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Geert Lovink on Tue, 24 Oct 2006 04:25:00 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> MEDIA FIELDS, UCSB April 6-7, 2007

A Graduate Student Conference in the Department of Film and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
April 6-7, 2007

Keynote Speaker: Anna McCarthy, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, New York University; author of Ambient Television: Visual Culture and Public Space; coeditor of Media/Space: Place, Scale and Culture in a Media Age.

Roundtable Respondents: Edward Branigan; Constance Penley; Bhaskar Sarkar; and Greg Siegel; Department of Film and Media Studies, UCSB.

The contours of media study are increasingly understood in environmental terms. This "spatial turn" recasts our ideas about the ways in which we encounter media objects, spaces and vectors. It is in the cross-sections of space and epistemology that we are articulating the conceptual catalyst of the “media field” and convening our conference. Media fields bring into contact explorations of material spaces, unseen and transmitted atmospherics, and the languages and knowledges through which they are imagined, traversed, and constituted. Fields may be open grounds, areas on which games are played, bodies are screened, and militaries operate; fields include vast expanses of concrete, electricity, waste, or oil. Fields are breeding grounds and graveyards, public and private; they are represented and replayed in bars, airplanes, and memories. Media fields comprise multi-sensory and synaesthetic ways of knowing. Fields of media are residual, anachronistic, or embedded in cultural products and histories. The stuff of everyday life—garbage dumps, exhibitions, urban spaces, archives, political campaigns, battlefields, and daydreams—are also fields of forces where media are built, broadcast and worked through.

The scope of this conference is interdisciplinary, though we are especially interested in works that reflects upon Media Studies itself as a dynamic field of study. We also invite artistic projects for exhibition. You might consider the following questions:

--How do we sense, experience or know media fields or constellations? How might sounds, textures, temperatures, vibrations, odors, tastes, and densities inform our understanding of disparate sites, from video games to the Olympic Games?
--How does site-specific fieldwork lead to different kinds of knowledge about film or media, spaces, and their histories? What are the stakes of such shifts? What becomes of the text in the field?
--How might attention to residue, disjuncture and media sedimentation inform media historiography, policy, or activism?
--How are media flows not only smooth, transnational, and democratic but made viscous by uneven access to wireless zones, copyright regulations, surveillance, waste and pollution, electronic warfare, and everyday malfunctions that characterize mechanically reproduced media objects and processes?
--How are places of leisure, commerce, intimacy, law, and study co-impacted, reinvented or elided by media?
--How do film and media artists, theorists, and policy-makers evoke fields?
--How might the concept of the “field” generate interdisciplinary discussion of media spaces and epistemologies?

Please submit abstracts or project descriptions of 300 words or less to ucsb.media.fields {AT} gmail.com.

We encourage you to provide biographical information about yourself along with your abstract.
Deadline for submission: December 18th 2006.
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