[Humanist] 23.356 events: audio; virtual work; labour

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Wed Oct 7 08:22:31 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 356.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Dot Porter <dot.porter at GMAIL.COM>                         (23)
        Subject: Registration open for Audio Digitisation and Metadata

  [2]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                             (21)
        Subject: Conference Announcement - Digital Labour:Workers, Authors,

  [3]   From:    Shawn Day <day.shawn at GMAIL.COM>                           (16)
        Subject: DHO Lecture: Recreating Research, Art and Education in
                Shared Virtual Worlds

        Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:15:57 +0100
        From: Dot Porter <dot.porter at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Registration open for Audio Digitisation and Metadata Workshop

Registration is now open for the RIA/DHO sponsored Audio Digtisation
and Metadata workshop, scheduled for 19 October 2009, 10:00-16:00, in
the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

Register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PxW72lCdKEi88ezI2KDt0A_3d_3d

Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please
register early.

The RIA Library and the DHO offer a one-day audio workshop devoted to
online audio web publication and archiving of audio files. The
workshop is aimed at those currently engaged in digital audio archival
work and those interested in doing so. This workshop focuses on the
implementation of metadata within audio projects. It will also provide
an opportunity for those working in the area to meet and learn from
each other and to explore current practices.

For more information, visit the workshop site here: http://dho.ie/node/193

Dot Porter (MA, MSLS)          Metadata Manager
Digital Humanities Observatory (RIA), Regus House, 28-32 Upper
Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
-- A Project of the Royal Irish Academy --
Phone: +353 1 234 2444        Fax: +353 1 234 2400
http://dho.ie          Email: dot.porter at gmail.com

        Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 13:57:38 +0100
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Conference Announcement - Digital Labour:Workers, Authors, Citizens

From: Mirela Nicoleta Parau <mparau at uwo.ca<mailto:mparau at uwo.ca>>

‘Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens’

A conference hosted by the Digital Labour Group, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, October 16-18, 2009, London, Ontario, Canada.

We are happy to announce that our conference website is now open. Please visit us at http://conferences.fims.uwo.ca/digitallabour/ for information on the conference, registration, travel and accommodation.

Register by September 1st for a 20% early registration discount. Fees are additionally discounted for graduate students.

‘Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens’ addresses the implications of digital labour as they are emerging in practice, politics, policy, culture, and theoretical enquiry. As workers, as authors, and as citizens, we are increasingly summoned and disciplined by new digital technologies that define the workplace and produce ever more complex regimes of surveillance and control. At the same time, new possibilities for agency and new spaces for collectivity are borne from these multiplying digital innovations. This conference aims to explore this social dialectic, with a specific focus on new forms of labour.

The changing conditions of digital capitalism often blur distinctions between workers, authors and citizens more than they clarify them. Digital workers, for example, are often authors of content for the increasingly convergent and synergistic end markets of entertainment capitalism – but authors whose rights as such have been thoroughly alienated. Citizens are often compelled to construct their identities in such a way as to produce the flexible and entrepreneurial selves demanded by the heavily consumer-oriented ‘experience and attention economies’ of digitalized post-Fordism.

How might we come to understand the breakdown of distinctions between labour and creativity, work and authorship, value and productive excess in the new digital economy? What is labour in an era where participation in the cultural industries is the preferred conduit to autonomy and self-valorization? What struggles do information and entertainment workers and workers in an increasingly digitalized manufacturing sector share as social understandings of labour, alienation and authorship continue to morph according to the changing fashions of heavily fetishized technologies? What might recent theorizing on the infinitely malleable ‘post-Fordist image worker’ tell us about the nature of affective ties to states and other political formations in the twenty-first century?

Union activists will assist academic specialists in assessing these and other crucial questions. Two panels will include representatives from the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), and the Canadian Media Guild (CMG). Other guild confirmation is pending. Academic participants include:

Keynote – Ursula Huws (London Metropolitan University and Analytica Social and Economic Research): “On the Cybertariat: Digital Labour, Social Relations and the Workplace”

Keynote – Vincent Mosco (Department of Sociology, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario): “Knowledge Labour: Work in Progress”

Catherine McKercher (School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa)

Catherine Fisk (School of Law, University of California at Irvine)

David Hesmondhalgh (Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds)

Brian Holmes (activist and cultural critic, Paris)

Barry King (School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology)

Andrea Fumagalli (Department of Political Economy and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia)

Dorothy Kidd (Department of Media Studies, University of San Francisco)

Vicki Mayer (Communication Department, Tulane University, New Orleans)

Helen Kennedy (Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds).

The Digital Labour Conference Organizing Committee: Jonathan Burston, Edward Comor, James Compton, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, Ajit Pyati, Sandra Smeltzer, Matt Stahl, Sam Trosow.

        Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 23:07:32 +0100
        From: Shawn Day <day.shawn at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: DHO Lecture: Recreating Research, Art and Education in Shared Virtual Worlds

DHO Lecture: Recreating Research, Art and Education in Shared Virtual Worlds

Venue: Dublin City Council Auditorium, Wood Quay, Dublin 2
Date: 16 October 2009, 15:00 - 17:00

As part of Innovation Week Dublin, the DHO in conjunction with Architecture Ireland is pleased to present Dr Hugh Denard, from King's College London's Visualisation Lab. He will discuss how Virtual World technologies such as Second Life are both transforming our experiences and understandings of the human past and, at the same time, posing new challenges. From the interpretation of an ancient Roman shipwreck by European graduate students to an intercontinental recreation of a Japanese Noh performance; from a study of the neoclassical roots of the Globe Theatre to the virtual enactment of a Cornish-language drama in its original medieval setting; and from "mixed reality" conferencing to "between worlds" New Media artworks, the presentation will both demonstrate how early adopters are exploring and exploiting the potential of Virtual Worlds and suggest the shape of innovations to come.

Although registration is not required, spaces are limited and we would appreciate those attending complete a brief registration form available at:


More information and a map are available at the Dublin Innovation website at:


or at the DHO events list at:


This talk will be presented as part of Innovation Week Dublin and will be simultaneously presented in Second Life. To attend the Second Life presentation, you can teleport to the virtual auditorium at:


If you have any further questions, please contact s.day at dho.ie<mailto:s.day at dho.ie>

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Shawn Day

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