david silver | 1 Feb 17:46 2005

new reviews in cyberculture studies (february 2005)

New reviews (found at http://www.com.washington.edu/rccs/) include:

Jonathan Sterne, The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke 
University Press, 2003)
Reviewed by: Daniel Gilfillan, an Assistant Professor of German and Information 
Literacy at Arizona State University. Gilfillan is currently working on a 
book-length manuscript titled The Magic of Radio: The Experimental Turn in 
German Cultural Broadcasting from 1923-2003, which details the history of 
experimentation within Austro-German cultural broadcasting from 1923 to 2003 
through close readings of various radio art projects and radio theoretical 
essays from that time period.
Author Response by Jonathan Sterne

Daniel Miller and Don Slater, The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach (Berg 
Publishers, 2001)
Reviewed by: Maria Rosales-Sequeiros, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of 
Social Anthropology at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain. 
Rosales-Sequeiros is currently writing up her Ph.D. thesis about international 
computer programmers' identity construction.
Author Response by Daniel Miller


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Nicholas Ruiz | 2 Feb 05:41 2005

CFP: "Global Polity: 2005"

special issue--"Global Polity: 2005"

>Kritikos: an international and interdisciplinary journal of postmodern
>cultural sound, text and image (ISSN 1552-5112),
>is currently accepting submissions for a special issue entitled "Global 
>Polity: 2005"

>Volume 2, Summer 2005.

What is at stake in Polity?  Is Polity as we know and live it a diverse and 
inclusive endeavor and structure, or perhaps, is it that Polity as we know 
it is largely a non-recombinative and exclusionary device?  Is Polity an 
issue?  Or has Polity been decided?  Is Polity undecidable?
         How do we check and balance a networked Polity that perhaps, 
refuses to reconcile and balance its differences, instead functioning on 
imbalance and withholding? What might be needed for balance? In the U.S.-- 
a Fox News of the Left?   Or, a new branch of governance, as Ethan Leib has 
proposed?  Is egalitarian Polity the goal, or are there other sorts of 
Polity that we seek to cultivate?
         How important is the media in the structure and execution of 
Polity?  Does Polity still matter, or is Polity ossified, and simply a 
matter of aristocratic maintenance and reproduction? Is Polity still 
conflicted, if not conflated with Deity?  Is Polity merely a function of 
Capital?  Does Culture inhibit egalitarian Polity?  What are the 
relationships between Polity, the State and Aristocracy?  Is Global Polity 
desirable or homogenizing?

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Nicholas Karavatos | 4 Feb 19:33 2005

Ward Churchill

Churchill's statement

January 31, 2005

The following is a statement from Ward Churchill:

In the last few days there has been widespread and grossly inaccurate media 
coverage concerning my analysis of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the 
World Trade Center and the Pentagon, coverage that has resulted in 
defamation of my character and threats against my life. What I actually said 
has been lost, indeed turned into the opposite of itself, and I hope the 
following facts will be reported at least to the same extent that the 
fabrications have been.

The piece circulating on the internet was developed into a book, On the 
Justice of Roosting Chickens. Most of the book is a detailed chronology of 
U.S. military interventions since 1776 and U.S. violations of international 
law since World War II. My point is that we cannot allow the U.S. 
government, acting in our name, to engage in massive violations of 
international law and fundamental human rights and not expect to reap the 

I am not a “defender” of the September 11 attacks, but simply pointing out 
that if U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, 
we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned. I have 
never said that people "should" engage in armed attacks on the United 
States, but that such attacks are a natural and unavoidable consequence of 
unlawful U.S. policy. As Martin Luther King, quoting Robert F. Kennedy, 
said, "Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change 
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Nicholas Karavatos | 5 Feb 04:35 2005

JOB: Department Head: Department of Humanities and Social Science - Muscat, Oman

Department Head: Department of Humanities and Social Science

Modern College of Business and Science, MCBS, located in Muscat, Oman, is 
accepting applications for the position of department head of the Department 
of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department comprises six full time 
faculty, several part time instructors, and provides general education 
programs to majors at the associate and bachelor degree levels. Duties 
include responsibility for curricula development and management of the 
department. The Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 
sits on the Academic Board of the College and assists the Dean in the 
overall administration of academic programs of the College.

applicants should hold a PhD in a either a humanities or a social science 
and have at least 10 years of teaching and administrative experience. 
Familiarity with the American system of higher education is essential.

Salary and benefits:
salaries are payable in Omani Rials, a fully convertible currency. Starting 
salary approximately 1100 OR per month, including allowances. The college 
pays round trip transportation for faculty and their families, medical 
benefits, and provides housing for all faculty members. An initial contract 
of two years renewable for an additional two years is provided in accordance 
with Ministry of Higher Education regulations.

Anticipated Start Date: Fall Semester, 2005

To Apply: Send your letter of application, CV, and names and 
addresses(postal & email) of three referees to:
The Dean (dean <at> mcbs.edu.om)
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Nicholas Karavatos | 5 Feb 04:38 2005

JOB: Instructor/Asst Prof - Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences - Muscat

Instructor/Assistant Professor

The Modern College of Business and Science, MCBS, has an opening for a 
junior faculty member to teach in the Department of Humanities and Social 
Sciences. The college will consider applicants with either a Doctorate 
degree in Philosophy or in a traditional social science area. Prior teaching 
experience in the Arabian gulf a plus. Responsibilities include teaching 12 
hours at the undergraduate level and student advising. Salary commensurate 
with experience and education.

Anticipated Start Date: Fall semester, 2005

To Apply: Send your letter of application, CV, statement of teaching and 
research interests, and names and addresses (postal & email) of three 
referees to:
The Dean (dean <at> mcbs.edu.om)
MCBS, PO Box 100, PC 133, Al Khuwair, Sultanate of Oman
FAX: 968 244 827 29


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avisanto | 6 Feb 01:27 2005

Flow issue #9

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that the latest issue of Flow: A critical forum on
television and media culture came out on Friday, January 21. This issue
features columns by Michael Curtin, Cynthia Fuchs, Anna McCarthy, and Robert
Schrag, along with a guest column by James Hay. 

We have also published a one-shot piece by Lisa Parks.

We have also published our interview with Sara Leeder, segment producer for
CNBC's 'Topic [A] with Tina Brown'.  Thanks to all of you who contributed
Please feel free to visit the journal at http://www.flowtv.org to read these
columns and contribute responses to them.

Michael Curtin builds off of Tom Streeter's previous column for Flow by
polemicizing for more substantive news reporting and suggesting that to get
there, more radical changes than simple reform of current media outlets may be

Cynthia Fuchs writes about television and terrorism, and more specifically  24's
depiction of terrorism, and the terrorists diegetic relationship to television.

James Hay discusses "make over" and "renovation" television such as Pimp My Ride
as working with discourses of mobility and self-creation in ways that fit 
neatly with conservative discourses about reinvention of the self in service of
self-governance, self-sufficiency, and individualism. 

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Douglas Dowland | 6 Feb 01:46 2005

Release of IJCS #5: "Nostalgia"

The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, a peer-reviewed publication that 
mixes traditional approaches and contemporary interventions in the 
interdisciplinary humanities and interpretive social sciences, is pleased 
to announce the release of its fifth issue, "Nostalgia," guest-edited by 
Tom Lutz and Sean Scanlan.

Articles Include:

Marcos Piason Natali (University of Sao Paulo), "The History and the 
Politics of Nostalgia"

Amelia DeFalco (University of Toronto) "A Double-Edged Longing: Nostalgia, 
Melodrama, and Todd Haynes's Far from Heaven"

David Sigler (University of Virginia) "Funky Days are Back Again": Reading 
Seventies Nostalgia in Late-Nineties Rock Music"

Jennifer Ladino (University of Washington) "Longing for Wonderland: 
Nostalgia for Nature in Post-Frontier America"

Natalie Friedman (Vassar College) "Nostalgia, Nationhood, and the New 
Immigrant Narrative: Gary Shteyngart's The Russian Debutante's Handbook and 
the Post-Soviet Experience"

Maureen McKnight (Milwaukee School of Engineering) "Scarcely In the 
Twilight of Liberty" : Empathic Unsettlement in Charles Chesnutt's The 
Conjure Woman"

An introduction and coda from the guest editors, as well as the complete 
Natali essay can be found at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~ijcs/.  Information 
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M/C - Media and Culture | 6 Feb 06:02 2005

New M/C Journal issue now available: 'order'


                         M/C - Media and Culture
    is proud to present issue six in volume seven of the award-winning

                               M/C Journal

               'order' - Edited by Axel Bruns & Liz Ferrier

In an era of global power monopolies, intense social upheaval and
inequality, how can order be anything but suspect? Order is at the crux of
power; we associate it with domination and control, a system imposed.
Social and cultural critics, influenced by liberation movements of the past
50 years, are vigilant in questioning the existing order, and work to
expose the inequalities inscribed within it. Order serves the interests of
the powerful, at the expense of the weak. We see it as a social construct,
negotiated as much through our very ways of knowing ('the order of things')
and systems of representation and belief as it is through institutions of
regulation and enforcement. Social inquiry is the critique of order, seeing
order as an effect of power and domination.

Yet our own inquiry is fraught with order. The drive to understand is a
drive towards order. Or is such ordered sense-making just a particular kind
of inquiry, the totalising project of modernity, resisted by
poststructuralist, postmodernist, and postcolonial social critics?
Following this tradition of resistance, many contemporary social debates
are characterised by a scepticism towards order, whether of the past,
present, or identified as emerging, to be struggled towards or resisted. In
a 'post' mode of inquiry, cultural critics such as those included in this
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nathan rambukkana | 6 Feb 18:19 2005

Worrying developments in Nepal: please circulate

This is an issue of serious concern as the King, who has seized power, appears to be engaging in a process of
silencing all desenters and  all communication within the country and between Nepal and other countries. 
CNN has reported some of this, but is framing it as "business as usual" as Nepal is nothing but a "hippie
haven" in need of stricter control to get rid of "Maoist insurgents".   I think we, as educators, have an
oportunity to spread the message that there is something rotten going on in Nepal and that more people
should focus their attention there.


see also:


Nathan P. Rambukkana
Joint Ph.D in Communication
Concordia University
Montreal, Canada
email: nathanrambukkana <at> trentu.ca

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N Boljkovac | 6 Feb 18:46 2005

CFP: Cinema, War and a Society of Spectacle (Cambridge, UK; 9 June 05)

With apologies for cross-postings.
Forthcoming Conference: Cinema, War and a Society of Spectacle
9 June 2005, University of Cambridge

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
(CRASSH), in association with the Cambridge University Film Seminar, invites
submissions for a one-day conference on cinema and war.

In light of the predominance of a binary between innocence and evil that
frequently characterizes a contemporary political vernacular and Hollywood
representation, the need for critical thought remains crucial. This
conference will interrogate the interplay between the events of war and
their representations in film and video in relation to our implication in
the construction and deconstruction of such imagery.

While certain representations suppress the inherent tensions and ambiguities
contributing to a war¹s emergence and its lasting devastation, several
thinkers including Virilio, Baudrillard, Zizek and others have turned a
reflexive gaze inwards upon our voyeuristic fascination. Our delight in
total visibility through film and instantaneous fragments of Œreal time¹
media characterizes our time. But the thoroughness of our cultural
saturation provokes questions concerning the dangers of such image

To what extent is our gaze aligned with insidious modes and bodies of power
that participate in games of surveillance and paranoid rationalisations? How
and why do images of destruction, which are disseminated at the speed with
which weapons are engaged, enthral and mesmerize; moreover, what is at stake
in our attraction? How are these images a means to identity creation, at the
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