Archive for April, 2008

Critical Themes in Media Studies, Grad conference at New School, April 26

April 23, 2008

Giuliana Bruno will be the keynote at the New School’s annual graduate student conference, ‘Critical Themes‘, April 26. Much recommended. See more below.


For Immediate Release:
April 2, 2008


Renowned Author, Theorist Giuliana Bruno to Highlight 2008 Critical Themes Conference
8th Annual Graduate Student Conference to Feature All-Day Panels

New York – The New School departments of Sociology and Media Studies are gearing up for the eighth annual Critical Themes in Media Studies Graduate Student Conference, to be held in New York City Saturday, April 26, 2008. The conference will take place at 55 W. 13th Street (between fifth and sixth avenues) on the 2nd Floor. A complete listing of the paper topics and panels, ranging from “Technological Mediation” to “Channel Surfing” to “Living Virtually,” can be found at

The Critical Themes in Media Studies 8th Annual Conference is a venue for students to present interdisciplinary theoretical and critical approaches to a broad range of media studies. Since the initial Conference in 2000, Critical Themes has grown into a leading forum for showcasing research papers from graduate students worldwide.

The event presents multidisciplinary, theoretical and critical approaches to a broad range of topics. A series of panels features academic presentations by graduate students of The New School Media Studies program, the Sociology Department of the New School for Social Research and other programs and schools.

The conference will conclude with a keynote presentation at 5:45 p.m. by Harvard professor Giuliana Bruno, author of 2004 Kraszna-Krausz-award-winning “Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film.” Her most recent book, “Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts” is an examination of architecture and art as a screen of vital cultural memory. The keynote is entitled: “Cinema as Museum: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film.”

The keynote will take place in the Theresa Lang Student Center on the second floor of 55 W. 13th Street.

Sponsored by The New School graduate program in Media Studies, The New School for General Studies, Parsons The New School for Design and The Department of Sociology of The New School for Social Research, this all-day event is free and open to the public. Panels take place at 11 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; and 3:30 p.m. Thirty-three students from universities across the nation will present their work. No reservations needed.

11-12:30, Session One: “Cinema, Seen,” “New Audiences,” “Reclaiming Representation,” “Technological Mediation.”
1:30-3, Session Two: “Channel Surfing,” “Globalities,” “Living Virtually”
3:30-5, Session Three: “Beyond the Scene,” “Public Screens,” “Mediated Environment”

For complete conference information visit General inquiries can be made to

ccc feedback seminar, april 23, amy stuart

April 16, 2008

april 23, amy stuart (new school for social research) will present some research on ‘race and the public sphere: changing spaces of communication’, followed by a more general discussion. feel free to bring issues and questions to the table. the seminar takes place 08:00pm-10:00pm, room d1002, new school for social research, 79 fifth avenue (entrance on 16th street).

Futures of the Internet, April 16 at NYU

April 11, 2008
This will be very interesting. Note that it has been moved to April 16 (thanks to celebdu for bringing that up).

Futures of the Internet

Wed., April 16
Panel: 6:30-8pm, Reception 8-8:30pm
Vanderbilt Hall 206, NYU Law School

20 Washington Square South

Sponsored by the NYU Information Law Institute and Free Culture @ NYU

What will come of the next decade on the Internet? We often take for granted the state of the net today, but there’s no guarantee that it will remain this way. Will the digital future be dystopian, or is there a brighter outlook ahead than some may believe? Our panelists — thinkers and net visionaries — will provide their perspectives on the future of the net, with backgrounds ranging from art, law, technology, politics, media, culture, and entrepreneurship. We will tap in to each speaker’s knowledge to provide a unique vision of the digital future, and will engage with members of the audience to further the exploration of what lies ahead.


Lauren Cornell
Executive Director, Rhizome

Clay Shirky
Author, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
Adjunct Professor, NYU ITP

Jimmy Wales
Founder, Wikipedia and Wikia

Tim Wu
Professor, Columbia Law School

Jonathan Zittrain
Professor, Oxford University, Visting Professor, NYU Law
Author, The Future of the Internet — and How to Stop It

Calhoun here, Calhoun there, Calhoun everywhere

April 2, 2008

Craig Calhoun is apparently doing everything at once these days

check out his new center at NYU

and his blog at SSRC

University Spaces, Academic Bodies, NYU, April 4

April 2, 2008

University Spaces, Academic Bodies: New Approaches to the Corporate University
April 4th, 2008, 09:30am-07:00pm
NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
41 E. 11th St, 7th Floor Gallery Space
American Studies Program Graduate Student Conference

The University Spaces, Academic Bodies Conference seeks to examine the ways in which new business-based models for higher education are changing the roles that bodies marked as “different” are asked to fulfill, and the spaces in which we labor. How are current changes in the university affecting us, and how can scholars engage new learning strategies and embodied practices in defiance of dominant corporate logics? Join us as we discuss these issues in relation to higher education in the United States and around the world.