Summer conferences

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!


PSB / Eisenstein Essay Acepted for Publication

My essay on UK pop duo Pet Shop Boys' soundtrack to Sergei Eisenstein's silent classic, Battleship Potemkin, has been acccepted for publication in the journal Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (Liverpool University Press). The essay proposes refining the concept of "resonance" from sound and media studies as a refinement of "intertextuality."


Conference Presentations 2012

I'll be presenting research, attending, or otherwise involved at the upcoming conferences, as indicated:

- Marxism and New Media, Duke University, Durham, NC:  Jan. 20-21. Attending.

- 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.

- International Communication Association, Phoenix Downtown Sheraton, Th. May 24.
     1. Organizing preconference "Historiography as Intervention:  Communicating Across Geographies, Communities & Divides," Sponsored by the Communication History Interest Group.
     2. Presenting "Gay Men & Feminist Women: Networks of Communication, Representation & Coalition" as part of the panel  "Variant Voices: New Media Technology, Political Life, and Making Queer Communities"

- Local and Mobile: Linking Mobilities, Mobile Communication, and Locative Media, March 16-18, North Carolina State University, Park Shops Building (BNUM. 33). Attending.

- Association for Cultural Studies / Crossroads, July 2-6, Paris. Presenting "Killer Apps and Sick Users: An Overview of Pathological Technoculture."

Free Speech Essay

My essay, "Free Speech Inside and Outside of Civil Rights Movements," appeared in a recent issue of Communication Currents.

"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... ."


There's a jazz pianist in the food court at the Atlanta airport


At a CD release party for Wasted Wine and geeking out that their album title is a Foucault quote: Perpetual Spirals of Power and Pleasure.

CFP: ICA Preconference, "Historiography as Intervention"

Hey, I'm organizing a preconference for the Communication History Interest Group of the International Communication Association:
Historiography as Intervention:
Communicating Across Geographies, Communities & Divides
ICA Preconference Sponsored by the Communication History Interest Group: Phoenix, May 23, 2012

Writing 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.

Submitted 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 through:

 • Demystifying moral panics
 • Recovering contributions, such as minority or female scholars
 • Counteracting 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 tropes
• Challenging dominant ideologies and fields of knowledge
• Rethinking newness; historicizing contemporary issues and conversations
• 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

Send paper abstracts or project descriptions of 300 words by November 15, 2011 to D. Travers Scott, dscott3@g.clemson.edu. 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.


My essay, "Intimacy Threats and Intersubjective Users: Telephone Training Films, 1927–1962," is out now in the new American Quarterly, a special issue on sound studies: http://ping.fm/McDkO