I'll be participating in the THATCamp unconference on digital humanities May 17 in New Orleans. I'll also be at the International Communication Association meeting in London June 17-21 as new co-chair of the LBGT Studies Special Interest Group. If you're at either event, say howdy!
- Southern States Communication Association, St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, TX: April 11-15. Presenting "'Hooking Up' in International Techno-Horror: Feminism, Reproduction, and Users" and "Great Ideas For Teaching Students: Globalization Fieldwork for Study Abroad"
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston Park Plaza, Th. March 22, 11:00-12:45, Longfellow Room. Presenting "Convulsions of Gender: Media Struggle in Possessed and Ringu Offshoots" for panel Media Rejection: Practices and Discourses of Non-consumption and Resistance with Laura Portwood-Stacer, Rivka Ribak, Louise Woodstock, and Toby Miller.
"I want to consider a few different types of free speech in regards to civil rights and social justice movements. The first is most familiar: a minority cause or disempowered group speaking to larger society. ... However, I want to point out another type: free speech within a minority. This sounds deceptively simple. After all, if they are united by a shared identity or cause, then don’t they already agree? I would like to point out two exceptions: internal differences and internal conflicts... ."
Communicating Across Geographies, Communities & Divides
Sponsored by the Communication History Interest Group: Phoenix, May 23, 2012
history is far from neutral. Recovering undocumented stories can reassess
different groups’ actions and contributions. Counterhistories can denaturalize
the present and challenge ideologies. The past provides tools, warnings,
solutions and mistakes. Historiography can engage in contemporary struggles and
change the way we see the world and its possibilities. This ICA preconference convenes
communication scholars pursuing historiographic work and historians addressing communication-related
areas. Some topics may be established and vibrant areas of historic inquiry;
others may be neglected areas needing appraisal. Panels will address historic
issues in communication scholarship, such as evolving theories and
philosophies, and also stage engagements between related fields, such as medical
historians and health communication scholars or political communication
scholars and social-movement historians. The preconference will also feature
invited speakers from both fields. Throughout, international and intercultural
representation will afford insights from comparative histories of relevant
topics, such as media policies or strategic interventions. Ultimately, this
preconference aims to instigate intersections and encounters that can provoke
collaborative interventions with issues facing our discipline, schools,
communities, and countries.
papers should present historiographic methods and/or historic data, theories or
subject matter within a framework of social intervention by providing tools,
offering insight or communicating information. Work should be from or of
interest to historians and communication scholars. Innovative proposals for
transdisciplinary, multimodal or media-based presentations (e.g., interactive
digital archives, documentary screenings, database tours) are highly encouraged.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, historiographic interventions
• Demystifying moral
contributions, such as minority or female scholars
contemporary stereotypes, such as racial technophobia
• Raising ethical
issues through representing a particular voice, perspective or agenda
• Comparing methods,
such as Foucauldean genealogy, Derridean hauntology or Hayden White’s discourse
• Challenging dominant ideologies and fields of knowledge
• Rethinking newness; historicizing contemporary issues and
• Staging interdisciplinary conversations, as with visual
communication scholars and art historians, across the field of sound studies,
or economics and communication infrastructures
• (Re)making the
past, (un)making the present, envisioning potential futures
• Critiquing dominant
narratives and concepts, such as convergence culture, network society, silent
cinema’s “train effect,” the long tail, social media’s role in the Arab Spring,
affective labor, excesses of postmodernism or textual studies, political
economies of information, etc.
• Suggesting policy strategies and solutions
abstracts or project descriptions of 300 words by November 15, 2011 to D.
Travers Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors will be informed of
decisions by December 15, 2011. Papers are due May 1, 2012. The preconference will
be May 23, 2012 at the conference hotel, the Phoenix Sheraton Downtown. The preconference
is sponsored by the International Communication Association’s Communication
History Interest Group and organized by D. Travers Scott of Clemson University.