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[ecrea] CFP: Profiles

Tue Dec 20 21:18:04 GMT 2011

The Communication Graduate Caucus (CGC), in conjunction with the Paul
Attallah lecture series, is pleased to announce its 7th Annual
Conference: Profiles

Conference Date/Location: March 1-2, 2012 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Affiliation: Carleton University, School of Journalism and Communication

Paul Attallah Keynote Lecture: Gabriella Coleman, Assistant Professor
of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU Steinhardt and 2012 Wolfe
Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy

Many media outlets, from Entertainment Tonight to Gawker and Perez
Hilton spend a lot of time profiling the day-to-day life of
celebrities. Players of online games create profiles which help them
navigate their way through a given space. Setting up a profile
—willingly or unwillingly— is fundamental to various online
activities, from social networking to tracking Google searches.
Developments in security and surveillance technologies, such as
biometrics, create ideal body types and act as a means for determining
whether one is or is not a security risk. Media coverage of recent
events like the "Occupy" movement produce a new profile of protesters.
The profile in photography represents an early example of a "media
format" and draws attention to the genre or standardization of acts of
representation. Political, aesthetic, and cultural dynamics go into
creating, maintaining and disseminating a profile in mediated
environments. Historical profiles create a past we can interact with,
demographic profiles conceptualize our current identity, while genetic
and behavioural profiles try to predict our future. This conference
examines these different meanings of profile and their intersections.

Among other related topics, we seek papers that consider:
The politics of profiling in journalism
Visualizing profiles
Profiling the body: biometrics and biopolitics
Profiling the self: identity creation and performance
Profiling and social theory
Marginalized profiles
#following and grouping profiles
Design and defaults of digital profiles
Profiles of play

We seek proposals for individual paper presentations as well as
pre-formed panels that interpret and explore the theme of Profiles.
Submissions from faculty and graduate students and from those who
study in departments outside of communication are welcomed and
encouraged. Please submit an abstract of up to 200 words (preferably
in Word format) outlining your proposed paper topic along with your
name, affiliation, contact information (e-mail address), and
audio/visual needs.

Abstract deadline: Friday, January 27, 2012

Please e-mail submissions (or questions) to: (cgc.conference /at/

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