[SIGCIS-Members] ICA Media Technology History Preconference

Fred Turner fturner at stanford.edu
Tue Oct 7 16:39:56 PDT 2008

Hi All --

	For those who go to the International Communication Association 
conference, this might be of interest.

-- Fred

The Future is Prologue: New Media, New Histories?

New media encompass both new opportunities and new dilemmas for 
scholars.  This ICA pre-conference invites participants to reflect on 
ways to analyze, preserve , and understand new media in a manner that 
is both sensitive to the past and to future needs of historical 
research.  The history of new media is a burgeoning new subfield, but 
one aspect that often goes overlooked is how new media involve new 
ways of doing history.  The purpose of this pre-conference is to 
focus attention on the shifting needs of historical scholarship about 
new media.  It will include a demonstration of new technologies for 
collaboration and visualization under development at the Electronic 
Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago.

We welcome papers on a wide array of historically-grounded themes. 
The following illustrations of topics suggest - but are not intended 
to limit - topics suitable for paper submissions:
     * The idea of 'storage' as it relates to new media and historiography.
     * The contextualization of historical problems in a new media milieu.
     * The changing meanings and implications of inscription as the 
internet more fully embraces a range of audio-visual forms of
     * Ideological implications of speculations regarding the future.
     * The changing place of 'the virtual' in new media studies.
     * Digital history.
     * The reputed move away from print media to new media.
     * Changing meanings of the 'global' in relation to new media.
     * Ubiquity, indexing, correlation and access.
     * New media and transformations in the scholarly enterprise.

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted no later than November 1,2008.

Send abstracts to: David Park, Chair of the ICA Communication History 
Interest Group, at park at lakeforest.edu.

Authors will be informed whether abstracts have been accepted by 21 
November 2008. Papers will be due by May 1, 2009.  The program for 
this pre-conference will take place all day on May 21, 2009, the date 
established for ICA pre-conferences. The available time allows for
three consecutive blocks of short presentations and roundtable-style 

The pre-conference is a joint initiative by the Communication History 
Interest Group of the ICA, New Media & Society and the Electronic 
Visualization Laboratory and Department of Communication at the 
University of Illinois at Chicago. The pre-conference will be held at
The University of Illinois at Chicago, and there will be 
transportation available for participants and attendees between the 
conference hotel and the UIC campus.

Organized by
     * Dave Park, Chair,  Communication History Interest Group, 
     * Nicholas Jankowski and Steve Jones, co-editors New Media &
Society, http://newmediaandsociety.com

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Fred Turner
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
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