[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: The Future is Prologue ICA Pre-con

Fred Turner fturner at stanford.edu
Fri Apr 3 17:31:10 PDT 2009

Hi All,
	The ICA is hosting another preconference this year that seems to be  
up our collective alley. It's "New Media, New Histories," with the  
program below. Check it out.

-- Fred Turner

> See below for details regarding a pre-conference that will be part  
> of the offerings at the annual ICA conference in Chicago this May.   
> Entitled "The Future is Prologue: New Media, New Histories?," this  
> preconference brings together scholars who are interested in  
> considering new media in terms of history, and vice versa.  There is  
> still room for those who wish to attend this pre-conference, and we  
> welcome all interested parties.
> Registration for the ICA conference and this pre-con can be found  
> here:
> http://www.icahdq.org
> [the pre-conference is called PC3 in the registration system]
> And let's hear it for my co-planners, Nick Jankowski and Steve Jones.
> Thanks,
> Dave Park
> The Future is Prologue:
> New Media, New Histories?
> An ICA Pre-Conference Organized by: New Media & Society, The  
> University of Illinois at Chicago, And The Communication History  
> Interest Group of the ICA
> Chicago, 21 May 2009
> University of Illinois at Chicago
> Lecture Center C1
> Schedule
> 8:00:  Bus pickup at Marriott Hotel.  Buses depart at 8:10 a.m. for  
> 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.:  Opening remarks
> 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.:  Roundtable 1: Storage and New Media: Beyond  
> the Container Metaphor
>             The idea of storage operates as one of a number of  
> helpful-though also constraining-visions of how information  
> operates.  New media connect the controversies connected to this  
> idea of storage to long-standing disputes concerning the social role  
> of information.  How do media connect with different modes of  
> storage?  And how do issues relating to storage in turn connect with  
> historiographical concerns?  These will be the animating ideas of  
> this roundtable.
>         Devon Powers, "What Was Popular? New Media, History, and the  
> Problem of
>                 the Music Charts"
>         Sabryna Cornish, "Correcting History: The Perils of New  
> Media Correction in a
>                 Digital Age"
>         Adriana de Souza e Silva and Daniel M. Sutko, "Mobile  
> Locative Interfaces as
>                 Potentiality: Actualizing Information in Space and  
> Space as Information"
>         Megan Sapnar, "From Old to New and Back Again: Broadcast  
> Histories,
>                 Software Studies, and the Work of Web Historiography"
>         Deborah Leiter, "Hidden in Plain Sight?: The Exigence of  
> (Electronic) Visibility
>                 for Print Materials"
>         Erik Glyttov, "Mediated Realities: Virtual Worlds as New  
> Media and the
>                 Preservation of Digital Ancestry"
> 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Coffee Break
> 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Roundtable 2:  The Theoretical in the  
> Historical: De-Centering New Media History
>             Media historians are often trained to avoid tendencies  
> like technological determinism and Whig history.  Related to these  
> tendencies is the practice of reifying technologies and media,  
> setting them aside as if they were naturally separate 'things'.   
> This roundtable pulls together papers that exemplify the practice of  
> de-centering new and old media through grounded understandings of  
> social praxis, understood through varying theoretical lenses.
>         D. Travers Scott, "The Utility of Sound Studies' Theory and  
> Method for Histories
>                 of New Media and Communication Technologies"
>         Peter D. Schaefer, "Reflections on the Sliding Signification  
> of 'Interface'"
>         Klaus Bruhn Jensen & Rasmus Helles, "The Internet as a  
> Cultural Forum:
>                 Implications for Research"
>         Josh Lauer, "Surveillance History and the History of New  
> Media"
>         Benjamin Peters, "Media We Do Not Yet Know How to Talk  
> About: History as
>                 New Media"
>         Lance Porter, "A Multi-Method Examination of the Move from  
> Print to New
>                 Media of Online Sports Reporters and Fans"
>         Dawn Shepard, "The Closet and the House-Tops:  Communication
>                 Technologies and the Paradox of Privacy"
> 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.:  Lunch
> 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: Roundtable 3: Doing History: New Media  
> Historiography, and the History of History
>             Historiography-understood as the methods of history and  
> as the history of history-is of particular importance to those who  
> take an historical approach to new media.  How do new media-as  
> storage tools and as analytic devices-intersect with the methods we  
> use to do media history?  And what methodological adjustments can we  
> see in new media research?
>         Jaako Suominen, "Gaming Legacy?: Four Approaches to the  
> Relation Between
>                 Cultural Heritage and Digital Technology"
>         Mark Brewin, "A History of the History of Objectivity"
>         Simon Popple & David E. Morrison, "Opening the Archive: The  
> BBC, New Media,
>                 and Media History"
>         Meghan Dougherty, Jamaica Jones, and Steven M. Schneider,  
> "911 at 10:
>                 Collaboration across Fields to Challenge Formats for  
> New Media History"
>         Michael Dick, "Writing a Prologue for 'Web Science':  
> Situating an Evolving
>                 Discipline-and the New Media at its Core-Within  
> Determinist-                    Constructivist Discourse and Medium  
> Theory"
>         Jan Fernback, "Knowledge Capital, ICTs, and the Academic  
> Community"
> 2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.:  Break.
> 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Keynote address by speaker TBA
> 3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.:  Break.
> 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Roundtable 4: Historicizing New Media:   
> Applying Historical Approaches to New Media Practice
>             The future assumes numerous forms in media practice. The  
> idea of the future-and the sense of possibility and flexibility that  
> often comes with it-is of particular importance to new media  
> practice. The papers collected here address the ideas of emergence  
> and flexibility as they relate to new media.
>         Holly Kruse, "Internet Gambling and the Changing Meanings of  
> Domestic Space"
>         Charles van den Heuvel, "Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web in  
> Research from a
>                 Historical Perspective: The Designs of Paul Otlet  
> (1868-1944) for                       Telecommunication and Machine  
> Readable Documentation to Organize                Research and  
> Society"
>         Stephanie Schulte, "Blogging into the Future: The Internet  
> as Unmediated Proxy
>                 of the Self"
>         Deb Aikat, "Digitally Inspired: Classic Concepts, Texts and  
> the Pioneers Who
>                 Shaped the Evolution of Computing in 1833-1945"
>         Carolyn Kane, "Digital Art and Experimental Color Systems at  
> Bell Laboratories,
>                 1965-1984: Restoring Interdisciplinary Innovations  
> and Color Systems to                 Media History"
>         Patricia T. Whalen, "The Tipping Point for Newspapers: A  
> Snapshot of an Industry
>                 in Denial"
> 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.:  Closing Reception, featuring guided visit to  
> the Electronic Visualization Laboratory.
>             Though space for the EVL tours may be limited, there  
> will be a chance for groups of approximately 25 attendees to take  
> this tour sequentially.

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