Monday, November 24, 2008
Why I didn't figure this out earlier, I can't explain - but better late than never!
IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections 6th Annual Symposium
April 24, 2009
Special Theme: Female Fan Cultures and Intellectual Property
In collaboration with American University¹s Center for Social Media Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Francesca Coppa,
The 6th Annual Symposium on ³IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections² seeks papers on female subcultures and their relationship to intellectual property and copyright regimes, with a particular emphasis on fan works and culture. Appropriate topics include: fan arts, including fan fiction, arts, music, filk, crafts, and vids; and fan communities: including clubs, forums, lists, websites, wikis, discussion groups, rec sites, and other creative, celebratory, or analytical communities.
Introduction & Context
Historically, the study of subcultures has been biased toward male groups and activities: first, because male activities (e.g. punk rock, motorcycling, football hooliganism) tend to be public, and therefore visible; second, because many male groups have been seen as overtly resistant to mainstream norms. In contrast, many female subcultural activities took place in private, in the domestic realm or in other less visible spaces, and those that were visible tended, in the words of Sarah Thornton, to be "relegated to the realm of a passive and feminized 'mainstream' (a colloquial term against which scholars have all too often defined their subcultures)"; in other words, the things women did and do have often been framed as mainstream, passive, commodified, and derivative; consuming (in the negative sense of passive product consumption), rather than consuming in the sense of a passionate obsession or devotion to art or criticism.
This has changed significantly in the last twenty years, not only due to a rising feminist interest in subculture studies but also with the rise of fan and audience studies. In their pioneering "Girls and Subcultures" (1975), Angela McRobbie and Jenny Garber presciently suggested that scholars turn their attention "toward more immediately recognizable teenage and pre-teenage female spheres like those forming around teenybop stars and the pop-music industry." Even they had trouble seeing what girls do as interesting and importing, noting that "[b]oys tended to have a more participative and a more technically-informed relationship with pop, where girls in contrast became fans and readers of pop-influenced love comics." McRobbie and Garber don't associate being "fans" with participation, and they see girls as "readers" only. In fact, as we know from fifteen years of fan and audience studies, fandom is a highly participatory culture, and female fans also write, edit, draw, paint, "manip," design, code, and otherwise make things.
However, even within this brave new world of mashup, remix, and fan cultures, what boys do (fan films, machinima, music mash-ups, DJing) is often seen by outsiders and critics as better--more interesting, more original, more clearly transformative-- than what girls do (fan fiction, fan art, vidding, coding fan sites, social networking). This normative judgment risks legal consequences.
We are seeking projects that investigate the ways in which issues of originality and ownership as related to copyright and other issues of intellectual property intersect with this gendered understanding of cultural productions and engagement, especially since these historically female subcultural activities and practices have increasingly become culture.
IP/Gender Mapping the Connections Organizational Details
· DEADLINE for submission of abstracts is DECEMBER 19 at 5:00pm.
· To submit an abstract for consideration, fill in the web-based form at
Participants will be notified if their paper has been accepted for presentation by January 15.
· The symposium will begin at 6:00 Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the American University Washington College of Law in
· To view papers and programs from prior IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections symposia, please visit
· Papers may be published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law.
· If you are interested in attending the event, but not presenting work, please contact Angie McCarthy, Women and the Law Program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This intensive four-year program has a strong commitment to theory and its bearing in the study of arts, media, and technology. Successful applicants will have an MA in a cognate discipline completed by July
2008 and a defined dissertation project in mind, evidence of a capacity to work independently in a context of ongoing discussions with a range of faculty and peers, and an interest in the innovative nature of our dissertation.
For more details about the structure of the program please consult the website (http://www.trentu.ca/culturalstudiesphd/) including the Year One link. Please direct inquiries, including a brief description of the project, to the program at email@example.com.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
NOTE: There will be a FLAS Information Session on Friday, December 5, 2008, 2:00-3:30pm in Woodburn 120.
Applications are now being accepted for FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships for the study of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for summer 2009 and academic year 2009-10. The application deadline is February 1, 2009.
These fellowships are available through two centers at IU--the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) and the Center for the Study of Global Change. FLAS awards from the Center for the Study of Global Change will be given only to students whose academic program or career objectives are not restricted to any one geographic region, so applicants whose field of study or career goals have a global component should apply for the fellowship through both centers.
FLAS Fellowships include:
• Tuition fee remission
• Academic-year stipend of $15,000 (estimated); summer stipend of $2,500 (estimated)
• Enrollment in graduate student health insurance program (academic-year recipients only)
• U.S. citizens and permanent residents
• Eligible modern East Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (priority for those studying at 3rd- or 4th-year level)
• For academic-year fellowship, must take one language course and one East Asian studies course each semester
• For summer fellowship, program of study must be at least 8 weeks long and provide at least 120 contact hours at the 4th-year level and at least 140 contact hours at lower levels.
Additional requirements pertain to the use of a FLAS at an overseas institution; if applying to use a FLAS overseas, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
For further details and a link to the on-line application Web site, go to http://www.indiana.edu/~easc/funding/students.shtml.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Your Iraq, My Vietnam
Friday, November 14
Poynter Center, 618 East Third Street
Department of Telecommunications Professor Ron Osgood will screen segments from his recently completed documentary “My Vietnam Your Iraq.” The documentary features nine families which have a parent who served in Vietnam and a child in Iraq.
Friday, November 14th
3:30 - 5 pm
IMU Grad Pad
This Week's Theme: Intercultural Beauty
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Application Deadline: February 16, 2009
Jointly funded by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and the University Graduate School, this competition will award at least seven fellowships for research-related travel abroad during summer 2009. Each fellowship will consist of a $1,000 stipend, plus round-trip economy airfare from Indianapolis to the location where work will be conducted.
The purpose of this program is to help support six- to eight-week trips for preliminary dissertation fieldwork activities, such as exploring potential research sites, archives and other research resources; establishing institutional affiliations; and identifying and meeting with local scholars and contacts as appropriate. Applicants must outline a plan that is designed to secure the feasibility of their eventual dissertation plans.
These grants are intended for students who will apply in the 2009-2010 academic year for external funding to conduct their dissertation research abroad beginning in fall 2010 or spring 2011. Priority will be given to applicants who plan activities designed to increase their competitiveness for extramural international dissertation research grants.
Evaluators will consider scholarship achievement; validity and feasibility of the proposal; requisite language facility; faculty support as indicated by letters of reference; impact the work will have on the dissertation research plan and competitiveness for dissertation research funding applications; and availability of alternate sources of funding.
Applicants may be students from any discipline, department, or campus; must be enrolled in a program leading to the Ph.D. at Indiana University; and must have completed at least two years of graduate course work prior to the beginning date of proposed research—with at least one year at IU. Students admitted to doctoral candidacy prior to fall 2009 are not eligible.
Information and application materials are available on the web at: http://www.indiana.edu/~ovpia, under the “OVPIA Grants” link.
Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by 5pm, February 16, 2009. Submit applications to:
Paul Fogleman, OVPIA
201 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
Tel: (812) 855-3948; Fax: (812) 855-6271
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Center for Survey Research (Indiana University, Bloomington) needs a few outstanding proofreaders to proofread survey documents, web pages, and letters, on an as needed basis. These are hourly positions, and as such carry no paid time off, holiday pay, or health care insurance. Work may be done at home.
Current fulltime IU employees who are paid biweekly, or are professional over-time eligible, are not eligible for these positions. Current IU employees who are salaried or part-time, are eligible to apply, as are graduate and undergraduate students.
Pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
Please send a letter of interest and resume with three professional references (who can speak to your editing qualifications) to:
Center for Survey Research
Eigenmann Hall 2-South
Bloomington, IN 47406
Or email attachments to:
We are happy to announce the 2008-2009 collaborative conference between the Indiana University Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Associations and The Ohio State University Folklore Student Association. This conference aims to create a space for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research in folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, material culture, performance studies, and related disciplines, as it relates to the study of academic and vernacular interpretation of everyday life.
"Public and Private"
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
March 27-28, 2009
This year's conference seeks to explore the following questions:
(1) How do we negotiate notions of public and private in our work?
(2) What are we learning, and what can we teach others, about this seeming dichotomy?
(3) How might we think beyond sectors and consider public and private in light of our fieldwork, field notes, presentations, and as emerging in our research of expressive forms?
We are seeking papers and posters that engage the following topics as they relate to the theme of "Public and Private":
We also welcome submissions of papers and posters on other topics.
The conference will have three opportunities for participation: paper presentations, poster sessions, and a discussion forum for all attendees. We will be accepting 250-word abstracts for 15-minute papers and poster presentations. We highly encourage poster submissions, particularly for research projects in progress, as there will be opportunities for active dialogue. Abstracts must be submitted by February 1, 2008. Please email submissions to email@example.com.
Please see the IU FSA website for details on submissions:
The discussion forum will allow all attendees to engage with enduring issues in our fields and to consider how those issues have emerged in their own research. Conference attendees are encouraged to submit three issues that have emerged in their own research for inclusion in developing this forum. Come join this important conversation. Remember, together we are shaping the future of our fields!
For more information on the details of the conference (lodging, location, etc.) visit www.iub.edu/~folksa in the coming months.
Please register for the conference by February 28, 2008!
Classroom-Office Building, Room 100
same Bat-time, same Bat-channel
We have our regular colloquium which this week features a preview of CMCL grad students'
work that will appear the folllowing week at the NCA conference. Shana Bridges, Emily Cram, and Jessica Rudy will present their papers to us as a panel. Michael Kaplan will be a respondent, and the rest of the audience will be able to ask questions and offer suggestions at the end. You will receive abstracts from each of the presenters later on in the week. For more information, contact James Paasche.
presented by is distinguished media scholar Michael Renov's
Thursday November 13
Swain Hall East, Room 105
Renov is Professor of Critical Studies and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Southern California. His recent work includes The Subject of Documentary (U Minnesota P, 2004) and the forthcoming Time Past: The Archaeological Cinema of Peter Forgacs (with Bill Nichols) (U Minnesota P, 2009). This is co-sponsored by CMCL and the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, and Comparative Literature.
We are really lucky to have a documentary scholar of Renov's stature available to us, please do come.
Intersections: Women's and Gender Studies in Review Across Disciplines is an interdisciplinary graduate student publication welcoming work from current graduate students. We are committed to the interdisciplinary research of women's and gender issues and are affiliated with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. The journal encourages scholars in every field to contribute book reviews, scholarly essays, creative writing, and artwork relating to this issue's theme, "Performing Gender." We hope that the theme will inspire you to think creatively and broadly about how gender is performed in a multitude of ways and arenas.
Submissions might address the following topics, but are not limited to them:
§ The gender performance(s) of genderqueer and/or transgender people
§ How gender is performed and reified through the state, the home, corporations, etc. in a transnational comparative framework
§ The connections between gender performance and sexuality
§ How gender intersects with other identities such as race, class, sexuality, nation, religion, etc to create unique identities and performances
§ Representations of femininity, masculinity, and/or or sexuality in the media
§ Gender in institutions (such as prisons and schools)
Submit a 200 - 300 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2008.
Completed papers and artwork are due by February 1, 2009. All submissions should include the author's name, institution and department, contact information, title of submission, and word count. Papers should conform to APA style. Book reviews should be of recent texts (published within the last two years) and 750 - 1250 words. Include publication information about books reviewed. Contact us via email to receive a copy of the book you would like to review. Scholarly essays and creative writing should be less than 5000 words. Artwork will be accepted for the cover and for the inside of the journal. Artwork for the cover should be in color and in .jpg format, 600 dpi. Artwork should be no smaller than 8 ½ x 11. Artwork for the inside of the journal should follow the same guidelines as art work for the cover.
Questions should be sent to the editors at: email@example.com
Please join us for the third in the Fall 2008 series of talks sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics (RKCSI). The RKCSI speaker series is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff across the university to current research in social informatics conducted at IU and around the world. The complete schedule for the Fall 2008 Speaker Series is posted on the web at:
Speaker: Jeffrey Hart
Dept. of Political Science
Indiana University Bloomington
Topic: Video on the Internet: The Content Question
Date: Friday, November 14, 2008
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Place: IU Bloomington, Herman B Wells Library Room LI 001
Refreshments will be available prior to the talk at 1:15 pm.
What is the effect of Internet distribution of digital video on content? Is there evidence that content will be different from what is available through other conduits or will it just be more of the same?
Who will be producing it and who will be consuming it? How important will user-generated video content be? These are some of the questions addressed in this essay. The full paper is available at http://rkcsi.indiana.edu/media/HartJeff_digitaltv2.pdf (404 KB).
Jeffrey Hart is professor of political science at Indiana University Bloomington and a member of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics Advisory Committee. He has conducted research in international politics, international political economy and the politics of high technology industries for more than 25 years. His professional career has focused on the politics of international economic competitiveness in advanced industrial nations, and, specifically, on the politics of software, hardware, and telecommunications. He has recently completed a project on globalization and published in 2004 by Cambridge University Press, a book on the politics of high definition television (HDTV) titled Technology, Television, and Competition: The Politics of Digital TV. For more information on his research and other interests, see http://php.indiana.edu/~hartj/ .
Friday, November 7, 2008
C652: Globalization of Media
Space, Place and Media in a Global Context
Professor: Stephanie DeBoer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Time: Thursday 4-6:30 pm
Screening: Wednesday 7:15 pm +
The goal of this course is to encourage new critical imaginings on the relationship among:
film and media technologies,
the production of space and
the global dynamics that construct cities
From the last few decades of the 20th century, the English language academy has witnessed a growing body of scholarship on the built environment, global space and mediated experience. What experiences are enabled or disabled, represented or unrepresented in this interface among globalization, urban landscapes and media technologies? Readings will attend to the interdisciplinary scope of this inquiry across prominent theories of space (such as Lefebvre), film and media studies (such as Morley and Curtin), urban studies (such as Sassen), critical geography (such as Massey), feminist critiques of technology (such as Kaplan and Grewal), postcolonial studies (such as Patke and Chen) and theories of transnational production (such as Naficy and Berry).
It is expected that students will pursue research projects linked to any socio-geographic context of interest to them. At the same time, in the interest of interrogating how the theories of the course might be located within a particular geographic arena, screenings and discussions will focus on recent representations of and interventions into cities of the Asia Pacific in film and media. During the same period that the above theorizations have appeared in the academy, urban centers of the Asia Pacific region have emerged as sites constructed, as Rolando Tolantino has phrased, in a “drive for progress.” What do these two fields have to say to each other?
- How might attention to film and media representations in the Asia Pacific provide a corrective to scholarship that can be uncritical of the “location” through which it is produced?
- How might such theories help us to understand particular urban experiences in the Asia Pacific?
- And how might both help (or not help) us to see what lies between or below seemingly “globalized” spaces – geometries of memory, sexuality, gender, trauma or diaspora.
Syllabus available upon request:
Making Memory, Making History:
Ideas and Identities Beyond Borders Hosted by IU History Graduate Student Association The History Graduate Student Association at Indiana University invites paper submissions by graduate students for its 2009 conference entitled Making Memory, Making History: Ideas and Identities Beyond Borders.
Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2009
Hosted by IU History Graduate Student Association
The History Graduate Student Association at Indiana University invites paper submissions by graduate students for its 2009 conference entitled Making Memory, Making History: Ideas and Identities Beyond Borders.
The year’s conference seeks to engage with a variety of sources and perspectives related to the movement of ideas and identities, whether figurative or literal, across and beyond borders. Addressing themes that are particularly relevant to a contemporary audience, both inside and outside the academy, our hope is to engage with historical topics that not only cross disciplinary boundaries, but that reach within and beyond the social and academic borders that influence our understandings of self and society. We welcome submissions from various disciplines, time periods, and geographic focus. The conference is intentionally broad and invites multiple interpretations of complex issues such as national and transnational identities, migration, globalization, media and visual culture, urban studies, material culture, memory, violence and trauma.
This year, in accordance with our themes, we are integrating our conference with an exciting public arts and media event. The conference will coincide with the opening reception of a photography exhibit by artist Jonathan Moller at the Mathers Museum followed by a presentation by the artist and guest note speaker from Indiana University. The exhibit, accompanied by the publication of a book entitled Our Culture is our Resistance, has received international attention and acclaim.
Please submit the items and information below no later than Monday, December 21st. The HGSA Conference Committee will evaluate abstracts and inform participants by January 5, 2009 of their acceptance and panel assignment. Full papers are expected by the 16th of February, 2009. For visiting graduate students, we will organize accommodations with IU graduate students participating in the conference. The conference is free to IU graduate students in any field. Non-IU students must submit a registration fee of $30.
Please submit the following information via e-mail as an attachment to email@example.com:
1. Paper abstract and title (no more than 250 words)
2. Institutional affiliation and title/position
3. Contact information: name, e-mail address, postal address, telephone/fax numbers
The Paul Lucas Conference in History
742 Ballantine Hall
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
Monday, November 3, 2008
C O L I N J. D A V I S
In Praise of Overreading
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The lecture will consider how philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Stanley Cavell have gone about interpreting literature and film. It will discuss the possibilities and limits of interpretation and the problem of deciding when an interpreter has gone too far.
Colin J. Davis is Professor of French at the
For further information, please contact the Institute (812/855-3658) or visit: www.indiana.edu/~ias.