[inanimate alice in the spotlight]

Image of Inanimate Alice scene from Spotlight article.

In "The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative," Heather Chaplin gives a round-up of the changes happening to narrative and refers to Inanimate Alice. Chaplin tells of shifts in writing and it's great to see some ideas of other educators - rather than the traditional five paragraph essay, one teacher lets students use video as an essay form.

Read the article here: http://spotlight.macfound.org/featured-stories/entry/the-future-of-reading-and-writing-is-collaborative/


[conference on new media art, science & tech]

Media Art History 2011 - Rewire
Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology
Liverpool, 28th September - 1st October 2011
Call For Papers now open - Deadline Monday, January 31st 2011
Host: FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool
In collaboration with academic partners: Liverpool John Moores University, CRUMB at the University of Sunderland, the Universities of the West of Scotland and Lancaster, and the Database of Virtual Art at the Dept. for Image Science, Danube University Krems.
Following the success of Media Art History 2005 Re:fresh in Banff, Media Art History 2007 Re:place in Berlin and Media Art History 2009 Re:live in Melbourne, Media Art History 2011 Rewire will host three days of keynotes, panels and poster sessions.
Media Art History 2011 Rewire will increase the voltage and ignite key debates within the internationally distributed network of histories, which takes account of the questions surrounding documentation and methodologies, materiality, and agency. Rewire aims to up the current to illuminate the British contribution to media art, and by looking at our industrial heritage and contribution to the history of computing technologies themselves, we will open the discussion to how these contributions are manifested internationally. Considering the International scope of the histories of media art, science and technology, Rewire is also listed as part of the "McLuhan in Europe" programme, and will take place concurrently with The Asia Triennial in Manchester and Abandon Normal Devices, the North West's festival of new cinema and digital culture which returns to Liverpool in September 2011. The reviewers especially welcome proposals for presentations that resonate thematically with these events.
We are looking for original research on:
·         The relations between art, science, technology and industry, both historically and now
·         New paradigms and alternative discourses for media art and media art history, such as, for example, craft, design, social media, or cybernetics
·         Local histories and practices of media art, including (but not limited to) Britain
·         Colonial experiences and non-Western histories of media art, science and technology
·         Media art history in relation to the biological, biomedical and ecological sciences
·         Relations between the histories of media art and those of computing and new technologies
·         Writing art history in a technologised and scientific culture, including the documentation of media art and how it is changed in a technologised and scientific culture
·         How the field of science and technology studies (STS) can offer useful models for new paradigms for art history
General papers will be accepted. The conference will be delivered in a range of formats, from panel discussions to Pecha Kucha sessions and video poster presentations, as well as a small number of invited speakers. The programme will include competitively selected, peer-reviewed individual papers, panel presentations, and poster sessions, as well as a small number of invited speakers. Keynote Lectures, by internationally renowned, outstanding theoreticians and artists, will deliberate on the central themes of the conference and will include the Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture, held annually by FACT in memory of Roy Stringer, an early pioneer of digital media, champion of multimedia industries in the North West and Liverpool, and former Chair of the Board at FACT. The conference will also include dedicated forum sessions for participants to engage in more open-ended discussion and debate on relevant issues and questions.
For the full Call for Papers, and to submit an abstract, please visit:http://www.mediaarthistory.org/rewire
Chaired by Professor Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT, the panels at Rewire will be led by co-chairs - Paul Brown (Sussex, Deakin), Dr. Sarah Cook (CRUMB), Colin Davies (LJMU), Dr. Charlie Gere (Lancaster), Prof. Andy Miah (UWS), Prof. Ed Shanken (UvA) - on areas of their own expertise, and submissions will be juried by the co-chairs together with Rewire's International Advisory Committee of leading academics, artists and industry professionals.
International Advisory Committee:

[uni of london :: lecturer in social media]

Awesome position! Shame it's in London...

Lecturer in Creative and Social Computing

Goldsmiths, University of London

Customer_Refno: COM000020 apply link  Closing Date 15-12-2010
The Role: Working within the Department of Computing you will help develop and teach on our undergraduate and postgraduate Programmes whilst potentially supporting the increasing range of M-level programmes such as MSc Computing, MA in Computational Arts and our proposed MA in Social Media. Our continuing strategy is to develop our portfolio of interdisciplinary computer-science based research and teaching, especially in those fields in which we already have a strong track record: music, art, media, social media, design, cognition and psychology.

You should be qualified to degree level with a PhD in a computing-related subject or equivalent experience in scholarship and teaching. You should also have a background in visual art or design, or in social media, with an emphasis on the use of computing and other digital processes and technologies in creative and social contexts.
The Department: The Department of Computing at Goldsmiths sees interdisciplinarity to be the core of its identity. We run undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes that include the application of computer science to the arts, media, music, design, games, psychology and business. Find out more about our students and their work.

Our research is also highly interdisciplinary, the 2008 RAE panel that assessed our work stated that: "inter-disciplinarity of the submission is strongly commended and contributes substantially to the diversity of UK research in this area." They went on to say that our outputs "demonstrated a body of research of a quality that is internationally recognised, internationally excellent and in a significant proportion of cases, world leading."


[interventions new media residency: banff, alberta]

Don't forget to apply for this brilliant new media experience:

In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge

Program dates: February 14, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Application deadline: November 30, 2010

Program Information

Faculty: Erin Moure - guest speaker, Oana Avasilichioae - guest speaker,Fred Wah - collaboration and hybridity, J. R. Carpenter - digital literature,Lance Olsen - new narrative, Debra Di Blasi - guest speaker,Darren Wershler - guest speaker

A new, ground-breaking residency program specializing in new writing practices, including digital literature, collaboration, and new narrative. Resident writers will work with faculty experienced in these realms to develop new or current work. Technological, reflective, and collective resources will be available as needed. Guest speakers (to be announced) will be presented.


[employment: northerwestern uni communicaktions prof]

The Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University is seeking to hire in organizational communication for an appointment in at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to publish innovative research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and perform professional service commensurate with rank.  We welcome applicants from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches who study either formal or informal organizations, or the process of organizing more broadly. We are particularly interested in scholars who study the communicative aspects of distributed work, social movement processes, innovation, globalization, technological change, virtual worlds, and organizing processes in healthcare and the creative industries.  The position includes the opportunity to teach in a professional master’s degree program.

The Department of Communication Studies supports a popular undergraduate major and graduate programs in Media, Technology, and Society, Interaction and Social Influence, and Rhetoric and Public Culture.  Scholarship includes leading work on new media, social networks, and the cultural determination of the public sphere. Through special resources for research support and scholarly event programming, the department is able to offer rich opportunities for scholarly development.  School of Communication faculty also can have opportunities during their career at Northwestern to teach and conduct research at the Northwestern University campus in Doha, Qatar.

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, a publication or work in progress, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. We particularly encourage applications by women and minorities.  The search committee will start reviewing files by November 30, but will continue reviewing files until the position is filled.  Start date for the position is September 2011.

Applications should be sent to Ellen Wartella, 2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.  AA/EOE.

[employment: lectureship media & journalism]

The Asian University for Women invites applications for a full-time faculty  member in Media/Journalism with one or more preferred specialties in any of  these areas; electronic, new and emerging media, alternative media or print  media. Applicants must have some years of practical experience in the field and  hold a minimum of a Masters degree in Media or Journalism. Candidates with an  international background or have global knowledge and experiences about the  related industries are encouraged to apply; familiarity with the Asian region  will be an advantage. The successful candidate will be expected to teach two  courses per term.

The AUW is an innovative liberal arts institution with an international faculty and students drawn from across Asia. The University is located in the port city  of Chittagong, Bangladesh.  AUW values a strong commitment to research, a  promise of successful scholarly engagement, and dedication to teaching  excellence in a liberal arts environment.  The AUW offers a competitive package  of salary and benefits, including housing, for faculty members and their families who relocate with them to Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Please submit cover letter, CV, the names of three references, graduate  transcripts, teaching statement, research statement, evidence of teaching  effectiveness, and one or two scholarly papers and/or other writing samples as  either MS Word or PDF files to Ms. Tasneem Abedin, Chief of Staff, Office of the  Provost, Asian University for Women (tasneem.abedin@auw.edu.bd).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but for best  consideration, please submit your application by January 8, 2010. Please refer  to AUW’s website at: http://www.asian-university.org for further detail.


[autumn comfort food]

As the leaves accumulate on the still green lawns and the crisp air nods towards winter, I felt a belly-warming stew was in order. With baby napping I took the opportunity to do some cooking - what a treat.

1 kilo of stewing beef (I used 1.2 kilos actually)
a few tablespoons of corn starch or a bit more if using flour to thicken
salt and pepper to taste
handful of pink peppercorns
teaspoon of mustard
3 garlic cloves smushed and chopped
1 onion chopped
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of sage
a good glug of red wine
about 4 cups of beef stock
splash of Worcestershire sauce
carrots (I used 4 and juliennes them)
handful of potatoes (I used small yellow flesh ones, about 7 baby ones)
small punnet of mushrooms

1. Soften onions in some olive oil in a pan.

2. Once onions have softened add in your garlic, seasons and beef.

3. Once the beef has browned stir in the corn starch or flour.

4. Add in all the veggies.

5. Pour in all the liquids.

6. Bring to a boil and then lower and let simmer until the beef is tender, about 2 hours.

7. Eat and enjoy!

Fresh Parsley Biscuits

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of tumeric
a pinch of salt
4 tbsp  butter
3/4 cup of whipping cream
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
A nice bunch of fresh parsley chopped up

1. Preheat oven to 450ยบ. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl (I just used my Kitchen Aid mixer)

2.Add in the butter so that the dough begins to look like breadcrumbs.

3. Pour in the cream and milk and once stirred, add in the fresh and dried parsley. The dough should still be quite sticky at this point.

4. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface. Then you can use cookie cutters or do what I did and must roll out little balls (as if making meat balls).

5. Spread the balls out on a baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes until risen nicely and golden.

Everyone agreed that these biscuits are the lightest, fluffiest ever! That cream might be fattening but it sure does taste good in these! They're excellent for mopping up the juices from the stew.