[Humanist] 29.636 events: Japanese game studies; cultural memory; interwar telecommunications

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 636.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Batty, Hilary" <hilary.batty at kcl.ac.uk>                  (10)
        Subject: Cultural Memory - Public Lecture 5 January 2016

  [2]   From:    Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>                  (39)
        Subject: Replaying Japan 2016

  [3]   From:    Kapil Subramanian <K.Subramanian at LEEDS.AC.UK>             (16)
        Subject: Workshop on Interwar Telecommunications History, 29th
                January, University of Leeds

        Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:47:15 +0000
        From: "Batty, Hilary" <hilary.batty at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Cultural Memory - Public Lecture 5 January 2016

On Friday 5th February 2016, 3.30 – 5.30pm the Centre for Narrative Research (University of East London) and the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication (King’s College London) are holding a public lecture on the theme of Cultural Memory, followed by the launch of Jens Brockmeier’s new book, Beyond the Archive: Memory, Narrative, and the Autobiographical Process.

[Our longstanding view of memory and remembering is in the midst of a profound transformation. This transformation does not only affect our concept of memory or a particular idea of how we remember and forget; it is a wider cultural process. In order to understand it, one must step back and consider what is meant when we say memory. The studies of this book offer such a perspective, synthesizing understandings of remembering from the neurosciences, humanities, social studies, and in key works of autobiographical literature and life-writing. Brockmeier’s conclusions force us to radically rethink our very notion of memory as an archive of the past, one that suggests the natural existence of a distinctive human capacity (or a set of neuronal systems) enabling us to "encode," "store," and "recall" past experiences. Propelled by new scientific insights and digital technologies, a new picture is emerging. It shows that there are many cultural forms of remembering and forgetting, embedded in a broad spectrum of human activities and artifacts. This picture is more complex than any notion of memory as storage of the past would allow. It comes with a number of alternatives to the archival memory, one of which Brockmeier describes as the narrative approach. The narrative approach not only permits us to explore the storied weave of our most personal form of remembering - that is, the autobiographical- it also sheds new light on the interrelations among memory, self and culture.]

The event will take place at King’s College London, Franklin-Wilkins Building (Room 1.11), map: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/waterloo/Waterloo.aspx


3.30 – 5.00pm Panel                       Between the individual and the social: Panel on Cultural Memory
Participants: Molly Andrews, Alessandra Fasulo, Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Ann Phoenix, Linda Sandino

5.00pm Book Launch                      Beyond the Archive: Memory, Narrative, and the autobiographical Process
Presentation by Jens Brockmeier
5.30pm Reception                           Reception

We look forward to seeing you there.

        Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:12:47 +0100
        From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: Replaying Japan 2016

Apologies for cross-posting: This is a friendly reminder that the submission deadline of January 20th for Replaying Japan 2016 in August in Leipzig is fast approaching. 

Geoffrey Rockwell

Replaying Japan 2016: 4th International Japan Game Studies Conference “From Pac-Man to the present: Japanese Games between the local and global”

The 4th International Conference on Japan Game Studies will be held at Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany, from August 15 to 17 2016.

Proposals in Japanese are most welcome! <日本語での発表要旨も受け付けます。>

This conference is organized as a collaboration between the Japanese Studies Department and the Japan Games Research Initiative at Leipzig University, the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies and the University of Alberta. The conference is the fifth collaboratively organized event focusing broadly on Japanese game culture, education and industry. It aims to bring together a large range of researchers and creators from a broad range of different country to present and exchange their work.

Japanese video games have had great influence on gaming cultures around the world. During this conference, we will continue our efforts to look at the origins of Japanese gaming culture, placing a special focus on the birth and life of Pac-Man, and think about its interaction with global gaming culture and the role of localization.

We especially invite researchers and students to submit papers and poster/demonstration proposals that are related to Pac-Man or issues of localization.

We also invite a broad range of posters/demonstrations and papers dealing with game culture, education and games and the Japanese game industry from the perspectives of humanities, social sciences, business or education. We encourage poster/demonstration proposals of games or interactive projects. The range of possible topics includes (but is not limited to):

Pac-Man and its legacy
Localization of games
Cross cultural study of games and toys
East Asian Game Culture and Market
Assessment of educational aspects of games
Preservation of games and game culture
Understanding player culture
Close readings of specific games
Comparative study of specific titles
Game theory
Game design
Game industry (in Japan and transnationally)
Marketing and financing the games industry
Games and transmedia phenomena
Games of chance
Please send anonymized abstracts of no more than 500 words in English or Japanese via email to <replayingjapan at gmail.com <mailto:replayingjapan at gmail.com>> before January 20, 2016.
Figures, tables and references, which do not count towards the 500 words, may be included on a second page. The following information should be in the accompanying email message:

Type of submission (poster/demonstration or paper): Title of submission:
Name of author(s):
Address(es): Email address(es):

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by February 28, 2016.

While the language of this conference will be English, Abstracts, Posters and PowerPoint slides will be translated into both languages and communication assistance will be available for those who can’t present in English.

We are working towards securing travel grants for graduate students and hope to provide more information in due time.

The conference will be held just before GAMESCOM, possibly the world’s largest interactive entertainment trade fair held in Cologne, Germany, from August 17 to 21 – Consider adding a day after the conference to visit the fair. We hope to provide information on visiting the fair from Leipzig soon.

For more information write to <replayingjapan at gmail.com <mailto:replayingjapan at gmail.com>>.

Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon

Replaying Japan 2016

        Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:01:54 +0000
        From: Kapil Subramanian <K.Subramanian at LEEDS.AC.UK>
        Subject: Workshop on Interwar Telecommunications History, 29th January, University of Leeds

Dear all,

It is now well recognized that the First World War had a deep impact on the technology and practice of telecommunications.  However, beyond the broadest contours, not enough is known about the complex and multifaceted nature of that impact or about the evolution of telecommunications between the wars. Seeking to bring together diverse international perspectives that explore civilian and military telecommunications (and the links in between) in the interwar period, we've organized a day long workshop at the University of Leeds on Friday, the 29th of January. With papers on topics ranging from British Army communications, civilian-military knowledge sharing, the birth of broadcasting and the geopolitics of wireless in the South Pacific, the workshop promises to be of great interest to historians of technology and communications.

For further details and to attend, email me at K.Subramanian at leeds.ac.uk . Below are some of the papers to be presented:

1. Interwar line communication in the British Army (Martin Skipworth, Royal Signals Museum).
2. The Birth of British Broadcasting and the start of the Civil Aviation Industry (Tim Wander, Marconi Heritage Group)
3. An archaeological approach to understanding wireless communications during the First World War (Jane Phimester, Oxford Archaeology)
4. Knowledge Sharing and Technical Communities in Telecommunications in Interwar Britain (Elizabeth Bruton, Museum of History of Science, Oxford)
5. How Wireless made the War Global: World War I beyond an Anglo-Centric Perspective (Heidi Tworek, University of British Columbia).
6. Wireless and Empire Ambition: Wireless telegraphy/telephony in the colonial South Pacific (Martin Hadlow, University of Queensland).
7. International radiocommunication maps in 1920s (Maria Rikitianskaia, University of Lugano).

Thanking You,
Yours Sincerely,
Kapil Subramanian
Postdoctoral Fellow in Telecommunications History
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
University of Leeds.

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