Saturday, September 15, 2007

[cultstud-l] Culture Machine 9: 'Recordings'

We are pleased to announce a new edition of the open access journal Culture Machine:


Edited by Paul Hegarty and Gary Genosko

The latest issue of Culture Machine asks: What is the current state of aural art media in ‘an era of digital reproduction’?

Contributors to ‘Recordings’ consider the residues of technologies, the anachronisms, the failures, the less-than-excellent, the dated, the outmoded, and even the yet-to-work. Taking into account the material (or dematerialised) art object, they also ask about collecting cultures, recycling, destroyed and broken media (the TV thrown from the window… ), new broadcast media, turntablism, noise, radio and its avatars, podcasting, any casting, the range of material ‘supports’ (vinyl, the 8 track, betamax, different audio files).

Has the digital and informational swamped the world in a mass encoded simulation? What and where are the resistances? Are they within or outside of the digital? In the junk heap of analogue machines? In Ebay dreams? What are the material forms/formats that offer critical models, avant-gardism, metacommentary and so on? What is the status of the art commodity, non-commodity or hypercommodity?

The ‘Recordings’ issue features:

* Eugene Thacker, ‘Pulse Demons’

* Greg Hainge, ‘Vinyl is Dead, Long Live Vinyl: The Work of Recording and Mourning in the Age of Digital Reproduction’

* Paul Hegarty, ‘The Hallucinatory Life of Tape’

* Jerome Hansen, ‘Mapping the Studio (Fat Chance Matmos): Sonic Culture, Visual Arts and the Mediations of the Artist’s Workplace’

* Gary Genosko, ‘8 Track Rhapsody’

* Ross Harley and Andrew Murphie, ‘Rhythms and Refrains: A Brief History of Australian Electronica’

* Dan Hays, Painting in the Light of Digital Reproduction’

* Adam Bryx, review of Charles R. Acland (ed.) (2007) Residual Media. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press (available separately in the Culture Machine Reviews section)

Plus, new in Culture Machine's InterZone:

* Christian Kerslake, ‘The Somnabulist and the Hermaphrodite: Deleuze
and Johann Malfatti de Montereggio and Occultism’


Culture Machine publishes new work from both established figures and up-and-coming writers. It is fully refereed, and has an International Advisory Board which includes Geoffrey Bennington, Robert Bernasconi, Sue Golding, Lawrence Grossberg, Peggy Kamuf, Alphonso Lingis, Meaghan Morris, Paul Patton, Mark Poster, Avital Ronell Nicholas Royle, Tadeusz Slawek and Kenneth Surin.

Culture Machine welcomes original, unpublished submissions on any aspect of culture and theory. All contributions to Culture Machine are refereed anonymously. Anyone with material they wish to submit for publication is invited to contact:

Culture Machine c/o Dave Boothroyd and Gary Hall
e-mail: and

All contributions will be peer-reviewed; all correspondence will be responded to.


Culture Machine is an umbrella term for a series of experiments in culture and theory.

The Culture Machine journal

Culture Machine Reviews

Culture Machine InterZone

The Culture Machine book series, published by Berg, and including:
Paul Virilio, City of Panic (2005)
Charlie Gere, Art, Time & Technology (2006)
Clare Birchall, Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip (2006)
Jeremy Gilbert, Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and the Global Justice Movement (forthcoming)

The Culture Machine open access archive: CSeARCH

For more information, visit the Culture Machine site at:


We want to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture is out.

This issue features columns by Jane Stadler, Hector Amaya, Daniel Chamberlain, and Anna Beatrice Scott.

Please visit the journal at to read these columns and contribute responses to them.

This issue's columns in brief:

"The Cult of Æon Flux" by Jane Stadler:
What happened to the transgressive pleasures of Aeon Flux when it moved from small screen to large?

“Television’s Docile Subservience to the Law" by Hector Amaya:
The abundance of legal and law enforcement programming begs some exploration.

"Smart Living in the Wired Home" by Daniel Chamberlain:
The Wired Home is an exclusive demonstration of principles that will at best
trickle down into high-end home building.

"YouTube, Dance and Reform: The Body Caught in the Act" by Anna Beatrice Scott:
How has YouTube has transformed the study of choreography and the way we think
about movement?

Also, two of our editors weigh in HBO's new drama Tell Me You Love Me and this issue's poll question asks "What new fall show are you most excited about?"

We look forward to your visit and encourage your comments.

Best wishes,

Flow Editorial Staff

Contemporary Art & Classical Myth - Call for Papers

Title: Contemporary Art / Classical Myth

Call for Abstracts: 9/30/2007

Due Date for Completed Papers: 9/30/2008

Ancient myth has always provided fertile ground for Western artists and theorists of the visual. Yet art historians tend to associate classical mythology with historical styles and only rarely with the art of the present. Indeed, current writing on contemporary art is, with few exceptions, curiously devoid of mythological content, despite demonstrable interest in myth on the part of several
contemporary artists, ranging from earlier figures such as Louise Bourgeois and Cy Twombly to more recent arrivals such as Gregory Crewdson, Fred Wilson, Bill Viola, Ann Hamilton, and John Currin.

While some artists’ work invokes the power of classical mythology explicitly, as in an expressly narcissistic videoof by Patty Chang (Fountain, 1999) or an Orpheus-inspired installation by Felix Gonzales-Torres (Untitled (Orpheus, Twice), 1991), others gesture toward myth in more subtle ways, as do , for example, in Gerhard
Richter’s mirrored installations and paintings. Also of note is the preoccupation with myth on the part of several twentieth-century theorists and philosophers, all of whom have made a significant mark on the discipline of art history: Theodore Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Hélène Cixous, Sigmund Freud, Herbert Marcuse, Jacques Lacan, Paul de Man, Louis Marin, Gayatri Spivak, et al.

In light of these and other connections, this anthology aims to explore (and to some extent establish) the multifaceted intersection of contemporary art and classical myth. Essays addressing this topic may concentrate on a single work or series as it relates to a specific myth or on a single artist whose work seems driven by an
overarching agenda, for which a certain myth makes a particularly apt metaphor. Essays that employ myth for the purpose of grappling with dominant trends in contemporary art are also welcome, as are mythologically inflected meditations on the concept of the visual art object as theorized, deployed, and constructed within contemporary art and culture. Essays may focus on traditional as well as new
media, and contributions may adopt strategies not limited to the approaches outlined above.

Interested parties should send a 500-word abstract together with a curriculum vitae and brief bio to Isabelle Wallace and/or Jennie Hirsh by September 30, 2007. Completed essays of 5,000 words will be due September 30, 2008. Initial inquiries are welcome.

Isabelle Loring Wallace
Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art and Theory
Department of Art History
Lamar Dodd School of Art
University of Georgia, Athens

Jennie Hirsh
Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture
Department of Art History
Maryland Institute College of Art

Latina/o Performativities - Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Latina/o Performativities

A Special Issue of Text and Performance Quarterly

Guest Editors: Bernadette Marie Calafell, University of Denver and Shane Moreman, California State University, Fresno

Part of the appeal and possibility of Performance Studies work is that it can be articulated from many different theoretical and methodological perspectives. The study of performance takes these different conceptions and blends them into deeper understandings of the ordinary and the extraordinary of life. Similar to Performance Studies, the work of Latina/o Studies draws from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives to center and articulate the experiences of Latina/os, the United States' largest "minority" group.

While the work of Performance Studies and Latina/o Studies have both been integral in creating a space for the study of identities and communities that challenge traditional academic canons, there still remains much work to be done within the nexus of Performance and Latina/o Studies.

To inspire and encourage new perspectives out of this nexus, we offer this special issue of TPQ specifically devoted to multiple sites of Latina/o performance (i.e., everyday life, performance ethnography, popular culture, performance art, theater, personal narrative).

We seek to showcase Performance Studies work that takes up the identities, communities and cultural issues of Latina/os and this group's relationship to and impact upon reality both within and without the academy. This special issue will further our understandings of the ways in which performers negotiate discursive plurality(s) in multiple sites.

In addition to furthering the existing theories of performances of identity, hybridity, mestizaje, and biculturalism, this special issue will both complement and confront the criteria of performance and performance theory.

Submissions that cover a range of approaches to and analyses of performance will be favored. When speaking of Latina/o performativity or latinidad, one often necessarily must address language, citizenship, im/migration, biculturalism, assimilation, etc. As performance is becoming an important way to understand and critique exploration and embodiment of latinidad, this special issue will, in turn, demonstrate how latinidad is shaping the way performance can be understood and utilized. As a result, this special issue will enlarge and enhance the scope of performance as it is now researched and re-presented.

Especially welcomed are essays that attend to these issues particularly around themes of memory performance/performance and memory, diaspora and migration, feminisms, popular culture, the (im)possibilities of performances of latinidad or pan-Latina/o affiliations, queerness, and the politics of immigration, and citizenship. Manuscripts from a wide range of interdisciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives, including performance ethnography, rhetorical theory and criticism, performative writing, and personal narrative.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed. (2003). To facilitate the blind, peer review process, no material identifying the author(s) of submitted manuscripts should appear anywhere other than the title page, which should include: (a) the title of the paper, (b) the author's name, position, institutional affiliation, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address; (c) any acknowledgements, including the history of the manuscript and if any part of it has been presented at a conference or is derived from a thesis or dissertation; (d) a close word count.

The first page of the manuscript itself should include the title of the paper, an abstract of 100 words, and a list of five suggested key words. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout and should be no longer than 9000 words, inclusive of notes and reference matter.

Please submit an electronic copy in RTF or Word format to Also, send four hard copies of the manuscript by October 1, 2007 to:

Bernadette Marie Calafell
Department of Human Communication
University of Denver
2000 East Asbury Ave.
Sturm Hall, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80208

Friday, September 14, 2007

ARF Research Council Sets Goals to Improve Web Research Studies

In keeping with its mission to improve the quality of Web panel-based research studies, the Advertising Research Foundation's recently-launched Online Research Quality Council met this week to organize working committees and set out a timeframe for planned projects. The group has organized a Steering Committee comprised of research company executives, a Client Advisory Board made up of advertiser representatives, as well as four committees that will focus on research quality, metrics benchmarks, and raising funds for vetting research.
"We have to work fast because global standards and metrics are required [now]…advertisers need them," ARF President and CEO Robert Barocci told ClickZ News.

The council's initial meeting, which took place September 10, attracted 125 execs from research firms and their advertiser clients. Participants from research outfits Burke, Inc., Global Market Insite and Knowledge Networks presented what is commonly known as "research on research," examining what is and isn't working when it comes to studies driven by online surveys.

A presentation by Burke COO Jeffrey Miller, for instance, suggested threats to Web research quality include non-response errors, fraudulent respondents and "conditioning" of highly active survey respondents.

"This is a world that has exploded dramatically because it's fast and cheap," said Barocci of online surveys. "We think that fast, cheap and good can be achieved… but the high price of low quality needs to be addressed."

Indeed, one of the main drivers of the council's formation last month is the conception that advertiser demand for quick and dirty online studies has eroded the quality of some online research. One factor, as pointed out by Burke, is the tendency for some survey participants to participate in multiple studies on a regular basis.

"There are these people out there called 'heavy responders' that do maybe 10 studies a month. Intuitively, you say, 'That's probably biasing the results,' " said Barocci. Still, there may be a benefit to enlisting frequent survey respondents who are more dedicated to the process than others. "Nobody's ever tested that," he added.

Among the four council committees formed, the Funding and Outreach Committee is intended to drum up cash to pay for just such testing. "[The ARF] doesn't have enough money in our primary coffers" for that type of research, Barocci said.

Three other committees organized by the group will isolate survey quality definitions and measures, and analyze metrics used to gauge market research quality. The Define Quality Committee is tasked with determining standards for panel management processes, sampling, survey design, data processing, study replication and accuracy.

The council's Quality Matters Committee will pinpoint key elements of market research quality, and what can or should be done to limit the negative impact of study processes set up by suppliers and advertisers. Another subgroup focused on metrics will measure strengths and weaknesses of panel and non-panel sampling methods, and determine whether a common set of metrics can be employed by all parties.



Carsten aka Roy/SAC has posted tons of videos from this year's Defcon Hacker Conference. Here's a little overview of the videos you can find there that I copied from his blog.

T536 - The Edge of Forever - Making Computer History by Jason Scott from who also did the documentary BBS - The Documentary, which is also available on-line at Google Video.

T539 - Internet Wars 2007 (Panel Discussion)

T503 - Anti Spyware Coalition (Panel Discussion)

T504 - Disclosure Panel (Panel Discussion)

T505 - Dirty Secrets of the Security Industry by Bruce Potter

T506 - Self Publishing in the Underground by Myles Long, Rob "Flack" O'Hara and Christian "RaD Man" Wirth, founder and leader of the artscene group "ACiD" who did in 2004 a presentation called The Art of Textmode, the history of ASCII art, which is also available at my videos section.

T107 - Tactical Exploitation by H.D.Moore & Valsmith

T166 - Biting the Hand that Feeds You - Storing and Serving Malicious Content From Well Known Web Servers by Billy Rios & Nathan McFeters

T109 - Fingerprinting and Cracking Java Obfuscated Code by Subere

T111 - Meet the Feds (Panel Discussion)

T112 - No-Tech Hacking by Johnny Long

T131 - The SOA/XML Threat Model and New XML/SOA/Web 2.0 Attacks & Threats by Steve Orrin

T137 - Creating Unreliable Systems - Attacking the Systems that Attack You by Sysmin & Marklar

T140 - The Emperor Has No Cloak - Web Cloaking Exposed by Vivek Ramachandran

T161 - HoneyJax (aka Web Security Monitoring and Intelligence 2.0) by Dan Hubbard

T162 - Hacking Social Lives: by Rick Deacon

T163 - The Inherent Insecurity of Widgets and Gadgets by Aviv Raff & Iftach Ian Amit

T164 - Greater Than 1 - Defeating "Strong" Authentication in Web Applications (for Online Banking) by Brendan O'Connor. I blogged about that session and put the slides from the presentation up on-line.

T207 - It's All About the Timing by Haroon Meer & Marco Slaviero

T201 - Church Of WiFi's Wireless Extravaganza by Church of WiFi's

T202 - SQL Injection and Out-of-Band Channeling by Patrik Karlsson

T206 - Virtual World, Real Hacking by Greg Hoglund

T212 - Trojans - A Reality Check by Toralv Dirro & Dirk Kollberg

T232 - Malware Secrets by Valsmith & Delchi

T234 - Click Fraud Detection with Practical Memetrics by Broward Horne

T235 - Fighting Malware on your Own by Vitaliy Kamlyuk

T238 - Webserver Botnets by Gadi Evron

T239 - The Commercial Malware Industry by Peter Gutmann

T240 - CaffeineMonkey - Automated Collection, Detection and Analysis of Malicious JavaScript by Daniel Peck & Ben Feinstein

T301 - Analysing Intrusions & Intruders by Sean Bodmer

T304 - Re-Animating Drives and Advanced Data Recovery by Scott Moulton

T307 - When Tapes Go Missing by Robert Stoudt

T309 - Hacking UFOlogy - Thirty Years in the Wilderness of Mirrors by Richard Thieme

T312 - The Executable Image Exploit by Michael Schrenk

T337 - Hacking your Access Control Reader by Zac Franken

T338 - Security by Politics - Why it Will Never Work by Lukas Grunwald

T361 - Hacking the EULA - Reverse Benchmarking Web Application Security Scanners by Tom Stracener & Marce Luck

T362 - Network Mathematics - Why is it a Small World? by Oskar Sandberg

T363 - Beyond Vulnerability Scanning - Extrusion and Exploitability Scanning by Matt Richard

T401 - Disclosure and Intellectual Property Law - Case Studies by Jennifer Granick

T402 - Computer and Internet Security Law - A Year in Review 2006-2007 by Robert Clark

T404 - Everything you ever wanted to know about Police Procedure in 50 minutes by Steve Dunker

T431 - The Market for Malware by Thomas Holt

T433 - Routing in the Dark - Pitch Black by Nathan Evans & Christian Grothoff

T435 - Social Attacks on Anonymity Networks by Nick Mathewson

T438 - Saving the Internet With Hate by Zed Shaw

T441- Portable Privacy by Steve Topletz

Please visit his excellent blog for the links to the videos.
There's also a link to the second batch of videos. Yes, even more videos. What a great find!

Network Nation Festschrift - Hiltz/Turoff - Revised Deadlines


The Network Nation and Beyond - A Festschrift in Honor of Starr Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Turoff

October 12 - 13, 2007
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights - Newark, New Jersey, USA

Festschrifts celebrate honorees' legacies through original publications influenced by their contributions.

Starr Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Turoff continue to actively contribute after more than 30 years to the fields of computer-mediated communication and decision support, online learning, delphi and emergency response.

Their groundbreaking book "The Network Nation," published in 1978 and updated in 1993, has been hailed as a landmark, visionary publication. This festschrift will both honor their contributions upon retirement from their full-time academic positions and explore how their legacy will continue to influence research and societal developments in the decades to come.

The festschrift includes keynote and research presentations, numerous opportunities to socialize and network, and a dinner at which people can relate stories about working with Roxanne and Murray, and their ideas. A special journal issue will follow.

The research community is invited to join the celebration, and also to express their good wishes to Roxanne and Murray online.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Ronald E. Rice and Ben Shneiderman.

Keynote panelists include Jack Carroll, Linda Harasim, Abbe Mowshowitz, Jenny Preece, Mary Beth Rosson, Edward A. Stohr, Karen Swan, and Bartel Van De Walle.

We invite refereed research presentations, papers and posters addressing the Network Nation in 2007 and beyond, which consider:
- the legacy of Starr Roxanne Hiltz and/or Murray Turoff
- current research inspired by their contributions
- insightful speculations on future research and societal developments influenced by their foundations

Special sessions will be reserved for research presentations by advisees of Roxanne and Murray from the last three decades.

Especially high-quality papers will be reviewed and edited further for a special journal issue. Details will be forthcoming.

Paper or Presentation Abstract deadline: September 23, 2007 (required)
Poster deadline: September 23, 2007 (no abstract required for posters)
Full Paper deadline: October 1, 2007

Journal Article deadline: January 22, 2008
Journal article submissions also will be invited from festschrift submissions.

Registration Deadline
- September 24, 2007

Expressions of good wishes will be presented to Roxanne and Murray, and displayed on the Festschrift Web site. Please post your comments on their legacy online.

For further information, registration, travel and hotel information,
please see:

Thursday, September 13, 2007

call for entries - netart wanted!

Call for proposals
deadline 31 October 2007

JavaMuseum - Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art (
is looking for Internet based art (netart) for a series of features starting in November 2007 on occasion of NewMediaFest2007.

In this framework, the first of these features will become the third exhibition component besides the shows -"Seven Ways for Saying Internet with Net Art" curated by Elena Julia Rossi (Rome), who is, among others, also responsible for the netart shows at MAXXI - National Museum of 21st Century Rome/Italy - and "a+b=ba? art +blog=blogart?"

JavaMuseum, founded in 2000 as a virtual museum, is one of the relevant platforms for Internet based art on the net. Under the direction of Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, JavaMuseum realised 18 showcases and competitions of netart in a global context between 2001 and 2005 and is hosting a comprehensive collection of netart from the years 2000-2004 including more than 350 artists.

In 2006 and 2007, JavaMuseum was undergoing a restructuration phase and launched
JIP - JavaMuseum Interview Project -, which will contain more than 100 interviews by professionals in the field of art and New Media. after its relaunch in November 2007.

JavaMuseum is looking for netart projects, which are completed after 1 January 2004
and not part of JavaMuseum, yet, max. 5 project proposals can be submitted.

The entry form can be found on

JavaMuseum - Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art
info (at)

powered by
[NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:cologne - the experimental platform for art and New Media from Cologne/Germany.

2007 ASIS&T Annual - Oct 21-24, Milwaukee

2007 ASIS&T Annual Meeting
October 21-24, 2007 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Come to Milwaukee, expand and enrich your network by Joining Research and Practice

Register now before early rates expire on Friday, September 14, 2007

Web 2.0 and social computing are changing the way people use information for work, play, research, and everyday activities. Sponsored by ASIS&T, the premier society for information science, the 2007 Annual Meeting is devoted to the discussion of Social Computing and Information Science.

More than sixty sessions of contributed papers, panel discussions, poster sessions, etc. have been planned. They will address a wide variety of topics, ranging from tagging, online communities, information seeking behavior, web log and transaction log analysis to research directions, education, and ethical practice for information professionals in the new world of social computing.

Two plenary sessions have been planned. On Monday morning, Ms. Anthea Stratigos, co-founder and CEO of Outsell, the leading research and advisory firm focusing on information and publishing industry, will address the overall trends, impact of social computing and web 2.0 to the information industry.

On Wednesday, Dr. Clifford Lynch, Director of Coalition of Networked Information and long time member and former President of ASIS&T, will tie everything together, and discuss what these all meant to information science and information professionals.

Exciting Pre-Conference Seminars:

Friday, October 19
* Research Into Practice: Studying Producers and Consumers in Social Computing Environments

* Making D Space Your Own

* Taxonomies in Search

* Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Social Web, Social Computing and the Social Analysis of Computing

Saturday, October 20
* 18th Annual SIG CR Classification Research Workshop

* Social Information Architecture

* 7th SIG USE Symposium: Mobility and Social Networks in Information Behavior

* RSS 2.0 for Current Awareness and Alerts: A Hands-On "Getting Started" Experience

Sunday, October 21
* Information Architecture 3.0

Special Conference Hotel Room Rates
$124 single/double, $144 triple, $164 quad. Rates are good until September 27, 2007. Contact the hotel directly to make your hotel reservations and ask for the ASIS&T rate (code JIST).
ASIS&T AM07 Conference Hotel
Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Tel: (414) 276-1234 Fax: (414) 276-6338

For more information about the meeting or hotel, please visit our site

Conference on Comics in Literature, Film and Art - Call for Papers


The New Narrative? Comics in Literature, Film, and Art
An interdisciplinary conference University of Toronto 9-11 May 2008

Keynote speaker: Seth

Comics, whether in the form of novelistic illustrations, newspaper serials, animated films, film adaptations, graphic novels, or sequential art narratives, have been with us since the rise of literature itself, yet until recently such media have never been considered “serious”—or at least, serious enough to be considered novels that might be on university syllabi. However, with the recent rise of the graphic novel and related filmic adaptations, comics—otherwise generically grouped as “comix”—garnering considerable attention, are (yet again) being hailed as the “next big thing.” The (Canadian) publishing industry acknowledges that comix are the largest growth area: is the future now?

But are comix literature? Are they more than Saturday morning cartoons? Does the study of the genre belong in an art class? Are illustrated novels and live action films really about the pictures and not the narrative? How can the history of the form be reconciled with consumer culture and the ill-defined categories of “high” and “low” culture?

Papers which examine and interpret these “new” narratives in interdisciplinary forms are most welcome. Essays on novelistic illustrations, newspaper serials, animated films, film adaptations, graphic novels, or sequential art narratives may consider the following:

- graphic novels and auto/biography (Seth, Julie Doucet, Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, Alison Bedchel’s Fun Home, David B’s Epileptic)

- the bande desinée and European influences (Tintin etc)

- illustrated and multi-media works (Barbara Hodgson, Umberto Eco, Eddie Campbell)

- geopolitics/war and the graphic novel (Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis; Art Speigelman’s Maus; Joe Sacco’s oeuvre)

- conceptions of early illustrations as series (William Hogarth) and engravings and caricatures (Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray)

- film adaptations of comics (Spiderman, Superman etc)

- Hokusai Katsushika and the “invention” of manga

- the “inventors” of the comic strip and their influences (Rodolphe Toepffer [or Töpffer] ; Christophe’s Fenouillard Family and Camember Sapper; Nadar; Cham; Grandville; Gustave Doré and Caran d' Ache)

- Canadian and American early comics (Albéric Bourgeois; Richard Felton Outcault; Rudolph Dirks; Violet Keene)

- the Comics Code Authority and Frederic Wertham

- illustrations in literary novels (George Cruikshank; Thackeray)

- woodcut and “silent” artists (Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Giacomo Patri, Laurence Hyde)

Proposals should be 400-500 words and must clearly indicate significance, the line of argument, principal texts considered, and relation to existing scholarship (or originality). One email copy of the proposal, along with a 100 word abstract and 50 word bio note must be included, as an attachment in MS Word. Final papers should be no more than 10 pages (not including artwork to be shown). Accepted papers must be submitted in advance of the Conference. Deadline for proposals is 05 January 2008. Please mail to:

Dr Andrew Lesk, Assistant Professor
Department of English, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, #928, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8

For an animated, colour poster version (printable in colour or b&w) of this CFP, please go to

For a MS Word plain text version (no pictures, printable in b&w), please go to

Essay Collection on Digital Media - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS - Essay Collection on Digital Media

For the upcoming essay collection "Writing (and) the Digital Generation" (under contract with McFarland), I am soliciting contributions that analyze the many facets of participatory digital entertainment. The key assumption of this project is that, contrary to the claim that "no one reads anymore," a vast "Digital Generation" actually engages in more rhetorical activity than perhaps any before.

This collection seeks essays that describe and document these participatory activities and how they are changing how we see writing, perhaps permanently.

The collection will be organized around the following types of participatory entertainment:

1) The TV Fan
2) The Sports Fan
3) The Gamer
4) The Filmmaker
5) The Chronicler

It will include two kinds of essays:

1) Traditional academic essays (approximately 5,000 words each).
2) Participant portraits (approximately 1,000 words briefly describing what it's like for those who engage directly and regularly in participatory entertainment).

Priority will be given to those authors who are members of the online communities they are discussing. I am looking for fans of participatory entertainment to analyze their own interests, as opposed to academics who stand outside the community and then theorize about the activities they observe. Graduate students and junior faculty are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.

Since the underlying assumption of this collection is that participatory digital entertainment is, perhaps counter-intuitively, increasing the rhetorical activity of popular culture, please keep your focus on how we use digital media for entertainment, for "play," as opposed to for social and/or political activism or simply social networking. The goal is to present a series of portraits of the rhetorical activity of participatory entertainment so the more specific the better.

While theoretical approaches are welcome, please keep in mind that the primary audience includes both fans and academics. I am also looking for the collection to maintain a pedagogical tone, with conclusions designed to help instructors of all grade levels better understand the rhetorical activities students are engaging in outside the classroom.

I am particularly interested in essays describing the rhetoric of Second Life and other avatar-based online activities. A preliminary list of other potential topics include:

- Online sports Fantasy Leagues.
- Television fandom converging on the web.
- Fan films.
- Blogging as rhetorical activity.
- Digital film-making and YouTube as distributor.
- Fan fiction.
- MMORPGs as rhetorical activity.

Please submit abstracts (as Word or .rtf email attachments) for essays targeted at 5,000 words or for participant portraits at 1,000 words by November 15, 2007 to Heather Urbanski at

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Could This Be the Year for Mobile Ads?

It seems like every year, an industry analyst or pundit declares that this year will be the year of mobile search, and mobile advertising in general. According to a Kelsey Group report, a confluence of factors may mean that now really is the time for mobile advertising to take off.

"In almost every mobile forecast, it's always been 'next year will be big.' This time, there are several factors coming together that should drive mobile ad adoption, and start pushing the market," Matt Booth, VP and program director of The Kelsey Group's Interactive Local Media practice, told ClickZ.

The Kelsey Group's U.S. Mobile Advertising Forecast predicts that the U.S. mobile ad market will grow from $33.2 million in 2007 to $1.4 billion in 2012, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 112 percent.

Other analysts have predicted the mobile ad market will grow to anywhere from $1.5 billion to $2.9 billion in 2011. The end result of course depends on the definitions and assumptions being used, but overall, every forecast calls for huge growth in the mobile ad space.

One of the biggest drivers of the mobile market will be Google, which needs to find another outlet for its text ads. With the rapid growth of search slowing due to the sheer size of the market, Google will need to look elsewhere to keep investors happy. Mobile ads could be a natural extension of that, since the existing text ad format would also work for mobile, Booth said.

In addition, Google's advertisers are looking to spend more money with Google, but Google doesn't have the targeted inventory available for them to spend it on. Analysts estimate that between $1 billion and $2 billion in online ad budgets go unspent, so if Google can offer a way for advertisers to spend that money and get a good ROI, they will spend that much and more, he said.

Google has also made investments in audio ads, both in radio and its Voice Local Search,1- 800-GOOG-411. These ad-sponsored directory assistance (DA) applications are expected to grow from 270 million calls in 2007 to 2.1 billion calls in 2012, a CAGR of 50 percent.

By developing an audio ads platform that it can sell to its existing advertiser base, Google can both break into traditional media markets, like radio, and create inventory in new areas like podcasts and free DA applications, which will be largely a local-mobile space.

Besides Google, Microsoft is expected to make a big push into mobile advertising, in an attempt to beat Google to the punch. Microsoft has been investing heavily in mobile, including the acquisition of TellMe in March, and hopes to extend its adCenter platform to mobile ads as well.

TellMe's relationships with mobile carriers will help Microsoft develop partnerships with those carriers as well. The most likely scenario has Microsoft developing a carrier-friendly product that bundles search with ads. In fact, Microsoft is already talking with carriers about its plans, Booth said.

Yahoo has also made some investments in mobile, and has a very popular product with its OneSearch application, as well as a strong subscriber base to market that product toward, but their mobile efforts lack focus, according to Booth.

"It seems that Yahoo will focus on its newspaper partnership, and finishing the roll-out of Panama internationally," Booth said. "It will more likely be Google and Microsoft that push the envelope of mobile, although the Yahoo OneSearch app will be one of the most popular."

While national advertisers will play a role in mobile search, the main focus will be the local advertiser. Big brands with a local presence will likely buy their ads from the search ad networks, where they are already spending a large amount of their locally-targeted budgets. The local small business advertiser is a bit more difficult for the search ad networks to reach. That's where the print Yellow Pages providers come in, Booth said.

Partnering with Yellow Pages providers is going to be a necessity for any mobile ad provider, given their dominance of the U.S. local advertising space, Booth said. YP providers like AT&T and Verizon/Idearc have local salesforces and advertiser bases that can be persuaded to spend some of their offline ad budgets online, making them ideal partners.

The final factors in the potential mobile breakout are on the device front. Widespread shipping of GPS-enabled devices, along with the Apple iPhone and inevitable copycats will improve the mobile Internet browsing experience and allow for improved mobile applications, bringing more users online and paving the way for mobile ads.

The Kelsey Group predicts that the number of mobile Internet users will grow from 37.9 million in 2007 to 91.7 million in 2012, a CAGR of 19 percent.


Virtual Caribbeans: A Conference on Representation, Diaspora and Performance in and on the Caribbean

The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, in conjunction with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, are pleased to announce Virtual Caribbeans, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana February 27 - March 1, 2008.

The definition of the Caribbean as primarily a geographical region is no longer viable. Through the movement of its peoples, cultures, and languages, we also make or find the "Caribbean" elsewhere. It has become an imagined community beyond geographic contours, while simultaneously retaining an immediate materiality that impacts the everyday experiences of Caribbean (and non-Caribbean) subjects.

Taking the guayabera as the ubiquitous emblem of Caribbeanness, this conference will offer a space for the exploration of manifestations across various media, technologies and performances. Due to a unique history that features French, Spanish, African, Canadian, and other immigrant influences, as well as a legacy of traffic in peoples, cultures, dialects, and products from the West Indies and the circum-Caribbean, New Orleans provides an ideal site for these explorations. Join us in what is often called the northernmost point of the Caribbean.

Proposals for papers and panels are invited in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to:

** Configurations of the Caribbean in cyberspace

** Filmic and other visual Caribbeans

** Listening to the Caribbean

** Tangible sites of Caribbeannness created through migrations and diaspora communities

** Portable Caribbeans

** Performance and stagings of the Caribbean inside and outside its geographical confines

We invite proposals that examine particular case studies and phenomena or rethink conventional narratives. Proposals for individual papers or 3-4 person panels should include a 300-word abstract and detailed personal information (name, mailing address, email, phone/fax, institutional affiliation) for each participant.

Panel proposals should also include a separate top sheet identifying the panel title, panel organizer and a 200-300 word panel description.

Please email proposals by November 15, 2007 to Accepted papers and panels will be announced by December 1, 2007.

Further details will be available on line at

Conference Organizers:
Prof. Ana M. López, Director
Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute/ Communication

Prof. Marilyn Miller

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Symposium on Creative Work, Leeds UK, 18 October

Creative Work - A symposium organised by the Cultural and Media Industries Research Centre (CuMIRC) at the University of Leeds

18th October 2007

Venue: School of Performance and Cultural Industries,

University Of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Over the last decade creativity and the creative industries have become central to many visions of information or knowledge societies. Creativity is seen to be crucial to a new economy driven by competitive innovation. The creative or cultural industries are right at the centre of this, supposedly providing sustained employment growth and operating as catalysts for the wider creative economy.

According to such visions, these industries are not just economically beneficial but represent a new relation between work and individual fulfilment. The creative industries are portrayed as a liberating force, breaking with the grey bureaucratic drudgery of twentieth-century 9-to-5 jobs. Workers in the creative industries are seen as exemplary, moving from project to project in fluid networks animated by creative entrepreneurial energy, re-inventing themselves and their businesses as they go. Indeed, Richard Florida has famously linked the energies and lifestyle of this 'creative class' to the economic transformation of cities scarred by years of decline.

Analysts of the cultural industries have been slow to respond to these claims, and indeed have often endorsed them. In recent years however there has been a growing number of critical voices regarding the creative industries in general and creative work in particular. Studies of the 'creative workplace' have revealed new forms of control and exploitation and research into particular creative industry clusters have revealed high levels of insecurity and inequality. Equally, as 'creativity' and 'innovation' have become highly prized assets they have also been subject to routinisation and mechanisation in the search for increased profits.

At the same time there have been attempts to theorise the status of 'creative labour' within modern societies, in relation to a 'new spirit of capitalism' (Boltanski and Chiapello). Cities also have learned to use 'bohemia' as crucial parts of the post-industrial metropolis, subjecting these previously marginal areas to new forms of commodification and exploitation.

This symposium brings together leading researchers from a variety of disciplines to tackle these and other issues through a series of papers and discussions.


Registration 9.30

Welcome and Introduction: David Hesmondhalgh and Justin O'Connor

10.15 -11.15
Pierre-Michel Menger (Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and Directeur of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

Art as a Model for Creativity-Enhanced Work?


11.45 - 12.45
David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds): The Politics of Creative Labour in the Cultural Industries

Sarah Baker (University of Leeds): Working on Let Me Entertain You


2.00 - 3.30
Ros Gill (The Open University): Gendering Precarity in New Media Work

Kate Oakley (City University): Better than Working for a Living? Skills and Labour in the Festivals Economy


4.00 - 5.00
Doris Eikhof (University of Stirling): Bohemian Rhapsody: Lifestyles Bridging Art and Business

Justin O'Connor (University of Leeds): Neo-Bohemia - the End of the Affair?

5.15 -
Reception to mark the launch of the Cultural and Media Industries Research Centre (CuMIRC) - a new Centre based in the Institute of Communications Studies and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds

The conference fee is £40 and £15 for postgraduates. Places are limited and should be booked in advance. To book and to arrange payment, contact Haili Heaton (

Journal of Community Informatics: Community Informatics and System Design

The Journal of Community Informatics has just published its latest issue at

You are invited to review the Table of Contents here and then visit their web site to review articles and items of interest.

The Journal of Community Informatics
Vol 3 No 1 (2007) Special Issue: Community Informatics and System Design

Table of Contents

Community Informatics and Systems Design
- Michael Gurstein

Beyond Users to Communities - Designing Systems As Though Communities Matter - An Introduction to the Special Issue
- Aldo de Moor, Fiorella De Cindio

Towards Systems Design for Supporting Enabling Communities
- Michael Bieber, Barbara S. McFall, Ronald E. Rice, Michael Gurstein

A Design Theory Approach to Community Informatics: Community-Centered Development and Action Research Testing of Online Social Networking Prototype
- David T Bourgeois, Thomas A. Horan

Community Networks as lead users in online public services design.
- Fiorella De Cindio, Laura Anna Ripamonti, Cristian Peraboni

Making Use of Scenarios for Achieving Effective Use in Community Computing Contexts
- Roderick L Lee, Craig H Ganoe, Wendy A Schafer, Cecelia B Merkel, John M. Carroll, Mary Beth Rosson

Using System Dynamics to Construct Design Theory for Community Information Systems
- Aldo de Moor

Towards Supporting Community Information Seeking and Use
- Nkechi Nnadi, Michael Gurstein

Community Organizations in the Information Age: A study of community intermediaries in Canada
- Prof. Vanda Rideout, Dr. Andrew Reddick, Dr. Susan O'Donnell, Dr. William McIver, Jr., Sandy Kitchen, Mary Milliken

Points of View
Code of Ethics for Community Informatics Researchers
- Udo Averweg, Susan O'Donnell

EFF: Apple Lays Foundation for DMCA Lawsuits?

Apple's new product announcements last week may have laid the foundation for the next round of DMCA lawsuits. It sure looks like Apple is using the DMCA to block competition, rather than stop "piracy."

Read Fred von Lohmann's entire analysis of Apple's latest "lock-in" measures here:

For updated EFF report, "Unintended Consequences: Seven Years Under the DMCA":

For more on DRM, see EFF's pages on Digital Rights Management and Copy Protection Schemes:

Oxford Internet Institute - Civil Society Practitioners Programme

Reminder: Application deadline 26 September 2007

Oxford Internet Institute - Civil Society Practitioners Programme

Invitation to apply
The Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) invites applications from the global South to fill two places in its Civil Society Practitioners Programme.

This visitor programme is intended for Civil Society Practitioners of distinction or outstanding promise who wish to visit the Institute for a period of six weeks between February and December 2008, to undertake research concerning the social impact of the Internet and related ICTs. Visitors are expected to reside in Oxford during their stay, and to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute. The successful applicants will receive:

- A subsistence allowance of 3800 GBP (7500 USD) to cover research expenses and living costs during their stay in Oxford
- A travel grant of up to 1000 GBP (2000 USD) for travel to and from the UK

Applications will ideally be submitted by Civil Society Practitioners in or from the global South, active in the areas of freedom of expression, media reform, media justice, and communications and information policy in the globalized context of the Internet.

How to apply
For details on how to apply, please download:
Information for Applicants (PDF, 45kb) at

You may also request to have this information emailed to you in plain text form. The deadline for completed applications to reach the OII Academic and Student Affairs Officer (by post or email: contact details below) is 26 September 2007. Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Final notification of an award will occur in November 2007. Successful candidates will be expected to take up their six week residency in Oxford at any time between February and December 2008.

Laura Taylor
Academic and Student Affairs Officer
Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford
1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1865 287222
Fax: +44 (0)1865 287211

This programme has been made possible through funding by the media policy portfolio in the Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program of the Ford Foundation.

This Call for Applications is also available at:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Resuming normal posting

Hi there,

I'm back from my short break and will resume normal posting today!
You can expect the usual posting frequency of 2-4 posts a day I suppose, but when assignments come along I might take a short break again.

If you have any recommendations, ideas or suggestions for this blog, or if you yourself have a blog that would fit in he same niche as IMM (this blog!), then do leave a comment!


Monday, September 10, 2007

Flow Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 6 now online

The new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture is out.

This issue features columns by Michele Byers, Alan McKee, Jeffrey P. Jones, Judith Halberstam, Gareth Palmer, and Joan Hawkins.

Please visit the journal at to read these columns and contribute responses to them.

This issue's columns in brief:

"Durham County: 'HBO can eat its heart out'" by Michele Byers:
Durham County (2007) is a hybrid creature–exportable Canadian drama stripped of all national and cultural markers and defying generic conventions. The six-episode series about a cop and a serial killer competes with the US specialty cable market and is grabbing both audience approval and critical acclaim.

“The Seven Steps to Getting a Job in Television" by Alan McKee:
You want to work in television, do you? These seven steps might prove useful.

"Punk-Rock Presidency: The State of Presidential Satire on Television" by Jeffrey P. Jones:
Presidential caricature on television has come a long way from the days of presidential impersonators on late-night talk shows or sketch comedy send-ups on Saturday Night Live. The bookending of the Bush presidency by Comedy Central’s That’s My Bush! and Lil’ Bush announces a bold new era in the satirization of a sitting president.

"Pixarvolt – Animation and Revolt" by Judith Halberstam:
In contemporary animated feature films for kids, a genre I call “pixarvolt,” certain topics which would never ever appear in adult films are central to the success and emotional impact of the narrative.

"Talent: No Alarms and No Surprises, Please." by Gareth Palmer:
What is talent now? A starry rope-ladder to the celebrity scaffold? Or a gift? You decide …

"Dish Towns USA (or Rural Screens)–Part 2" by Joan Hawkins:
People work long hard hours in multiple jobs to make ends meet, and they frequently have little money left over for the kinds of services that many of us consider essential—services like communication.

Also, you can still vote for your favorite television performers in Part II of their Emmy ominations poll!