[Humanist] 29.375 events: CaTaC'16; information opacity

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 375.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Charles M. Ess" <c.m.ess at media.uio.no>                   (86)
        Subject: Call for papers - CaTaC'16 - June 16-18, 2016 - University
                of West London

  [2]   From:    David Berry <D.M.Berry at sussex.ac.uk>                      (15)
        Subject: Information Opacity

        Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:00:16 +0200
        From: "Charles M. Ess" <c.m.ess at media.uio.no>
        Subject: Call for papers - CaTaC'16 - June 16-18, 2016 - University of West London


with apologies for any duplications: please forward and distribute to 
those whom you think might be interested.
Many thanks,
- charles ess
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo


CaTaC'16: Culture, Technology, Communication: Common world, different 

Venue: University of West London
Dates: June 16-18, 2016

Conference Co-organizers:

* José Abdelnour-Nocera, Local host(School of Computing and Technology, 
University of West London)
* Charles Ess, CaTaC Co-chair (Department of Media and Communication, 
University of Oslo)
* Maja van der Velden, CaTaC Co-chair (Department of Informatics, 
University of Oslo)
Programme Committee
* Herbert Hrachovec, (Philosophy Department, University of Vienna)
* Michele M. Strano, Program Chair (Communication Studies, Bridgewater 

The tenth biennial conference on "Culture, Technology, Communication" 
(CaTaC)'16 will take place on June 15-17, 2016, at the Brentford site 
of the University of West London. The Brentford site and nearby Ealing 
Campus (including hotels and restaurants) are very conveniently located 
for arrival via Heathrow as well as from London by tube. (For initial 
orientation, please see: 
 http://www.uwl.ac.uk/about-us/our-location/ealing-site )

CaTaC'16 will be open for papers located within culture, technology, and 
communication, applying different theoretical and methodological 
perspectives, genres, and styles.
In addition, CaTaC'16 will have three themes:

* Culture, Technology, and Communication: Is Another Design Possible?
Design is complicit in the creation and sustainment of our unjust, 
unsafe, and unsustainable world. The technologies, products, and 
services we design today will shape the lives of generations to come, 
human as well as nonhuman. For this theme we invite papers that 
critically explore technologies used today and alternative technology 
designs and design perspectives that make other futures possible.

* Culture, Technology, and Communication in Design for Development
For this theme we invite papers that report on and address the main 
challenges for design and innovation in the Global South. We would also 
like to see good examples of design for community development in the 
Global North to understand points of convergence and divergence with 
experiences in the Global South.

* Culture, Technology, and Communication in Practice?
We invite papers that have the practice of information and communication 
technologies in specific cultural contexts as their main focus. Examples 

-- Cultural diversity and global ICTs , e.g., global health information 
systems, Wikipedia, social media, surveillance and sousveillance, Big 
Data collection and analysis, etc.
-- Global and local cultures of computing , e.g. outsourcing, global 
development teams; the identity of migrants and the experience of 
migration; appropriation, creolization, hybridization between cultures 
and also between technologies;
-- The construction of identity using online social media, gaming, and 
blogging platforms;
-- Political activism through social media vis-à-vis governmental and 
corporate censorship, control of access, etc.;
-- Privacy issues in media environments that encourage public identities;
-- Additional ethical issues evoked in the design, implementation, 
usages, and (counter-) responses to ICTs across diverse cultural 
contexts, especially vis-à-vis efforts to sustain and enhance local 
cultural identities, practices, norms, etc.

Please see our website,  http://philo.at/ocs2/index.php/london16/ . 
Additional conference details, including registration fees, and keynote 
speakers, will be announced soon on the conference website. Both short 
(3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are sought for 
presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme or topic are 
also encouraged: please include names of committed participants and 
(provisional) presentation titles.

Important Dates:

Paper submission for peer-review: February 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2016
Final papers and panel descriptions due for Conference Proceedings: May 
1, 2016

The Conference Proceedings will be published on the conference website 
with an ISBN number. Authors retain copyright to their papers and are 
welcome to attach a Creative Commons license indication on their work.
Additional conference details, including registration fees, and keynote 
speakers, will be announced soon on the conference website.

We look forward to welcoming you to London next June!
- Jose, Michele, Herbert, Charles, and Maja

        Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:14:17 +0000
        From: David Berry <D.M.Berry at sussex.ac.uk>
        Subject: Information Opacity

Informatic Opacity
Dr. Zach Blas (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Fri 15 October, Arts A103, 4pm-6pm, Falmer Campus, University of Sussex

This talk will focus on a developing concept, ‘informatic opacity’, and masked protest as means of defeating surveillance technologies. ‘Informatic opacity’ is an aesthetico-political practice that resists emerging modes of digital capture (such as biometric recognition) and insists on an embodied dimension of life that cannot be fully abstracted by technical processes of calculation and visualisation. Through engaging with Eduoard Glissant’s writings on opacity and transparency, Blas uses his own artwork Facial Weaponisation Suite, a community-based mask-making project that creates ‘collective masks’ for public intervention. These masks elude recognition by facial detection technologies, responding to the pressures of surveillance and resistance.

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages with technology, queerness and politics, and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; e-flux, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; and the 2014 Dakar Biennale. Books: Escaping the Face (Rhizome at the New Museum and Sternberg Press, 2016) and Informatic Opacity: The Art of Defacement in Biometric Times(forthcoming). His work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze, Art Papers, Mousse Magaxine, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, Wired, and Art Review, in which Hito Steyerl selected him as a 2014 FutureGreat. During Autumn 2015 Blas is a resident at the Delfina Foundation, London.


Dr. David M. Berry

Silverstone 316
School of Media, Film and Music
University of Sussex,
East Sussex. BN1 8PP


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