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CFP: Governing Technology: Material Politics and Hybrid Agencies (Stanford, due 3/22)

Governing Technology: Material Politics and Hybrid Agencies
*Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, 2013*
*Stanford Humanities Center*
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This conference aims to bring together two communities of scholars: those examining the ways that states and other institutions have sought to govern technologies, and those examining the ways that technologies have influenced the practice and form of governing. In the process, we will revisit the concept of governance through the lens of *material politics*.

As some technologies promise the world and others threaten to overrun it, scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned a critical eye to the agentive power and material effects of technology, as well as the responses that this power invokes. Research on technology’s entanglements with states, transnational organizations, and other powerful institutions has often taken its cues from science and technology studies. In particular, pioneering work in STS on materiality, on governmentality, and on hybrid and nonhuman agency has become more and more a part of mainstream work in history, geography, anthropology, communication, literary studies, sociology, and beyond. Scholars from across these fields have, in turn, developed new frameworks of analysis that go beyond classic conceptions of governmentality and materiality to incorporate their own disciplinary strengths.

Cornell professor Steve Jackson<> will discuss the interplay between governance and technology in his keynote lecture <>. The conference will wrap up with a roundtable discussion on building the STS community in the Bay Area and beyond, featuring STS professors from Stanford and several nearby Universities of California.

Call for Participation

We invite papers that consider (or critique) the relevance of *material politics* in understanding the relationship between governance and technology: how states and other institutions respond to challenges imposed by new and emerging technological developments and how technologies, understood broadly, become part of governing.

Papers from any discipline or institution are encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Natural resource management and extraction
– The politics of environmental regulation and tourism
– National or transnational policies on innovation and intellectual property
– The regulation and development of biotechnology
– The agency and role of non-governmental organizations
– Governing dangerous materials
– The politics of agricultural technologies
– Medical innovation and regulation
– The *un*governability of certain technologies
– The politics of technology in public health or urban planning
– Historical accounts of technological governance or agency
– Theoretical discussions or critiques of material agencies
– Theoretical discussions of governance through the lens of material politics

Please submit the following to **:

– *A submission abstract* of no more than 250 words
– *A brief biography* of no more than 50 words to be included in the conference program

The deadline for submissions is *March 22, 2013*. Notifications will be sent and the schedule posted by April 12, 2013.


Extended Deadline 2/10: GSA Literary Studies and the New Phenomenology

German Studies Association Conference

October 3-6, 2012; Denver, CO
Literary Studies and the New Phenomenology
Hermann Schmitz and the Neue Phänomenologie is growing in recognition among German literary scholars as well as theorists around the globe who are working on questions of space. However, his nuanced conceptions of feeling also offer insight into questions of affect and emotion that have been important in literary studies in recent years. How does Schmitz’s articulation of Gefühl as Atmosphäre resonate with current debates about the distinction between emotion and affect? How does Schmitz’s history of feeling fit with the history of emotions as reflected in literary texts? How does his politics of emotions come into conversation with the political and ideological meanings assigned to emotions in specific texts? Papers are invited that explore the implications of Schmitz’s philosophy for thinking about affect and emotion in literature. We are particularly interested in papers that:
– open perspectives on concrete literary texts from the early modern period to the contemporary as read against the backdrop of Schmitz’s phenomenology;
– use and expand Schmitz’s phenomenology in order to explore historic shifts in the understanding and distinction of emotion, affect, and atmosphere;
– point out the methodological and conceptual limits of Schmitz’s theory in the context of literary studies, genre studies, and poetics.
We seek 15- to 20-minute papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract (~250 words) and a brief CV that includes institutional affiliation by  FEBRUARY 10th, 2013, to both Jan Jost-Fritz ( AND Anna Leeper (


CFP: Monetization of User-Generated Content — Marx revisited

CFP: Monetization of User-Generated Content — Marx revisited

Forum Editors:
Jennifer Proffitt, School of Communication, Florida State University
Hamid Ekbia, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana
University, Bloomington
Stephen McDowell, School of Communication, Florida State University

Two TIS articles, Fuchs (2010) and Arvidsson & Colleoni (2012), which
develops a critique of the former, have generated considerable debate,
including a response from Fuchs (2012), regarding fundamental questions
about the core processes of value creation and social and economic
organization in contemporary societies. To further this conversation, we
invite 4000- 5000 word Perspective essays, which are published at the
discretion of the guest editors / editor, and should address one or more
of the following questions the Fuchs and Arvidsson & Colleoni debate
* Is the production of user-generated content a form of labor? Or,
should it be re-thought as an affective investment? Or something else?
* Do the theory and concepts that are part of a labor theory of value
limit our understanding of user-generated content? Should we choose a
different point of departure for our theoretical endeavors?
* Is the Marxist notion of commodity an appropriate analytic for
understanding appropriation of value in the case of user-generated
content? Or, should it be de-centered from such an analysis?
* Is the notion of “labor time” relevant to the production of
user-generated content?
* How can Marxist and historical-critical perspectives engage with the
new organization of information economies and information societies?
* Is it appropriate to extend Dallas Smythe’s notion of “audience work,”
which he developed in 1970s when broadcasting was the dominant mode, to
the Internet world? What are the problematics of extending “old”
theories to “new” technologies?
The Perspective essays should have layers of thought that take the
thinking beyond Fuchs and Arvidsson & Colleoni. Approximately half of
the essay should be devoted to a reflection on / critique of these
writings and the ensuing debate, and the remaining half should extend /
add to the theoretical foundations of the debate.

Interested authors are invited to email an abstract (no longer than 500
words) to Jennifer Proffitt (email: by March 1, 2013.
Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit their
Perspective essays by July 1, 2013.

For pdf copies of Fuchs (2010) and Arvidsson & Colleoni (2012), please
send an email to

Arvidsson, A., and E. Colleoni. 2012. Value in informational capitalism
and on the Internet. The Information Society 28(3): 135-150.
Fuchs, C. 2010. Labor in informational capitalism and on the Internet.
The Information Society 26(3): 179 -196.
Fuchs, C. 2012. With or without Marx? With or without capitalism? A
rejoinder to Adam Arvidsson and Eleanor Colleoni. tripleC 10(2): 633-645.


CfP: The Legacy of Enlightenment and the Politics of Spectatorship (9/30/12)

44th Annual Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, MA

Dramatic shifts in the realms of philosophy, art, economics, physiology, and jurisprudence during the Age of Enlightenment were predicated on a preoccupation with spectatorship. This panel’s inquiry begins from the proposition that a central “dialectic” of Enlightenment lies at the meeting point between medium and spectator. From Lessing’s theater to the philosophy of Adorno and Horkheimer, from Brechtian and Artaudian notions of viewership to the construction of contemporary museums, the visual legacy of  Enlightenment rationalism continues to affect the way we engage politically and culturally with the world around us.

We seek contributions that explore diverse manifestations of the politics of observation. How do “enlightened” performances and artworks construct or critique particular modes of viewing? What are the political implications of the work-to-audience relationship in the realms of gender, race, class identity, or other social categories? What spectatorial expectations underlie philosophical works by Leibniz, Kant, La Mettrie, and others? How do notions of the public and private spheres map onto concerns for spectatorship? And how do notions of “enlightened” observation change in the aftermath of the Age of Enlightenment strictly speaking?

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

·       – Theoretical and philosophical approaches to spectatorship in the Age of Enlightenment from Descartes to Lessing to Kant.
·       – The politics of spectatorship in medical shows and other events in the public sphere.
·       – Modern and post-modern approaches to Enlightenment spectatorship in film, literature, and art history.
·       – Implications of the philosophy of the Frankfurt School for contemporary spectatorship.
·       – Analyses of audience-work relations and the politics of the spectatorial gaze in visual or literary works.

We welcome abstracts for interdisciplinary papers.

Please send a 500-word abstract and one-paragraph biographical
sketch to Pascale LaFountain ( and Tracy Graves (

Submission deadline: September 30, 2012.


CfP: Women & Society Conference 2012 (7/15/12)

21st Annual Women & Society Conference – 2012
October 19 & 20, 2012
Marist College, Poughkeepsie New York

Proposals and abstracts are being solicited for the 2012 Women & Society
Conference. This feminist conference is interdisciplinary and
multi-disciplinary, covering all aspects of women & gender being studied
in the academy. The conference mentors and models feminist
inquiry/scholarship for undergraduate students, so joint faculty/student
papers and excellent student papers are also considered. Undergraduates
may attend at no cost.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Martín Alcoff
Dr. Linda Martín Alcoff will be delivering the keynote address on Friday,
October 19th. A Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY
Graduate Center who focuses on social identity and race, epistemology and
politics, sexual violence, Foucault, and Latino issues in philosophy, Dr.
Martín Alcoff has written two books: Visible Identities: Race, Gender and
the Self, which won the Frantz Fanon Award in 2009, Real Knowing: New
Versions of the Coherence Theory; and she has edited ten, including
Feminist Epistemologies co-edited with Elizabeth Potter; Thinking From the
Underside of History co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta; Epistemology: The
Big Questions; Identities co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta; Singing in the
Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy; The Blackwell Guide to Feminist
Philosophy co-edited with Eva Feder Kittay; Identity Politics Reconsidered
co-edited with Michael Hames-Garcia, Satya Mohanty and Paula Moya; and
Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion co-edited with Jack
Caputo. She is currently at work on two new books: a book on sexual
violence, and an account of political epistemology. A co-editor of
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, she has held an ACLS Fellowship
and a Society for the Humanities at Cornell University Fellowship. In 2006
she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United
States by Hispanic Business magazine.
Please send your 250 word abstract with a brief bio by July 15, 2012.

Papers, workshops, roundtables and panels are welcome; please include
abstracts and bios for all participants, with one contact person. Please
include all contact information–including home and e-mail addresses for
summer correspondence to:
Women & Society Conference c/o Shannon Roper
School of Communication & the Arts
Lowell Thomas 219
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
OR submit online:

For more information email:


Society for Women in Philosophy Conference CfP (3/30/12)

Society for Women in Philosophy (Eastern Division) April 28, 2012 Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MA

Conference Theme: Women in Philosophy: Why Race and Gender Still Matter

Keynote: “Whiteness and Women of Color in Feminist Theory or Considerations of Race and Sex Analogies in Contemporary Feminism,” Dr. Donna-Dale Marcano, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College.

The Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy invites submissions for its 2012 meeting to be held at Notre Dame of Maryland University on Saturday, April 28, 2012. This year’s conference theme is “Women in Philosophy: Why Race and Gender Still Matter.” Although “intersectionality,” the difficult yet productive attempt to theorize race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, etc. together, has been a conceptual framework for more than a decade in the U.S. academy, it is almost entirely absent as a recognized philosophical theme or framework within the larger discipline of philosophy. We invite submissions that promote and engage intersectionality, as well as submissions that bring attention to the work of woman philosophers and/or women in philosophy.

Deadline for Submission: Friday, March 30, 2012.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract to:
Maeve O’Donovan,
Namita Goswami,
Lisa Yount,

Registration (includes lunch)
For non-members: $80
For members of ESWIP: $60
For graduate students and the underemployed: $40

To join ESWIP:


Speaking the Phenomenon: the 3rd annual University of Sussex graduate conference in phenomenology

Speaking the Phenomenon: the 3rd annual University of Sussex graduate conference in phenomenology.

May 24th-25th, 2012

How do the logos and its phenomenon relate? How does the logos itself appear? Is any articulation of the phenomenon possible? We are currently welcoming submissions for the 3rd annual University of Sussex graduate conference in phenomenology. The themes of the last two years have been, respectively, the beginnings and the ends of phenomenology. This year the focus is on an ambiguous relationship at the core of phenomenology: the relationship between its basic parts, phenomenon and logos. We invite abstracts for papers that engage with phenomenology, and its fundamental structure, or engage phenomenologically. What is it to speak of phenomena and what is it, phenomenologically, to speak? We welcome abstracts for papers that criticize phenomenology, and/or engage constructively with it as a philosophical movement. By examining the rapport between phenomenology and its phenomenon we hope to reinvigorate the heart of phenomenology: a speaking of the phenomenon. This conference provides the opportunity for graduate students to present for twenty minutes and receive questions and feedback for an additional twenty minutes each. The University of Sussex graduate conference in Phenomenology is a two-day conference, organized by graduate students for graduate students. It is organized as a single ‘stream’, ensuring that every speaker has the opportunity of addressing all delegates. We aim to bring together postgraduates engaging in original research on phenomenology and related branches of philosophy and to promote contemporary studies in this field.

Keynote speakers: – Professor Miguel de Beistegui (University of Warwick) – Professor Joanna Hodge (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Possible topics include but are not limited to: • The relation between the phenomenon and phenomenology • The operation of logos in phenomenology • The structure of the phenomenal • The compatibility of the phenomenological approach and its manner of articulation • A phenomenological investigation of speaking; what is it to speak? • Phenomenology and hermeneutics • The role of motivation in or for phenomenology; phenomenology’s raison d’être • Phenomenology and the arts • Phenomenology and desire • Phenomenology and psycho-analysis • Phenomenology and science • Phenomenology and Heideggerian ‘Thinking’ • Phenomenology and aesthetics • Phenomenology and speculative materialism (the problem of correlationism) • Phenomenology and archaeology • Phenomenology and realism • Khōra and phenomenology • Phenomenology and testimony

Submissions: Send 300 word abstract and a brief CV to Arthur Willemse ( no later than the 30th March 2012. Useful information: The conference will be held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Notifications of acceptance will be issued by the 7th of April 2012. Speakers shall be allocated 40 minutes in total: 20 minutes in which to deliver their talk and 20 minutes for Q&A. This format allows graduate students to receive ample feedback on their work. The conference fee is £25 for each accepted speaker. This event is open to the public. For further information concerning travel and accommodation, please contact Arthur (


CfP: Post-Script: On Media After Text (Deadline 2/27/12)

March 30-31st, 2012
Yale University, New Haven, CT
23rd annual Graduate Student Conference

“Media determine our situation.”  The dictum of Friedrich Kittler is
probably one of the most important and far-reaching coming out of the study
of German literature in the last decades. In the spirit and on the paths of
the late Friedrich Kittler we invite scholars of all fields to explore
mediatic practices and their constitutive value of the past and the
 One guiding conundrum is the question of “textuality.” Text and
textual practices are the center around which humanities rotate. More than a
hundred years after print lost its monopoly as the guiding medium of
cultural production with the invention of audio/visual media we still use
“text” as our primary approach to media, that is, text retains its monopoly
as the medium of cultural interpretation. With Derrida’s claim that
“everything is a text,” the inflation or favoring of only one medium over
any other was ennobled.  Meanwhile those non-textual media that had already
taken over the mediatic practices of the everyday were dismissed.

But is this practice still valid? Is the “secondary orality” (Ong) that we
live in really still as text-based as we perceive it to be? In an age where
we have already thoroughly traced the alterative influence that the media
had on texts in the last 150+ years (cf. Kittler), in an age when the
presence of the author in the media is prevalent, that emphasizes the Oprah
book-club over the text of the novel itself, in an age of Kindle and iPads
that have changed media and text consumption practices, where performances
(be they political or artistic), film, TV and video games have replaced the
printed text as the media of the public imaginary, should “text” still be
our primary focus and approach?  And to what extent have disciplines already
opened themselves up to non-textual mediatic practices?

The keynote address will be given by Wolfgang Ernst [HU Berlin]
Wolfgang Ernst teaches media theory and media studies at the
Humboldt-University Berlin. His books include: Das Rumoren der Archive.
Ordnung aus Unordnung, Im Namen von Geschichte. Sammeln– Speichern –
(Er-)Zählen and Das Gesetz des Gedächtnisses. Medien und Archive am Ende
(des 20. Jahrhunderts).
Selected writings by Wolfgang Ernst in English:

The deadline for submissions is February 27, 2012. Please e-mail abstracts
and inquiries to and
Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.

We welcome papers on topics including, but not limited to:

•       Limitations of ‘text’ as a metaphor for all media, from print to audio-visual
•       What does it mean to ‘read’ a film or a piece of music?/ What are the hermeneutic strategies or methods of exegesis specific to each medium?
•       ‘German’/’American’ media studies
•       The return of orality in media [audiobooks, oral poetry, oral authorship]
•       authors, auteurs and the concept of “text” reconsidered
•       post-textual typography
•       personal soundscapes [from the walkman to the ipod]
•       graphics vs text
•       index/icon/symbol and the digital
•       alphanumeric codes as text?
•       personal media aesthetics: from imagining lives as novels to lives as films
•       lyrics turn to sound samples – text and (non)textuality in music
•       personal (tele-)presence vs textual absence






August 12th-30th, Ohrid, Macedonia

Full info here

The Summer Institute for Sexuality, Culture and Politics is a new permanent project initiated by the Department for Gender Studies at the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities “Euro-Balkan”, Skopje, Macedonia.

The general aim of the Institute is to gather young post-graduate students, activists, scholars and teaching staff from both Eastern and Western Europe and promote a shared platform for research and trans-disciplinary theoretical reflection on the complex modes of interweaving sexuality, culture and politics, and consequently of exchanging and questioning geopolitically determined discourses in the research of sexualities, gender studies, and queer theory. Our idea is to provide students, scholars and teachers with the opportunity to question, decenter and democratize these areas by way of deferring the notion of theoretical and geopolitical privilege which is often implied by these research areas, and thus to introduce new models of rethinking context-specific phenomena related to sexualities and, vice versa, to enrich theoretical paradigms with context specific phenomena and research. In this way, the Institute’s long-term goal is to:

  1. strategically stimulate the particularization and application of key ideas and theories in sexuality research locally and to
  2. universalize and popularize crucial and underprivileged positions and ideas on the European level, regardless of the  ast/West divide which is still central to the development of queer theory and sexuality research.

Our endeavor is not to relativize the embeddedness and situatedness of knowledges about sexualities, but to recognize and disrupt the existing invisible borders that obstruct the free dissemination of ideas as they are being determined by various hegemonic forces – political, educational, economic – in both Eastern and Western contexts of doing academic and artistic work related with our desires, bodies, and sexualities.

Please find the full descritpion and information about the Summer Institute. We would also kindly ask you to forward and publicize this information to other interested institutions and individuals.

For any further questions and information, please contact the Summer Institute coordinators:

Slavco Dimitrov,
Stanimir Panayotov,

Department of Gender Studies
“Euro-Balkan” Institute
No. 63, “Partizanski odredi” Blvd
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
tel/fax: +389 2 3075570


CFP: American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-journal

We are now accepting submissions for ASAGE’s Spring/Summer 2012 issue.
The submission deadline for this issue is March 1, 2012, although submissions
(particularly for book reviews and dissertation abstracts) are also accepted on a
rolling basis throughout the year.


ASAGE accepts papers on any topic in aesthetics, written by graduate
students who have not yet completed final requirements for the doctoral
degree. Submissions should be under 3000 words (although exceptions may be
made at the editor’s discretion, to a maximum of 5000 words, particularly in
the case of historical papers). They must be accompanied by an abstract of
no more than 250 words and a word count.

Book reviews and dissertation abstracts are also needed, as are article

Please see for more detailed information on submitting an
article, book review, dissertation abstract or reviewer application.

You may also feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best regards,
Aili Bresnahan, JD, MA
PhD Candidate, Philosophy, Temple University
Editor, American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-journal


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