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[ecrea] Media Archaeology & Technological Debris - Postgraduate Workshop & Conference CFP

Fri Mar 08 09:09:31 GMT 2013

Media Archaeology & Technological
Workshop & Conference - CALL FOR PAPERS
June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2013 – Goldsmiths,

University of London

workshop aims to

bring academics and PhD students together to discuss emerging research
projects on the field of media studies. It means to combine the
thriving approach of media archaeology with the growing environmental
concerns about technological debris, emphasizing the

complementary character of these topics in the construction of a
material understanding of media practices’ past, present and future. We
expect to gather a number of emerging investigations that can shed new
light over the socio-political, economic, cultural,

technological, material and aesthetic dimensions of the continuous
phenomena of novelty and obsolescence of media systems. In doing so, we
also hope to create conditions to examine the systems of relationship
formulated around these topics, paying particular

attention to the regimes of value that define media objects either as
museum artifacts or as rubbish in different global/local contexts (such
as Europe and Latin America).

PhD students will be selected

to participate. The workshop itself will last for two days: The first
day will be composed of closed reading groups in which the seasoned
researchers will act as respondents and mediators for the presentation
of the participating students, while the second

day will be a small conference open to the public. As such, the
workshop intends to create a platform for exchanging ideas and research
methods upon this interdisciplinary field.


event is being organized by students and graduates of Goldsmiths'
Department of Media and Communications, and is sponsored by Goldsmiths'
Graduate School.


speakers: Sean Cubitt (Media & Comms, Goldsmiths); Graham Harwood
(Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths); Jennifer Gabrys (Sociology,

Goldsmiths); Gabriel
Menotti (Audiovisual, UFES); and people from Access Space (Sheffield).


themes include:

        * archaeological
          and anarchaeological research

        * the
          repurposing of old devices (for fun & profit & art)

        * programmed
          obsolescence and the temporality of materials and technologies

        * precarious
          technical milieus

        * artifact
          materiality and value

        * media
          museography and historiography

        * transnational
          contexts for zombie media

        * industrial
          media and environmental hazards

        * practices
          and economies of recycling technology

        * electronic
          recycling and archiving of technological artifacts

        * qualities,
          histories and applications of media systems and media ecologies

        * global
          and local economic forces in cycles of innovation and decay

apply, please

submit a text document containing a title, a brief description of your
project (no more than 250 words), and a brief biography to

(mediaarchdebris /at/

by Sunday, April 21, 17:00 GMT.

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