>From: "Media Fields" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Media Fields Graduate Conference (12/18/06; 4/6/07-4/7/07)
> MEDIA FIELDS
>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. Th=
>stuff of everyday life=97garbage dumps, exhibitions, urban spaces, archives=
>political campaigns, battlefields, and daydreams=97are also fields of force=
>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 infor=
>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
>--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 discussio=
>of media spaces and epistemologies?
>Please submit abstracts or project descriptions of 300 words or less to
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>We encourage you to provide biographical information about yourself along
>with your abstract.
>Deadline for submission: December 18th 2006.
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