Archive for September, 2007

many eyes: democratizing visualization

September 29, 2007

wednesday, october 3rd, 01:00-02:00pm, fernanda viégas and martin wattenberg will present ‘many eyes: democratizing visualization’. abstract and bios below. the event will take place at 114 avery hall, columbia university (downstairs by the cafe).

politics and resistance in cyberspace

September 27, 2007

september 20th, veronica alfaro ahumada (new school for social research) presented parts of her research on ‘politics and resistance in cyberspace’.

the abstract of veronica’s presentation is as follows.

“This research project is located between the macro sociological and the micro-individual studies, in the space of communities of practice that use technology as a tool and cyberspace as a space to construct meaningful social links. This paper is devoted to communities that use the Internet as a tool for doing politics – the movements that use cyberspace as an agora, a virtual public sphere, and a field of struggle. Focusing on key social movements, I critically analyze the virtual practices of Electronic Civil Disobedience (such as hacktivism, netwar, noopolitiks), through the Zapatista-supporting activities of the Electronic Disturbance Theater in 1997, and the protests against the WTO in 1999.

I start by analyzing how the use of electronic communications has impacted the network society (a term coined by Manuel Castells), particularly the creation of a new type of public sphere where communicative abilities are put into practice. I refer to this as the cybersphere, a space of thought, action, and appearance, where people can potentially practice a civic virtuosity.

Then, I explore the particularities of the new contentious repertoires of social movements. What are the implications of disembodied action? How is solidarity thought of, in an era of virtual communities? How is action articulated in cyberspace? What are the causes where cyberactivism has been put to practice? In short, this paper explores the ways in which virtual actions are combined with traditional activism, and the possibilities that the cybersphere has opened up as part of a communication flow that has the potential to be meaningful to the extent that the actors appropriate these new spaces.”

seven people participated in the seminar, and we are all looking forward to sarah stonbely’s (nyu) presentation on ‘the epistemology of media sociology’ on october 25th.

movements and parties

September 26, 2007

on october 4, todd gitlin will speak at the columbia sociology colloquium series about ‘movements and parties: the netroots, the conservative movement, and the problem of outsider-insider relations in politics’. that should be interesting.

his most recent book, ‘the bulldozer and the big tent’, speak directly to this issue – check out the discussion at talking points memo cafe here.

check out the rest of their program here.

the future as a cultural fact

September 26, 2007

on october 17th, arjun appadurai will speak in the new school for social research fall anthropology colloquium series about ‘the future as a cultural fact’. the lecture takes place 06:00-08:00pm in the wolff conference room, 2nd floor, 65 fifth avenue. also check out the rest of the program here.

freedom and the university

September 26, 2007

october 30,06:15-08:15pm, the heyman center for the humanities at columbia university will host jonathan cole, john mearsheimer, peter novick, robert post, and joan scott for a session on ‘freedom and the university’. of considerable general interest, and particular interest in the wake of the controversy surrounding the iranian president’s visit to columbia. the event takes place in the davis auditorium in the schapiro center.


cultural production between autonomy and heteronomy

September 26, 2007

october 4th, gisèle sapiro, who graduated in sociology under the supervision of a certain pierre bourdieu will talk about ‘cultural production between autonomy and heteronomy’. undoubtedly of interest to the many studnets of journalism and the media who are inspired by field theory and the like. the talk is 12:00-02:00 pm, maison francaise, buell hall, columbia university.