20.257 cfp: "Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface"

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 06:39:42 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 257.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 06:37:12 +0100
         From: "On Behalf Of Jonathan Tarr" <hastac-bounces_at_maillists.uci.edu>
         Subject: cfp: "Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface,"

Call for Papers
International HASTAC Conference
"Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface"
April 19-21, 2007

We are now soliciting papers and panel proposals for "Electronic
Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface," the first international
conference of HASTAC ("haystack": Humanities, Arts, Science and
Technology Advanced Collaboratory). The interdisciplinary conference
will be held April 19-21, 2007, in Durham, North Carolina,
co-sponsored by Duke University and RENCI (Renaissance Computing
Institute). Details concerning registration fees, hotel
accommodations, and the full conference agenda will be posted to
www.hastac.org as they become available.

"Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface" is one of the
culminating events for the In|Formation Year that began in June 2006
and extends through May of 2007. (See the HASTAC website for a
calendar of In|Formation Year events, plus open source archived
materials suitable for downloading for courses or campus events.)

The keynote address will be delivered by visionary information
scientist John Seely Brown (The Social Life of Information) at the
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke. Other events include a talk by legal
theorist James Boyle (co-founder of the Center for the Study of the
Public Domain, Creative Commons, and Science Commons), a conversation
among leaders of innovative digital humanities projects led by John
Unsworth (chair of the ACLS "Cyberinfrastructure and the Humanities
and Social Sciences" commission), and a presentation by media artist
and research pioneer Rebecca Allen. The conference will also include
refereed scholarly and scientific papers, multimedia performances, an
exhibit hall of innovative software and hardware, plus tours of art
and scientific installations in virtual reality, learning-game, and
interactive sensor space environments.

Six sessions will be devoted to panels with refereed papers on
aspects of "interface" spanning media arts, engineering, and the
human, social, natural, and computational sciences. Panels will be
topical and cross-disciplinary; they will be comprised of papers that
are themselves interdisciplinary as well as specialized disciplinary
papers presented in juxtaposition with one another.

We will consider proposals for full panels (three or four papers),
for paired cross-disciplinary papers on a shared topic, or for single

Topics: Panels might address interfaces between humans and computers,
mind and brain, real and virtual worlds, science and fiction,
consumers and producers, text-archives and multi-media, youth and
adults, disciplines, institutions, communities, identities, media,
cultures, technologies, theories, and practices.

Other possible topics: The body as interface, neuroaesthetics and
neurocognition, prosthetics, mind-controlled devices, immersion,
emergence, presence, telepresence, sensor spaces, virtual reality,
social networking, games, experimental learning environments,
human/non-human situations and actors, interactive communication and
control, access, borders, intellectual property, porosity, race and
ethnicity, difference, Afro-Geeks and Afro-Futurism, identity,
gender, sexuality, credibility, mapping and trafficking, civic
engagement, social activism, cyberactivism, plus all of the other
In|Formation Year topics: in|common, interplay, in|community,
interaction, injustice, integration, invitation, innovation.

Proposal Submissions: Please send 500-1000 word paper and/or panel
proposals to info_at_hastac.org

Deadline for Proposals: December 1, 2006.

Full-length papers or power-point presentations will be posted on the
HASTAC website prior to the conference. The sessions themselves will
be devoted to synopses of the work, followed by a response designed
to elicit audience participation. Attendees whose papers are not
accepted will be encouraged to display their work at a digital poster

Registration will be limited to 150 people. HASTAC will announce a
priority registration period for HASTAC In|Formation Year site
leaders, followed by open registration.

Some scholarship funding will be available to graduate students to
help defray fees and conference costs.

For additional information as well as copies of the In|Formation Year
poster, contact Jonathan Tarr, HASTAC Project Manager
(info_at_hastac.org or 919 684-8471).

HASTAC uses Creative Commons licenses for all of its endeavors. All
conference sessions will be webcast, archived, and made available for
non-profit educational purposes
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