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September 2002, Week 4


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Tara McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 23 Sep 2002 12:24:42 -0700
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Most discussions of the "digital divide" erase the numerous
contributions of minority artists, activists, entrepreneurs,
journalists, and scholars. Researchers from the University of
California-Santa Barbara, MIT and USC's Annenberg Center for
Communication will host a three-day event, Race in Digital Space 2.0, to
explore current issues and celebrate the accomplishments of minorities
using digital technologies, Thursday, 10 October through Saturday, 12
October 2002, at LA's Museum of Contemporary Art and on the USC campus.
Day after day we engage with media and technology on multiple fronts.
The Race in Digital Space 2.0 Event defines "digital space" as a
flexible arena that reflects the continual change of technology in
relation to the practices and processes of the everyday.  Following upon
both the recent downturn in technology markets and the tragic events of
9/11, the once-euphoric conversations about new media have largely
quieted.  Race in Digital Space 2.0 seeks to intervene in this
constricted field, offering compelling new analyses of both the
potentials and the risks of new technological development.  This
important event offers an opportunity to comment on the ways media and
technology are used by a diverse array of citizens and to examine how
this interaction defines society and culture.  Conference sessions will
explore current public policy affecting "digital divide" and privacy
issues, the global reach of new media, as well as innovative and
creative uses of technology within communities of color.  This
international conference will serve as a touchstone for thinking
critically and usefully about race in digital spaces.

Plenary presentations include 'The Digital Divide, Post 9/11'; 'Tracking
Bodies and Global Labor'; 'Entertaining Race: Representin' Race in New
Media Environments'; 'Re-making Race: Authenticating "Other" Voices in
Digital Spaces'; 'New Futures: Theory Meets Praxis'; and 'Live Mixes:
Teens and New Technologies.'  A concurrent digital salon will feature a
number of cutting-edge art and music performances as well as online
exhibits and video screenings.  Featured speakers and artists include
Isaac Julien, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Greg Tate, Todd Boyd,
Rubén D. Ortiz Torres, Sue Ellen Case, Wendy Chun, Tony Wilhelm, Chela
Sandoval, Daniel Martinez, Pamela Z, Los Cybrids and many, many more!

The conference is free and open to the public.  Registration information
and further details are available online at

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