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Call for Papers - Please post and circulate to your graduate students.

USC Critical Studies Graduate Conference

Technologies of Knowing – “TechKnow”

Los Angeles, California

Friday, April 11, 2014

In the opening of *Understanding Media* (1964), Marshall McLuhan famously
refers to media technologies as “the extensions of man.” Despite the core
centrality of technology to the function of media itself, humanities
scholarship frequently focuses on the cultural while ignoring the
technological. The fields of film and media studies have produced countless
histories of major studios, producers, and creative contributors. In light
of this vast body of knowledge, the histories and theoretical inquiries
that address the possibilities, limitations, and impacts (both physical and
psychological) of technologies are comparatively small in number while at
the same time these questions have become even more critical as media
technologies increasingly enable (or at least seem to enable) people to do
and know new things. The 2014 USC Critical Studies Graduate Conference
seeks to bring examinations of media technology to the fore through the
conference theme of “Technologies of Knowing.”

Borrowing McLuhan’s notion of the “extension,” this conference will be
particularly concerned with the many ways that media technologies can
extend the processes of discovery and knowing. How do media technologies
impact the ways we think? How do the ways we think inform what technology
can do? In what ways do media technologies produce, archive, or obfuscate
certain knowledges? While any paper engaged with technology and media
studies will be considered, preference will be given to papers that reflect
on the relationship(s) of media technology to knowledge, including its
generation, preservation, communication, and erasure.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words for a 20-minute panel
presentation as well as a brief bio of no more than 100 words. If you would
like to propose something outside of these parameters, please contact us
with your idea before submitting your proposal. Non-traditional, creative
and digital projects are welcome, as are individual papers or
pre-constituted panels. Please email your submissions and inquiries to
Heather Blackmore at [log in to unmask] (and copy [log in to unmask]) by *January
24, 2014*.

In addition to panels of graduate papers, this year’s conference will
include a workshop devoted to concerns around working on and with
technology, as well as a keynote panel moderated by Dr. Henry Jenkins.

Possible Topics Include:

- Epistemologies of technology

- Technological determinism

- Representations of technology

- Technological anxieties

- Technology as archive

- Technology and discovery, pedagogy, scholarship, etc.

- Technological histories

- Technology within the political economy of film, television, interactive
media, etc.

- Impact of technology on boundaries between established media (television,
film, games, etc.)

- Cultural impacts of technological developments and constraints

- Economic, social, cultural, psychological, and material (etc.) nature and
impact of the digital

- Invisible technologies

- Forgotten technologies

- Cults of technology

- Amateur technologies

- Cyborgs, biotechnologies, and technology and the body

- Design and technology

- Interfaces, platforms, hardware, and software

- Obsolescence

- Hype

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