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A reminder of this CFP, which some on this list might find interesting --
the deadline is November 15. All submissions and queries welcome.


*Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus, is pleased to announce a Call for
Proposals for the spring 2015 edition: Vol. 11 - 01*


*The Aesthetics of Erasure*


Paul Benzon, Temple University

Sarah Sweeney, Skidmore


Pat Badani



In an era in which state surveillance is capable of capturing, storing, and
analyzing all personal communications, and in which even the much-heralded
ephemerality of photographic sharing applications such as Snapchat is
revealed to be just another instance of deferred, secreted permanence,
erasure seems all but impossible. Yet this is precisely what makes erasure
a vitally necessary artistic, technological, and social practice. Erasure
provides a point of departure from network culture, from the constraints of
big data, the archive, and the cloud; through erasure, forgetting and
disappearance become radical, profoundly productive acts.

This special issue of *Media*-N seeks to describe the aesthetics of erasure
across various media, platforms, and contexts in the digital era. What does
it mean to consider erasure as an artist’s mark, and how does it reshape
the relations between making and unmaking? How do acts of erasure allow
artists to harness and resist the possibilities and problems of the
archive, of (self-) surveillance, of public and private, and of
datafication? What are the aesthetic and political relations between
erasure and analogous processes such as anonymization and redaction? What
antecedents of digital erasure might we see in earlier moments of
media history,
and how might they help us to see digital erasure in new ways? What do
practices of digital erasure, and the absences they produce, tell us about
the materiality of digital activity? What relations do they reveal among
artistry, audience, memory, temporality, and the market? How might erasure
help us to see questions of reproduction, remix, appropriation, and
intellectual property in new ways?

The editors invite submissions in all formats and media, and from all
disciplines, including but not limited to artwork, artist’s statements,
manifestos, interviews, and historical, critical, and theoretical essays.


Please send your proposal adhering to the following:

*Written Materials:*

- Abstracts should be 300-500 words, submitted as Microsoft Word documents
(.doc or .docx).

- Include a proposal title, your email address, and your title/affiliation
(the institution/organization you work with if applicable, or independent

- On a separate document, send a Resume or CV (no longer than 3 pages).


- Send 3-5 jpeg images (1200pixels maximum width).  Each image should be
labeled following the convention Name_Title.jpeg

- On a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) include a project title,
your email address, and your title/affiliation (the
institution/organization you work with if applicable, or independent
scholar/practitioner) and a project description.

- On a separate document, send a Resume or CV (no longer than 3 pages).


email to: [log in to unmask]

Subject line: "Media-N Submission” and your name(s).


November 15, 2014: Deadline for submission of abstracts/proposals.
December 15, 2014: Notification of acceptance.

February 15, 2015: Deadline for submission of final papers/artworks.


IIf you have questions about *Media*-N, please feel free to contact:

Pat Badani, Editor-in-Chief *Media*-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus
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*Media*-N was established in 2005 to provide a forum for New Media Caucus
members and non-members alike, featuring their scholarly research, artworks
and projects. The New Media Caucus is a nonprofit, international membership
organization that advances the conceptual and artistic use of digital
media. Additionally, the NMC is a College Art Association Affiliate Society.

Paul Benzon
Department of English
1127 Anderson Hall
Temple University
1801 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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