[transdisciplinary conference: sydney]

“New Imaging: transdisciplinary strategies for art beyond the new media”

takes place at on 5th 6th November at Artspace, 43/51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Sydney, NSW 2011.

Conference partners: College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales;  University of Melbourne, Faculty of the VCA and Music; Artspace

A profound shift is occurring in our understanding of postmodern media culture. Since the turn of the millennium the emphasis on mediation as technology and as aesthetic idiom, as opportunity for creative initiatives and for critique, has become increasingly normative and doctrinaire. Mediation and the new media arts have in fact become the new medium of critical and pedagogical discourse: like water is for fish, like culture is for cultural studies, mediation is a concept that is taken for granted now because it is itself the medium in which we think and act, in which we swim.
We need a concept that is amphibian, and that can leave its medium. The concept we propose is a remediated apprehension of the image: an active image and activity of imaging beyond the boundaries of disciplinary definition, but also altering the relations of intermedia aesthetics and interdisciplinary pedagogy. This concept will need to incorporate a vibrant materialism of the image’s sensory and cognitive strata and an evanescent immaterialism of its affective qualities.
Rather than locate our conference in the space of negotiation between disciplines or media (the “inter-“), we propose the opposition, transit and surpassing of the interdisciplinary by a “transdisciplinary aesthetics”, and its conceptual and physical practice of a “transdisciplinary imaging.”
Conference chairs: Associate Professor Su Baker and Associate Professor Paul Thomas


[digital narrative conference: vancouver]

An amazing conference actually close to home and will cover ground very similar to the New Media Master's course I'm in the midst of designing (starting Jan. 2011 at the University of Alberta):



The Digital Narrative

Pushing scholarship, creativity and imagination
The International Digital Media Arts Association Conference 2010
November 4-6, Emily Carr University, Vancouver B.C.

Leading academics, professionals and artists will gather at Emily Carr University of Art and Design for the International Digital Media and Arts Association’s 8th annual conference to explore the world of digital technologies with a focus on the subject of The Digital Narrative. The conference will include workshops, keynote speakers, “extreme close-up” guest panels, paper presentations, networking, discussions, and social events as well as opportunities to explore Emily Carr’s state of the art facilities
New digital technologies and mediums are informing, challenging and reinventing our notions of narrative structures and storytelling. Non- linear, virtual, artificial, interactive, and cyber culture have become common terms and concepts when describing the emerging integration of science, art, and sociology. The Digital Narrative explores ideas of how storytelling and communication is influencing and influenced by new and emerging technologies.

Call for Papers

The Digital Narrative: 8th Annual iDMAa Conference, November 4-6, 2010. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Call for Papers: The eighth annual International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference seeks abstracts (500 words maximum) for presentation and/or discussion about innovations and challenges pushing the edge of digital media and art, particularly as they relate to narrative. All abstracts will be refereed for acceptance and should:
• Report on the results of creative or research projects that explore new areas of media design, media tools or media education
• Follow Chicago Manual of Style documentary note formatting conventions
• Not have been submitted for publication elsewhere
Submission guidelines
1. Submit your abstract Initial Abstract Registration Form
as a word document by August 30, 2010. All authors participating in the conference will have their abstract posted as is in the online conference proceedings. Abstracts must be formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style.
2. Authors will be notified via email of acceptance by approximately September 15. The acceptance email will contain a link to the full paper submission form.
3. Authors should confirm attendance by October 1.
4. To be reviewed for possible publication in The Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association conference proceedings, accepted papers must be sent to ritchie@lvc.edu in their final form (as a word document using your last name in the filename) by November 1.

There is also a call for art

[jisc info kits]

Some useful applications from JISC:

"Online infoKits promote the effective strategic planning and management of information and learning technology within institutions.

The infoKits contain a wealth of 'self-help' material, such as simple methodologies to manage projects, risk and change, as well as landscape views of the sector to encourage creativity, from image galleries of inspiring buildings to soundbites from learners engaged with e-portfolios. They also include a range of case studies that give wide exposure to practice that has been applied in the further and higher education sectors."

Some of the highlights:

  • Collaborative Approaches to the Management of e-Learning (CAMEL)

  • Creating a Managed Learning Environment (MLE)

  • Curriculum Design & Delivery

  • Digital Repositories

  • Effective Use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

  • e-Portfolios

  • Open Educational Resources

  • Open Source Software

  • Social Software

  • Tangible Benefits of e-Learning

  • Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments

  • 25.7.10

    [digital literacies course]

    Here is a wiki devoted to the Digital Literacies course taught by Dr. Thomas Peel at CCNY. From the course description:

    "In this course, you will be getting an introduction to and have a chance to work with some of the most popular of these "interactive facilities," including the social networking sites twitter and facebook, the animation programs called digital photostory and jing, and a web-authoring program called wix. We'll also experiment with collaborative authoring on this wiki and on our course blog, where you'll learn to embed photos and videos. You will need to register at these sites to use the software. If you're concerned about privacy, I recommend that you create an email account to use just for this course. You also don't need to put any personal information -- real name, address, phone number -- on the Web.

    Overwhelmed yet? It is a lot to cover in 4 weeks, but we will spend a lot of in-class time exploring these applications. In the past, this course has been marked by a high level of collaborative effort and good will that leaves many students with a sense of accomplishment and agency. Already an expert or at least familiar with some or all of these applications? You'll be able to use class time to increase your own proficiency both by experimenting and teaching others."

    Check out the course syllabus here and useful (web 2.0) resources here.


    [being British in edmonton]

    The Old Strathcona Antique Market in Old Strathcona (in Edmonton) hosted a car boot sale this weekend. We jumped at the chance to flex our English-ness. It wasn't quite the car boot of England and would have been ok had the goods be piled out of the back of pick-up trucks; an Albertan take on the car boot. However, it was more of a free-for-all with tat piled up on tables and yes, even over flowing some some boots.

    We decided to venture further and ambled up to Whyte Ave. where the road had been closed to traffic. That meant we could peruse all the shop fronts, listen to bands and enjoy gelato without the worry of being run over. Pedestrianising Whyte Ave. should be on the City's to-do list.

    This funny chair was spotted in a boutique jewelry shop:


    [web science: a new frontier]

    There are so many great conferences/seminars/workshops going on in the EU right now. I hope Edmonton/Alberta starts organising some sessions this like one at the Royal Society in London. Tim Berners Lee will be speaking and note that Jim Hendler (of semantic web fame) is one of the organisers:

    The Royal Society

    Scientific Discussion Meeting

    Web science: a new frontier

    Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 September 2010

      image of the earth from space with a network of digital connections
    Organised by:
    Professor Nigel Shadbolt
    Professor Dame Wendy Hall
    Professor James Hendler
    Professor Bill Dutton

    The Royal Society
    6-9 Carlton House Terrace
    London SW1Y 5A
    The World Wide Web has changed almost every aspect of modern life.  It touches us all.  The Web's billions of pages, links and other resources comprise the largest information fabric in the history of humanity.  Yet the Web is rarely approached as an object of scientific study.
    What processes have driven the Web's growth, and will they persist?  How does large-scale structure emerge from a simple set of protocols?  How does the Web work as a socio-technical system?  What drives the viral uptake of certain Web phenomena?  What might fragment the Web?  This interdisciplinary meeting will discuss these and other issues as it presents the components of a Science of the Web.

    Speakers and Chairs
    Confirmed speakers and chairs include: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi: Northeastern University
    Tim Berners-Lee: MIT
    Michael Brady: University of Oxford
    Manuel Castells: Open University of Catalonia
    Jennifer Chayes: Microsoft Research Janet Finch: Keele University
    Ramesh Jain: University of California, Irvine
    David Karger: MIT
    Anne-Marie Kermarrec: INRIA Bretagne-Atlantique
    Jon Kleinberg: Cornell University
    Pierre Levy: University of Ottawa
    Helen Margetts: Oxford Internet Institute
    Robert May: Oxford University
    David Robertson: University of Edinburgh
    John Taylor: Web Science Trust
    Luis von Ahn: CMU
    Jianping Wu: Tsinghua University


    This meeting is free to attend, but pre-registration (online) is essential.  The online registration form and programme information can be found at http://royalsociety.org/Web-science-a-new-frontier/.  Early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

    © Copyright The Royal Society
    The Royal Society,
    6-9 Carlton House Terrace,
    London SW1Y 5AG
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    Registered Charity No 207043
    See further with the Royal Society in 2010 – celebrate 350 years of excellence in science

    [call for papers: new media, learning & social change]

    Global Media Journal-American Edition


    Special Spring 2011 issue on

    New Media, Informal Learning and Social Change

    Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2010

    Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays, and scholarly articles that builds on the relationship between new media, informal learning and social change for the Spring 2011 issue. The guest editors, Payal Arora from Erasmus University, and Matthew Kam from Carnegie Mellon University are particularly interested in articles that push the boundaries on how people in diverse transnational and cross-cultural environments learn to use new media technologies for a wide spectrum of social activity. With any novel tool, there are intentions, as well as a range of actions and consequences, often facilitated through the informal processes of learning and teaching within social groups. This edition seeks to provide a wide perspective on such critical interactions. Interdisciplinary work is particularly encouraged as well as work situated within marginalized and disadvantaged contexts where such new media tools are being tried and tested to enhance the human condition.

    Articles might address, but not be limited to, such topics as:

    * The "play" with new media through action and expression

    * Social activism through new media technologies

    * Challenges and opportunities organizations, institutions and other international development actors face in the introduction, dissemination and/or usage of new media tools intended for local empowerment

    * The interplay of new media with advertising, culture, education, politics, and economics.

    * Theoretical frameworks and methods for studying how new media, identity, cultural contexts and practices, and social change relate to one another

    Graduate student research: In keeping with the mission of the journal to provide opportunities for graduate student publication, this special issue of Global Media Journal will have a graduate research section.

    For submission guidelines, please go to http://lass.calumet.purdue.edu/cca/gmj/gmj_submission_guidelines.htm. All papers must be submitted via electronic attachment.

    Please direct all inquires to Dr. Payal Arora, Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, arora@fhk.eur.nl.

    Graduate student submissions and queries should be directed to Dr. Matthew Kam, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, mattkam@cs.cmu.edu.

    The deadline for final submissions is October 15, 2010.


    [employment: Director, ASPECT: Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical & Cultural Thought at Virginia Tech]

    The successful candidate is expected to have a substantial record of established research production and academic visibility as well as the professional networks needed to guide future faculty hiring, graduate student recruitment, and the placement of the program's Ph.D. graduates. The position involves a considerable amount of administrative activity tied to directing the program, developing curricula, supporting new faculty recruitment, supervising up to 24 funded doctoral students, program budgeting, and working with program stakeholders in the five core departments as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and the Virginia Tech Graduate School. The position offers a competitive salary and reduction in the typical Virginia Tech teaching load of two courses each semester.

    Required Qualifications:
    Earned doctorate at the time of application in history, philosophy, political science, humanities, or another interdisciplinary area of scholarship grounded in analytical, applied, comparative, critical, or normative theoretical perspectives of scholarly inquiry. Candidates must have a clearly defined specialization in one of the central areas of social, political, ethical or cultural thought associated with this Ph.D. program. They also must have a widely recognized reputation for excellence and demonstrated strength in teaching/learning, discovery, and engagement. ASPECT is an innovative problem-based, theoretically-engaged doctoral program (http://www.aspect.vt.edu/). Evidence of successful prior administrative leadership and the ability to foster academic community are essential expectations for this position.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Preference will be given to candidates whose established research program and current teaching specialization are tied to interdisciplinary scholarship in social, political, ethical, and cultural thought, and who have extensive prior administrative experience. Candidates also should have a record that would merit a tenured appointment in one of the four core departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, namely, History, Philosophy, Political Science or Religion & Culture.

    Interested persons must apply at http://jobs.vt.edu, posting #0100222 where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing samples, teaching evaluations, and a brief statement on administrative experience and philosophy along with the contact information of five references. The search committee will solicit letters of recommendation as it draws up its list of candidates for interviews. Screening of applications will begin September 20, 2010, and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to:

    Timothy W. Luke, ASPECT Director Search Committee, Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, 202 Major Williams Hall (0192), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

    Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair, Timothy W. Luke, twluke@vt.edu, phone: 540.231.0694 or 540.231.6633.

    Read more about the position here.