The NMCC blog is on vacation until September!


Congratulations to all our 2015 graduates!
It has been our pleasure to watch your research evolve, and to see many of you proudly march across the stage yesterday to receive your diplomas. We look forward to seeing where your passion for new media takes you next!

The NMCC blog will be on summer vacation for the next couple months, but we will be back in the fall and excited to kick off the 2015-16 school year! We wish you all a safe and relaxing summer, and to all of our graduates we send our sincerest congratulations on a job well done.

See you all back in September for another new-media packed year!

Looking for opportunities to continue to develop your new media skills over the summer? Check out the links below:

7 New Media Opportunities to Take Advantage of This Summer

DSC Summer Arduino Workshop


Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Grants

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.

Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

The Research Grant

Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years. Applications for larger amounts and longer durations must be very strongly justified. The foundation awards research grants to individuals (or a few principal investigators at most) for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs. Individuals who receive research grants may be subject to taxation on the funds awarded.


New applications must be submitted by August 1, for a decision in December.Final decisions are made by the Board of Directors at its meeting in December. Applicants will be informed promptly by email as well as letter of the Board’s decision. Grants ordinarily commence on January 1 but later starting dates may be requested if the nature of the research makes this appropriate.

Education and Citizenship

Applicants for a research grant may be citizens of any country. While almost all recipients of our research grant possess a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, there are no formal degree requirements for the grant. The grant, however, may not be used to support research undertaken as part of the requirements for a graduate degree. Applicants need not be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although most are college or university professors.


Applications are submitted online. Applicants will first create a login account and will then be able to access detailed guidelines and the online application. Applicants can also view the guidelines only, without logging in and without starting an application, through the second link below.

CFP: Stuart Hall special issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication

Special Issue Co-Editors: Peter Decherney and Katherine Sender

Stuart Hall may be one of our most foundational scholars in critical and cultural approaches to communication, media, identity, diaspora, and the politics of popular culture. Critical Studies in Media Communication is planning a special issue on Hall to pay tribute to this legacy and to take stock of his contribution to our field, to be published in late 2016. Fronted by Hall’s article “Signification, representation, ideology” that originally appeared in CSMC in 1985, the special issue will explore his ongoing relevance in our rapidly transforming media landscape.

How do we continue to draw on his insights even as technologies and practices change? To what extent does his work still offer a rubric for understanding media production and consumption processes, and where does it need to expand to include new practices? How might concepts such as articulation and play still help us make sense of audience engagements in our increasingly interactive media environments? The issue will appear as an edited book anthology soon after publication in the journal.

They welcome contributions across a range of engagements with Stuart Hall’s work. These may include (but are not limited to):
Revisiting Hall’s classic models or articles in the light of contemporary media practices;
A close reading of a canonical text by Hall that deserves review;
An area of Hall’s research in historical context;
Hall’s contribution to representations of race and class;
What Hall’s work contributes to contemporary gender and sexuality studies;
Audiences, interactivity, and play;
Postcolonialism, diaspora, and globalizing media;
Hall and communication technologies;
Reading against the grain: why Stuart Hall was wrong

Contributions may be a full paper (7,000 words or fewer) or an extended abstract (1,000 words or so) for consideration for the special issue.

Abstract/paper deadline: 15 July 2015
Decisions on abstracts/papers: 1 August 2015
First drafts/revisions due: 28 February 2016
Second drafts due: 30 June 2016
Final drafts due: 15 August 2016
Publication: October 2016 (Volume 33, issue 5)

To Apply:
Please send full papers or abstracts by July 15 to the co-editors:
Peter Decherney:
Katherine Sender:

Call for Papers: HACKING BIG DATA BROTHER. From Biometrics to Intra-action

International Un-conference in Medialab Prado, Madrid, 21-22 July 2015

Keynote: Karen Barad. University of California Santa Cruz

Deadline to Apply: June 20, 2015

Hacking Big Data Brother: From Biometrics to Intra-action

In the year 2015 Big Data, the sophisticated processing of infinite data bases, is advancing a new era of ubiquitous control and surveillance that traverse all actual and virtual strata of matter, bodies and affects, configuring a new economy, a new ontology and a new politics that is yet to be accounted for.

In this scenario biometrics, understood as the reduction of bodies, movements and affects to measurable parameters, acquires unprecedented dimensions, while having a long history of biologization of bodies, species, genders and races going at least back to the XVIII century, a moment identified by Foucault as the birth of biopolitics. By the 1870s with the beginning of photography and specially cinema, nature studies, the theory of evolution, eugenics, psychology, anthropology and other sciences,there was a turning point in the processes leading to biometrics.It involved measurementgathering,the interpretation and standardization of gestures and emotions, and their massive dissemination. It also implied theinstallment of the belief that the results (“data”) unquestionably represented what they claimed to measure through technical and aseptic means and that the emotions read in certain gestures-movements were universal.

A new turning point took place with the birth of information in the mid 20th Century and with the emergence of ubiquitous computing, mobile computing and cloud computing in the 21st century. These “data”, whose aim is to portray us actually end up being incorporated into and comprising us, excluding anything that is removed in the process of their creation, and thus creating new behaviors that in turn reinforce biometric theories.

This scenario demands new ontologies, histories and politics, for new modes of hacking Big Data in which it seems of primary importance to understand data, how they come about, what they leave out. It is essential to analyze the origins and changes in biometrics, its practices, tools, performativity, the role of biometric apparatuses in the generation of scientists’ identities, the interpretations involved in the understanding of their results and the gradual conversion thereof into disembodied “data”, alongside the social and cultural implications, whereby what escaped measurements was and is categorized as irrelevant or abnormal.

Is all reality discreet, or is it made discreet by very precise perceptual, epistemological and ontological processes? Is politics reduced to operating within Big Data, visualizing what is yet unrepresented, or can we mobilize a politics of devisualisation in which to become illegible to Big Data Brother?

In this scenario the paradigm of intra-action, as proposed by Karen Barad, points to a relational ontology of agential realism in which agencies, rather than entities, co-constitute in emergent processes. Intra-action as a mode of posthuman performativity that traverses all scales of matter and meaning production, may provide a creative ground for escaping biometrics while reinventing ourselves beyond it, since it potentially questions the very ontology of data, bodies and space-time as given and measurable items.

We will propose to take the paradigm of intra-action further into redefinitions of movement, bodies, space-time, affects and desires: how to build an intra-active architecture for an ontological politics capable of responding to the new challenges of Big Data Brother, for a social ecology to come?

Possible Topics:

  • Ontology and history of Big Data
  • Ontology and history of data
  • Ontology and history of Biometrics
  • Antibiometrics and Biometric failure
  • Biometric hacking and Big Data hacking
  • Intra-action
  • Posthuman performativity
  • Posthuman queerness
  • Agential realism
  • Intra-active architecture
  • Biometrics, Big Data and ecology

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send a proposal of no more than 300 words for a 15 minutes presentation to the emails: by 20th June, 2015.

Organizing Committee:

Jaime del Val – Reverso

Eva Botella Ordinas – Depto. Historia Moderna, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Books in Browsers – Request for Proposals


October 29–30, 2015.
SF Bay area, location TBD.

Call for proposals! Deadline: July 31, 2015

With rapidly increasing fluency in digital design, book authors and storytelling artists are exploring new ways of presenting information and inserting multi-threaded narratives into a diverse range of interfaces.

BIB VI will explore new forms of stories that embrace hybrid digital forms, or play with the tension between digital and physical interfaces. A resurgence of mobile applications with intensive user experiences; the growth of card or tile based interfaces with embedded links and personalized pushed data; and the widespread growth of casual digital representations (e.g. preserving or sharing information through camera images) all typify emergent motifs for individualized engagement.

BiB VI invites submissions for short talks to investigate these emerging boundaries between ourselves, our stories, and the network. A focus on mobile and immersive environments is encouraged. Artistic explorations in content form, story, and user context are encouraged, as are the melding of diverse content types (audio, video, sensed data) with newly imagined forms of interaction.

To submit your proposal, please fill out the form at

The deadline to submit is Friday, July 31, 2015.

Manufacturing Transparency Call for Papers


Extended Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at midnight PST
Conference: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | UC Berkeley



A interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Berkeley Center for New Media, the cultural services of the French Embassy, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and the Office of Science and Technology at the French Embassy.

Keynote Speakers: Emmanuel Alloa, Antonio Casilli, and others
Best Paper Prize: $500

What is the connection between secrets and publicity, between authenticity and its showcase? Is the move towards transparency a move towards a more critical society, or is it paradoxically yielding the opposite results?

There has hardly been a more unifying value in the history of Information Technology than the demand for transparency. With the promise of a society free from corruption, mismanagement, waste and secrets, transparency has been advocated for by individuals as diverse as President Obama and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and by CEOs and activists alike. Transparency, we are led to believe, is crucial — even as, or perhaps because we live in an increasingly mediated world.

Before developing into a powerful metaphor, the term transparency originated in the field of optics, where it refers to the quality of a given material to transmit light without noticeable scattering. The concept of ‘transparency’ analogizes the action of such materials to describe the penetrating insight of the mental gaze or the self-evident quality of certain truths.

Transparency in the domain of thought has an immediate counterpart in physical devices and structures. From early techniques of visualization such as X-Rays and glass architecture to today’s MRI scanners, technology yields the promise of insight into what customarily remains in the dark. But just as these technologies enlighten, they also raise suspicion. From body scanners at airports to digital tracking systems, debate has raged over these devices and programs.

Self-monitoring and monitoring of the self, democratic control and technologies of surveillance, all seem dangerously allied to the extent that they become indiscernible. This raises the question: who is manufacturing transparency, and how? Does transparency only exist when the manufacturing operations are negated or made invisible — such as the windowpane when one sees through the glass and not the glass itself? What are the perils of not seeing the glass? Is there a Transparency industry and what is its topology?

The conference Manufacturing Transparency reflects upon a phenomenon that is itself non-reflective – transparency – and will explore the concept from the fields of politics, media, aesthetics, optics, architecture, photography, cinema, history of science, philosophy, digital culture, net activism etc.

We invite proposals in one of three fields:

  • Physical manufacturing of transparency: what technologies, architectures, and infrastructures are we creating that ostensibly increase transparency in our society? what are their dangers and the effects on our lives? what innovations are now circumscribing our actions?
  • Computational manufacturing of transparency: how is the advent of big data making our lives more or less transparent? how is big data and its ownership models obfuscating important information?
  • Confessional manufacturing of transparency: how is identity performed and enacted through new media? how has the curation of the self through social media shifted our understanding of and relationship to personal identities? what protections need to be in place with the movement towards the online confessional?


Please send the following items using this CFP Online Form linked here:

  • Brief biography (~150 words)
  • Proposal of no more than 500 words
  • Link to a high resolution photograph for use in conference materials of yourself and an element of your work

The conference will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 9am – 5:30pm at 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley, and will feature keynote speakers in the morning, followed by workshops and presentations of short papers in the afternoon.
Abstracts should be reviewed and selected participants notified by June 30, 2015.

Tentative schedule below:

9 AM: Welcome
9:30 AM: Emmanuel Alloa
10 AM: Antonio Casilli
10:30 AM: Coffee/Tea Break
11 AM: Keynote speaker TBA
11:30 AM: Keynote speaker TBA
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Workshops
3:00 PM: Coffee/Tea Break
3:30 PM: Short Papers
5:30 PM: Reception

Call for Proposals: The Queerness and Games Conference

Deadline: June 15, 2015

The Queerness and Games Conference, an annual, community-oriented, nationally-recognized event dedicated to exploring the intersection of LGBTQ issues and video games, is accepting submissions for presentations at the 2015 conference now through June 15!

Accessibility, inclusion, and creativity are key values of QGCon. We seek to foster dialogue between scholars, game developers, and game players. That makes QGCon different from many other conferences, and it means the audiences for your presentations will be diverse. We encourage you to envision talks that are welcoming and engaging for attendees of all backgrounds. To get a sense for the tone of QGCon talks, feel free to check out the recordings of the 2014 and 2013 sessions. Proposals that incorporate opportunities for interaction and/or play are especially appreciated.

QGCon embraces an intersectional approach to queerness. We welcome submissions that address topics of gender, race, ability, body type, and class. This work reminds us that the struggles (and victories) of those of us who play from the margins are interconnected struggles.

What type of talk can I propose?
– Sessions types include presentations, panels, micro talks, workshops, roundtables, and performances
– You may propose to present solo, in pairs, or in small groups
– Let us know how much time you would like for your presentation. Solo talks normally run between 20 and 60 minutes, while workshops and performances sometimes need more time.

How do I submit?
To submit, please send a description of your proposed session (approximately 300-500 words) and a brief bio for each of your presenters (approximately 100-200 words) to Submissions are due no later than June 15, 2015. Also, please indicate what type of session you are proposing and your requested presentation length.

Are there topics or sessions you’re particularly interested in?
Yes! While we welcome all submissions that relate to queer issues and/or games, we would also love to see talks that address race, disability, gender, and class. We would also love to see more design post-mortems and more interactive workshops.

When will I find out if my talk has been accepted?
You can expect to hear back from the QGCon organizers about the status of your proposal by July 15. If you do not hear from us by late July, please feel free to get in touch.

What if I have questions?
To learn more about QGCon, please check out the information about the conference here at If you have questions for the organizers, please feel free to get in touch by writing to



Deadline June 30, 2015

The Clyfford Still Museum Research Center (CSMRC) is pleased to offer its inaugural Junior Fellowship, commencing in the fall of 2015. Supported with a weekly stipend, the Fellow will be in residence at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado. Tenure may range between 8–24 weeks (2–6 months). Applications are now being accepted by the Museum.

This Fellowship Program employs Museum resources to facilitate research across disciplines. Clyfford Still’s graduate studies at Washington State College in Pullman stimulated his deep knowledge of the humanities. The CSMRC aims to uphold the intellectual breadth—ranging from an interest in music and philosophy to literature, poetry, and history—that Clyfford Still himself maintained.

Candidates for Junior Fellow should be enrolled in MA, PhD, or post-doctoral level studies.

Fields of Research:
Studies within a broad range of 20th-century humanities disciplines are sought for the Fellowship. Qualified art historians working in the areas of 20th-century modernism, abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, modern Canadian art, and color theory are especially encouraged to apply. Other fields, including Classics, Anthropology, Literature, etc.—considered through the lens of the 20th-century—will be considered.

Duration and Stipend:
$875 per week / $3500 per month. Fellows are responsible for their own housing. Applications should specify a specific term between 8 and 24 weeks.

Fellows agree to present one public lecture or similar relating to the Fellow’s research in-progress on a mutually agreeable date. It is also the expectation that the research will be disseminated in other ways and lead to a tangible contribution to its field.

The Fellowship offices, which include a computer and other hardware, are located within the adjacent Denver Art Museum’s administrative office building, newly opened in 2014. A part-time research assistant in the form of an MA candidate from the University of Denver will be provided.

By June 30, 2015, qualified applicants should state their interest, research intent, duration, and other relevant information in a Letter of Interest not to exceed 500 words. Please submit the letter with a CV to Dr David Anfam, Director of the CSMRC at:

(Image credit: Portrait of Clyfford Still posing before the New York Public Library, ca. 1964 (detail). Unknown photographer, courtesy the Clyfford Still Museum Archives)


Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St.
Denver, Colorado
United States of America

Open call: Digital Fellowships with Neverhitsend (Los Angeles)

neverhitsend is a Los Angeles-based collective that performatively researches communications ideology, with a particular focus on issues involving collective authorship, privacy, and anonymity. We are currently seeking applicants interested in making an online project using our newly created Internet-based platform called Toggle. Toggle is a browser plugin that creates a metapage on top of any existing web page. The plugin interface allows users to upload content in the form of text, hyperlinks, and images. To use graffiti terminology: you can, like, tag any website.

neverhitsend created Toggle to explore the constitutive elements of Internet-based communication. We’re looking for proposals that use the Toggle platform in a compelling way and contribute to the ongoing international conversation about the social, political, and personal effects of established structures of Internet communication. Toggle can play a primary or complementary role in your proposed project; it can be a tool for person-to-person communication, a space of digital performance, an essay-like mapping of your personal research, a platform for activism or critique, or anything else you want it to be. We strongly encourage group proposals!

As a Toggle Fellow, you will be given access to the Toggle plugin, technical and creative support for your project, and an honorarium of $100 USD. At first, Toggle will only be available to Fellows and neverhitsend to upload, view, and edit content. Toggle will be publicly released and presented by neverhitsend at the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art from August 14–18, 2015 in Vancouver, BC.

To apply, please send a PDF by June 30, 2015 at 11:59pm PST to that includes:

1) A brief (500 word or less) proposal for how you would use Toggle that includes a rough project timeline.

2) A briefer (one paragraph) artist/collective statement.

3) Any images you would like to share with us.

If you have any questions regarding the Toggle Open Call, please email

The Internet | 221a | 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
221 E Georgia St
Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6

Call for Submissions: Issue 9 of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

Call for Submissions
Issue 9 of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

Issue editors: Tyler Fox, University of Washington – Bothell
Carlos Hernandez, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Deadline: October 15, 2015

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy seeks scholarly work that explores the intersection of technology with teaching, learning, and research. We are interested in contributions that take advantage of the affordances of digital platforms in creative ways. We invite both textual and multimedia submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials.

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We practice signed, as opposed to blind, peer review. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices. All submissions for this special issue will be considered for our “Behind the Seams” feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the authorial and editorial participants.

Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis. When possible, research data should be made publicly available and accessible via the Web and/or other digital mechanisms, a process that JITP can and will support as necessary. Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome (although see the Teaching Fails section below for an alternative outlet). Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

As a courtesy to reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but will do our best to reply to you within two to three months of the submission deadline. The expected length for finished manuscripts is under 5,000 words. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at