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Hello, everyone.  Attached is a Call for Papers for a graduate-student
conference to be held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (USA).
If you would like more information or wish to respond, please contact
Vincent Doyle at <[log in to unmask]>.
 
Apologies for cross-postings.
 
--Marty Norden
 
 
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INTERFACES: Communication and Connectedness in an Age of Fragmentation.
Graduate Student Conference
March 27-28, 1998
Communication Department
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
Deadline for submissions: December 20, 1997.
 
Interface/ n. & v. /  n.  1.  a surface forming a common boundary between
regions.  2. a point where interaction occurs among systems, processes,
subjects, etc. 3. an apparatus for connecting pieces of equipment so that
they can be operated jointly.   /v. tr. &  intr./ 1. connect with
(another piece of equipment etc.) by an interface.
 
 
Communication necessarily implies interfaces. With the advent and
multiplication of various mediated forms of communication, it has become
increasingly important to understand how interfaces shape all aspects of
human communication. Many theorists have argued that the contemporary
period is marked by the fragmentation and redefinition of identities and
national boundaries. In this context, what are the qualities of
interfaces that allow for the dual possibilities of increased
"connectedness" and, simultaneously, of increased "isolation"? This
graduate student conference will consider this question as it affects any
level and context of communication, whether between individuals, social
groups, or cultures. How might the metaphor of "interfaces" help us to
generate creative interpretations of everyday life in an increasingly
fragmented world?
 
Students whose areas of research focus or border on communication are
invited to submit short (1-3 page) proposals for individual papers.
Completed papers or thematic panel proposals (of 3-4 presenters each) are
also welcome. Diverse methodologies and theoretical approaches are
encouraged. All submissions will be subjected to a peer-review process.
The following topics are suggested as starting points for considering
panels or individual papers, but are not intended to be exclusive or
mandatory.
 
- Media-mediated relationships (from penpals to fandom to cyberchat
  to netsex)
- The Rhetoric of Interfaces ("A Bridge to the 21st Century...")
- Borders and boundaries: political, personal, cultural, etc.
- The local-global nexus in/as neo-colonialism
- Hybrid identities and postcoloniality
- Migrant/national subjectivities and the politics of displacement
- Disability, identity, and society
- Sub/Counter/Co-cultures
- The politics of racial representation
- Bodies and technologies, cosmetics and cyborgs
- Political union and/or dissolution
- Intercultural convergences and conflicts
- Sexualities, betwixt and between (queer straights, straight queers,
  transgendered, bi)
- Gendered languages in conflict/interaction
 
Send submissions to, or for more information:
 
Interfaces
Communication Department
Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
Box 34815
Amherst MA, 01003-4815
 
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Visit our conference URL at: http://www.umass.edu/commgrads/
 
Presented by: the Communication Department, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst; the Center for the Study of Communication; the Media Education
Foundation; and Commgrads--the graduate student organization of the
Communication Department.
 
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