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[ecrea] CFP Code: A Media Conference of Platforms, Devices and Screens

Fri Jun 08 11:00:29 GMT 2018


Call for Papers: CODE A Media Conference of Platforms, Devices and Screens

Department of Media and Communication

Swinburne University

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

19-20 November 2018

Keynote Speakers:

- John Cheney-Lippold, University of Michigan (author of We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of our Digital Selves, NYU Press, 2017).

- Anna Munster, University of New South Wales (author of An Aesthesia of Networks, MIT Press, 2013).

For contemporary media studies in the so called age of social media, the role of data has never been more complex. At the inaugural CODE conference six years ago, a collective of digital media academics and creative practitioners were negotiating the rapid emergence of new platforms and devices, and exploring new approaches to theorising, researching and doing digital media.

Under the banner of software studies, platform politics, and digital media practice, the first CODE conference interrogated the multifaceted nature of code itself. At that stage, we only had an inkling of the coming impact of algorithms, automation, natural language processing, machine learning and neural nets, and the new wave of artificial intelligence.

The time has come to take stock of our data streams. And, in particular, to ask how the notion of code, both materially shaped and conceptually understood, helps to orient media studies in 2018.

CODE: A Media Conference of Platforms, Devices and Screens is a two day event consisting of workshops, studios, industry panels and papers. There are lots of opportunities to participate but specifically now we are seeking short research snapshots or provocations of five minutes. We are keen to move away from the old broadcast model of conference format with its death by PowerPoint approach. Instead, we want to hear about research plans, projects, methods, tools or critical perspectives. Whether it's an idea looking for partners, or the report from a project just completed, we encourage you to submit your work.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

- Automation and work futures

- The ethics of algorithms

- Data visualisation and the shifting boundaries of public and private life

- Screen estate and making meaning

- The literacies and uses of data analytics

- Second screen and new audience measurements

- New developments in machine learning

- What is data driven media studies?

- New screen texts: aesthetics and forms of the digital age (eg VR, the TVIV era)

- On-demand screen cultures

- Curatorial culture and the classificatory imagination

- Shifting boundaries of screen performance (eg motion and performance capture)

- Cultural heritage and GLAM industries

- Pedagogies of code

- Digital making and maker culture

- Digital archives, archaeologies, and histories

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit proposals for individual (up to 500 words) or collaborative presentations (up to 2,000 words) by Friday 29 June 2018 to: (codeconference /at/ Proposals must contain the following information: Name(s) of presenter; email address; brief bio; five keywords.

Anticipated registration costs:

Waged earlybird: $50

Waged standard: $60

Unwaged earlybird: $30

Unwaged standard: $40

Full details will be published at:

Organising Committee:

Cesar Albarran-Torres

Jessica Balanzategui

Dan Golding

Anthony McCosker

Esther Milne (Chair)

Emily van der Nagel

Supported by Swinburne's Department of Media and Communication.

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