Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - [CITASA] Theorizing the Web 2015

April 17-18 in New York City
Venue: the future home of the International Center of Photography, in lower Manhattan

Abstract submission deadline: 11:59 pm (EST), January 18, 2015

To theorize the web is to theorize the self, society, and the world.
Although digital social technologies are relatively new, the web is hardly a "virtual reality" or a "new frontier"; rather, it is a deeply embedded part of our existing social world, which has been described in multiple traditions of social thought. Yet mainstream conversations about digital social technologies tend to emphasize the technological at the expense of the social and result in partial understandings of the web, disconnected from questions of power and social justice--and from public discourse. Useful, nuanced thinking about the web is too often hidden behind paywalls and academic jargon, while technology journalism too often fixates on stories of progress and personal triumph without examining underlying ideologies or structural conditions.

We began Theorizing the Web in 2011 to advance a new kind of conversation, to highlight novel ways of thinking about the web that are sharp and critical, yet also public and accessible. The event both interdisciplinary and nondisciplinary, meaning we feature the best conceptual work about the web from both inside and outside academia. We welcome presenters from a wide variety of backgrounds, including those who may not consider either "technology" or "theory" to be their primary area of expertise.

Now we are pleased to announce a call for papers for the fifth annual Theorizing the Web, to be held April 17 and 18, 2015, in New York City.
Whether you're an academic, an activist, a journalist, a technologist, an author, an artist, or none of the above, we invite you to submit a presentation abstract.

Theorizing the Web seeks contributions from a diverse range of perspectives that advance clear theoretical arguments; embrace accessibility by demystifying jargon rather than using it as a crutch; and engage with concerns of asymmetrical power, social inequality, and justice. Some specific topics we're looking for include (but are not limited to):

--Race, racism, ethnicity
--Sex, sex work, sexuality
--Mental health, illness, diversity
--The non-Western Web, empire, globalization --Social movements, protest technologies, revolution --Embodiment, cyborgism, post-humanism --Wearables, implants --The self, subjectivity, identity --Privacy, publicity, visibility --Surveillance, cop-cams, doxing --Drones, makers, 3-D printing --Capitalism, rationalization, exploitation, Silicon Valley --"Sharing" economies, crowdfunding, crypto-currencies --Hate, harassment, trolling --Big Data, algorithms, filters --Journalism, education, knowledge --Virality, memes, fame, celebrity, the attention economy --Photography, video, livestreaming, GIFs --Music, sound, the music industry --Literature, speculative fiction, sci-fi --Games, gamification, game culture --Intersections of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, disability, and other forms of inequality (taken separately or woven into any of the above)

The TtW15 selection committee will blindly review all submissions, and we expect selection to be competitive. (We were able to accept around a third of submissions for TtW14.) Submissions are due by 11:59 EST on January 18, 2015, and the submission form is located at<>

Abstract submissions should be 300 to 500 words. (Only the first 500 words will be reviewed.) Good abstracts will provide a specific, original argument and that argument's stakes; any central questions should be accompanied by conclusions. Arguments should be scoped appropriately for panel presentations, and titles should appeal to a general audience. (Please note that we are handling art submissions separately for TtW15; see below for more information.) Because Theorizing the Web deeply values public engagement, we expect conference presentations to be both intelligible and rewarding to people outside presenters' specific areas of expertise.

If you would like to participate in way that isn't giving a spoken presentation--such as displaying a piece of art, giving a performance, or doing something else entirely--please send your idea to<> with "Presentation Idea" in the subject line.

In addition to a peer-reviewed proceedings issue from this event, we are excited to announce that Verso Books will print a collection based on TtW15 presentations. All accepted submissions will be considered for the Verso Books collection, and full-paper submissions for the academic proceedings issue will be opened following the conference.

Registration for Theorizing the Web remains "pay what you can"; we ask you to donate whatever amount you deem fair or can afford (minimum $1).
More information (including the registration form) can be found at<>

In addition to the competitive-submission panels, Theorizing the Web will feature invited keynote panels on photography, algorithmic social control, attention, mental health and illness, and more (to be announced). Confirmed speakers include Gabriella Coleman, Molly Crabapple, Kate Crawford, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Ayesha A. Siddiqi, Zeynep Tufekci, and Naomi Zeichner, with more speakers to be announced soon at<>

The conference hashtag is #TtW15.

CALL FOR PAPERS - 2015 UNT New Voices, New Perspectives Annual Student Conference

Friday, December 12, 2014

Extended CFP for IU-Bloomington English: "Breaking Futures" Graduate Conference

Extended Call For Proposals: “Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time”

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Join us for the 13th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 26-28, 2015.

“Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time” invites scholars from the humanities, sciences, education, law, and public health to explore the diverse meanings of the future across texts, methodologies, and time periods. How do some futures “break” by intruding on the present? How are others “broken?” How do genre, discipline, and methodology impact representations of, expectations for, and prescience regarding the future? What do local, national, and global futures look like from the vantage point of higher education’s shifting landscape? 

Please submit (both as an attachment AND in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a few personal details (name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number) by our extended deadline, January 5, 2015, to

Our complete CFP is located at iugradconference.blogspot.comBelow are some suggestions for possible topics affiliated with our conference theme. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome submissions engaged with other subject matters.
  • Futurescapes
  • Biological & environmental futurism
  • Deep time
  • The longue durée
  • The anthropocene
  • Periodization and periodic/epistemic breaks
  • Post-raciality/black pessimism
  • Afrofuturism
  • Queer futurity
  • Disabled futurity & crip time
  • Reproductive futurity
  • Techno-futurism
  • Transhumanism
  • Post-feminism/structuralism/colonialism/modernism/humanism/gender
  • Science fiction & cyberpunk
  • Retrofuturism
  • Memory & dreams
  • Eschatology
  • Premeditation
  • Political revolution & reform
  • Monumentalization
  • Social-scientific projection & mathematical modeling
  • The future of the university
  • Digital humanities
  • Utopias & dystopias
  • Optimism & pessimism 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT - Technology and the First Amendment

Are you interested in the #Gamergate controversy?

Do you think the media should be able to use drones to cover the protests in Ferguson?

Do you want to know more about net neutrality?

Are you interested in exploring how NSA surveillance curtails civil liberties?

If so INFO-I 590 Technology and the First Amendment is the course for you!

Course Description
This course will combine lecture and discussion to explore how new technologies challenge and are shaped by the First Amendment. It will pay particular attention to how recent technological developments have entered into discussions of free speech, press, and assembly. The course will also provide a historical perspective on how the first amendment has changed over time with respect to different media and forms of expression. Topics covered will include freedom of assembly in virtual spaces, the chilling effects of government surveillance on free expression, media regulation, sexting, whether software or data are forms of speech, hate speech online, Internet filtering, intellectual property v. free expression, and freedom of the press in the age of the Internet. The class will teach students legal frameworks and theories they need to understand these issues. However, class discussions will focus on issues that have yet to be resolved by law and will look for insight from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Course information:
INFO-I 590 23378 Technology and the First Amendment 
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00-2:15
Informatics West Room 232 
School of Informatics and Computing

This class will begin meeting the week of January 19. Students will be expected to complete an initial reading assignment prior to the first class meeting. Interested students are welcome to send questions to

CALL FOR PAPERS - Landscape, Space and Place Conference 2015

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Invitation to Prague Summer Schools 2015

Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

The Prague´s NGO SCHOLA EMPIRICA is pleased to announce the forthcoming Prague Summer Schools on the following topics:

When? 4-11 July 2015
Where? Summer Schools will take place in Prague, Czech Republic

We invite you to visit our website to discover the details about the upcoming programs. The website will direct you to the individual page of each summer program containing information on academics, logistics, photos, alumni feedback, guidelines to application process, and online application.
We also encourage students to submit their applications to Prague Summer Schools 2015 by the Early Bird Application Deadline of January 31, 2015. The Final Deadline is March 31, 2015.
Should you have any questions regarding the Prague Summer Schools or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are looking forward to your application!!!

With best regards,

Egle Havrdova, Ph.D.
Program Director
Na zájezdu 4, Praha 10
Czech Republic