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New Deadline: August 2, 2002

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Transparencies: Technology, Culture, Communication
Friday November 1 and Saturday November 2, 2002
The Texas Union, University of Texas at Austin

Keynote Speakers:

Carolyn Marvin, Ph.D                    James W. Hay, Ph.D
Frances Yates Professor of Communication        Associate Professor
of Cinema Studies
The Annenberg School for Communication  University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign

Transparencies, a graduate student conference at the University of
Texas at Austin, is an invitation to explore implications of both
historically significant and recently emergent technologies from a
critical and cultural perspective.  In the beginning of the 21st
century, our constant interactions with technology have become nearly
transparent and problematic in new ways.  New forms of transnational
and transcultural identity are supported by global flows of culture.
Provincialism and isolationism emerge in different guises.  Cultural
critique and journalism take on new paths and responsibilities.
Vital data flows and banal spam fill "superhighways" running
alongside persistent social and digital divides.  How do these
elements interact, and how are they contingent on each other?  How do
technologies participate in these "transparencies" that help us
negotiate the micro- and macro-conflicts and contradictions of
everyday life?  The conference is an opportunity for scholars in all
disciplines engaged with technology and culture to come together and
share their ideas on these and other topics.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
_ Communication technology and the formation of identity (gender,
ethnicity, nation)
_ Technologies on the border
_ Media, technology, citizenship
_ DIY Communication: Media sabotage and culture jamming
_ Television and Radio's future and their past
_ "Non-traditional" technologies of communication
_ Popular music and technology
_ Cinema as cultural technology
_ Video games, computer games

Deadline for Abstracts:  Friday, August 2.  Abstracts should be 300
words or less.  Abstracts may be emailed, or mailed if postmarked no
later than August 2.  Electronic submissions encouraged.
Participants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by August
16.  Panel submissions cannot be considered.  A draft of the
conference program will be made available online.

Complete papers must be submitted by the September 15, 2002.  Papers
submitted by the September 15 deadline will be eligible to compete
for a "top paper" award of $500, sponsored by the Technology and
Information Policy Institute.

For more information or for paper submission, please contact
Transparencies Coordinating Committee
Department of Radio-Television-Film
The University of Texas at Austin
CMA 6.118
Austin, TX  78712
Email:  [log in to unmask]
Website:  http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~transpar/

Sponsored by the Department of Radio-Television-Film, Technology and
Information Policy Institute, and Graduate Students in
Radio-Television-Film.

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Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite
http://www.tcf.ua.edu/ScreenSite