Archive for February, 2008

radars and fences, conference at nyu, march 6-7

February 23, 2008

Radars & Fences
When the Paradigms of Discipline and Control Collide

March 6-7
New York University

Radars and fences, satellites and walls, networks and bunkers. Two
different sets of technologies confront us: the former epitomize the
selective and flexible character of what Gilles Deleuze termed the
“societies of control”; the latter embody the “old” disciplinary
paradigm based on separation, physical mass containment, and restriction
of the freedom of movement. Most of the times control and discipline
coexist ad reinforce each other; sometimes they seem to collide. This is
due to a variety of far-reaching factors and transformations occurring
in the productive sphere.

As a matter of fact, it is the very structure of the network society,
with its decentralization of tasks and constant multiplication of
electronic eyes that threatens the opacity of physical and immaterial
bunkers. By looking at the grey areas where control and discipline,
transparency and secrecy, democracy and the state of exception overlap
and collide, Radars and Fences provide a cross-disciplinary platform
whereby researchers, artists, journalists, filmmakers, and activists can
negotiate new and critical positions.

(conference schedule and more below, thanks to Sarah Stonbely for the info)

open CCC feedback seminar, Feb 20, NYU

February 18, 2008

CCC will host an open feedback seminar for graduate students, focusing on theory and methods in communications research. Bring your problems to the table, and we’ll help each other move on.

The session will take place from 08:00pm till 10:00pm in NYU’s Bobst Library (70 Washington Square South), room LL1-20, which is on the first level down. You will need your university ID to get in.

Transformation of Collective Memory of Intractable Conflicts, Feb 21 at Teachers College

February 15, 2008

Rafi Nehts-Zehngut on Transformation of Collective Memory of Intractable Conflicts, Feb 21, 12:00-1:00pm, at Teachers College. More here.

[thanks to Frank Moretti]

Is Intellectual Property Dead? The Revolt of Students for New, Feb 26

February 14, 2008

Is Intellectual Property Dead? The Revolt of Students for New

Is Intellectual Property Dead? The Revolt of Students for New Directions
Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street

Students for Free Culture has chapters in at least 35 universities across
the country. Many of the groups are branching out beyond access to music
copyright. The issues are far more than piracy. Can the students lead us,
in terms of public policy, to a new copyright direction in which copyright
law will not make some users criminal?

Abelman, Frayne & Schwab; Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School; columnist
on Intellectual Property for the New York Law Journal
Senior Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art; Attorney at Law, Law Office of
Judith B. Prowda; Adjunct Professor, New York Law School
Professor, Harvard Law School
Professor, Fordham Law School
Intellectual Property Specialist, Abelman, Frayne & Schwab
Recent Harvard Law School Graduate; Founder, Harvard Free Culture
NYU Graduate Student, Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program;
Co-Founder, Free Culture @ NYU
Intellectual Property Litigator, Winston & Strawn
Sponsored by:
Committee on Copyright & Literary Property, Joel Hecker, Chair
Members of the Association, their guests and all other interested persons
are invited to attend. There is no fee for attending the program. To
register, click on>

[thanks to Tom Glazier for the note]

Will Slauter on the Eighteenth-Century Blogosphere, Feb 27, Columbia

February 13, 2008

Will Slauter, Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Department of History, Columbia University

“Recycling the News in the Eighteenth-Century Blogosphere”, a talk on international news before the telegraph

Feb 27, 2008 — 5:30-7PM
Butler Library room 523

(Thanks to Andie Tucher)

new page, conference panels looking for panelists

February 11, 2008

at Jack Bratich’s suggestion, we’ve added a new page, where people who are trying to put together panels for conferences (ICA, NCA, etc) can post their ideas and contact info–check it out. and use it:

Communiations Colloquium at Columbia, spring events

February 11, 2008

Communications Colloquium, Spring 2008

All events below are free and open to the public. They take place on Fridays in the Graduate School of Journalism.

Ben Peters (Columbia), February 22, 12-2pm, room 107b, “Why the Cold War Matters in the Critical Study of Information”

Paul Starr (Sociology, Princeton), March 7, 12-2pm, room 107b, “Democratic Theory and the History of Communications”

Dalton Conley (Sociology, NYU), March 28, 12-2pm, room 107b, “Everywhere”

Phil Kay (Communications, Columbia), title and date tba

Thomas Elsaesser at Lang College/The New School, Feb 15

February 10, 2008

Lang College Culture and Media & The New School Graduate Media Studies present

“Tales of Epiphany and Entropy: Do-it-yourself Worlds on YouTube”

Thomas Elsaesser
Professor, Department of Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam
Visiting Professor, Film Studies, Yale University

The lecture presents the results of an ‘experiment’ with a set of search terms on
YouTube, to test what sort of ensembles (‘narratives’, ‘worlds’, ‘maps’, ‘journeys’,
‘derives’) the combination of YouTube tagging and human intentionality/net-serendipity
can produce. In this sense, the experiment is about matching different forms of agency
and contingency, moments of ecstasy and entropy. I shall refer to certain avant-garde
strategies – those of dada and surrealism, Baudelaire’s city walks and Guy Debord’s
derives – but the aim is to find out what sort of new knowledge can be generated from the
embedded data of Web 2.0 applications/sites.

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 510
66 W 12th St, 5th Fl
Light refreshments will be served

(thanks to Dominic Pettman for the link) (more…)

ccc feedback seminars, spring 2008

February 7, 2008

in the spring, ccc will host three feedback seminars, all at night, all informal occasions to discuss your work with other grad students, and maybe have a drink together afterwards.

feb 20, open session on theory and method in media research

march 26, jonah bossewitch (columbia)

april 23, amy stuart (new school for social research)

more here, but I can already tell y’all—it’ll be a riot.

conference at nyu

February 6, 2008

The NYU Council for Media and Culture and the NYU Steinhardt

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication


Radars & Fences: When the Paradigm of Discipline and Control Collide

Tentative Conference Schedule
Thursday, March 6, 5:00-8:30 pm
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
Vanderbilt Hall
Room 206

5:00 – 5:15 pm Welcome

  • Ted Magder, NYU Council for Media & Culture; Chair, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU Steinhardt

5:15 – 5:30 pm Conference Overview

  • Marco Deseriis, doctoral candidate, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU Steinhardt

5:30 – 8:00 pm PANEL: The Military between Transparency and Secrecy


  • James DerDerian, Professor of International Studies, Watson Institute, Brown University
  • Trevor Paglen, Artist and experimental geographer, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley
  • John Sifton, Human rights attorney, Executive Director of One World Research

Invited Moderator:

  • Stephen Duncombe, NYU Council for Media & Culture; Gallatin School, NYU

8:00 – 8:30 pm Reception

Friday, March 7, 10:00-2:00 pm
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
Room 803
10:00 am – 1:00 pm PANEL: The Signature and the Password: Data banks and information flows


  • David Lyon, Director of the Surveillance Project, Queen’s University, Toronto
  • Ron Deibert, OpenNet Initiative, University of Toronto


  • Helen Nissenbaum, Information Law Institute; Department of Media, Culture and Communication, NYU Steinhardt

1:30 – 2:00 pm Closing Remarks & Reception