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[ecrea] ICA GLBT Seattle Preconference/Unconference CFP
Thu Nov 07 13:45:52 GMT 2013
Call for Proposals
ICA Preconference/Unconference on
Technologies of Sex and Gender: Queer Theories and Subjects
Sponsored by the Gay Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Studies Interest Group
9 am- 4 pm, May 22, 2014
University of Washington, Department of Communication
This ICA preconference brings together scholars, activists, and artists
working on gender, sexuality, communication, media, and technology to
examine, debate, and plan new projects, including:
· Investigating how the strategies activists and artists have developed
in this field can transform academic research practice, as well as how
academics can contribute to activist and artistic technology projects
· Providing an interdisciplinary environment in which LGBT, queer, and
gender-nonconforming technology scholars, activists, and artists can
network with each other, learn about current work in these fields, forge
partnerships, and develop new collaborative projects
· Creating applications, games, and art that explore, celebrate, or
undermine sexualized and gendered subjectivities.
· Researching how LGBT, queer, and gender nonconforming populations
employ technologies in specific historical and cultural contexts
(particularly by looking at the intersections of gender, race,
nationality, class, and sexuality in these contexts)
· Discussing how queer, transgender, and feminist theories can be
brought to bear on technology research, and how these fields can and
must transform each other in the process
· Exploring how queer, transgender, and feminist theories can be
integrated into technology design practice
· Ascertaining how scholars have used and can use technologies to study
sexual- and gender-nonconforming communities, including their own
The preconference’s goal is to provoke encounters that would set in
motion future collaborations and networks among artists, activists, and
scholars. It utilizes the “unconference” format, in which participants,
rather than organizers, decide on the agenda from among their own
submitted proposals. This allows for more intensive interaction,
higher-level conversations, and a more engaged, productive experience
than traditional academic conferences.
SCHEDULE AND FORMAT:
· Today: You read this CFP.
· By January 20: You submit a Session Leader or Participation proposal
to (ica.glbt /at/ gmail.com). See below for a description of the proposal format.
· February 1: The organizers will send an acceptance letter to everyone
who has submitted a proposal. All proposals will be posted on the
Technologies of Sex and Gender website.
· February 1 – April 30: All applicants comment online on the proposals,
voting for the sessions they are likely to attend and offering
suggestions for changes and additions.
· May 10: The organizers create and post a working schedule for the
preconference and notify session applicants of the likelihood of their
session being included.
May 22: The unconference
· The first morning session will introduce the unconference format.
Attendees will take part in an open vote on the schedule, making
suggestions, changes, or additions. The schedule will be finalized in
this first session, after which the other sessions will begin. Depending
on level of interest and number of attendees, there may be simultaneous
· Sessions will proceed throughout the morning following the proposals,
but with an openness to exploring new directions that may organically
arise (often new sessions are added throughout the day, sessions are
combined, or break-out groups are formed over the course of unconferences).
· During the lunch break, attendees will give a series of “Speed
Presentations”: 1- to 2-minute, rapid-fire presentations about one of
their current projects. These are intended as very brief introductions,
not extended discussions. Attendees will have an opportunity to contact
each other later should they want to learn more about or join a specific
· Afternoon sessions will proceed, following the same structure as the
· At the end of the day, we will lead a concluding session in which
attendees can share and integrate the day’s explorations
SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL
If you wish to participate in the unconference, please submit either a
Session Proposal or a Participation Proposal.
* Session Leaders will submit a 300 word proposal of a conversation
topic to explore, a research question to develop, a problem to grapple
with, a skill to teach, a technology application to demonstrate, or an
artwork to present. Each proposal should give enough information to help
attendees decide which sessions to vote for and participate in. In
particular, Session Leaders are encouraged to suggest how their proposal
fits with the unconference theme and to explain their expertise and
experience. Those who propose a session will be expected to arrive
prepared to facilitate that session.
* Participants will also submit 300 word proposal, including a
biographical statement describing their interests in the preconference
and an idea for a 2-minute rapid-fire research presentation.
All proposals should address the conference themes described above.
Sessions should be of interest to communication scholars, but we warmly
encourage interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, multimodal, or
Session Leader and Participation proposals should be submitted by
January 20, 2014 to: (ica.glbt /at/ gmail.com)
The unconference is co-sponsored by the Popular Communication, Feminist
Scholarship, Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Global Communication
and Social Change, Communication History, and Game Studies
Divisions/Interest Groups. It is also supported by the Department of
Communication at the University of Washington, the School of Media and
Communication at Temple University, The Stranger, the School of
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell, and the Greater Seattle
The organizers are Adrienne Shaw (Temple University), D. Travers Scott
(Clemson University), and David Phillips (University of Toronto).
Department of Media Studies and Production
2020 N. 13th St.
Annenberg Hall, room 203A
Philadelphia, PA 19122
email: (adrienne.shaw /at/ temple.edu)
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