[SIGCIS-Members] CFP: "Engineering Events: Technologies of Performance" (SHOT 2023 Open Session—Abstracts 3/20)

Scott Kushner scottkushner at uri.edu
Mon Mar 13 08:50:00 PDT 2023

Dear SIGCISians,

As Paul Ceruzzi reminded me over the weekend, I'm proposing an open session
for the SHOT 2023—and the date is drawing nigh!  It may be of interest to
scholars working on the computerization of performance infrastructures and
other topics related to theater, music, dance, and other forms of
performance and exhibition.  Feel free to be in touch with any inquiries.
See below or visit https://tinyurl.com/shot-performance-tech.  Abstracts by
March 20 to scottkushner at uri.edu.

Organizer: Scott Kushner, University of Rhode Island (scottkushner at uri.edu)

Accounting, amplifying, autotuning, broadcasting, concealing, crowd
controlling, designing, displaying, fencing, filming, lighting, loading-in,
marketing, monitor mixing, rigging, simulcasting, sound engineering,
staging, striking, surveilling, ticketing, transporting, wayfinding:
performance events are inseparable from technological interventions.  These
technologies all have their own histories, and each conspires with other
technologies, practices, and discourses to form an assemblage of technical
operations.  This SHOT session will explore the histories of technologies
that support and surround performance—music, theater, sport, and other
cultural formations where large groups of people watch small groups of
people do things.

Technologies of performance can dazzle audiences or hide in plain sight,
but they all structure the possibilities of entertainment and the social
parameters of performing or audiencing.  How have technical instruments of
performance interacted with familiar social divides such as gender, race,
class, and ability?  How have technologies shaped who may perform or
attend, whose labor is valued or devalued, whose financial or political
interests are served or sidelined?  The significance of this work to the
history of technology lies in concentrating discussion about the ways that
technological interventions have shaped the production, consumption, and
possibilities of cultural performance.

Scholars at various career levels (graduate students through senior
scholars, and all throughout the various dimensions of the academic-labor
dominion) working on projects at all stages of development (new ideas,
works-in-progress, magna opera) may propose papers exploring technologies
of performance from the perspective of innovators, implementers, users,
performers, audiences, and/or excluded parties.  Proposals engaging with
any era and geographic context are welcome.

Procedure: Those interested in proposing presentations for potential
inclusion in this session will kindly prepare one-page abstracts and a
one-page CVs with current contact information.  Please submit materials to
Scott Kushner (scottkushner at uri.edu) by March 20, 2023.

If you will be a first-time SHOT presenter, do not hold a tenure-stream
position, are a graduate student (or no more than two years from receipt of
a terminal academic degree), and wish to be considered for the Robinson
Prize, please indicate as much in your abstract.  (Find information about
the Robinson Prize at the Robinson Prize page at the SHOT website:

Scott Kushner
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Harrington School of Communication and Media
University of Rhode Island
312 Davis Hall
10 Lippitt Rd.
Kingston, R.I. 02881
+1 (401) 874-5223
scottkushner at uri.edu
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