Open Call for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year through our annual open call. This opportunity is for those who wish to spend 2020-2021 in residence in Cambridge, MA as part of the Center’s vibrant community of research and practice, and who seek to engage in collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet’s most important and compelling issues.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Call for Submissions: UO’s Second Annual Data|Media|Digital Graduate Student Symposium

Call for Submissions

UO’s Second Annual
Data|Media|Digital Graduate Student Symposium
Fri Feb. 28, 2020

Proposal Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2019

We invite submissions for 15-minute presentations from UO graduate students on any aspect of Data/Media/Digital studies for a one-day symposium to be held on Friday, February 28, 2020. The second annual Data/Media/Digital Symposium will be held this year in the Knight Library’s DREAM Lab collaborative workspace. Presentations can be based on work in progress or on research and work in the final stages of development. Proposals should specify clear scholarly or pedagogical goals, and should articulate how the design or argument of a data/media/digital project might address those goals. Any kind of data studies, media studies, or digital studies project is welcome (if you aren’t sure if your project fits our call, then it probably does, but please get in touch and we can offer you our guidance).

This event will be an opportunity to showcase the exciting multi-disciplinary work being produced by graduate students across campus. We look forward to sustaining cross-disciplinary conversations and building inter-departmental community over the course of the day. To facilitate this goal, student participants are expected to attend the symposium for the full day (to the extent that their academic schedule allows). A/V services will be available in-room to all presenters. Coffee and catering will be provided throughout the day (as well as, contingent on available funds, a hosted lunch for all presenters).

Please send your submission to uogradsymposium@gmail.com by the end of day (11:59PM) on Thursday, December 12th (at the end of Exam Week during Fall Quarter). Submissions should include two documents (both as PDFs): a submission file and your CV. Your submission PDF must include: your name, your UO department or program, your presentation title, and a brief 250-to-500 word abstract (or executive summary) of your proposed presentation. Decisions about all submissions will be conveyed no later than Monday, January 6, 2020.

Questions about this event can be directed to any member of our co-organizing committee:

• Colin Koopman: koopman@uoregon.edu (New Media & Culture + Philosophy)
• Heidi Kaufman: hkaufman@uoregon.edu (Digital Humanities + English)
• Bish Sen: bsen@uoregon.edu (School of Journalism & Communication + Media Studies)

Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Angela Washko on November 14 at 4:00

Visiting Artist Lecture Series and George and Matilda Fowler Lecture

Angela Washko: “Poking the Hive: Interventions in Unusual Media Environments”

Thursday, November 14, 4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 115
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97403

Artist and activist Angela Washko will present several different strategies for performing, participating in and transforming online environments that are especially hostile toward women.

This lecture is made possible by the George and Matilda Fowler Endowment Fund.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

Join the Department of Art and the School of Art + Design on Instagram and visit art.uoregon.edu for more info about the department and upcoming events.

Winter NMCC Course offerings Have Been Posted to the Website

Winter NMCC Course offerings have been posted to the website. See the UO Schedule of Classes for any updates or change that may have occured after NMCC assembled this list.

 

COMMON SEMINAR

In AY 2019-20, the Common Seminar, “History and Theory of New Media,” will be taught in both Winter and Spring Term. In Winter, the course will be titled “Theories of New Media.”

 

Winter 2020 NMCC Course Offerings

Course Number Course Title Instructor
 

NMCC Core Course

J 610 Theories of New Media Markowitz
 

Topics Courses

CIS 571 Intro to Artificial Intelligence Nguyen
J 512 Studying Games Cote
J 512 Television and Society Sen
J 567 Digital Media in Asia Nah
J 596 Internet Law Newell
J 644 Philosophy of Communication Curtin
PHIL 507 Data Ethics Alvarado
SOC 656 Soc of Sexuality Pascoe
WGS 521 Bodies and Embodiment Stewart
 

Methods Courses

ARCH 523 Media for Design and Development Givens; Buzzell; Leahy (PDX)
EDLD 633 Structural Equation Modeling 1 Stevens
EDUC 614 Educational Statistics TBA; Van Ryzin (online)
EDUC 630 Qual Mth 1: Interp Inq Rosiek
EDUC 636 ADV Qual Mth: New Mat Rosiek
J 510 Media Studies Research Methods Newell
J 642 Quantiative Research Methods Shafer
PPM 657 Res Meth Pub Pol & Mgt Nystrom
PSY 612 Data Analysis II Weston
 

Electives Courses

ARH 610 Art and Geoaesthetics Amstutz; Scott
ARTD 510 Game Art TBA
ARTD 510 Data Visualization TBA
ARTD 512 Experiment Animation Tan
ARTD 513 Emerging Technologies Ives
ARTD 571 3-D Computer Imaging Ching
ARTD 590 Iss & Prac Digital Art Rueter
CINE 510 Warner Bros Studio Aronson
CINE 540 Contemporary Global Art Cinema Stenhart
ENG 608 Colloq Pol/Cul/Ident TBA
ENG 645 Species and Print Sayre
ENG 695 Food TV Miller
ES 510 Asian American Feminist Theory Fujiwara
FLR 510 Craft Clothing Culture Saltzman
J 512 Doc Civil Rights Miller
J 512 Understanding Disney Wasko
J 532 Reporting for Electronic Media Force
J 560 Advertising and Culture Elias
J 560 Brand Responsibility Sheehan
J 560 Design and Technology Ewald
J 563 Solution Journalism Heyamoto
J 575 Flux Production Matthews
J 580 Strat Social Media Matthews
J 595 Comm Logic Inquiry Bybee
J 613 Media Theory II Chatman
LA 515 Computers in Landscape Arc Enright
LA 517 Computer Aided LA Des Thoren
LA 539 Landsc Arch Des & Proc Ribe
LA 550 Landscape Media Lee
LA 559 Instant City Geffel
MUS 510 Data Sonification Bellona
MUS 547 Digital Aud & Sound Des Stolet
MUS 548 Interactive Media Perf Stolet
MUS 570 Hist Electroaccoust Mus Hatakeyama
MUS 577 Digit Aud Wrk Tech II Bellona
MUS 581 Audio Record Techn II Miller; Bellona
MUS 645 Adv Electronic Compos Stolet
MUS 693 Ore Electrr Device Orch Stolet
PPPM 510 Visual Communication Abia-Smith

NMCC Core Course, Histories and Theories of New Media, to be offered in both Winter and Spring terms this year

We are happy to announce that the NMCC’s core course, “Histories and Theories of New Media,” will be offered in both Winter and Spring term this year. In the winter, the course will be listed as J610: Theories of New Media and will be taught by SOJC Professor Dr. David Markowitz. The course is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:50. In the spring the course will be listed as J610: Histories and Theories of New Media. Professor and timing of the spring course are TBA.

While the course is a broad introduction to new media theories and histories, each individual faculty is given freedom to design the course in a way that best features their own research strengths and academic background. Accordingly, NMCC would recommend the Winter offering with Dr. Markowitz to our NMCC students with a more social science focus (or those interested in developing that way), while the Spring offering will be taught by a faculty member (still TBA, as noted) who will give the course more of a humanities and cultural studies focus.

We hope that this expansion of offerings for our core course will make schedule planning just a little bit easier for all of our students.

USC Humanities in a Digital World Postdoc Opportunity

2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Humanities in a Digital World Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at USC

The University of Southern California Humanities in a Digital World Program seeks applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2020-2022 in any area of the humanities with a focus on using digital tools. The annual salary will be $70,000, plus benefits and a yearly $2000 research/travel allowance.

The Program explores how humanities scholarship can evolve and thrive in an increasingly digital world. We provide training for scholars from a wide range of humanities disciplines in emerging digital technologies, while still preserving the essential integrity of each scholar’s discipline-based research.  Each fellow will attend a required three-week summer boot camp to receive intensive training in digital skills, including GIS, data visualization, meta-data creation, and Scalar multi-media authoring and publishing. These boot camps will be coordinated by the office of the Divisional Dean of the Humanities in USC Dornsife and taught by faculty from the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, the USC Libraries, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

During the fellowship period, each fellow will have the opportunity to present their work at symposia aimed to demonstrate how digital techniques can shape research, writing, and presentation of evidence in the humanities. In addition, each fellow will teach three courses over two academic years.

The fellowship is open to candidates with a Ph.D. received between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2020.

To apply, complete an application in our secure portal. Applicants will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two referees who will be prompted via email to upload letters of recommendation.  After submitting contact and education information, applicants will need to upload the following materials as pdf files in the application portal:

  • CV
  • Cover letter/ research statement (not exceeding 3 single-spaced pages)
  • Dissertation abstract
  • Writing sample

The application deadline is Friday, December 13, 2019 at 12noon PST.
Applicants should complete applications with enough time to allow referees to upload letters prior to the deadline.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Amy Braden via email at digitalhumanities@dornsife.usc.edu

 

CFP: What is Information?

WHAT IS INFORMATION?
University of Oregon Portland • April 30–May 2, 2020
whatis.uoregon.edu

What is Information? (2020) will investigate conceptualizations and implementations of information via material, representational, and hybrid frames. The conference-experience will consider information and its transformational æffects—from documents to data; from facts and fictions to pattern recognition; from physical information to differential equations; and from volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity to collective intelligence and wisdom.

The tenth annual What is…? examines tapestries, temperaments, and topologies of information lenses and practices—including—social and technical, mathematical and semantic, physical and biological, economic and political, cultural and environmental information. Thus, information can be understood as physical (e.g. fingerprints and tree rings), for instruction (e.g. algorithms and recipes), and about epistemic systems (e.g. maps and encyclopedias). Next year’s gathering expands on What is Technology? (2019), which explored technology as tools, processes, and moral knowledge, as well as problem-solving and intelligent inquiry.

Scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, scientists, artists, students, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public are invited to collaborate. We welcome submissions for papers, panels, roundtables and installations.

Presentations / panels / installations may include the following topics (as well as others):
• What is information? Are data and information synonymous? Is information material/concrete, symbolic/abstract, or both?
• What distinguishes information from knowledge and wisdom?
• Is information freedom? What is meta-data? What are information systems, flows, and gaps?
• What approaches or lenses are used to study information? How do they relate to emerging disciplines?
• What are information science and information art? What are relationships between STE(A)M and ICT?
• How are the natural sciences and information sciences continuing to converge (e.g. bioinformatics)?
• Is information at the core of music, architecture, design, craft, and/or science and technology studies?
• Is biology itself information or only a representation? What are data science, machine learning, & visualization?
• How are informatics enhancing medicine and the environment via regenerative systems?
• What is the philosophy of information? What are information literacy, ethics, education, & aesthetics?
• What are networks? What are relationships between information, technology/media, and message?
• What are information ecologies, information environments, and how do/can they facilitate public good?
• What is political economy of information? How do information & socio-cultural factors æffect each other?
• What are current approaches to the study of information professions, audiences, and psychology?
• How does information highlight gender, race, indigenous, and/or global environmental concerns?
• How can contemplation, empathy, kindness, and/or responsibility be studied via information?
• What are patterns of digital divides? What comes after post-truth?
• What are data-mining and threat detection or privacy in the cyber-defense and/or cyber-security age?
• Can apps, games, and immersive media help us to adapt to the ever-changing information landscape?
• What laws/regulations/policies are appropriate for information? How are information and value(s) related?

Conference Organizers:
Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)

Send 150–200 word abstracts for papers / panels / installations by DECEMBER 20, 2019 to:
Janet Wasko • jwasko@uoregon.edu

Data & Society Call for Participation: Contested Data

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: CONTESTED DATA: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GIVENS AREN’T TAKEN

On March 6, 2020, Data & Society will host a workshop in New York City on how data and data infrastructures lose their legitimacy. Participation in this event is limited; those who are interested in participating should apply by November 25.

Data & Society workshops enable deep dives with a broad community of interdisciplinary researchers into topics at the core of Data & Society’s concerns. They’re designed to maximize scholarly thinking about the evolving and socially important issues surrounding data-driven technologies.

Workshop participants will be asked to read 2-3 full papers in advance of the event and prepare comments for intensive discussion. Some participants will be asked to be discussants of papers, where they will lead the conversation and engage the room. Authors will not present their work, but rather participate in critical discussion with the assembled group about the paper, with the explicit intent of making the work stronger and more interdisciplinary.

Contested Data: What Happens When the Givens Aren’t Taken

The word “data” derives from the Latin for the givens. And though we often think about data as something to be gathered, hoarded, culled, or stripped, the reason we want it is so that it can be our givens. Data provide the basis for our analyses, valuations, decisions, or arguments. Today, data seem ever more important. Many private and public actors push for data-driven medicine or data-driven policymaking, with a trajectory toward data-driven everything. Data must train the machine learning systems and AIs that hire and fire, parole and police, price and predict.

What if people won’t accept the givens? How and why do people refuse to accept data, and the infrastructures that provide data, as valid for future action? What are the larger social, political, or economic consequences of such a refusal?

Much important work has already been done to investigate the knowledge practices that legitimate data, a field that has grown out of earlier studies by historians, sociologists, anthropologists, statisticians, and philosophers into practices of quantification. We are learning more and more about why people trust in numbers and in data, to extend Ted Porter’s phrase.

This workshop seeks papers that come at the question of legitimation from the other direction: why don’t people trust in data, especially data that once was deemed trustworthy? Inspired by work on “agnotology” and on knowledge practices that produce doubt, we seek participants prepared to think beyond data mining to the process by which data is undermined.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers who are examining these issues from different disciplinary and analytic perspectives.

Application to participate

If you are interested in attending this workshop, you may either 1) propose a paper to be workshopped; or 2) describe how your research makes you a relevant discussant/participant.

Please note: All co-authors who are intending to attend must apply separately. They should submit the same paper abstract. If your paper is accepted, you will be allowed to send 2 authors. Additional authors will be considered as discussants/participants.

By November 25, please submit the following information via this Submittable portal:

Name, email address, affiliation, title, discipline.

Bio and headshot (used for the program if accepted).

If applying as an author, a 1-page (max) abstract of a paper you’d like to workshop.

If applying as a participant/discussant, a 1-page (max) discussion of your interests as it relates to this topic.

Bibliographic citations / links to 3 papers (yours or others) that everyone interested in this domain should read. [Optional]

Key Dates:

Application Deadline: November 25, 2019
Selection Decisions: December 9, 2019
Revised Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2019
Full Paper Deadline: February 5, 2019
Workshop: March 6, 2019

Fall 2019 NMCC Open House – Friday, October 18th from 3-5!

Join us for coffee and snacks at our first NMCC Open House of the year this Friday (10/18) from 3-5 in the Digital Scholarship Center’s DREAM Lab (Knight Library 122B)! Meet fellow certificate members and NMCC faculty, or say hello to those you already know. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the New Media and Culture Certificate program, so bring a friend.

 

We also want to hear about any suggestions you have for NMCC workshops, events, or speakers — so bring your ideas.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Here is a link to the Facebook event!

Colin Koopman, NMCC Director
Patrick Jones, NMCC Social Media Coordinator and Program Asst.