Winter 2018 Student Showcase and Open House Jan. 26

This term’s Open House will be held in the Graduate Student Lounge in Susan Campbell Hall

Happy New Year to the NMCC community! We’re kicking off the winter term with an open house on January 26th. Join us for coffee, snacks, and hot cocoa, and get to know some of your fellow NMCC students and affiliated faculty.

We are doubly excited to be showcasing two NMCC students’ creative professional works at this open house. Recent new media art by Aaron Bjork and Natalie Wood will be on display and will be an occasion for an informal group discussion of process, ideas, and media.

This event is open to everyone in the UO community.  If you are interested in pursuing NMCC as part of your graduate study, then please consider joining us as we’ll be on hand to answer questions and discuss the program structure.

When: Jan. 26, 4-6 pm

Where: Graduate Student Lounge, Susan Campbell Hall, first floor

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NMCC Book Forum: Save the Date

'A Capsule Aesthetic' book cover

Save the date for the 2017-18 NMCC Book Forum, scheduled for Winter term on Friday March 9, 2018 at 2:00 in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Refreshments (and wine!) will be served after the conversation.

This year’s NMCC Book Forum will feature a panel of UO faculty discussing Kate Mondloch‘s just-out (to be published in January 2018, actually) A Capsule Aesthetic: Feminist Materialisms in New Media Art (University of Minnesota Press).

Our book discussants will be Michael Allan (UO, Comparative Literature), Stephanie LeManager (UO, English & Environmental Studies), and Daniel Rosenberg (UO, Clark Honors College, History).  The discussion will then feature a response from Kate Mondloch.  NMCC Director Colin Koopman will moderate the session.

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SLOW LAB Talk Announced: Digital, Urban, Human: The Life of the Digital City by Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics)

The SLOW LAB at UO is hosting a talk on Feb. 15, 2018 with Myria Georgiou of the London School of Economics Media and Communications Department.

What kind of subjects does the digital city produce? And what difference does digital life make to the city? The unfamiliarity of these questions is striking, even paradoxical, especially at times when the language of “the digital city” has become ordinary, almost banal. In both its popular and its academic incarnations, the discourse of the digital city usually bypasses the ordinary: life in the city and the people that live and, in the process, make the city. This presentation advocates a cultural reading of the digital city, by reinstating the human at the core of the urban world. Adopting a communication approach to the life of the digital city, it offers a response to existing, disjointed conceptualisations by claiming that we need to more systematically study the ordinariness of communicative acts, relations and (dis-)connections, in order to understand how and why the digital matters to urban life.

About the speaker:

Myria Georgiou is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Deptartment of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Her research focuses on media and the city; urban technologies and politics of connection; and the ways in which migration and diaspora are politically, culturally and morally constituted in the context of mediation. She is the author of Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference (Polity Press).

Panel: The Politics of Surveillance, Past, Present, and Future

Last minute heads up! Two NMCC faculty affiliates alongside OSU professors will be speaking tomorow (10/11/17) at Oregon State University.

Link to Event Page

“We are all being watched. We are all being tracked. We are all being recorded virtually all the time. How did this happen? What have we lost and what have we gained? Are we all “just” data and what does that mean?

New technologies and new understandings of individual rights, corporate rights, collective rights, and national security have dramatically shifted in recent years. What is at stake in these new visions of rights and new technologies of control? This panel of experts aims to provoke a dynamic discussion of the past, present, and future of surveillance and the surveillance society in which we live today.”

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Fall 2017 Open House Oct. 19

Join us for coffee and snacks at our first Open House of the new school year! Meet fellow certificate members and affiliated faculty, or say hello to those you already know. Event is also open to anyone interested in learning more about the New Media and Culture Certificate program.

The Digital Scholarship Center is once again providing a space for the event in their offices on the first floor of the Knight Library in Rm. 142 from 5pm to 7pm. Coffee, tea, and an assortment of snacks will be provided.

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Welcome Back to a New School Year

As a new school year kicks into gear, NMCC wants to send a note of welcome (and welcome back) to NMCC students, new prospective students, and our faculty affiliates.

As you get ready for your classes, we wanted to draw your attention again to the list of NMCC-eligible courses. We updated this list over summer, so check it out to see if there’s a course of interest to you that can count toward your NMCC certificate.

We also wanted to draw your attention to one new course offering that came online over summer so would not have been on your radar back in Spring. Jeremiah Favara’s ‘Digital Cultures and Sexualities’ in WGS will interrogate digital cultures as multi-faceted sites composed of material technologies, social practices, and cultural meanings that convey ideas about sexuality and gender. Drawing on the work of gender studies and new media scholars, the course will explore how sexuality and gender is articulated through narratives of technological innovation, the role of sexuality and the digital in processes of identity formation, and the possibilities and limits of digital worlds for disrupting, reinforcing, and/or challenging sexualized and gendered dynamics of power. For more information on the course see our latest NMCC blog post.

Lastly, Colin and Laura just wanted to again introduce ourselves as the new NMCC leadership. Colin Koopman (Associate Professor of Philosophy) has taken over as Director of NMCC from Kate Mondloch in the College of Design — Colin works on the politics of information, media archaeology, and data genealogy. Laura Strait (an advanced Ph.D. candidate in Media Studies in SOJC) is our new social media coordinator and administrative assistant — she works on feminism and technology, and new media and social movements.

The two of us are excited to work toward further deepening the NMCC community here on campus. We will be organizing a few open houses over the course of the year as well as a few academic-plus-social events, including a faculty book discussion, and (we hope) an invited guest lecture. Stay tuned on the blog for details on our upcoming Fall open house. In the interim, contact one or both of us with any NMCC questions you may have and we can set up a meeting or chat via email.  We’re here for you.

Welcome Summer!

The NMCC blog will be joining everyone on summer vacation until September. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer, and look forward to seeing new and returning students in the fall for another great year!

If you missed our announcement about next year’s transition of NMCC leadership, be sure to catch up as we say farewell to the founding director Kate Mondloch, and hello to incoming director Colin Koopman. And please give a warm welcome to next year’s NMCC GE Laura Strait! Thank you to everyone’s participation in making this year such a success, it has been a pleasure working with Kate, and Colin through the transition, and getting to know past, present, and future students!

Don’t forget to stop by our table at the annual Graduate Student Resource Fair during orientation week in September!

Congratulations again to all of our 2017 graduates!