Friday, May 30, 2008

Video: Economic Impact on Startups

Startup CEOs at the All Things Digital conference say those at the top of their game will weather the economic slowdown, but more emphasis will be placed on revenue making. Stacey Delo reports.

Video: Getting Disruptive With Technology

CEOs and investors at the All Things Digital Conference weigh in on what areas they see prime for a disruptive technology to improve their lives. Stacey Delo reports.

Video courtesy of The Wall Street Journal
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Video: Money for Search Advertising

Angel investor and trend spotter Esther Dyson says companies are putting all their eggs into search advertising and that as a result they're missing the bigger boat.

Stacey Delo reports from the All Things Digital conference.

video courtesy of The Wall Street Journal (video may not play in feed readers)



All artists residing in the United States and around the world are invited to submit a proposal for Conflux, the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public
space. For submission information and acceptable project types, please review our guidelines:

Please note that this is NOT a call for traditional visual arts such as painting or drawing. Proposals are accepted online only; the festival is curated by a team of award-winning multimedia artists and activists. $5 Entry fee.

Event dates and location: September 11 - 14, throughout New York City.

For complete entry information:

RSS Advertising Shows Signs of Life

RSS advertising doesn't get much attention these days, but that doesn't mean it's a bust as some have said. On the contrary, a mounting body of evidence suggests in-feed ad delivery is a growing opportunity for marketers and publishers alike.
The latest indicator: Gawker Media sequentially grew its revenue from feed-driven traffic by 300 percent in Q1 2008.

Gawker Sales Chief Chris Batty said the company is now pulling an average CPM of $4 or $5 for its RSS inventory, "a little less than we get on the sites."

Batty compared RSS advertising's low profile to that of podcasting, its multimedia cousin. Both syndication channels emerged around the same time.

"RSS and podcasting have both gone a little bit silent," he said. "Podcasting is a bust, and RSS was lumped in. It's got a few unique challenges...but it has grown and become a part of revenue mix for publishers."

It had better be, because it's certainly a larger part of publishers' traffic. Thirty-four percent of global respondents to a March social media survey from Universal McCann said they had "ever" subscribed to an RSS feed. That represents a large jump from the previous year's findings, when the agency found just 15 percent said they had subscribed to a feed. The data were gathered from 17,000 Internet users in 29 countries, aged 16 to 54.

However the U.S. ranks far down on the adoption list, with penetration of only 18.6 percent. That's tiny compared to RSS-addicted nations like Russia (57 percent adoption), Brazil (55 percent) and China (54 percent). Additionally, of those who access feeds, only 25 percent of U.S. respondents said they do so daily. Another 35 percent said they access them weekly, while 16 percent said feed reading is a monthly endeavor.

For marketers, the creative limits of feed advertising remain a sticking point. Kelly Twohig, SVP, digital activation director at Starcom Worldwide, said text ads and simple GIF banners are a hard sell with clients.

"We haven't seen [RSS] move as rapidly as other things have," she said. "It's absolutely on our radar but still not the easiest thing to sell."

At least marketers have heard of RSS. That wasn't true a couple years ago, according to Bill Flitter, CEO of RSS ad network (and Gawker partner) Pheedo. Back then, he said, "you'd have to do the whole pitch on RSS, then the whole pitch on the company."

Yet it's true that RSS can't handle some of the staples of online advertising, including Flash, IFrames and JavaScript.

"That's why we exist frankly," said Flitter. "It's a pretty difficult problem serving ads in feeds, because you don't have the traditional ad serving methods to do that. The ad servers break down."

Gawker's Batty argued growth in RSS advertising has also been constrained by the dominance of FeedBurner, acquired by Google a year ago. Back then Gawker sold its RSS inventory through FeedBurner's network, and commanded CPMs in the $7 to $8 range. But that rate fell to around 30 cents when FeedBurner substituted AdSense for its own sales efforts, Batty said.

That might have been a powerful move, but Batty said Google put an end to FeedBurner's human ad sales efforts before fully automating the ad placement process for advertisers. The result: lower demand for inventory and lower prices.

"If you want to buy RSS you need to pick up the phone and talk to your Google person," Batty claims. "At that point you take the one million AdSense users down to 10,000 who can get a phone call returned -- and 10 percent of that who can do anything."

FeedBurner executives didn't respond to a request for comment, but FeedBurner recently indicated in a blog post that RSS advertisers would soon be "blessed with good fortune" on the feed advertising front.

In any case, Flitter indicated Pheedo has definitely perceived the uptick in consumer use, which has resulted in a near-glut of RSS ad inventory. Pheedo sells about 50 percent of the inventory it represents directly, and for the rest it pulls a feed from ad partners including MIVA,, and

"Some of our publishers are seeing their page views from RSS are nearing page views of Web sites," he said. "The market's finally there. The growth is finally there."


Thursday, May 29, 2008

News Video: Microsoft is Trying to Stay in "Touch"

News Video: Microsoft is Trying to Stay in "Touch"

Microsoft announced that the upcoming "Windows 7" operating system will steer away from the conventional mouse-keyboard interface and will instead utilize a touch screen.

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watch more footage (including interviews) over at D6 - all things digital

News Video: Google Gears Up MySpace

Google Gears Up MySpace

Social networking site MySpace is now using Google's Gears software to upgrade its email service and are using the original Gears Database API with Full Text Search to enable fast and easy search and sort capabilities.

The announcement was made at Google's developers conference in San Francisco.

see also the Official Google Blog related article here]

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[watch more Science and Technology News Videos here]

News Video: Dallas Web Designers Ready To Compete With Google

News Video: Dallas Web Designers Ready To Compete With Google

Dallas, TX. It's a search engine with a funny name, but the designers of "Viewzi" hope their new search engine will become so popular that users will "Viewzi this" and "Viewzi that."

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pew Internet releases report on consumer choice, plus commentaries on earthquake news coverage in China

The internet plays an important role in how people conduct research for purchases, but it is just one among a variety of sources people use and usually not the key factor in final purchasing decisions.

A new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project tracks the decision-making
processes for buying music, purchasing a cell phone, and buying or renting a home. Here are the top three sources used in product research for each of the three products.

For those who have bought music in the prior year:

83% say they find out about music from the radio, the television or in a movie.

64% say they find out about music from friends, family members, or co-workers.

56% say they find out about music through various online tools, such as going to a band's or artist's website or streaming samples of songs to their computers.

Among those who have purchased a cell phone in the prior year:

59% asked an expert or salesperson for advice 46% go to one or more cell phone stores.

39% use the internet.

For those who have rented or bought new housing in the prior year:

49% use the internet.

49% look through ads in the newspaper.

47% ask a real estate agent for advice.

Even though many buyers use the internet in product research, relatively few say online information had a major impact on the product choice they eventually made. Only 7% of music buyers, 10% of cell phone buyers, and 11% of those who bought or rented a home in the prior year say that online information had a major impact on their decision.

For the full report please visit:

Plus: Senior Research Fellow Deborah Fallows reports from China on how the earthquake recovery is portrayed on TV and on the internet:

Day 1-4:
Day 5-7:

About the Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Pew Internet Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. Support for the project is provided by The
Pew Charitable Trusts. The project's Web site:

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research: Social Identity and Consumer Behavior in Virtual Worlds

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research - Special Issue: Social Identity and Consumer Behavior in Virtual Worlds

Special Issue: Social Identity and Consumer Behavior in Virtual Worlds.
Deadline: August 15, 2008

Guest Editors
Caja Thimm, Bonn University, Germany
Natalie Wood, Saint Joseph's University, USA

Virtual worlds are 3-D computer-mediated environments that offer rich visual interfaces and real-time communication with other residents. Consumers enter these worlds in the form of avatars – online digital personas that they create.

Participation rates are staggering – Habbo Hotel targets 13 -18 year olds and boasts over 92 million registered users and over 8.5 million unique users each month (Sulake Corporation 2008). Gaia Online attracts more than 2 million unique visitors each month with 300,000 of their members logging in for an average of two hours per day (Gaia Interactive Inc 2008). Many Fortune 500 companies including GM, Dell, Sony, IBM and Wells Fargo are staking their claim to online real estate in worlds such as Second Life, and Entropia Universe.

In the past 18 months alone approximately $1.5 billion has been invested in companies developing technologies for virtual worlds. Management Consulting Company McKinsey & Company predicts that "Virtual worlds such as Second Life will become an indispensible business tool and vital to the strategy of any company intent on reaching out to the video-game generation" (Richards, 2008).

As individuals effortlessly move back and forth between their real and virtual environments we can only imagine the ramifications for identity formation and the impact these environments will have on consumer behavior.

This special issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is dedicated to exploring the issue of social identity and consumer behavior. We encourage participation from a broad range of academic researchers and practitioners in such fields as marketing and consumer psychology, computer science, sociology, economics, and communications. Topics of interest are (but not limited to):

• Avatars, the self and attitude change

• Motivational and Involvement

• Marketing Communications in Virtual Worlds

• In-world Branding

• Virtual influence and decision making

• Virtual culture and economies

Guidelines and Deadlines
We welcome submissions in the form of essays, papers, original research, interactive online exhibits with accompanying detailed descriptions, and other forms of scholarship.
For specific submission instructions visit:

Deadline for Submission: August 15th, 2008
Publication: September, 2008

For further information contact:

Caja Thimm, Bonn University, Germany.
Natalie Wood, Saint Joseph's University, USA.

About the Journal
The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is an online, open access academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from around the world. The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is a transdisciplinary journal that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship and welcomes contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that intersect virtual worlds research.

Editorial Board
Edward Castranova, Indiana University, United States
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Jorge Peña, University of Texas at Austin, United States
Allucquere 'Sandy' Stone, University of Texas at Austin, United States
Joseph Straubhaar, University of Texas at Austin, United States
Natalie Wood, Saint Joseph's University, United States

Jeremiah Spence, University of Texas at Austin, United States

Associate Editors
Mark W. Bell, Indiana University, United States
Sun Sun LIM, National U. of Singapore, Singapore
Suely Fragoso, Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos/Unisinos, Brazil
Joe Sanchez, University of Texas at Austin, United States
Amanda Salomon, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Henry Segerman, University of Texas at Austin, United States
Yesha Y. Sivan, Shenkar College & Metaverse Labs, Israel
Stephanie Smith, NASA JSC Learning Technologies, United States
Caja Thimm, University of Bonn, Germany

Flow Journal Special Issue: The Writers' Strike

The new, special edition issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture is available at

This issue features columns talking about the WGA Strike of 2007- 2008 from Shelley Jenkins, Dante Atkins, and Erin Giannini.

This issue's columns in brief:

"Internships, Idealism, and the WGA Strike"
by Shelley Jenkins
( A critical engagement looking at how undergraduate film and television majors mitigated their own need to cross the picket line, or risk not graduating on

"The WGA Strike, the Internet and Media Decentralization"
by Dante Atkins
( A look at how the blog helped the WGA control the traditional-media narrative.

"Fan Support and Its Effect (Or Lack Thereof) on the Strike"
by Erin Giannini
( A column asking: did fan organizing have any real bearing on the outcome of the WGA strike?

The Wire files [darkmatter journal issue] - call for papers

*darkmatter – special 'dialogue' issue

*'Way down in the hole'- The Wire files *

call for contributions

The critically acclaimed US television drama *The Wire* has recently ended its fifth and final series. The Baltimore set HBO show has been celebrated for its gritty realism and complex representation of urban crime, policing and American city politics. Through the TV cop genre *The Wire* has weaved together issues of drugs, poverty, policing, inner-city murder,
surveillance, political corruption, institutions, labour, schooling, print media, youth, sexuality and gender, with an ensemble cast of African-American and white characters and intricate plot-lines, providing one of the most compelling accounts of race, class and the city in contemporary media.

To mark this event the online journal *darkmatter***[] is putting together a special 'dialogue' issue exploring the aesthetics and politics of *The Wire*. If you are interested in making a contribution send a *300 words* abstract outlining your proposed piece by *30 June 2008*. If accepted, final pieces between *1500 to 4000 words* to be submitted by *1 September 2008*. We welcome contributions in the form of essays, reviews, interviews or creative media pieces on any aspect of the show - from detailed analysis of specific characters and episodes to the examination of *The Wire* in relation to the history of television, film and literary genre fiction, or as a mapping of the crisis of race, politics and the neoliberal capitalist economy in Baltimore, America and globally.

*send abstracts and any enquires to ash sharma

UCSD Visual Arts Best of ICAMedia 08

The UC San Diego Visual Arts 2008 Graduating ICAM Seniors Present: The Best of ICAMedia 08

June 4 and 5, 2008

Reception on Thursday, June 5, 2008 from 5-6:30pm at Atkinson Hall Auditorium

Wednesday, June 4th
Noon-4pm -- Best of ICAMedia Installation at the Black Box Theatre located in Atkinson Hall
Noon-4pm -- Welcome to Media Café at Atkinson Hall

Thursday, June 5th
Noon-4pm -- Best of ICAMedia Installation at the Black Box Theatre located in Atkinson Hall
2-5pm and 6:30-9:30pm -- Best of ICAMedia at Atkinson Hall

UC, San Diego Auditorium and Black Box Theater in Atkinson Hall 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093

The Best of ICAMedia is a showcase of the exquisite talent of Visual Arts and Music ICAM (Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts major) seniors who have been working in the interdisciplinary world of technology and art.

Utilizing their imagination and the skills honed from multiple methods of expression across the arts, music and film/video, these students share pieces from static art to multi touch games in this exhibit. This is the next generation of artists - the electronic impact of artistic expression upon our day to day world.

The projects exhibit the very best of combined technology, art and culture.

Please join our graduating class of 2008 for this one of a kind presentation.


For a map to the calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium, please visit:

The Best of ICAM is presented thanks to the support of the New Media Lounge, CRCA, Calit2, and the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Creative Content Online conference

Content Online for Creativity

Brdo, Slovenia
4-6 June 2008

The Slovenian Presidency cordially invites you to the “Creative Content Online” conference, which is co-funded by the European Commission. The main purpose of the conference “Content Online for Creativity” is to explore added-value actions that could be taken at European level to improve the competitiveness of the European online content production and distribution industry while enhancing both cultural diversity Europe's cultural industries.

The conference will thus open a debate on the issues of how to promote creation, production, online accessibility and consumption of quality digital content online. The promotion of creative online content goes hand in hand with strengthening European values among European citizens and the globalized world in general. The focus of the conference is digital content with the potential to communicate cultural values at the European, national and local levels. The challenges of so-called “cultural and creative content” distributed via new communication technologies need to be addressed in a specific way and adjusted to the diversity of cultural expressions, especially from the point of view of online content, media literacy, mobile TV, licensing and business models.

The conference will gather experts, policy makers, stakeholders and other interested parties. It is inspired by the European Commission’s Communication on Creative Content Online in Europe’s Single Market and Communication on Media Literacy in the Digital Environment.

The conference consists of four main sessions on topical issues:

- New business models for online distribution of content;

- Piracy and legal offers;

- Management on copyright online;

- Media literacy and Cultural diversity.

Enclosed please find the Tentative programme and Practical information regarding accommodation and organisation of the event, as well as Instructions for completing the application form for accreditation.

Please take note that the number of available places is limited. In view of this, only one person per company or organization can be accepted. Please note that participants are expected to meet all their costs as well as the cost of the accommodation and their flight to and from Ljubljana.

For more information regarding the registration procedure, please consult the attached documents. Detailed and timely registration is essential since it provides the basis for the logistical support (booking of hotel rooms, transportation from the airport to the hotel, etc.).

For further information please do not hesitate to contact:

Mr Skender ADEM
Ministry of Culture
Telephone: +386 1 369 5985
E-mail: skender.adem(at)

Ministry of Culture
Telephone: +386 1 369 5880
E-mail: barbara.vodopivec(at)

Ministry of Culture
Telephone: +386 1 369 5999
E-mail: urska.zupanec(at)

Second Nature: Call for Papers and projects

Second Nature: Call for Papers and projects

Second Nature: The International Journal of Creative Media is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal auspiced by RMIT’s School of Creative Media. Second Nature explores the distinctive particulars of and interconnections between textual, visual, aural and interactive
creative research and practices.

The journal’s editorial board seeks papers and online projects for its first issue.

As the journal is multiple-media in focus we welcome contributions from across the field of creative media including creative writers, media and art historians, media practitioners and fine artists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, curators, museum professionals, scientists, cultural and media theorists, archivists, technologists, software developers, educationalists, philosophers and any others who have a stake in the understanding and
future developments of creative media. Projects might include web-based interactives, net-art, games, suites of 2D imagery, video and sound works, fiction, critical and non-fiction writing. Both projects and papers will be peer-reviewed.

15th June, 2008: Expressions of interest
30th August, 2008: Papers and projects

Issue 1.
Role Models
The inaugural issue of Second Nature will examine creative practice as a contested site of inscription. It will challenge traditional concepts of the creator’s role as one of ‘writing' the world that, despite continual challenges to its hegemony, persists in the popular imagination. Whilst past challenges from cultural theorists have remained largely theoretical in approach, new developments in technologies and communications are rapidly changing the creative landscape.

‘Creativity’ and ‘innovation’ are seen as the drivers of future First World economies and the ‘cultural industries’ account for a substantial proportion of First world GNP. Ironically, less and
less Government and corporate support seems to be available for independent, creative research.

Papers and projects addressing, but not limited to, some or all of
the following questions are invited:

• Can traditional views of ‘the creator’ withstand these new developments? What role/s will the creative practitioner play in this changing cultural, economic, social and environmental landscape?

• What kinds of creative spaces and practices are available in an increasingly corporatised brand-driven world?

• How has the globalization of labour and markets affected the cultural and geographical specificity of creative output.

• What role will the academy play as a site of creative research?

• How will the romantic notion of the artist be redefined in the new globalism of the 21st century?

• Is it all about the market? Are other values driving the development of media and practices?

• How are new distribution channels affecting what becomes public, how it is consumed and how it is understood?

• What is the affect of user-generated media on traditional practices and distribution?

• Can crowd-sourcing, folksonomies and the wisdom of crowds replace the roles of gatekeeper, editor, curator, director etc?

• What affect has rise of intellectual protectionism and particularly the extension of copyright, trademarking and patenting opportunities had on practitioners and practice?

• How do the ambitions of ‘research’ apply to creative practice? Can practice be said to generate ‘new’ information (with its material overtones of quantifiablity and universality), or is the information and understanding generated through producing, consuming and/or interacting with creative works of a completely different order?

• What are the problems of a ‘too useful art’? In the rush to claim a use value for art (research questions based on empirical models; claims of art’s/creativity’s economic benefits), is there a risk of denigrating the idea of culture for culture’s sake and of stifling necessary uncertainty within the creative process.

• Does a culture of user-generated content and democratic dissemination of cultural products weaken traditional institutions such as universities and museums? Or can it lead to a justification for ‘high’ or ‘elite’ cultures?

• Creativity and innovation are being touted as future drivers of First World economies, but what difference (if any) exists between the two? Can innovation be seen as the commodification of creative expression? And if so, does this spell danger for creative outcomes that don't have a pre-defined purpose?

• How has the hegemony and globalisation of culture affected creative expression within developing or politically ‘weak’ economies?

• Is the global market itself distorting the intentions as well as the outcomes of creative expression?

Please submit an initial expression of interest consisting of an abstract or project description of approximately 300 words, and a small number (i.e less than 15) of 72dpi .jpg or .png images if
appropriate. Deadline: June 15, 2008

Completed papers should be no more than 10,000 words. Any images included must have Copyright clearance or be the intellectual property of the author/s. Deadline: August 30, 2008

Abstracts and papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents saved as .doc or .rtf.

Submitted projects must be formatted for viewing and interaction in a web browser. In exceptional cases projects may be presented to download (e.g as executable applications). Please contact the editor at the email address below if you would like to discuss suitable formats and file sizes.

Submissions and inquiries should be made to the editor Shiralee Saul

Forthcoming issues for 2009 include:
Amnesiac Culture will examine the complex issues surrounding personal and cultural memory.
Code Breakers will examine contemporary understandings of reality as embodied information structures.

Access to Knowledge (A2K3) Conference - call for papers


SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2008
Deadline June 30, 2008

pleased to announce their fifth interdisciplinary writing competition and call for papers in conjunction with the Third Access to Knowledge (A2K3) Conference taking place on September 8-10, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.

We invite students, scholars, policy-makers, technologists, activists, and industry representatives to submit papers on access to knowledge (A2K) and communications law and policy for publication by the IJCLP. Submissions must be received by June 30th to be considered for the A2K3 writing competition.

The authors of the selected papers will be invited to publish their work in a special volume of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy,, in memoriam of former IJCLP lead editor Boris Rotenberg.

This year’s writing competition will feature an award sponsored by Kaltura - The Kaltura Prize will be granted to the author of the best submission on a topic relating to digital media remix, open-source business models, collaborative production, democratic culture, or related themes which speak to the identity of Kaltura as the world’s first open-source video platform. The Kaltura Prize will include a cash stipend of $1,000 and funding for travel to and accommodations in Geneva to accept the award at the A2K3 conference.

The first and second A2K conferences at Yale Law School focused on building and mobilizing coalitions for Access to Knowledge. A2K3—which will be hosted by the Yale ISP and partner organizations in Geneva, Switzerland—offers the opportunity to take the discussion about Access to Knowledge into the mainstream of international policy-making in the areas of intellectual property, telecommunications, international development, human rights, international trade, and the information society.

Panel topics for this year’s conference include:

• The Development Agenda at WIPO

• A2K and Human Rights

• A2K and Global Trade

• Research and Capacity-Building for A2K

• Prize Mechanisms for Innovation

• Copyright Exceptions and Limitations

• Media and Communication Rights

• Open Business Models

• Technologies for Access

A full conference description will be made available at the Yale ISP’s website, Conference proceedings and foundational resources from previous A2K conferences are available at

Submissions for the writing competition must be received by June 30, 2008. All submissions should be written in English and submitted in .doc, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf format. Submissions should conform to academic citation standards, be no longer than 15,000 words, and must include an abstract of no longer than 250 words.

Submissions should be e-mailed simultaneously to Simone Francesco Bonetti, Chief editor of the IJCLP (; Lea Shaver, Director of the Access to Knowledge Program of the Yale ISP (; and Shay David, Co-Founder and CTO of Kaltura (

The Global Media Journal - call for papers

The Global Media Journal: Mediterranean Edition Fall 2008 3(2)


The GMJ: Mediterranean Edition welcomes contributors to the fall, 2008 issue of the journal.

This is an open call and the editors welcome articles that engage a variety of issues including (but not limited to):

- Media and gender

- Peace communication/peace media

- Communication and conflict

- Globalization and the media

- Media and Diaspora

- Women and the media

- Postcolonial discourses and media

- Alternative media

- Political economy of media

- Media policy/regulation

- Feminist studies in media and communication

The journal encourages articles that take a critical stance on the role of media in society and engage substantive issues including democratic media, social justice and the promotion of more egalitarian society.

The deadline for submissions for the fall issue is October 25th although papers will be sent out for review as they are received.

Please consult the submission guidelines on the journal home page and send your manuscript to

Monday, May 26, 2008

Contemporary Transformations

Contemporary Transformations
The UKNMFS in Association with University of Westminster, UK
23rd May 2009 – 24th May 2009

A significant characteristic of artistic movements is the reconfiguration, adaptation and transformation of texts. The focus of this conference is the appropriation and conversion of existing artistic works for use in a contemporary vogue. This ambition to 'make it new' in tandem with the politics and intentions behind the transformation has led to the emergence
of startling works of contemporary art.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks papers focusing on transformations where the new text has been created after 1968 and there is strong engagement between each work. There is no limit to the time period from which the source text can be located.

Submissions are welcomed from research students and established academics.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Modernism into Postmodernism
Poetry into prose or prose into poetry
Theatrical/filmic adaptations of novels
The role of the graphic novel as medium for transformation
Globalisation and transformation
The intersection of different artistic movements
The fetishism of the transformation
Cross cultural and cross genre adaptation

We will be pursuing various publishing outputs related to the conference.

Send abstracts (no more than 250 words) for proposed 20 minute papers by 31st December 2008 to Please mark the subject of your email "Contemporary Transformations abstract". Alternatively, you can post your abstracts to Martyn Colebrook, Department of English, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, East Yorkshire, England HU6 7RX. Proposals for comprised panels of three speakers are also

British Association for American Studies Conference, University of Nottingham 2009

British Association for American Studies Annual Conference
University of Nottingham, 16-19 April 2009


The fifty-fourth BAAS Annual Conference will take place at the University of Nottingham between 16 and 19 April 2009.

There is no main focus or theme for the conference which is designed as a forum for research
papers on any subject relating to the United States of America and to early America. Paper and
panel proposals on any topic within American Studies, broadly defined, are welcome. The
conference will feature papers across a wide range of disciplines including literary studies,
history, film, television and media studies, political science, cultural studies, visual culture and
art history, among others. We are also extremely keen to receive proposals which adopt an
interdisciplinary focus.

Located in the centre of England and near to East Midlands Airport, Nottingham is renowned not
only for the legendary Robin Hood but also for its close proximity to Eastwood, the birthplace of
D.H. Lawrence and Newstead Abbey, Lord Byron's ancestral home. The city offers a wealth of
museums, galleries and cinemas including Nottingham Castle, the Playhouse, the Theatre Royal,
the Broadway Cinema and Media Centre as well as the newly opened Contemporary Art Exchange. Situated to the west of the city centre, the location for the conference is the 330 acre
University Park which is notable both for its famous lake, woodland areas and extensive parkland which is the home to a theatre, a performance hall and two Art Centres. For further information about Nottingham, please see

We would like to invite proposals for 20-minute papers of a maximum of 250 words which
should also include a provisional title. These will be arranged into panel groups. We also invite
proposals for panels and roundtable discussions, involving two or more people and sharing a
common theme and/or interdisciplinary focus. The conference will include papers from national
and international scholars across the spectrum of the research community, ranging from
postgraduates to senior scholars.

Proposals for BAAS 2009 at the University of Nottingham should be submitted by 13 October
2008 at the latest, preferably by e-mail attachment to:

Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier
School of American and Canadian Studies
University of Nottingham
University Park
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467600
Fax: +44 (0) 115 9514261

Any questions, comments or suggestions are welcome.

Lines of Flight: The Deleuzian Text

Lines of Flight: The Deleuzian Text

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Friday 5th September 2008
English Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Keynote Speaker:
Ian Buchanan, Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory in the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy, Cardiff University.

'It is never the beginning or the end which are interesting; the beginning and the end are points. What is interesting is the middle'
Dialogues II, p.39

For Gilles Deleuze, the real potential of a text lies in process, in its lines of flight. The artist's ability to take up the 'interrupted line' in the middle mobilises a becoming through art, a creation of something new and of endless transformative potential. This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference invites students from the fields of English, Film Studies, Philosophy, Art, Performing Arts, and Cultural Studies to explore how Deleuze's concept of the 'line of flight' opens up new, non- representational readings of the text, offering innovative spaces in which to actualise different art forms and ultimately different lines of thought. The following issues will be investigated:

In what ways do particular art forms operate lines of flight?
How can Deleuze be applied to contemporary texts?
How is his work relevant for literature/film/art today?
How does Deleuze's work relate to other theoretical paradigms?
How can Deleuze be used to open up new readings of literature?
In an age in which identity politics has become so important, where can Deleuzian theory fit?

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers from postgraduates exploring any of the above issues. Please send an abstract of 300 words and a brief biographical note (no more than 100 words) in Times New Roman size 12 to Lucy Prodgers ( by Friday 20th June 2008.

We anticipate the publication of selected papers in A/V (Actual/Virtual), an online audio-visual Journal for Deleuze Studies. See:

The conference is supported by the English Research Institute (ERI) and Research, Enterprise and Development (RED) office at MMU, and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Registration open for Continuity & Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Contemporary Film Criticism

Continuity and Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism

An International Conference at the University of Reading, 5-7 September 2008
Forms are available to download on our website:

Contemporary film displays both its debt to the established forms and practices of narrative cinema, and to international developments in aesthetic practice and in new technologies that subtly shift the boundaries of cinema's aural and visual field.

At the same time, contemporary film criticism negotiates a shifting relationship with its own histories and present – its histories of textual analysis and film theory, and its present landscape of concerns with identity, new delivery and reception contexts, digital remediation, and so on, explored against the backdrop of a volatile socio-historical moment.

This conference seeks to consider the critical challenges contemporary film form poses for us as film critics and theorists, in an approach rooted in the detail of the film text itself. In addition, the conference wishes to reflect and engage with the diversity of contemporary aesthetic choices and filmmaking practices. On the one hand, the conference will explore the continuities and innovations in contemporary film style, to move towards an account of contemporary cinema's aesthetic practice and the ways in which these formal elements shape the production of meaning. On the other hand, the conference will provide an important opportunity to explore and extend the continuities and innovations possible in contemporary film criticism.

Speakers at the conference will attempt to meet these interpretative, analytical and critical challenges through direct engagement with contemporary films. In addition to the familiar pattern of panel discussions and plenaries, the conference will include workshops in which speakers will present frameworks for analysis of the detail of a movie, as an introduction to the discussion of a sequence/sequences. Titles of films to be discussed at the conference will be circulated in advance.

Confirmed keynote speakers
Dr Adrian Martin, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia
Professor Gilberto Perez, Sarah Lawrence College, USA
Douglas Pye, Visiting Fellow in Film, University of Reading, UK

Contact Information
Lisa Purse & John Gibbs

University of Reading

Department of Film, Theatre & Television

Bulmershe Court, Woodlands Avenue

Reading, RG6 1HY, England