. (2012) to communication science.
>> In addition, we think it is also helpful to empirically examine potentially problematic publication practices (e.g., a focus on “good stories”, significant findings, accepted hypotheses, concise methodological reporting, “new” stories rather than replications, detrimental incentives for authors, reviewers, editors, etc.), as well as the effectiveness of possible solutions (e.g., study pre-registration, publication of data sets, supplementary material, etc.).
>> We also encourage content-analytical studies that examine to what extent articles in leading Communication journals report sufficient methodological information (e.g., confidence intervals, steps in handling data like dropping of cases or variables, etc., see Simmons et al., 2011). Also relevant in the present context is to what extent communication scholars produce cumulative and comparable knowledge by using standardized measurement instruments, or instead tend to adapt existing instruments or develop them “ad-hoc”.
>> Furthermore, we are very much open to other ideas to empirically address these issues.
(2) Reflect on Replication
>> Another set of short empirical reports may concern attempts to replicate central research insights of communication science. Such attempts could help the field to reflect on specific reproducibility problems within the field and on possible solutions to improve reproducibility (Koole & Lakens, 2012).
>> We like to encourage scholars to pick a central communication study, try to exactly replicate it, and then to not only report the replication but particularly also to reflect upon the replication attempt (e.g., encountered problems, etc.). Acceptance of replication studies will be based entirely on the quality of submitted research proposals, pre-registered through the Open Science Framework – hence before data collection and regardless of their outcomes (see below).
>> Replication reports may be submitted as shorter papers, about 18 pages, double-spaced, 12 point, including references.
>> Early feedback about the general idea (until February 1st 2014): To minimize overlap, we strive to prevent different scholars interested in contributing to the special issue from submitting papers on the same topic. Therefore, we suggest that potential contributors send a short and informal email (see email contacts above) to both of editors of the special issue in which they roughly sketch their submission idea. Editors will indicate whether such a submission would fit the special issue, and whether the contributor would be willing to collaboration with others who propose a similar submission. Replicating authors will receive further instructions on how to submit and pre-register a full replication proposal.
>> Submission deadline for replication proposals: June 1st 2014
>> Submission deadline for other short empirical reports: September 1st 2014
>> Review of submitted replication proposals and empirical reports: Following standard procedures of Communication Method & Measures, all submissions will be evaluated in a blinded peer-review by two reviewers. Editorial decisions ought to be announced within about 14 weeks after submission deadlines.
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Tranimacies: Intimate Links between Affect, Animals, and Trans Studies
Edited by Eliza Steinbock, Marianna Szczygielska, Anthony Wagner
What are the possible, imagined and visceral moments of overlap between animal and trans* studies today? This special issue seeks to explore the “intimate links” of somatechnical entanglements between transgender experiences, animals and ugly/glorious affects. We hope to highlight lines of inquiry that forge new connections and alliances amongst the critical investigation of trans embodiment, animals and affective her/histories and futures. Recent scholarly interest in decentring the human subject and exploring interspecies relations can be traced to a variety of fields including but not limited to activism, new materialism, posthumanism, bio/necropolitics, critical race studies, object-oriented ontology, animal studies, actor network theory, disability studies, crip theory, affect studies, art, postcolonial and eco-critique and queer theory. Responding to this growing body of scholarship we invite submissions which explore the “animacies” (Chen) that shape transgender and animal studies discourses, activism, and art today.
Whether envisioned as a shared space in the knowledge production system, or as an ontological zone of humanimal becoming(s), “tranimacies” delve into complex entanglements and radical consequences of queering the nonhuman. With careful attention paid to the troubling histories of the human/nonhuman interface, shaped by colonialism, modern medical-scientific industry, capitalism, biotechnology, concerns over health, this issue critically links it to transness as a lived reality. By tracing “moments of taxonomic tensions” (Livingstone and Puar) we aim at complicating the ways in which trans* and animal meet and how they are inflected by the categories of race, ability, class, sexuality, geopolitical location, etc. By inviting contributors to challenge the symbolic labour and economic materiality of collapsing transness and animality, we hope to open up vibrant discussions that will radically politicize the contours of tranimacies.
Some topics that essays/contributions might consider:
? the politics of human desire to queer nonhumans
? tranimacies in art/visual culture and literature
? queer ecologies, interspecies encounters and transpecies embodiments
? new directions in scholarship on “animal transsex”, “animacies” and interspecies relations
? animographies and vitographies of trans* experience
? the place of affect in gendered technologies/somatechnics
? the politics and materiality of hormone/capital/knowledge flows
? biopolitical and necropolitical dimensions of trans*/posthuman experiences
? cross-species and cross-gender subjectivities
? animacies of racial embodiment in a larger-than-human world
? new zoontologies of gender diversity
? transdisciplinarity of affective approaches
? genealogies of affects inscribed in geopolitical concepts and bodies
? (de)racialization of trans* embodiments
? supernatural trans* animals (e.g. alien, ghost, monster, vampire, werewolf)
? transing capacity, debility, affectivity
? slow death, captivity, populations_species under threat of extinction
The intimate links between trans* and animal, their relevance to society and activism, and their impact on art make it necessary to consider them beyond the limits of scholarly research. Therefore we encourage traditionally academic submissions as well as visual materials, activist reports and other varying genres. Only previously unpublished (in English) work considered.
Due February 1, 2014 to email@example.com as word documents (.doc or .docx).
- Extended abstract of 500 words. Include a work plan that explains your work to-date on the topic and how your proposed article will address the concept of tranimacies.
- 1-page CV
*Notifications will follow March 1, 2014. Full submissions due July 1, 2014 for peer-review process. Publication date envisaged in Spring 2015.
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Dr. Eliza Steinbock
Personal Page: http://www.fdcw.unimaas.nl/staff/steinbock
Lecturer / Research Fellow: Center for Gender and Diversity / Department of Literature and Art
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
Grote Gracht 80-82 / 6211 SZ Maastricht / Room: 2.008 / Phone: +31-(0)43-388-2755 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New article "On the Affective Force of 'Nasty Love'" available for free download
NICA Public Lecture and Masterclass with Prof. Heather Love, January 16-17, 2014
CfP Special Issue: "Tranimacies: Intimate Links between Affect, Animals and Trans* Studies"
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Media and the Arab Spring--The Road Ahead
Ifrane, Morocco on 11 – 12 June 2014
Hosted by the Communication Studies Program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
The wave of protests, revolts, rebellions, and developments commonly referred to as the ‘Arab Spring’ raises serious questions about the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs), popular uprisings, and the political economies of media. In a region where traditional media have been under strict government control, the Internet and social networks provide a space for youth to articulate their political views and organize their political actions. However, research demonstrates that the dynamics of media and political action go beyond the role that social media played in the unfolding of the events. Research also shows that Arab states are attempting to deter the power of the internet and are engaging in various efforts to contain its influence through regulation and surveillance.
This conference seeks to provide a venue to research related to the intersections of technology, political mobilization, civil society, media policy, and culture. Submissions from all theoretical and methodological perspectives are welcome. We invite scholars working in the fields of media studies, communication studies, and cultural studies to send an abstract of the proposed paper to be presented and/or the planned panel. We seek contributions that analyze the current state of affairs as well as implications for the future.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Media Coverage of the Arab Spring
2. Theorizing Media and Social Change
3. Arab Spring, Gender, and Media
4. Discourses about Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Arab Media
5. Digital Activism and Citizen Journalism
6. Social Media and Political Participation
7. The intersections between Online Media, Public Sphere, and Democracy
8. Mediations and Interventions of the Arab Diaspora in the West
9. Emerging Forms of Community and Alternative Media
10. State and Global Surveillance, Media Freedom, and Political Power
11. Journalistic Professionalism and Questions of Ethics
12. Audience Reception in Changing Media Environments
13. Implications on Media Policy and Regulation
The conference will feature keynote lectures from: Naomi Sakr (Arab Media Centre, University of Westminster) and Marwan Kraidy (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania). The two-day conference will take place from June 13-14, 2014 at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Al Akhawayn University is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational Moroccan university committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally-oriented, English-language, liberal-arts curriculum based on the American model.
You may submit single contributions or panel session proposals. For single contributions, please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words. Presentations will be 15 minutes long. For panel sessions, you may also submit proposals for panel sessions (90 minutes long). Submissions should contain both a panel description of 500 words and abstracts of approximately 250 words for each contribution.
The submission must include the title, the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, as well as a short biography.
Please submit your abstracts and proposals as Word files or PDF files to email@example.com by 27 January 2014. Review results will be communicated by 17 February 2014.
Registration and payment for the conference on site. Registration fee including meals for the 2 days of conference: Faculty US$150; Students US$75.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Communication Studies Program
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
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Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference 2014
May 28-30, 2014.
St. Catharines, Ontario
“Borders Without Boundaries” is the theme of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities andSocial Sciences (CFHSS) 2014 Congress within which the Canadian CommunicationAssociation (CCA) will hold its Annual Conference May 28-30, 2014 at the BrockUniversity in St. Catharines, Ontario (http://congress2014.ca) St. Catharinesis located approximately 100 kilometers from Toronto. We are calling forproposals that explore, critique and extend this theme as well as for proposalson any other themes relevant to Communication Studies.
The CCA keynoteaddress will be delivered by Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science atHobart and William Smith Colleges and author of such books as Blog Theory (2010), Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (2009), and Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures fromOuterspace to Cyberspace (1998).
We invite scholarsand professionals to submit proposals that develop the range and depth ofscholarship in communication studies. Proposals may take the form of:
Panels (no more than 4papers are permitted)
Roundtables or Workshops
In order to facilitate conversation on the changing universityand the realities of precarious (“part-time,” Contract Academic Staff, adjunct,limited term, etc.) employment at universities generally and in CommunicationStudies in particular, we encourage submission of proposals for panels,individual papers, or roundtables on this topic.
All proposals must be submitted online at www.OpenConf.org/CCA2014/
In order topresent a paper at the conference, you must be a paid member of the CanadianCommunication Association. You must pay your dues by March 1st 2014in order to be included in the final schedule. If you are not already a memberand wish to join the CCA, please visit the Membership section of the CCAwebsite.
Further details concerning submission of proposals,annual awards and prizes, student travel assistance, and our Conference FAQ,please visit our website at www.acc-cca.ca.
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Modes of production and narrative forms in the contemporary TV series
Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti, May 27th-28th, 2014
Media Mutations, the international conference on audiovisual media studies, comes to its sixth annual edition. This year’s theme is the relationship between modes of production and narrative forms in contemporary scripted television series in the United States and in Europe. The industrial structures of television, from labor organization to economic models of monetization, all shape the types of content that is created: the stories that the medium tells and the ways in which it tells them. This year’s conference seeks to explore changes brought in the past decade by new models of business, new technologies and new forms of integration within the media, and the resulting changes to television narratives.
We invite submissions that cover the following topics, favoring proposals that are able to intersect across different areas:
* Narrative models and industrial structures: the influence of extratextual factors (organizational structures, institutional policies, production patterns, economic models and types of distribution) on the form and language of TV series.
* New forms of monetization: the relationships between television series, ancillary products and branded extensions in a context of digitization and cross-media storytelling. What effect is the trend towards gamification having on TV series? What elements in series are highlighted by broadcasters according to diverse cross-platform monetization strategies? How is this influenced by contexts of distribution?
* Genres: the impact of changing economic considerations in re-shaping subgenre traditions (dramas, sitcoms) and in inventing new genres and hybrid forms. To what extent does the TV series format, and its various genres and subgenres, influence and regulate audience expectations?
* From TV watching to user experiences: the effects of the transition of media broadcasters from content providers to designers of user-oriented experiences based on scripted series. In what ways is added value provided to television texts? What kinds of new cross-media skills are required from TV professionals in the context of expansion of, and integration with, digital media content?
* Global content flows and local contexts: the discourse of television as a national medium in the shaping of production cultures. In what ways is this discourse influenced by economic, technological and cultural changes? What is the role of production and distribution routines (i.e. dubbing, acquisition, promotion) in the modification (forms and identities) of original series into different local contexts?
* Theoretical definitions: the identification of effective models in the contemporary milieu, thirty years after the Second Golden Age. The evolution of aesthetic and product-related definitions such as quality TV, high-concept series and narrative complexity.
The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. Proposals of no more than 250 words (for 20-minute talks), should be sent to Luca Barra (firstname.lastname@example.org), Leora Hadas (email@example.com) and Paolo Noto (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January the 27th 2014. Please attach a brief biography (maximum 150 words) and an optional selected bibliography (up to three titles) relevant to the conference theme. An extended version of this call for papers may be found on www.mediamutations.org.
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Anthropology of Storytelling
Theme - Beauty, Order, Harmony and Design
Conference - ASA14: Anthropology and Enlightenment, 19-22 June 2014 in Edinburgh
Deadline - 5th January 2014
This panel asks for papers that explore (and practise) providing anthropological insight for mainstream audiences using storytelling as a rhetorical device. Possibilities may include ethnographically rich descriptions, fictional stories inspired by ethnographic research or playful interventions. All submissions should seek to engage and captivate participants.
Info/Propose a paper here:http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2773
Contact if any queries here:Jessica.email@example.com
To what extent is a sense of beauty stimulated through rich description and a capturing of the imagination? Insights are lost through an author's inability to captivate their audience. Movements gain momentum through leaders' ability to inspire action. Religions gain power through orators' depiction of glorious enlightenment. The sensuous frisson that accompanies a good tale has a resonant and mobilising force.
Working with creativity as a strategic response to "dealing with the unknown, the uncertain in our lives" (Borofsky 2001:69) allows for everyday creativity but also for significant moments. "Yet there is a sense in which artistic creation, rooted as it may be in the negotiated and partial practices of "flow" in everyday life, also achieves itself by standing out from that background of fluid improvisation of forms and becoming a foreground that crystallises into a new shape" (Strathern and Stewart 2009:xii).
Stories provide shape to the flow of life and ethnography is perfectly situated to throw forms of many kinds. We are interested in what happens when the story takes hold and emerges as an independent crystallisation of ethnographic experience. Furthermore, what happens if anthropologists allow a fictive element to lead their output rather than just obscure identities of informants?
This panel asks for papers that explore (and practise) providing anthropological insight for mainstream audiences using storytelling as a rhetorical device. Possibilities might include ethnographically rich descriptions, fictional stories inspired by ethnographic research or playful interventions. All submissions should seek to engage and captivate participants.
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Media, Ideology, and Performance
Session for 91st Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society
2014 Annual Meeting
April 10-12, 2014
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
Due to the ubiquity of media throughout the globe and its embeddedness in the multiple discourses of everyday life, anthropologists encounter the production and consumption of various kinds of media and the domestication and localization of it in diverse places by diverse groups. To examine diverse media practices and performances, anthropologists draw from sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and media theories (Gershon 2010, Ginsburg et al. 2002, Hirschkind 2006, Spitulnik 1999, Spitulnik-Vidali 2010). Some anthropologists explored how media have the power to produce and reproduce reality and how they are embedded in existing socioeconomic and sociopolitical contexts (Ginsburg et al. 2002) and how people resist or reshape media messages (Spitulnik-Vidali 2010). Others explored how media have been consumed by people in different societies and how people populate media with their existing ideologies and domesticate media in their existing practices (Hirschkind 2006, Eisenlohr 2010). In this panel, we aim to bring scholars from diverse backgrounds whose work explore media, ideology, and performance to see the diversity of theories and methods employed and to exchange ideas for future research on media.
Please first submit your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 9, 2013. Then you will be asked to submit it to the system before the December 10 deadline.
From CSAS Website:
Abstracts are limited to 250 words. To submit an abstract, you must first register (and pay fees). After submitting your registration, you will receive a link to the submissions website. ABSTRACTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT REGISTERED WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Deadline for submissions is TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013.
On-line meeting registration rates are: CSAS regular member: $70; CSAS student member: $30; non-member: $90; student non-member: $40. On-site registration rates are: CSAS regular member: $90; CSAS student member: $40; non-member: $110; student non-member: $50. *NOTE: *If you are already a member of the AAA, but not of CSAS, and you are a student, you may join CSAS for free and register at the member rate. (However, student requests to join the CSAS prior to registering for the 2014 meeting must be received by December 5, 2013). If you are already a member of AAA, but not of CSAS, and you are not a student, you may both join CSAS and register for the conference for the online registration rate of $90 fee when registering for the conference. For more information on either of these options, please contact Harriet Ottenheimer, CSAS secretary-treasurer, email@example.com.
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Racial Pornographics: A Special Issue of Porn Studies
Edited by Mireille Miller-Young, PhD
Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara
This special issue of Porn Studies will promote a discussion about race in the study of pornography. Race remains an underdeveloped area of research in porn studies, and employing racial analytics to the study of pornography’s historical, representational, market, labor, industrial, and technological production is imperative for the field. Race is crucial for the field because it allows us to think through power relations that function in concert with gender, sexuality, and class, to uncover the historical importance of unequal looking relations, labor relations, and access to media authorship, and to reveal the ways in which desire, sexual and otherwise, is inextricably bound to processes of racialization.
A critical racial optic, moreover, illuminates the interests, desires, and experiences of racialized minorities as they are portrayed in, mobilize, or labor within pornographic fields. This mode of analysis may draw on the theoretical scholarship of critical race scholars, women of color feminists, and queer of color critique as well as on the emerging field of porn studies scholarship to think through the fantasies, energies, connectivities, pleasures, and power relations embedded in racial pornographies. Another function of a racial optics is to expose the rise of colorblindness or postracial ideologies in popular media discourses and academic theories about pornography, even as race is ever more salient to labor, economic, political, and looking relations within adult industries in a neoliberal era.
In addition, this special issue of Porn Studies will highlight research that launches pornographics as a framework for examining cultural productions and social relations outside of the genre and industry of pornography. Increasingly, scholars have drawn on pornography as a lens to problematize racial, gender, and sexual discourses, structures, and relations in ways that reveal the utility of pornographics as a mode of cultural inquiry that exceeds the formal confines of adult entertainment industries and networks of particular erotic communities. The goal of this special issue is to read the labor of race in pornography or pornographics, and the labor of pornography or pornographics in race.
Finally, although this is a scholarly journal we welcome essays, interviews, and creative pieces from academics, artists, activists, and adult industry practitioners.
About Porn Studies
New in 2014, Porn Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original research examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts.
Race or racial minorities in pornographic images
Race or racial minorities in adult entertainment labor, racialized sex work
Deployments of racialized discourses in porn or discussions of porn
Colorblindness and postracial ideologies in porn or discussions of porn
Race in the production, distribution, or consumption of porn media technologies
Race or racial minorities in pornographic aesthetics or art
Racial discourses in antiporn or sex positive feminist approaches to pornography
Histories of race or racial minorities in pornography or pornographic cultural production
Ethnopornography and race
Racial or interracial communities in pornography
Race in global, transnational, or diasporic pornographies
Race and disability politics in pornography
Race and BDSM in pornography
Queer and feminist approaches to race and racism in pornography
Racial politics in porn activism, health issues, and legal concerns
Race and obscenity law, censorship, or free speech issues
Race and class in access to pornography, circulations of explicit media
Race in pornographic pop culture, sex tapes, viral videos, animation, and gaming
Race in feminist pornography, queer pornography, trans pornography, and gay porn
Race pleasure, racial pain, racial disgust, racial desire and other affective domains
Radical approaches to race or the methodology of racial studies in pornography
The journal special issue will consist of original articles, book and/or film reviews, conference proceedings, photo essays, and a forum or dialogue based interview essay.
Original articles, approximately 6,000-7,000 words in length (including notes)
Book or film reviews, approximately 1000-2000 words in length (including notes)
Conference proceedings or Photo Essay, approximately 1200 to 2000 words in length (including notes)
Forum pieces, Interviews, or Dialogue/Debate essays, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 words in length (including notes)
Manuscripts are accepted in English, OED spelling and punctuation preferred, including use of single quotation marks. Authors should include 1-5 keywords, 150 word abstract, and a short biographical note. Manuscript preparation instructions for Taylor and Francis publications and Routledge journals can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rprn20&page=instructions#.UpOSA42f8sg
Deadline to Receive Notice of Intent to Submit a Manuscript, 150-200 word Abstract: January 8, 2014
Deadline to Receive Full Submissions: April 11, 2014
Expected Publication Date: September 2015
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Representations of Childhood in Comics
Childhood is now widely recognized as a social construct (Fass, Jenks, Mintz). As the artifice behind the construction of childhood has been revealed, there has been a marked increase in the analysis of children and childhood in contemporary culture (Demarr and Bakermann, Edelman, Latham, McLennan, Renner, Stockton). Despite the increase in scholarly attention, depictions of childhood in comics and other forms of comic art are ripe for further study. The forthcoming issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, focusing on comics, picturebooks, and childhood, should provide interesting insights into these depictions. Yet there remains plenty of room for consideration regarding how different comics construct childhood. This is an especially interesting area of inquiry given the somewhat vexed association comic books have traditionally maintained with childhood. In an attempt to continue developing the scholarly focus on childhood, as well as comics, we seek proposals for
scholarly articles that analyze, explore and interrogate depictions of childhood in comics or comic art for inclusion in a book-length anthology.
We welcome all proposals, although, based on responses so far, we are particularly interested in more submissions regarding depictions of childhood in comics aimed at adults.
Potential topics include:
What do comics teach us about current constructions of childhood?
How do comics resist or undermine contemporary constructions of childhood?
How can comics help us better understand the role of children in a given societal context?
How do comics shed light on the relationship between children and adults? Between adults and their own childhood?
How can depictions of childhood be understood as metaphors for specific cultural phenomena, values, disruptions or evolutions?
What anxieties regarding culture, politics, education, etc. do comics reveal?
How have ideas regarding childhood affected comics?
Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a short CV to Mark Heimermann, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Brittany Tullis, St. Ambrose University, firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1st, 2014 for consideration. Full papers will be due by June 1st, 2014.
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Call for Papers Journal of Screenwriting 6.2 - Television Writing Issue
We invite researchers, educators and practitioners to contribute to Issue 6.2 of the Journal of Screenwriting, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on this important aspect of moving image pre-production and conceptualisation. This special issue is concerned with writing for television. Papers submitted for consideration might include but are by no means limited to the following areas:
• The television writer as auteur
• The writer and his or her relationship with the television industry.
• Television institutional practice and the writer.
• Writing television series and serials.
• Television writing practice in different nations and national contexts.
• Collaborative writing.
• Analysis of television scripts.
• The script development process.
• The history of television writing.
• Genre and television writing.
• The television writer as showrunner or creative producer.
• Television writing in the digital multi-platform age.
The peer reviewed Journal of Screenwriting brings together research and reflection on pedagogy, professionalism and practice in an area which has been somewhat overlooked in academic discourse. New work has conventionally been scattered throughout journals devoted to specific aspects of media theory or practice, and this academic journal aims to bring together serious screenwriting related work under one title. The Journal is international in scope, and seeks wide-ranging work that is critical, rigorous and original in its contribution to this developing area of study. We expect to include work that employs a diverse range of methodological approaches, including textual analysis, production analysis, practice as research and historical investigation. Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length.
Articles, to include a 200 word abstract, should be sent by 1st June 2014 to the Principal Editor, Jill Nelmes (email@example.com), and to the Co-Editors of this issue, John Cook (J.Cook2@gcu.ac.uk) and Eva Redvall firstname.lastname@example.org ). Please contact either Jill , John or Eva regarding any queries about suitability of subject or other requirements.
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Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies
The inaugural issue of Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies, co-edited by Sérgio Dias Branco and Amir Khan, has now been published.
“Genesis: Editorial Comment”, Sérgio Dias Branco and Amir Khan
“Me, Myself and Us: Autobiography and Method in the Writing of Stanley Cavell”, Timothy Gould (Metropolitan State University Denver)
“A Scarred Tympanum”, Chiara Alfano (University of Sussex)
“Medium and the “End of the Myths”: Transformation of the Imagination in The World Viewed”, Daniel Wack (Knox College)
“Stanley’s Taste: On the Inseparability of Art, Life, and Criticism”, Sebastião Belfort Cerqueira (University of Lisbon)
“Seeing Souls: Wittgenstein and Cavell on the ‘Problem of Other Minds’”, Jônadas Techio (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
“Un Poète Maudit: Stanley Cavell and the Environmental Debate”, Tomaž Grušovnik (University of Primorska)
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FACA - Festa de Antropologia, Cinema e Arte
O NAVA, Núcleo de Antropologia Visual e da Arte do CRIA (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia), está a organizar a primeira edição da Festa de Antropologia, Cinema e Arte (FACA), a decorrer em Lisboa durante o mês de Março de 2014. Pretende-se que este seja um encontro das múltiplas experiências que cruzam a arte e a antropologia, dos filmes às paisagens sonoras e à performance. Aceitamos para exibição filmes produzidos em Portugal durante os anos 2012 e 2013 de curta, média ou longa-metragem, que sejam exemplo da pluralidade de olhares da antropologia visual contemporânea.
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Simpósio Internacional "Cinema e Representação"
CES-Lisboa - 5, 6 e 7 de Dezembro de 2013
A questão da representação tem sido discutida por múltiplos campos disciplinares, desde a filosofia ao teatro, passando pela história, a sociologia, as ciências políticas, a psicologia, a antropologia e os estudos culturais, para referir alguns dos mais produtivos em termos de reflexões e debates.
A relação entre cinema e representação revela-se particularmente inspiradora num período em que as crises económicas, de liberdade, de justiça e paz dominam a cena global. A imagem cinematográfica incrementou de maneira determinante a consciência da historicidade dos gestos e das formas da sua transmissão. A sua capacidade de contribuir para a aceleração da história e de representar grandes estruturas sociais tem sido particularmente estudada no que se refere a operações de manipulação da opinião, de construção de imagens nacionalistas e legitimação política, em ações de revisionismo histórico, de marketing de grandes indústrias, na elaboração de reputações de regiões e estados, em mecanismos de distinção social, etc. Representação e representatividade constituem regularmente focos de debates de etnicidade e género, de regulação dos meios de comunicação e da perceção de racionalidades de governação. O cinema acompanha e determina as transformações das formas de linguagem e de discurso, das normas relativas à violência, ao comportamento sexual, ao uso e expressão corporal, aos habitus, às perceções coletivas e individuais, entre outras.
O conceito não deve no entanto ser limitado a estes grandes debates e à conceção tradicional de cidadania, dos mecanismos de representação e da sua relação com as instituições. A representação é um problema de atores e por isso a sua origem e natureza devem ser alargadas. O cinema tem igualmente a capacidade de representar metáforas, de interagir diferentemente com a perceção. A representação funciona como um jogo de ficção que condiciona o sentimento de veracidade, o envolvimento imaginativo e a cultura de cada espectador. Por isso discutir representação no cinema implica abordar questões de narração e interpretação, a relação entre filme e linguagem.
O simpósio pretende constituir uma ocasião de encontro de investigadores portugueses, espanhóis, franceses, italianos e ibero-americanos e é destinado à discussão dos resultados dos seus trabalhos e reflexões em torno destas problemáticas procedentes de disciplinas várias, com metodologias distintas e desde óticas diversas, que sem dúvida contribuirão a criar um debate científico de grande interesse.
Este evento será o quarto simpósio internacional realizado no CES-Lisboa sobre o tema "Cinema e...", depois de 'Cinema e Cidades' (2010), 'Cinema e Autor'(2011), que resultaram em publicações conjuntas com o CES, e do simpósio 'Cinema e Religiões' (2012). Organizado em colaboração com o Grupo de Investigação HUM-870 Cine y Letras - Estudios Transdisciplinares sobre el Arte Cinematográfico, reunirá investigadores, para além do CES e da Universidade de Granada, das Universidades de Cádis e Carlos III de Madrid, da Universidade Paris XI, da Universidade da Basilicata (Itália) e da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Modalidades de inscrição
Inscrição normal: 15,00€
Estudantes de licenciatura, de mestrado e de doutoramento: 10,00€
Estudantes e investigadores do CES: gratuita
Serão atribuídos certificados oficiais de participação no final do simpósio
Organização: Núcleo de Estudos sobre Culturas, Cidades e Arquitectura (CCArq) e Grupo HUM-870 Cine y Letras. Estudios transdisciplinares sobre el arte cinematográfico (Universidad de Granada)
Coordenação: João Mascarenhas Mateus (CES) e Francisco Salvador Ventura (Universidade de Granada)
Comité Científico: Carlos Vargas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Gloria Camarero Gómez (Universidade Carlos III de Madrid), Jezabel Gutiérrez Pequeño (Universidade Paris XI), María Dolores Pérez Murillo (Universidade de Cádis), Óscar Lapeña Marchena (Universidade de Cádis)
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The Carnation Revolution - Between African Anticolonialism and European Rebellion
22 and 23 May 2014, Birkbeck, University Of London
Organization: Ros Gray (Goldsmiths, University of London), Rui Lopes (London School of Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), José Neves (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Ricardo Noronha (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Pedro Ramos Pinto (University of Cambridge), Luís Trindade (Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Hilary Owen (University of Manchester)
Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos (University of Coimbra)
Professor Odd Arne Westad (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Call for Papers:
Forty years on, the 1974-75 revolutionary process in Portugal has become the object of historical interest, after decades of being caught between the poles of celebration and controversy. The commemoration of the Revolution’s fortieth anniversary in 2014 may, in this sense, represent an important landmark in the historical studies of an extremely complex event, with direct roots in the African anti-colonial struggles, close affinities with other European processes of social rebellion, and mobilising many different political ideologies and militants both in Portugal and abroad.
In the last two decades several scholarly works have moved debate about the Revolution on from the memories of those directly involved and into new lines of inquiry, particularly through political history and comparative political science. However, the shift from protagonists to professional historians and other academics has often meant a circumscription of the object of study exclusively to its institutional and military aspects. More recently, research on the Revolution has started exploring new questions, and connecting it to broader processes, establishing stronger international links (particularly in relation to African anticolonialism) and focusing on the everyday of the revolutionary process, its ideas and practices. In this context, this conference seeks to interrogate the already existing state of the art on the 1974-75 revolutionary process, while simultaneously opening new perspectives on the topic.
We are particularly interested in contributions addressing the intense social mobilisation and international forms of activism triggered by the Portuguese Revolution. Also welcome are papers that focus on the event’s wider linkages to the radical moment of the long 1960s, the cold war, African anti-Imperialism, and the memory of Revolution in the twentieth-century at large.
We are therefore inviting papers on any of the following topics and lines of inquiry:
1. The Portuguese Revolution as an International Event:
- The interaction between the Portuguese Revolution and the processes of decolonisation in Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique;
- African liberation and Portuguese Revolution as a moment in the international history of the 1970s:
o the global cold war;
o the affirmation of African nationalism;
o the long 1960s (including the international circulation of militants, anti-authoritarian resistance and other forms of radical politics).
2. The everyday of the Revolution:
- The Revolution as a biographical event: social change, subjectivity and experience;
- Everyday ideology, revolutionary routines and political engagement;
- Militant art (popular music, film, theatre, fine art, poetry, etc.)
- Radical thought.
3. Revolutionary Horizons
- The role and diversity of social movements before and during African liberation and the Portuguese Revolutionary process;
- Building Socialist Economies - economic ideas and practice during revolution and liberation;
- Recasting the idea of nation and the making of revolutionary subjects.
Please send a 500 words abstract and brief biography to email@example.com for consideration as contributions to this conference.
Deadline for submission: 12th January 2014
Decisions on abstracts: 16th February 2014
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Pedro Costa – Masterclass : Work, Language, the Actor
Monday 6th; Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th January
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
Four years after the first complete retrospective of his work in the UK, Pedro Costa, one of the most uncompromising filmmakers in contemporary cinema, is back for a three session masterclass at Birkbeck, University of London. Costa’s work has been acclaimed as a challenging questioning of contemporary film production, blurring genres, rethinking political film and subverting the traditional image of outcasts.
In January, Pedro Costa will introduce three key, but to a large extent under-discussed aspects of his work as a film director: ‘Work’, ‘Language’ and ‘Actor’. Film theorists Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck), Ros Gray (Goldsmiths) and John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck) will act as discussants in each of the sessions.
Pedro Costa (Lisbon, 1959) is a Portuguese filmmaker. His work includes Blood(1989), Down to Earth (1995), Bones (1997), In Vanda’s Room (2000), Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Filmmakers - Where does your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001),Colossal Youth (2006), Tarrafal (2007), The Rabbit Hunters (2007), Change Nothing(2009).
O Sangue (Blood), Casa de Lava (Down to Earth) and Juventude em Marcha(Colossal Youth) were released on DVD in the UK.
These events are free but booking is essential.
Monday 6th, January, 2.00pm-5.00pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pedro-costa-masterclass-day-one-tickets-9457568843
Tuesday 7th January, 2.00pm-5.00pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pedro-costa-masterclass-day-two-tickets-9457675161
Wednesday 8th January, 2.00pm-5.00pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pedro-costa-masterclass-day-three-tickets-9457685191
Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image
Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies
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Videoactivism, culture and participation. Theory and practice of social change in the age of the networks
Deadline for proposals 27/01/2014.
Edited volume for GEDISA (Barcelona), coordinated by Dr. Francisco Sierra (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. David Montero (email@example.com)
From different academic positions in the field of new technologies of information and communications (NTIC) it has become a commonplace to speak of the unstoppable emergence of audiovisual content on the net. The figures and forecasts are downright impressive: video downloads reached 20m. terabytes in 2012, which means an increase of over 50% in relation to 2010. It is estimated that, by 2016, 1.2m minutes of video will cross the net every second of the year. Also improvements in connectivity on mobile phones already highlight the fact that on-line video will be the fastest growing application at a rate of 75% between 2012 and 2017. Further to this, the availability of free editing software, constant bandwidth increases and access to on-line repositories have enriched audiovisual contributions on the net, adding to the phenomenon key social, cultural and political dimensions.
In spite of this, academic analyses devoted to on-line video are scarce and critical approaches virtually non-existent. Techno-economical research has become the norm: market studies, new business models, pros and cons of audiovisual marketing, assessments of the network's ability to deal with the increasing demands of audiovisual contents, etc. On the other hand, aspects such as on-line video contribution to higher education, its value in relation to political activism or the ways in which it could enliven debates around citizenship still appear blurred and in need of rigorous academic attention.
On the one hand, it has been pointed out that forms of social interaction and reproduction which characterize sites such as YouTube represent a clear example of participatory culture as they allow for the articulation of communities around creative practices and interests fully integrated in each of their members lifeworlds. Regarding their political potential, these platforms would appear as spaces where new ways of performing citizenship become visible, with a significant role to play in political campaigning and social protest (for instance as a counter-surveilance strategy in cases of police brutality.
Other voices have emphasized the need to frame the sort of participatory culture associated with on-line video in relation to the complex power dynamics which structure the main video-sharing websites. Here, attention is paid to the increasing commercialization of video platforms and the exploitation of user-generated content for financial gain. Participatory values and political activism emerge as unintended consequences rather than conscious aims, which underlines the importance of conceiving participation in these platforms from a clear logic of social appropriation.
Nonetheless, these insights pose more questions than they answer. Is participation through on-line video limited to the embodiment of a more participatory conception of culture or does it have a direct impact on the public sphere? Which new forms of sociability do on-line video platforms generate? How is the conflict between commercial interests and citizen participation articulated within them? Which is the actual transforming power of participatory video practices? Which patterns of social appropriation can be observed? Is on-line video transforming traditional forms of protest and political activism in itself? Can it subvert the role played by citizens in relation to all-powerful TV corporations? Does it have any influence in the political articulation of daily life?
The present volume aims sketch the theoretical set up which would allow a sound critical debate over the impact on-line video is having in contemporary societies, placing creative experiences among the different ways of citizenship building and community development promoted by the use of NTIC. Following this, contributions which approach on-line video, in general, and videoactivism on the Internet in particular, from a critical standpoint are specially welcome.
We seek critical contributions around issues such as:
• Netactivism and use of on-line video by social movements
• Digital literacy and audiovisual language
• On-line video, surveillance and control
• Socially transforming experiences based on the use of on-line video
• YouTube and political economy
• Corporative culture in on-line video platforms: censorship, commercial strategies, etc.
• Political satire, propaganda and virality on the Internet (video memes)
• Impact of on-line video practice within the public sphere
• Visibility of minorities
• Copyright, Copyleft and Creative Commons
• First-person narratives on video, lifeworlds and new subjectivities (vlogs)
• Digital video and human rights (witness.org)
• Participatory experiences based on audiovisual technology
• Co-creation and collective intelligence vs. commercial exploitation of user-generated content
Interested authors can send their proposals (400-500 words) and a complete CV to the following e mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for proposals is 27/01/2014. The deadline for complete articles will be negotiated directly with selected contributors.
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Discourse and Delineation / Discourse on the Border: Constructing and Breaking Taboos
This is a call for papers from the section LANGUAGE & MEDIA of the German Association for Semiotic Studies (DGS)
Call for Papers: “Discourse and Delineation / Discourse on the Border: Constructing and Breaking Taboos” at the 14th International Congress of the German Association for Semiotic Studies (DGS) Tübingen, Germany
September 23-27, 2014
Heads of the section: Ellen Fricke (TU Chemnitz, Germany), Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich (University of Bern, Switzerland), Roland Posner (TU Berlin, Germany), Daniel Rellstab (University of Vaasa, Finland)
Important semiotic approaches to the analysis of culture conceive of culture as a system of separated spheres, so called “symbolic forms” (Cassirer), or “discourses” (Foucault), respectively. A prerequisite of understanding between individuals and different groups of people is the observation of specific delineations which, e.g., mark status and membership, or often constitute them. The construction and the breaking of taboos as a specific form of delineation takes center stage in our section: Taboos secure the stability of a society and are important means in the constitution of the identity of the individual and the group (cf. Karjewski & Schroeder 2010). Examples abound: Everyday discourses where the broaching of taboo topics causes discomfort, political discourses in and about Europe where, e.g., the use of specific metaphors causes irritations, pop-cultural discourses where taboo breaking functions, at least at first sight, as a critique of traditional religious or sexual norms, and, of course, media discourses where the showing and breaking of taboos have become the new normal since reality TV-shows have become ubiquitous.
These examples lead to questions as the following ones:
• How are taboos recognized? How are taboos communicated, or not communicated, respectively? How are taboos established and broken? Which techniques of delineations are used in different discourses?
• To what extend can taboos be understood as specific forms of delineations? How are they related to other forms of delineations?
• How are delineations and taboos staged in the media?
• What roles do conceptual metaphors and metonymies play in the elaboration and the staging of taboos and their breakings?
• What are culture-specific differences? Are there intercultural discourses?
• What linguistic and other signs are used to save the communication in cases of breakings of taboos? Or how are they used to trigger a failure of communication?
• How are discourse analyses and cultural analyses related?
The section intends to discuss terminological suggestions, theory fragments and specific analyses in order to tackle these (and similar) questions.
Length of presentation: 30 min plus 10 min discussion.
Please send your abstract in English or German (about 300 words) plus 5 keywords plus the title of your presentation until March 1, 2014 to the following address: email@example.com
Further information can be found here: http://www.semiotik.eu/index.php?id=740,30
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III International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society
“New Media Politics: Conflict, Activism and Security"
We are pleased to announce the Third International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society, to be held at Kadir Has University on April 15-16, 2014, in Istanbul.
The Organizing Committee cordially invites you to submit papers and posters.
Below is a copy of the Call for Papers and information regarding the conference. More details on the conference, including keynote speakers, will be posted as arrangements are finalized.
On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we look forward to your participation in this conference.
Conference Name: “New Media Politics: Conflict, Activism and Security"
Place: Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TURKEY
Date: April 15-16, 2014
Language of Papers: English
Call for Papers:
New media technologies have impact on every aspect of our lives, including security, privacy, terrorism and activism. While new concerns about privacy, new forms of activism such as cyber activism and new perceptions of terrorism such as cyber terrorism emerge; conventional forms of activism, security and terrorism also have reflections via and over new media.
Emergence of new concepts and evolutions in existing concepts resulted in the necessity and emergence of discussions about the terminology of new media politics, activism, terrorism and security. From cyber-activism to cyber-terrorism, different sorts of perceptions are easily observed. There seems to be a growing acceptance that along with the new media technologies, the difference between terrorism, cyber-terrorism and activism has become blurred. While one act is regarded as terrorism for one, the same act may be considered as activism for opposing groups. From ethical to political standpoint the debate on new media’s political and technical impact on the future of terrorism, conflict and security goes on in various academic studies and other fields.
Being aware of the necessity of opening such debates, this conference aims to explore terrorism, activism and new media politics with the effects of the new media on the various forms of cyber-political issues within a multidisciplinary framework drawing insights from a number of research fields including international relations, peace and conflict studies, new media and communication studies as the purveyor of terrorism and new media discourses.
We hope that this conference will ignite much needed fresh thinking on the connection between terrorism, conflict and society in relation to new media among various disciplines.
Possible topics for papers include but not limited to:
· Terrorism and counter-terrorism in cyberspace
· Cyber warfare and terrorism
· Cyber terrorism, online surveillance and privacy issues
· Human rights, security and freedom in cyberspace
· Resistance, activism and new media tools
· States’ policies against terrorism in cyberspace and/or cyber-terrorism
· Thin line between cyber-terrorism and cyber activism
· The future of terrorism, cyber-terrorism and cyber-activism
· Terrorism or activism: an ethical debate
Submit a 500 word maximum proposal or paper to:
Aysun Senkal Güler
Faculty of Communications, Kadir Has University, Istanbul-TURKEY
Proposals should be submitted in the following order:
Name of the author(s)
Telephone, fax, and e-mail address
Title of proposal
Body of proposal
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: December 25, 2013
You will be notified by January 10, 2014 regarding the status of your proposal.
For further information about the conference in general, contact:
Prof. Dr. Banu Baybars-Hawks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Dutch Journal for Mediahistory
The Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis (Journal for Media History) (TMG), is dedicated to Dutch & Flemish media history in its broadest sense. The academic journal is founded in 1988, is published twice a year and counts on average 160 pages. Since 2012 the journal is online available in open access format, allowing multimedia content such as television or radio clips to be embedded within the article. All articles are peer reviewed but the journal also likes to offer a platform to young academics who would like to rework their thesis into an article.
We invite authors to submit proposals for TMG’s Winter issue 2014. There are no thematic prerequisites. We would like to receive a short summary of the topic, a short explanation of your approach and methods, the main results, and a short account of what your research contributes to (Dutch & Flemish) media history. Please, also mention whether your proposal concerns the reworking of your thesis. Proposals can be submitted in Dutch or English until
January 6th, 2014.
You will receive a response to your proposal before January 31st, 2014. After a positive evaluation we would like to you to send us a first complete version of your article not later than May 1st, 2014. The editors will send the eligible articles to our reviewers (2 blind peer reviews) who will evaluate your article on its quality and relevance. Not later than 60 days after you’ve submitted your first complete version you will be receiving the comments of the reviewers. If applicable, you will have 60 days to rewrite your article.
Please, email your proposal to: email@example.com
- For more information on the Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, please visit http://www.tmgonline.nl
- The latest issue can be found here: http://www.tmgonline.nl/index.php/tmg/issue/view/5/showToc
- For more information concerning this Call for Papers please contact dr. Martijn Kleppe via Kleppe@eshcc.eur.nl
dr. Martijn Kleppe
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Arts and Communication
T: +31 (0)10 408 2646
M: +31 (0)6 24 22 1048
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