.jessica.ketcham.weber. | 2 Jul 21:45 2006

Re: cyberspace, identity, smart mobs

 regarding more recent looks at smart mobs...there isn't a whole lot. i have
2 forthcoming articles on the matter (though conceptualized as technomobs)
which are part of my dissertation. one can be found on my website since the
articles won't be in print for another couple of months.
http://www.etoilebleu.com/writing.html and go to the article called
TechnoMob Movements: Public Performances and the Collective Voice of
Outsiders (which is actually not the final final draft).

and jasmine and davin, throw me on your list if you begin an offlist
discussion! :)


Jessica Ketcham Weber
Rhetoric & Composition PhD Candidate
Department of English
43 Allen Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA


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Yockey, Matt A | 3 Jul 00:17 2006

Utopian body

I am in need of resources about the non-white and/or non-male body as a 
potentially utopian or dystopian site.  Thanks.

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Thomas Hackett | 3 Jul 04:56 2006

Re: Utopian body

If you mean, like, Halle Barry, get in line, my friend.

On Jul 2, 2006, at 6:17 PM, Yockey, Matt A wrote:

> I am in need of resources about the non-white and/or non-male body as 
> a potentially utopian or dystopian site.  Thanks.
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Mary Leonard | 3 Jul 16:11 2006

CFP: Optika 2: A Symposium on Visual Narration (9/10/06; Puerto Rico 1/25-6/07)

The first Optika symposium, which took place in 2005, brought together 
people from a variety of artistic, intellectual, and cultural 
backgrounds and resulted in a wonderfully stimulating 2 day 
conversation about the possibilities of visual narration. It also 
resulted in a book on the subject soon to be published by the 
University of Puerto Rico Press. When the symposium ended, everyone was 
asking when Optika 2 would take place. So we are happy to announce the 
second edition of Optika, and invite you to submit your proposals:

Optika 2
A Symposium on Visual Narration
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

Thursday and Friday January 25th and 26th, 2007

Organizers: Mary Leonard, Laura Bravo

Optika is a two-day symposium which will explore the theory and 
practice of visual narrative. Academics, independent scholars, 
students, and artists are invited to participate. Both academic and 
creative work are welcome and may be submitted in either English or 
Spanish. The organizers are interested in a variety of critical and 
theoretical perspectives which contribute to our understanding of the 
many ways we might conceive of  visual narration. We are also 
interested in formal diversity. Thus papers or creative work may engage 
with the visual in defined genres, or in less-studied hybrid or 
emerging forms.  Forms and genres include film, television, music 
videos, theater, opera, performance art, installations, painting, 
sculpture, photography, commercials, billboards, comics, cartoons, 
graphic novels, graffiti, digital and internet forms. Selected work 
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Nicholas Ruiz | 3 Jul 19:59 2006

Kritikos V.3 July 2006

Kritikos V.3 July 2006

Spiderman, Superman--What's the difference?...(a.kozlovic)


Gates' Buffet, or Fail-Safe Philanthropy...(n.ruiz)


Nicholas Ruiz III
Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities --Florida State University--
Editor, Kritikos http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~nr03/

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Judith Nicholson | 4 Jul 17:19 2006

Re: cyberspace, identity, smart mobs

Hi Jasmine:
Regarding smart mobs, you might be interested in checking out an article
that was published in HARPER¹S magazine (March 2006) on flash mobs by the
man who claims to have created the first such gathering in New York in 2003.
In ³My Crowd², the author (Bill Wasik) writes about collective identity and
the mob, and particularly what he calls ³the joining urge.² Flash mobs were
quickly defined in summer 2003 as a public gathering of strangers, organized
via internet and mobile phone, who performed a silly and/or strange act
together (sometimes involving the mobile phone or other technologies) before
dispersing rapidly. I¹ve written a short article on flash mobbing, entitled
³Flash! Mobs in the Age of Mobile Connectivity.² It was published in issue 6
of the online journal FIBRECULTURE (Spring 2006), which focused on
³mobility, new social intensities and the coordinates of digital networks²
(see http://journal.fibreculture.org/issue6/issue6_nicholson.html). I think
you'll find there are several articles in the issue that explore the areas
of interest you list in your posting.

Judith Nicholson
Doctoral Candidate
Communication Studies
Concordia Univ., Montreal

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Jonathan Cohn | 5 Jul 05:32 2006

Mediascape no. 2, spring 2006

Dear colleagues, (sorry for the cross listing)

On behalf of the staff of Mediascape, I am happy to announce the  
publication of our Spring 2006 issue. This is the Journal of the  
Critical Studies Program at the UCLA School of Film, Television and  
Digital Media.  We hope you will take a look at it, enjoy it, and  
tell us what you think.



"This is our Holocaust": Deepa Mehta’s Earth and the Question of  
Partition Trauma
         by Dorothy Barenscott

Eija-Liisa Ahtila's Affective Images in The House
        by Tarja Laine

Storied Stores: Visual Culture and a People's History of the Archive
        by Zoe Trodd


Women's History Trilogy (Kim Soyoung, 2000-2004)
       by Serena Formica

Closed Borders and Open Secrets: Regional Lockout, the Film Industry,  
and Code-Free DVD Players:  A review of multi-region accessibility on  
the Philips 642 DVD player
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Tony Mitchell | 6 Jul 05:16 2006

Call for papers: Fashion in Fiction


Fashion in Fiction
26-27 May 2007

An International Transdisciplinary Conference,
University of Technology, Sydney Australia

It was Roland Barthes who proposed that fashion was not an ‘industry’ 
but rather a set of fictions. By this Barthes did not wish to ignore 
the economic function of fashion, but rather underline fashion’s mythic 
dimension, and suggest that fashion is a literature in itself. Fashion 
and fiction have long existed in close proximity; writers have been 
driven by their experience of fashion; fashion has been developed 
through and by literary tropes. What makes dress and fashion such a 
fascinating subject for writers? And how are fashion’s mythologies 
constructed and disseminated through fictional texts?

This transdisciplinary conference, a creative collaboration between the 
Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and the Faculty of 
Humanities and Social Sciences, seeks to investigate and explore the 
role that fashion has played in fictional narratives from the 19th 
century to the present. In particular, it will examine specific fashion 
discourses or conversations within fiction, assessing the role, 
function, and purposes of clothes, fashion movements, style and image 
to create narratives within narratives.

Papers are sought from those engaged in the fields of literature, 
creative writing, media, cultural studies, fashion and design, 
philosophy and theory.
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Gary Hall | 7 Jul 09:47 2006

Final call for papers: Counter-Movements conference

Apologies for cross-posting.

Please send replies to:

simon.morgan-wortham <at> port.ac.uk

  Counter - Movements: Institutions of Difference
  A two-day conference to be held
  at the University of Portsmouth
  supported by the Centre for
  European and International
  Studies Research 24-25 July 2006.
  Supported by The British Academy.
  Confirmed international speakers: J. Hillis Miller, University of
  California, Irvine
  Samuel Weber, Northwestern University
  Peggy Kamuf, University of Southern California
  Joanna Hodge, MMUDavid Wills, SUNY Albany
  Christopher Fynsk, University of Aberdeen
  Herman Rapaport, Wake Forest University
  Nicholas Royle, University of Sussex
  John Schad, University of Lancaster The word ' contre ', counter or
  against, can equally and at the same time mark both opposition,
  contrariety, contradiction and proximity, near-contact ... The word '
  contre ' possesses these two inseparable meanings of proximity and
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katharine sarikakis | 7 Jul 12:15 2006

New Issue Alert: Media and Cultural Politics

Dear colleagues,

This may be of interest to some of you

International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics

Volume 2. Issue 2


Public intellectuals and the media: integrating media theory into a stalled

David W. Park

'John, a 20-year-old Boston native with a great sense of humour': on the
spectacularization of the 'self ' and the incorporation of identity in the
age of reality television

Alison Hearn

Exploring participants' experiences of the Gay Games: intersections of
sport, gender and sexuality

David Rowe, Kevin Markwell, Deborah Stevenson

An American werewolf in Kabul: John Walker Lindh, the construction of
'race', and the return to whiteness

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