Tuesday, February 28, 2012

California STS Summer Retreat

It is that time of year again. Time to start preparing for the Annual
STS Summer Retreat!

This year we will be celebrating our 6th Anniversary, and again, we'll
be spending time talking and walking in the beautiful Marin Headlands.
The retreat will be held Friday, June 22nd, through Sunday, June 24th.
At this point we are contacting you about attendance, workshops, and
perhaps fundraising. More details will follow soon, this is to just
get us going. Please circulate this to anyone or any lists at
California universities that might be interested. STS lives in lots of
corners, and each year we need help finding them. If you did not get
this directly and want to be on our list, please email us at

OVERALL we will continue with the successful events from the past:
* STS Projects in 2 minutes
* Dissertation proposal groups
* Mini-Workshops taught by faculty
* Professionalization Sessions (grants, jobs, writing, teaching, etc)
* Visual/Film/Documentary Teaching
* Nature & Beach Theory Walks
* Great meals and lots of coffee


Same as last year, we will cap the attendance to 60 people – first
come, first served (grads, faculty, postdocs). Since there is a
limited number of spots available, we ask that everyone confirm their
attendance by sending their deposit of $120 no later than March 20.

Again it is first come, first serve. Please make your deposits payable
to UC Regents. Send your deposits to:

ATTN: Nicole Kramer
UC Davis, Science & Technology Studies
SSH Bldg., Room 1240
Davis, CA 95616

If you need a receipt, please indicate so with a note included with
your deposit.

Of note, this year we hope that we might have some children join us!
Families are always welcome and we are working out the logistics to
secure semi-private sleeping quarters etc. If you are thinking about
coming and would like to be able to bring along your little ones
please let us know as soon as possible, so we can assist with your
onsite needs, including ideas about cooperative childcare.


We have a confirmed two workshops, one led by Chandra Mukerji (UCSD
Communication and Science Studies) and another by Cathy Gere (UCSD
History and Science Studies), but schedules change and we're always
looking for new workshops. Faculty or postdocs, please contact us if
YOU are interested in guiding a workshop (1-2 hours) on a topic of
your choosing, and format as inventive or straightforward as you like
(from interactive, role-playing and lectures to methods assignments,
etc). Workshops are an open event on the topic of choice for the
workshops leader. Previous year's workshops have included "Mapping
your STS", "Innovation Studies and STS", "Robot artists and STS", "Why
your STS project is a disability studies project," "Boundary Objects
and Boundary Crossings," etc. For more examples of workshops (homework
etc) you can visit the STS CA Network webpage:

Please contact us immediately if you would like to host one of the
workshops this year. We would like to confirm the workshops as soon as
possible. The final deadline for workshop proposals will be March 10.


Please let us know if you want to help with other aspects of
organizing, have ideas you wanted to see implemented, want to help us
work on a "logo" or design, have suggestions for evening activities,

If you want to help organize and spread the word around your campus,
PLEASE join our organizing committee.

Also please let us know if you can help with fundraising. We realize
that in these times it is almost impossible to ask for money, but
occasionally there is still room in budgets near the end of the year.
So if you can help to raise funds the general retreat fund, please let
us know and do so!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.


Jeremy on behalf of organizing committee (Joe, Jeremy, Aaron, Matt, and Xan)

Where: Marin Headlands [http://www.naturebridge.org/headlands]
When: June 22-24, 2012

*Tentative* Schedule

12:00- 1:30 pm: Arrive by noon for Orientation and lunch to follow on site
2:00-5:00: 2 Minute project descriptions (2 slides = 2 clicks)
5:00-6:00: Nature Walks!
6:00-7:00: Dinner
8:00-9:30: Dissertation Workshops (grads you will need to prep a short
project description; details to follow)

8:00-9:00: Breakfast
9:30-11:30: WORKSHOP 1
11:30-12:30: WORKSHOP 2 or Theory Walks
12:30-1:30: Lunch
2:00-4:00: Professionalization Session #1
4:00-6:00: Professionalization Session #2
6:00-7:00: Dinner
7:30-9:00: Visual Work and Documentaries to Teach with
9:30 .... Evening events, suggestions, games welcome

8:00-9:00: Breakfast
9:15-11:15: WORKSHOP 3
11:15-12:15: Conference eval, compare notes, where to go from here etc.
12:30-1:30: Lunch
....Drive home after some lovely hiking in the Headlands! REMEMBER:
We have permission to park our cars until sunset so feel free to
continue your chats and nature escapes all afternoon.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Heidelberg Summer School: "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality"

The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" welcomes applications for its Summer School "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality" to take place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from Sunday, July 29, to Saturday, August 4, 2012.

This year's Summer School "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality" will explore the role of visual and material culture in the context of transcultural exchange processes between Asia and Europe. In highlighting the tensions between visual culture studies, art historical approaches and recent material culture studies, the Summer School will address questions such as: How can we move “beyond representation” to take on images in all their tangibility and material presence? Is “thing theory” a site for us to analyse the confluence of materiality and visuality? How can we look at images and objects differently when we approach them from transdisciplinary and transcultural perspectives? In what ways do such perspectives challenge concepts and methods of our own disciplines?

Another aim of our Summer School is to address the transgressing mobility of images and objects as a key challenge for today’s Humanities, by tying it to current theoretical debates on this subject within various disciplines and testing it in case studies derived from the participants’ research projects and regions.

The programme is designed to provide stimulating discussions and new inspiration for graduate and junior research work, to exchange ideas and test methods from individual research projects and to actively engage with an international group of peers and senior scholars who share an interest in transcultural visuality and materiality. Keynotes will be presented by Kenneth George (Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Janice Bardsley (Japanese Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Invited speakers include Kajri Jain (South Asian Visual Culture, University of Toronto Mississauga), Sumathi Ramaswamy (History, Duke University), Kavita Singh (Art History, Jawaharlal Nehru University), and Paola Zamperini (Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College). Contributions from Heidelberg University come from Christiane Brosius (Visual and Media Anthropology), Monica Juneja (Global Art History), Barbara Mittler (Chinese Studies),
and Melanie Trede (Japanese Art Histories).

Applications are accepted until April 15, 2012. The application form and additional information on fees, scholarships and the programme can be found at http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/summerschool/

The Cluster’s Summer School 2012 is organised by Christiane Brosius (Heidelberg) together with Barbara Mittler (Heidelberg) and Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke), coordinators of project B4 "Transcultural Visuality". Christiane Brosius holds the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Cluster, Barbara Mittler is Speaker of Research Area B "Public Spheres", Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History, is one of the Key Partners of the Cluster.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Art and the Mind" Sunday, February 19th at USC

"Art and the Mind: Neuroaesthetics, Phenomenology, and the Experience of Vision"
15th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Sunday, February 19, 2012,9:45am-6:45pm, including breakfast, lunch and an end-of-day reception

The Rosen Family Screening Theater, Tutor Campus Center 227

The goal of this symposium is to investigate the limits and possibilities of a neuroaesthetic approach to works of art and visual material. The symposium organizers look forward to welcoming distinguished keynote speakers, David Freedberg (Columbia, Art History and Italian) and Antonio Damasio (USC, Neuroscience) as well as presentations from six graduate students and emerging scholars.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Art History Department, USC Academy for Polymathic Study, the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Graduate Student Government, History Graduate Student Association,Neuroscience Graduate Forum, the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate,and the Science, Technology, and Society Initiative.

Please RSVP for lunch and direct all inquiries to artandthemind@college.usc.edu.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Political Civility and Scientific Objectivity Conference at UC San Diego, March 1-3

The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) Presents:

Political Civility and Scientific Objectivity:
Science, Technology and Public Policy in Democratic Societies

March 1-3, 2012
Deutz Conference Room, at the Institute of the Americas (IOA)
UC San Diego

Register at:

How should democratic societies use, and how have they used, scientific and technical expertise to guide their affairs? What institutions, ideologies, procedures, standards, and expertise have (or should have) been applied in inferring factual decisions in public affairs? This set of interdisciplinary and interconnected questions is fast becoming centre-stage in the humanities and social sciences, and this conference will bring together leading researchers from all corners of the academy to explore the potential for interdisciplinary cooperation in studying them.

More Information:

Sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), UCSD Division of Arts & Humanities, UCSD Science Studies Program, UCSD Division of Social Sciences, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS), Office of Graduate Studies, Department of Communication, Department of History, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Philosophy.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lancaster Sociology Intellectual Party

Sociology Summer Conference and intellectual party 2012
2-3 July 2012: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/sociology/summerconference/

Lancaster Sociology research students would like to invite other PhD students to our annual Intellectual Party in the summer of 2012.

The summer conference in 2-3 July is a great opportunity to present your work at Lancaster, collaborate with other research students, participate in practical workshops, and have a great time. The deadline for abstracts is 14th March 2012.

The 2012 Intellectual Party offers you the chance to meet other Sociology research students; share your work in a friendly, encouraging environment and meet and engage with staff from Lancaster’s department of Sociology. For 2012 we are planning a special gallery of ideas about crises, and a spectacular finale. If you want to stay an extra day, you are welcome to join us on a ‘sociological expedition’ to the Lake District. Our Intellectual Party is more than just another conference; it combines academic challenge with a lot of fun!

All participants have to give a 20 minute talk. This year we are inviting people to submit abstracts in relation to a series of themed ‘Salons’ and more mysterious ‘Secret Gardens’.

Salons: If your research relates to one of the themes listed below, you can submit your abstract for inclusion in a ‘Salon’ – a dedicated session, chaired and hosted by well known ‘Salonnieres’.

Monika Buscher: Digital, mobile methodology, intra-active,
Tim Dant: Stuff, materiality, bicycles, culture, wheels, bags, boxes, things, assemblages, human-thing interaction, guns
Anne Marie Fortier: Multiculturalism, citizenship and migration
Maureen McNeil and Celia Roberts: Gender, sexuality and reproduction
David Tyfield: Crisis, finance, political economy
Elizabeth Shove: Social practice, change and transition, ordinary consumption
Lucy Suchman: STS, feminist technoscience, ICTs, design, innovation
Bron Szerszynski: Climate change
John Urry: Mobilities
Sylvia Walby: Gender, violence and the economy

Secret Gardens: You might prefer to submit your abstract to a ‘secret garden’. Abstracts can be on any theme or topic, but in making your submission we’d like you to pick five key words from the list below that bear some relation to your research. Ambiguity, Body, Complexity, Difference, Energy, Fear, Globalitis (meaning references to globalisation, the global, etc.), Heritage, Income, Justice, Knitting or networks, Love, Myth, Nomadic, Organic, Power, Qualitative/quantitative, Risk, Structure, Time, Un- (as in unnatural, unpleasant, unlikely etc.), Virus, Work, Xperience (deliberately mis-spelt), Yellow, Zone. Secret garden sessions will consist of papers that have key words in common.

If you are interested in joining us and presenting a paper in one of our Salons or Secret Gardens, please submit your abstract by March 14th 2012.

The registration fee for non-Lancaster students is £65. This includes refreshments, dinner and lunches during the two day conference. If you have any queries please contact Angela Loxham.

CFP: Computational Culture, a journal of software studies

Call For Papers: Deadline 30th March 2012

Computational Culture, a journal of software studies

The new peer-reviewed open access journal Computational Culture has been
launched. The first issue entitled A Million Gadget Minds is available
online at: http://computationalculture.net/

The journal's primary aim is to examine the ways in which software
undergirds and formulates contemporary life. Computational processes
and systems not only enable contemporary forms of work and play and
the management of emotional life but also drive the unfolding of new
events that constitute political, social and ontological domains.

In order to understand digital objects - such as corporate software,
search engines, medical databases, and their constitutive role in
culture, or to enquire into the use of mobile phones, social networks,
dating, games, financial systems or political crises, a detailed
analysis of software cannot be avoided. A developing form of literacy
is required that matches an understanding of computational processes
with those traditionally bound within the arts, humanities, and social
sciences but also in more informal or practical modes of knowledge
such as hacking and art.

Computational Culture is now inviting contributions for the second
issue. We seek articles, book, project and software reviews, and also
indications of interest for future special issues focusing on
databases and social media.

Please submit a completed paper by the deadline of 30th of March or
contact the editors via the website to express an interest.

Editorial group,

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Post Doctoral Fellowship

UCS is one of 13 organizations selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to host a fellow through ACLS’s public fellow program for recent Ph.D.’s in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

The UCS Center for Science and Democracy will host a Democracy Analyst (ACLS Fellow) as early as summer 2012. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the ACLS Public Fellows serve in professional staff positions for a two year period. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2012, and all applications will be submitted through ACLS. The announcement for the position is at http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-at-ucs.html#ACLS%20Fellow.